America needs to be a leader to the rest of the world.
There is no doubt that America has lost its way in a relationship with God. We have become so enamored with pleasure, position, and money. You might say that these have become our gods. This is easily demonstrated in so many ways. Atheists and the ACLU have hacked away effectively at what once was thought to be our spiritual and moral values. And we have tolerated this demise.
Some would say that America needs revival. Others would say that America needs to find a new path. Yet the most confusing of all of the comments people could make about the situation of America, and therefore the world, is that people need a salvation experience with God. Being saved or having salvation has become a cliché among religious people so much so that we are not quite sure what that means.
If I were in a house fire or if I was drowning in the lake the idea of being saved is not difficult to understand. Therefore, we would say that I had salvation from the fire or from the lake. But when it comes to spiritual matters, what does that mean?
From want am I being saved? For what consequence would I have that is salvation? We need to turn to the Bible to find their answers. Below are just a few verses to help us understand our topic had that we are saved from hell as well as saved to heaven.
As with a house fire or with drowning, there is a hazard that threats me personally. I have a certain condition in which I discover about myself.
What is my spiritual condition that would put me in a place where I need salvation?
Isaiah 47:10 is the beginning explanation. God has looked down upon man and said that we have trusted wickedness but what we call wisdom and knowledge has become a perversion to our hearts.
Isaiah 13:11 God declares that he will punish the world for its evil and individual wicked people for their sins and that he will address the arrogance of proud people for being haughty.
Isaiah 5:20 says that sin has become so rampant that it’s hard to tell good from evil. And that evil has been recognized as good. Our current political situation is exactly this!
Romans 1:20 makes an observation that any who would look at nature can tell there is a true God and that they are without excuse for their sin.
Romans 2:11 tells us that God is not prejudiced for or against anyone and that God’s only interested is in the good condition of the person.
Romans 3:23 says, “for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and that means we all have a problem in a relationship with God.
Romans 5:8 is of great comfort because even though we have been in a state of sin, Christ died for each and every one of us so that we can have salvation.
Romans 6:23 explained the difference between sin and salvation by describing it as a wage paid as a result. The payment for sin is death. The payment for believing in Christ is eternal life through him.
Romans 10:3 reflects back to us whatever righteousness we have in our own selves is insufficient because it’s not the righteousness of God that is been granted to us.
Romans 10:9, 10 shows us the way for it says if we do these things in faith we will be saved. This is not just a casual or a glib position to take before God. It must be genuine and deeply sincere. We are to confess that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised him from the dead. It is with the heart that we come to righteousness and with confession we experience salvation.
Ephesians 4:7 tells us that our salvation is because of God’s grace and that his grace is given to everyone. His grace is his good intentions to mankind.
Ephesians 4:29 admonishes us that what we say and how we say it if done positively will build up other people and be a means by which we offer grace to those that hear us.
Now let us review – all of mankind is in a desperate situation for sin is within us. Therefore, we have a deep need for that to be remedied and the remedy cannot be within ourselves. However, by God looking kindly upon us, he sent his son to die on a cross as payment for our sins and that which we could not make. If we have a deep conviction and sincerely want to live for God in the future, and we confess our sins and confess that Jesus is Lord of all, we shall be saved. The belief that we have is not mental but in the depths of our spirit. So, we believe, and we confess, and we are saved because God made it possible for all of us. Afterwards we have a responsibility to encourage and build up others so that they too can enjoy what it is to be saved. Will you accept Christ now and ask him into your heart and ask his help to live for him the rest of your life?
If Americans would have this experience with God, they can be a lighthouse showing the way to the rest of the world to experience the promise of eternal life through Christ.