{Guest Post} living beyond a salvation experience

{I’m pleased to have Tracey Earley of M.U.D.D. Ministries from southern Indiana, guest post here today. You will always find her in the back row because she loves the quiet and obscure place where she can go unnoticed. But I can say, the “back row” does not describe her passion for Jesus, the Word, the Spirit, the Bride or the Kingdom. This is where she will move to the front and violently take hold of the Kingdom, proclaiming it’s coming and its’ King. This is where she will shout from the rooftop what is spoken in the midnight…a Bridegroom is coming; be ready. She longs to be prepared and prepare others and to see the Spirit and the Bride cry “come”; a Body of one under One. She will write her heart here- ’though it may be unsettling to give herself away, to put herself in the way of ridicule; but we know this: death always leads to Life.}

May God forgive us…for what we know not we do.

If there is one thing lacking in the pulpits of the mainstream church today, it is the message of Salvation; a true, unrestrained and unadulterated message of Salvation.

Oh it is true, Salvation is preached, but it is inadequate.  It leaves us in some sort of fog of unrealistic expectations tethering us to a leash of religion. It is full of false security, leaving us wide open for compromise and offense. We are left as the foolish virgins with no oil for our lamps and we will find ourselves “with the door shut”.

Jesus made that quite clear.

The Body is suffering and we live comfortably in such oblivion.

I most certainly don’t want that blood on my hands.

How little courage it takes to preach a “come to Jesus” message. “Come and ask Jesus into your heart and pray the ‘sinners ‘prayer.” Ask for forgiveness and be baptized so that your sins may be forgiven.

How little courage it takes to live the lifestyle taught in many pulpits across America today:

Read your Bible and do Devotions

Pray

Tithe

Get involved in the Church

Witness to others

Where is the eternal value of religion?

Where is the boldness; the daring audacity to be fearless in the pulpit?

Where are the forerunner’s of Jesus speaking the Truth no matter the cost?

Are we so pious to believe that we, “the chosen”, the ones with a confession of faith, may be released from God’s wrath if we don’t hold to the narrow way? That His mercy is unending? That His silence interprets tolerance.

 “And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men will be made low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day”. Isaiah 2: 17

In that day, Man shall run into holes and into caves of the earth for fear of the Lord when He arises to shake terribly the earth, they shall cast their idols of silver and gold, which each one made for himself.

When the Lord arises to shake terribly the earth…

“Stop trusting in man who has but a breath, on what account is he”? Isaiah 2:22

Today, we have a six -step plan for eternity:

  1. Confess your sin
  2. Repent
  3. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ
  4. “Repeat after me”- the sinner’s prayer
  5. Water baptism
  6. Find a good church

 I must say your confession of faith is simply not your ticket to heaven. Neither are your repentance, sinner’s prayer, water baptism and most certainly not church.

“But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation-23 IF you continue in your faith established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” Colossians 1:22

“For Christ died that all would be saved and might receive the gift of Salvation. BUT He wants all men to come to a knowledge of the Truth..” 1 Timothy 2:4

We receive this Salvation through a continuance of living this life in the body through and with the Holy Spirit. They go hand in hand.

We are told in Philippians 2:12, to continue to work out our Salvation with fear and trembling. If our confession of faith is simply enough, why would there be anything left for us to “work out”, and why “with fear and trembling”? Is there a chance we could lose it?

The cross, His death, was a price paid for forgiveness of sin, that we might have eternal life.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

There is simply more to the plan of Salvation than simply “receiving Jesus into your heart”. We must carry our cross and walk the narrow way. We must prepare as the wise virgins. We must be baptized in water for repentance and baptized by the Spirit for entrance into the Kingdom.  Jesus made that quite clear to Nicodemus.

“I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again”.

Jesus is telling Nicodemus that unless he is born of water, he will be unable to ascertain what to do about the Kingdom. He won’t be able to perceive or understand who Jesus is, or what he is about. That is the Greek terminology.

I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit”.

Jesus is saying literally, you will be unable to “come into life”.

Today we believe our confession and menial prayer and devotion time actually mean something for eternity. That somehow it is a crown we may cast at His feet. Here Jesus spells it out. We must be born of water and of the Spirit so we may be able to come into a knowledge of who He is and then come into life eternal.

There is one that stands among you that you do not know- John 1:26, 27. These are words that need to ring from our pulpits today…so that we may not hear them “on that day”; away from me you evildoers, I never knew you.

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About Geneva

The road in my rear view mirror is marked by hard places. My Guide has been faithful. He came into my life and I was branded. Marked. Labeled. Ridiculed. Judged. Stoned. But the road ahead always looks grand and full of light! The furnaces from the past have only caused the fire of His Spirit to burn hotter. The edicts of man have tried many times to make me bend in worship to him, yet I have met the true Flame who delivers me in every furnace!
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4 Responses to {Guest Post} living beyond a salvation experience

  1. Geneva says:

    Amen.

  2. Hello Tracey,
    I agree with you, having lived for so long in a condition where the greatest danger is to be “ignored to death”. However, I don’t think you can make a blanket statement about courage, because in many parts of the world, it takes tremendous courage just to hold on to the basic, baby Christian beliefs. Thankfully, God is the judge, and will look on each person’s heart, when that time comes.

    Lou Barba

    • Lou, thank you for engaging conversation here at eating locusts. I, personally, am interested in hearing about other parts of the world and Christians who stand on their beliefs at great cost. May we also count the cost {should we ever face life or death or livelihood} and count it loss as we hold on to our only hope in Christ. Oh the courage that only is emboldened by the Spirit! ~~tammy

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