When Jesus spoke with the woman at the well in John chapter four, He admonished her of a coming time (and was speaking of when He ascended to the Father, and the Holy Spirit had descended into our hearts) when man would not go into Jerusalem, a mountain, or even a church for that matter to worship God, for God seeks those who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Sadly, this revelation is as misunderstood and over looked in many church settings today as it was in the 1500’s when Martin Luther began the reformation movement that revealed things the Roman Catholic Church of his time didn’t want the common lay people to know. Such things as it had already been established within the Church law that there could surely be salvation outside of the Church, yet, not outside of Jesus Christ.
The saddest disparity in lack of understanding Gods Word today from back when the Church controlled what the people believed is that we have no excuse to not know what the Word of God truly says to us because it was written for us; Get the book already. And here’s just one thing God has to say about that:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2:15
In light of this, and knowing deep down that all you really want is to know God a little better, and to know what you need to do to be walking in obedience to His will in your life, there’s really nothing more one can do than to read, nor any other readily available means of doing so than His Holy unconditional love letter written specifically for you. Therefore, above all make talking to, and listening to God the number one thing in your life. Study His word emphatically. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32 The more you begin to see that the Way, the Truth, and the Life is for you and not against you, the less any accusing words from the devil, regardless of whose voice they are being spoken through can affect you. Negative words that may otherwise cause you to feel condemned, doubting your salvation, will begin to roll off your back like water on a duck. This is quite simply because. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Now, of course there are things that we should feel bad about, and as we continue to grow and become more like Christ, the Holy Spirit will convict us when we are harsh toward others, or in whatever areas our individual personalities may need admonishing, but, resting secure in His salvation is not one of them. I firmly believe that for anyone to ever produce the good fruits the Bible tells us is the evidence of a truly born again person they must first Rest Secure in “His” Finished Works on the Cross for them as an individual.
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
If there is one central message that God wants us all to get from His fellowship and love I truly believe it is to rest secure in Him, Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
Knowing that Jesus’ own words in John 5:24 say that those who hear His word, and believe in the one who sent Him, will never come into condemnation, but have already passed from death into life should really be all we would ever need to rest secure in His free gift of salvation, yet, there are still the all too many voices and views that continue to cause some to stumble, and doubt at times.
So, how do we deal with those voices? Here’s a few things that helped me stop listening to them. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.Hebrews 2:2
Now, if He’s the “Author, and Finisher,” and it pleased Him to die for us, who are we to doubt we are saved ? Or, who are we to think we can do anything at all concerning salvation for that matter, for the Bible clearly states “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”John 15:5
But, How do we abide in Him you may ask? Simply, “Rest secure in His finished works for you at the cross”. Just trust in Him, based on the things He has shown you in your walk with Him that you knew had to be God. From this learning to trust Him, grows love for Him.
We will see much of this working in the lives of characters we esteem super-saints, or, heroes from His Word. Even though they do have their names eternally etched on the pages, and walls of the infamous “Hebrew Hall of Faith” or, as some call it the “Bible Hall of Fame” in Hebrews Chapter 11, they all began as regular people, who learned to trust God.
Remember Jesus also said:
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37