we need a savior
The word salvation comes from the root word “salvare” which means “to save”. When we receive salvation, we allow Jesus to come into our lives and be our savior, but why do we need saving? Because we are sinners. Sin has been in this world since the beginning of time, yet Jesus came down to earth presenting a new life to us.  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil. When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.” Genesis 3:4-7 NIV The story of Adam and Eve is the story of man and woman, yet it is also the story of how sin was brought into our world. It’s obvious we come into this world far from perfect and not close to being good. We can’t save ourselves because we aren’t strong enough to change this. We must educate the young on how to love, share, be kind, and gentle, among other things, so these behaviors can stay with us for the rest of our lives. If we were born righteous, we wouldn’t have to be taught how to behave, or how to be good. It’s fair to say we are born sinners, but that’s why Jesus gives us a choice to make this right. As soon as Jesus graced the earth with his presence and he sacrificed his life for us, our lives changed forever.  Instead of leaving us with the bad hand we were dealt He granted us the opportunity to exchange that hand for a new one. To exchange death for life. It doesn’t matter how your life began, whether it involved, lust, greed, pride, envy, or any other sin, Jesus paid the price, he made a way for a new life with a path to eternity! A life emptied out where there’s none of you and all of Him. Where the flesh is no more, and the Holy Spirit is a lot more. Jesus came to save us from ourselves because we can’t save ourselves. Yet we do not only need saving from ourselves but saving from the world we were brought into.  “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”  1 John‬ 2:15-17 NIV  We live in a world that needed this warning attached to it. If Jesus is telling us not to love the world or anything in it, that must mean a lot. Yet we are born into a world that we need saving from and it’s clear to see why. Look around, everything Jesus is warning us about is on full display today, brought to us by the world, not Christ. As every good thing comes from above (James 1:17). At first glance life here seems to be normal, just the world we were born in. Cussing is a part of the language, pride is for the gram, lying won’t hurt anybody, and sex with strangers is for the weekends. Yes, that person is a stranger because you don’t really know them, you just know their body. But it’s ok because we come into this world knowing nothing else but this world. That is how it was until Jesus arrived. His arrival gave us the opportunity to experience a life unimaginable, a life worth more than living for this world, life living for the kingdom as citizens of heaven. That means, even though we’re living here, in the world physically, we’re in heaven spiritually, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us. The only way this happens is because Jesus made a way, it’s because our Savior bared the cross wearing a crown of thorns. And he did it for you.  “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John‬ 8:34-36NIV‬‬ Don’t throw salvation away over a feeling, just to be popular, to follow a trend, to live “free”. You know you will never be free if it doesn’t come from Jesus, if we were born into this world chained by sin what makes you think you’re free? It’s because of the country we live in right… that’s physically free. A lot of us are living in this free country chained by our problems. You’re shackled by your addiction, your resentment, your financial situations, your thoughts, even your attitude, which very well could be getting in the way of relationships God wanted you to have.  Jesus sacrificed himself to set you free from it all. His action at the cross didn’t only save you from hell, it set you free from everything that has you in bondage, but first, you must give it all to him. 1 Peter‬ 5:7says “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” It doesn’t matter if it concerns work or family, in whatever you do, whatever you care about, involve God in it. Give it to God. He saved you from captivity when died on the cross for you. No enemy, not even our own flesh can hold us captive because Jesus paid the price. Because Jesus saved you, from yourself, from this world, and from it all.

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