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Sundown Devotional: Comprehensive Assurance

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Welcome to this Christmas Edition of Sundown Devotional. As we approach the Christmas season, we focus on what it means to us. Away from the stress of the hustle and bustle in the streets, we relax, reminisce, reflect and share inspiration from our meditation on a short Scripture text. In this session, we focus on salvation, God’s free Christmas gift to us. Be blessed!

"He will save his people from their sins." ―Matthew 1:21 (NLT) Photo by Didgeman. Text added.

"He will save his people from their sins." ―Matthew 1:21 (NLT) Photo by Didgeman. Text added.

The Devotional

And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,
for he will save his people from their sins. ―Matthew 1:21 (NLT)

When the angel informed the Virgin Mary that she would bear a child, she asked “How?” (Luke 1:34) The angel explained that God’s Holy Spirit would manage the process, and if it seemed too complicated for us to understand, the angel assured us, “Nothing . . . is impossible with God.” (Luke 1: 37 MSG)

“Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!” (Luke 1:45 MSG) And it did. So, what about the second part of the promise, “He will save his people from their sins?” Are we still asking how? Do we prefer the explanation to the experience of salvation? Or, can we wholeheartedly trust God to do what He promised?

“Christ Jesus came into the world,” preached Charles Spurgeon, “not to half save you, not to save you in this direction or that, and in this light or that, but to save you from your sin, to save you from an angry temper, to save you from pride, to save you from strong drink, to save you from covetousness, to save you from every evil thing . . . He came to Bethlehem’s manger, and afterwards to Calvary’s cross, with this as His one business, that He might save sinners.”

Those who accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death can experience humanly impossible changes, made possible by His grace. In addition to the gifts of His love and pardon, we can become the Masterpieces (Ephesians 2:10) He designed us to be. He can accomplish in us more than we can ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20). We can have the final victory over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:57). This is comprehensive assurance. “Nothing . . . is impossible.”

And therein lies the reason for our peace and joy, at Christmas and throughout the year. We believe that He would do what He said. Celebrate salvation daily!

Prayer: Gracious God, we thank You for all the Christmas gifts we receive, especially for the gift of Your salvation, powered by Your love and grace, through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Salvation is a gift. (Free-Photos)

Salvation is a gift. (Free-Photos)

Ten Powerful Quotes On Salvation

  1. “Every religion in the world is about man trying to reach up to God . . . Christianity is the only religion about God reaching down to man and offering salvation as a free gift, with the added bonus of a personal relationship with the Creator God through Jesus Christ, who was there in the beginning.” ― Francine Rivers
  2. “Salvation is the free gift of God, by Jesus Christ, and the work of it is supernatural. It is done by the Lord Himself, and He has power to do it, however weak, no, however dead in sin, the sinner may be!” ― C.H. Spurgeon
  3. “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” ― Peter Kreeft
  4. “Jesus Christ came not to condemn you but to save you, knowing your name, knowing all about you . . . He knows the worst about you and is the One who loves you the most.” ― A.W. Tozer
  5. “Is not this a miracle of miracles, that 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish'? . . . A truthful Saviour ought to be believed. . . Why will you ask proof of the veracity of One who cannot lie?” ― Charles Spurgeon
  6. “Salvation is not merely forgiveness with a ticket to heaven, but a life lived interactively in the present kingdom of God.”― Elane O'Rourke
  7. "By salvation I mean, not barely, according to the vulgar notion, deliverance from hell, or going to heaven; but a present deliverance from sin, a restoration of the soul to its primitive health, its original purity; a recovery of the divine nature; the renewal of our souls after the image of God.” ― John Wesley
  8. “Self-sufficiency is the enemy of salvation. If you are self-sufficient, you have no need of God. If you have no need of God, you do not seek Him. If you do not seek Him, you will not find Him.” ― William Nicholson
  9. “The purpose of Jesus’s coming is to put the whole world right, to renew and restore the creation, not to escape it. It is not just to bring personal forgiveness and peace, but also justice and shalom to the world.”― Timothy Keller
  10. “You were saved when you believed in Jesus, but you were transformed when you realized He believed in you.” ― Kris Vallotton
Sinners cannot save themselves.

Sinners cannot save themselves.

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Questions & Answers

Question: Since the life of Christ was so different from the lives of most common men, why don't the people who claim they have accepted the Christ as their Savior live as close to the life of Christ as the nation will allow?

Answer: There are different reasons that the lives of people who accept Christ as Savior fall short of Christian standards. Maybe, they're willful hypocrites, so they don't deserve our attention. Or, maybe they're struggling and missing the mark. Paul counseled this group to "Keep on working with fear and trembling to complete your salvation." (Philippians 2:12 GNT) All believers have to grow spiritually, and they all need encouragement--not rebuke, not condemnation, not judgment. If those who have stronger characters will invest in the weaker ones, we will see more believers living closer to the standard set by Christ.

Question: Are there any examples in our time of someone who has accepted Christ's Birth and what written teachings of Jesus do they follow?

Answer: Sure, there are hundreds of people who accept Christ as Savior and Lord every day. That includes accepting His birth. They accept His teachings in the Bible as His written teachings and commit to following it. We know that someone is following when we see the change toward righteousness happening in their lives. Some s are gradual.

Question: How are we supposed to "accept Christ’s miraculous birth, exemplary life and sacrificial death" and what is the proof will we have to show that we have?

Answer: We accept Christ—His birth, life, death and resurrection—by recognizing and accepting His divinity. He is “God with us” (Matthew 1:23), whose mission on earth is to save us from our sins, so we surrender to Him as Savior; and that surrender also makes Him our Lord.

It is an act of faith to invite Him, by prayer, to reside in our hearts/minds as Savior and Lord. We allow Him through His Word, and through the influence of His Holy Spirit on our spirit, to forge a reconciliation between Him who is holy and us who are sinful. The reconciliation is a process, not a one-time event.

The proof that we have accepted Him is the change we, and others, see in our character. Our sinful nature no longer controls us. All the bad habits which His commandments disallow—idolatry, blasphemy, lying, stealing, adultery, coveting, hate and everything else sinful—become distasteful to us.

Under the influence of His Holy Spirit, we begin to strive for a principled life powered by: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5: 22,23).

Everything about us—thoughts, attitudes, speech, deportment, conduct in relationships, media choices, self-care, care for others—show spiritual growth. That evident, continuing maturity is the proof that we are Christians.

© 2019 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 09, 2020:

Victor, thank you for your contribution to the topic. I appreciation your insight and affirmation.

victor from India on March 09, 2020:

“Salvation is not merely forgiveness with a ticket to heaven, but a life lived interactively in the present kingdom of God.”― Elane O'Rourke

Yes, salvation has so much to do with this earthly living. We ought to live as if we live in heaven -- as heavenly citizens now.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 27, 2019:

Thank you, Denise. I also want to enjoy my salvation now. I agree with you: "It is the daily manna of grace that is my salvation!"

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on December 26, 2019:

I love that last quote, that it is our understanding of the Savior's belief in us that saves us in the here and now. The notion that salvation is only for after death leaves little hope for our everyday lives. For me, it is the daily manna of grace that is my salvation!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 23, 2019:

Manatita, thanks for all your kind comments throughout the year. I also appreciate our friendship and look forward to more interaction with you during the New Year. Love and Best Wishes during the Christmas season.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 23, 2019:

Rose, so good to hear from you. Thanks for your comment. Love and Best Wishes throughout the Christmas season and even unto the New Year.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 23, 2019:

Antonio, thanks for your support throughout the year. Your comments were sometimes challenging but I believe they always came from a good place. Best to you and yours for the Christmas season!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 23, 2019:

Thanks, Pastor Bill. The miracle of salvation is always a good topic for a Christmas sermon. A Blessed Christmas and a Hopeful New Year to you, to your wife and your church family.

manatita44 from london on December 23, 2019:

Thank you, Dee. Thank you for your love, for being my friend, for being wise enough to know that you do not know … as such in putting your trust in one who you have Faith knows. God bless your Spirit. Merry Christmas!!

Rose Nyakundi on December 23, 2019:

Thank you for reminding us the deeper meaning of Christmas; salvation full and free!

Antonio50S on December 23, 2019:

To MsDora.

I really like ( No 7 & 8 Quotes ) No7 is really good. "The renewal of our souls after the IMAGE of GOD" that is So Very COOL.

Peace and love to everyone, despite our differences and faults. ( James 2:8 ) 3 Key words. "ROYAL" LOVE & NEIGHBOUR.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 22, 2019:

What a wonderful truth Matthew 1:21 holds. Praise God for the impossible. I just preached on this verse last week, and I found this a refreshing confirmation of my thoughts. I like the subtitle - comprehensive assurance!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 22, 2019:

Thanks, Liz. When we focus on Christ as the reason for the celebration, we recognize the many practical blessings that come with His birth.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 22, 2019:

Thanks, Jason. Season's greetings to you too. Happy that you like the article.

Liz Westwood from UK on December 22, 2019:

Thanks for this challenging devotional, which puts Jesus firmly in his rightful place and reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on December 21, 2019:

Wonderful article with touching and heartfelt content. I enjoyed the article tremendously. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 21, 2019:

Thanks, Devika. Hope you and yours enjoy the Christmas season, if you celebrate it. I'm not sure that you do.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 21, 2019:

Kari, a happy, joyful Christmas to you and yours, also. Sure, we can also celebrate grace, this Christmas.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 21, 2019:

Thanks, Miebakagh. Good to see you. Glad you liked the article.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 21, 2019:

Thanks, Linda. Wishing love, peace and joy to you and yours also.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 21, 2019:

The perfect hub for this season. In every word said it is inspirational and positive.Merry Christmas to you and yours

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on December 21, 2019:

Dora, thank you for this amazing article. We all need what grace gives. I love the John Wesley quote. I think it explains things nicely. Have a wonderful Christmas!

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on December 21, 2019:

Hi, Dora, thanks for sharing. Your story is a good counsel. Good day.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2019:

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. I hope the season is a very enjoyable one for you, Dora.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Denise. A happy, joyful, peaceful Christmas to you and yours.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Lseraphin, welcome to HubPages and thanks for commenting. Will be happy to follow you, when you write, which I hope will be soon.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Eric, may you and yours enjoy a blessed, peaceful Christmas season.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Rev. Minnicks. A peaceful, joyful Christmas season to you and yours.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on December 20, 2019:

These are all good things to remember, especially His incomprehensible love for us. Merry Christmas

Blessings,

Denise

Lseraphin on December 20, 2019:

Truly inspiring article.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 20, 2019:

Thrive my good friend. Accept nothing less.

Margaret Minnicks from Richmond, VA on December 20, 2019:

WOW! What an inspirational article especially during this time of the year. I was so edified because of the article and the powerful quotes about salvation. MsDora, I love your style of writing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Lori, Christmas love joy and peace to you. Thanks for reading this weekly post.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Pamela. Christmas love, joy and peace to you as well. Your reading activity will certainly add to your appreciation for the season.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Bill, love peace and joy to you and your family also. Thanks for reading this weekly post.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Linda. A peaceful, joyous Christmas to you and yours as well. Thanks for reading my weekly post.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Flourish. I wish similar joy and peace to you and your family.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Thanks, Jerry. Christmas greetings to you and Rowdy also.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 20, 2019:

Eric, the conversations between you and and your son are usually so enlightening. He's an angel alright!

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on December 20, 2019:

I love this message. I have been washing over myself the message of the birth of Christ all month. Thank you for reminding us what Christmas is all about.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 20, 2019:

I think this article is so appropriate for this time of year. As I read a chapter of Luke each day along with some other scriptures some days, it has made me so grateful for my beliefs. I think the quotes you listed are so appropriate as well. Have a wonderful Christmas season Ms. Dora as we quickl approach the big day.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 20, 2019:

A beautiful message for a beautiful time of year, a time of peace, a time of love. Thank you for the reminder. Peace and love to you always!

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on December 20, 2019:

A beautiful contemplation for this blessed time of year. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us each week. May you have a truly wonderful Christmas.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 20, 2019:

This is a beautiful, heartfelt seasonal message. I hope your holiday season is filled with warmth and joy and everything that Christmas is meant to embody.

Jerry W Hulse from Kingsport, Tennessee on December 20, 2019:

Well said Ms Dora

Merry Christmas from me and Rowdy

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Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 20, 2019:

I do not have clarity on such matters. This must be a gift. We had much talk but I believe The Angel who talked to Mary was Gabriel. Hence my son's name and his Viet name.

Could it be that my own son has brought me salvation? I just do not know how that works.

Gabe and I discussed it last night. We agreed Elisabeth brought it to us. (Elisabeth is our lady's Baptismal name)