What Does It Mean to Be “Saved”?

Daily Devotional with Dr. Charles Stanley @ InTouch.org

Thursday, March 29, 2012

What Does It Mean to Be “Saved”?

Read | Psalm 25:12

What makes a person acceptable to God? The path to redemption  begins not with the decision to live a better life or to stop doing something  wrong, but with the realization  that we cannot correct our sinful nature. To find favor with the Lord, we must  grasp that it’s impossible to make ourselves righteous; instead, we need to  depend on the sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. When we trust in Christ as  our Savior, God the Father applies the benefit of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice to  our sin debt, thereby making us “saved,” or acceptable in His eyes.

Your good works and righteous acts are of  absolutely no value in the mind of God. Compared to others’ actions, your  generosity and good works might seem like enough to bring favor with the Lord,  but Jesus said, “Not as a result of works, so that no  one may boast” (Eph. 2:9). When you stand before God, the only way you can  be forgiven of your sins is through  Jesus Christ and His sacrificial, substitutionary atoning death at Calvary.  Jesus came to give His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45).

Jesus’ public crucifixion was a demonstration of God’s hatred for  sin and immense love for mankind. He who was blameless bore the penalty for all  in order that wicked, corrupt people could be made righteous.

No matter what you’ve done,  you can be cleansed of the stain left by sin. Confess any known transgressions and turn from them; then Jesus will forgive you and  write your name in the Lamb’s Book of Life (1 John 1:9; Rev. 21:27). By trusting in Him, you are assured of eternity in  His presence.

Psalm 25

Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon.

A Psalm of David.

1 To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
2 O my God, in You I trust,
Do not let me be ashamed;
Do not let my enemies exult over me.
3 Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;
Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.

4 Make me know Your ways, O LORD;
Teach me Your paths.
5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
For You I wait all the day.
6 Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses,
For they have been from of old.
7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
According to Your lovingkindness remember me,
For Your goodness’ sake, O LORD.

8 Good and upright is the LORD;
Therefore He instructs sinners in the way.
9 He leads the humble in justice,
And He teaches the humble His way.
10 All the paths of the LORD are lovingkindness and truth
To those who keep His covenant and His testimonies.
11 For Your name’s sake, O LORD,
Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.

12 Who is the man who fears the LORD?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
13 His soul will abide in prosperity,
And his descendants will inherit the land.
14 The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him,
And He will make them know His covenant.
15 My eyes are continually toward the LORD,
For He will pluck my feet out of the net.

16 Turn to me and be gracious to me,
For I am lonely and afflicted.
17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
Bring me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon my affliction and my trouble,
And forgive all my sins.
19 Look upon my enemies, for they are many,
And they hate me with violent hatred.
20 Guard my soul and deliver me;
Do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in You.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me,
For I wait for You.
22 Redeem Israel, O God,
Out of all his troubles.

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