Child of God

He's got the whole world in His hands!

Me and my chum Pauline

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no-one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

I look at these words and am yet again thrilled by the fact that I am saved. When I first became a Christian on Friday, 25 February, 2011, I wrote a little poem about it and I would like to share it with you.

My Salvation

Brought up as a believer, my mum taught me to trust

Went to Sunday school classes, with Christian Endeavour a must.

Passed my scripture exams and prayed to God at night

Dipped into my Bible, while fighting the good fight.

At 14, joined a youth club run by a man called John

Who was training to be a pastor but he made his teaching fun.

John taught me about Lord Jesus and what He had done for me

I met many chums at youth club and it even included tea. 😀

We had hikes and Christmas parties and trips to the country too

I was warmed by Christian company and knew what I must do.

To accept Jesus as my saviour seemed the wisest of actions then

But I contracted jaundice - was away for a week or ten. (It was five weeks but that doesn’t rhyme!) 😉

During that time, the devil made me think I was missing stuff

So I turned towards the dark side, thinking it was enough.

Now my life became so selfish, seeking pleasures and worldly aims

For a long time I did my own thing, thinking life was just a game.

I continued to pray and stated that a Christian I remained

But I wanted my cake and eat it - O how Jesus must have pained!

Well I went my own sweet way, then for – oh such a lot of years

There was laughter, it’s true, I tell you but also a lot of tears. 😥

Well, my luck began to run out and my life went to pieces too

I was no longer in control, now and was feeling pretty blue. 😥

But the Lord helped me though the bad times,

Picked me up when I fell and said that he’d never desert me, ever

Held my hand and stroked my head.

I decided to follow Him then, as that was the only way

Picked a church out of Yellow Pages (well, Thomson’s Directory but it doesn’t fit in!) 🙃

Turned up one cold and wintry day.

I had an invitation to hear Barry Woodward speak

But it was on a Friday - the end of a long, long week!

But then as I lay in t’bathtub with bubbles around my head

I listened to Jesus speaking, and this is what He said.

"I want you to go with Andrew And Tracy to see that man

And listen to Barry’s message cos he’s part of my plan."

So, dripping wet, and shivering, I telephoned Andrew to

Relay to him God’s message but he said he already knew!

I went to the Lighthouse Church then - enjoyed all the show, it’s true

But looked forward to the ending and a glass of wine or two. 🤒

God had other plans, though, as I pledged myself to Him

And now I’m a proper Christian With even a favourite hymn!

(Well, several, actually!)

Bridgewater Canal, Worsley

When someone gives you a gift, do you say “That’s very nice – how much do I owe you?” No, the appropriate response to a gift is “thank you”. Yet, many Christians – even after being given the gift of salvation – feel obligated to try to work their way to God. Our salvation and faith are gifts from God. We should respond with gratitude and praise.

“As it is written, ‘there is no-one righteous, not even one’ “ (Romans 3:10)

This means that no-one is innocent. Every person is valuable in God’s eyes because He created us in His image and He loves us. But no-one is righteous. Though valuable, we have fallen into sin. But God, through Jesus, His Son, has redeemed us and offers to forgive us if we return to Him in faith.

River Mersey, Warrington

“For we maintain that a man is justified by faith, apart from maintaining the law.” (Romans 3:28)

God saves us by faith alone; it’s not a deed that we do. Faith is about what God has done, not what people do. It admits we simply cannot keep the law enough to measure up to God’s standards – we need help. Faith is based on our relationship with God, not our performance for God!

“Who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)

God wants all to be saved but unfortunately this does not mean it will happen! The Bible makes it crystal clear that many have and will reject Christ. The gospel message is universal, not directed to people of one race, sex or background. God loves the whole world and sent His Son to save sinners. This means that no-one is outside God’s mercy, or beyond the reach of His offer of salvation.

Bridgewater Canal, Worsley

River Mersey, Warrington

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Believing that God exists is only the beginning; even the demons believe that much! God will not settle for a mere acknowledgement of His existence. He wants a personal relationship with you that will transform your life. Those who seek God will find they are rewarded with His presence.  The closer you try to get to God, the more He will draw nearer to you.  I am speaking from experience!

“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.” (1 Peter 1:20)

Christ’s sacrifice for our sins wasn’t an afterthought, not something God decided to do when the world spun out of control. This plan was set in motion long before the world was created.

Paddington Meadow, Warrington

River Mersey, Warrington

Dear Loving Heavenly Father

For anyone who is hesitating about committing their life to you, I ask that you will prompt them. Reassure them of your love for them and remind them of the wonderful blessings awaiting children of God. Let them know that the time is now.

In Jesus’s name

Amen

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promises is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)