Saturday, August 24, 2013

It is Well With My Soul" by the Isaacs


"It is Well With My Soul" is a beautiful song.  I believe that every song has a story that touches us all, regardless of genre.  This song touches me.  I believe that while things are not perfect, Jesus Christ saved me.  It is definitely well with my soul.

There are many people who have a wrong view of things, including salvation.  Jesus saves.  What does that mean?  It means that Jesus is the Only One who can rescue us from the curse of eternal death.  Thus save literally means to rescue.  Around 2,000 years ago, Jesus died on the cross for us and he rose again on the third day.  He died so that us sinners could be rescued, or saved. 

Here is the thing however.  Those who are rescued are grateful to Whoever rescues them, right?  Yes, that is true.  That is what praise is all about.  People who are rescued and are grateful want to repay those who rescue them.  The One who saves us we can never truly repay, from what I heard.  What He did for was made Him the Propitiation for our sins.  He is our Mediator.

He was born in a sinful world and died in a sinful world.  However, He resurrected in a sinful world as well.  With God, all things are possible.  No matter what we go through, all things are still possible for those who believe.  For us to be rescue we don't need to just say a prayer, though believers are supposed to pray and fellowship.  We have to call on the Name of Jesus Christ, believe He is Lord, and believe that the Father rose Him from the dead.  Jesus is our Example.  Those who believe in Him will not have a carefree, perfect life, but in the end, those who endure will be raised up to Heaven and will commune with Him forever. 

Their names have been written in Heaven.  Jesus has not forgotten us.  His promises are true.  He will never leave us, nor forsake us.  He doesn't want us to be anxious and troubled, though there are troubles in the world and though we will be anxious and fearful about things.  He is greater than he who is in the world.

Those who are true believers are those who have truly repented.  Believers in the New Testament have received power from on High.  The Holy Spirit came upon believers in the book of Acts.  I am not sure what has happened in the life of the new believers, but they are the believers who have repented and hopefully have endured for Jesus Christ.  Like Paul, believers have to endure and endure much.  There are many who preach the gospel in other nations who have been killed, brutalized, and lost their churches.  Meanwhile, I as an American can preach the gospel on the street still.  Sure I will be called names, or even physically attacked. 

On the other hand, I cannot imagine who those in other nations endure on a daily basis.  Many Americans are worried about the loss of rights and freedoms we hold dear.  We all have to remember that not everyone has those rights for leading someone to Jesus Christ could cost a believer their freedom.  We can do that in the US, though we may receive some criticism, we would be asking different questions if our churches were burned.  I can only imagine how much more dire it is for believers in other nations.  I pray for believers in other nations that they would continue to endure and that we as American believers would not forget them.  Let us not forget them, for I believe that no matter what they go through, they have not forgotten the goodness of God.  Let us in America not forget the same thing.


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