Daily Hope Devotional 2 April 2022 By Rick Warren | Saturday Message
Daily Hope with Rick Warren – April 2, 2022
What It Means to Be Saved
By Rick Warren
Today’s Scripture: “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (CEV)
Daily Hope Devotional 2 April 2022 MESSAGE
Because of God’s great mercy, Jesus came “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10 NIV). He showed you how much you matter to him by sending his Son to die on the cross for your sins. That’s the kind of love God has for you.
You may have heard people say, “I’m saved.” You may even say that yourself when you talk about your relationship with Jesus. But what does it mean to be saved? What happens when you accept God’s gift of salvation?
Salvation rescues you from yourself. Many people don’t think they need to be saved or “rescued” from anything. And I ask them, “Really? You have no pain in your life? You have no resentment, pressures, guilt, or anxiety?” Everyone has problems they can’t solve on their own. Everyone needs to be rescued. Everyone needs Jesus.
The Bible says, “Call on me in times of trouble. I will rescue you, and you will honor me” (Psalm 50:15 GW).
Salvation recovers what you lost. What would you like to get back? Maybe you’ve lost your confidence, your joy, your reputation, your dream, or your innocence. Jesus came to recover what you’ve lost.
If you’re familiar with farming, you probably know how damaging a swarm of locusts (grasshoppers) can be. They can destroy a field of corn in about two hours.
What has eaten away at your life? What has destroyed your profitability, plans, or relationships? Only God can restore it all. Joel 2:25 says, “I will give you back what you lost in the years when swarms of locusts ate your crops” (GNT).
Salvation reconnects you to God. When you surrender your life to God, Jesus makes peace between you and him. He tears down all the barriers that once separated you from your Creator. There’s a word for that: reconciliation.
The Bible says, “Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us, and he has given us the work of making peace between himself and others” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18 CEV).
Being reconciled to God also means you will live with him forever. You will have a home in heaven for all eternity! That’s why preparing for the next life is the most important thing you can do in this life.
Daily Hope Devotional 2 April 2022 Message: PLAY today’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick
Talk It Over
- When did you first realize you mattered to God? What circumstance or person helped you realize this?
- What daily habits keep you close to Jesus, the Good Shepherd? What habits make you more likely to wander from him?
- Who in your life doesn’t appear to have God’s direction and protection? Make plans to tell them how valuable they are to him.
If you’ve never opened your life to Jesus Christ, you’ll never find the direction or have the protection that comes from a relationship with him.
You don’t need to know what’s going to happen tomorrow. You don’t need to know what the future holds; you just need to know who holds the future! When you have a relationship with your Creator, you’ll have the security of his unwavering love and unbreakable promises.
If you want to begin an intimate, forever relationship with Jesus, pray: “Dear God, I want my security to be in something that cannot be taken from me. I want my security to be in my relationship with you, as I trust in your promise to never leave me. I want to claim that promise today. As much as I know how, I open my life to you, Jesus Christ. I confess that I have lived life my own way and sinned against you. Please forgive me. Come into my life and change my priorities, my values, my purpose, and my direction. Transform me into the person you want me to be. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”
If you just prayed to accept Jesus, please email me at Rick@PastorRick.com and let me know. I’d like to send you some free materials to help you start your journey with Jesus.
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