2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NKJV – Ultimate survival

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed

It doesn’t take much in this world today to make you feel squeezed, confused, under attack and knocked out.  Sounds like a pretty dismal existence.  It is outside of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  The sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross is central to the Christian faith.  Through the cross and Jesus resurrection, God achieved the redemption for believers and it brings hope to the lost and dying world.  So believers don’t need to feel the pressurized, mixed up, bowled over assault that exists around them.

The gospel IS the message of the Cross.  “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2 NKJV) And the Cross of Calvary destroys the power of the enemy and brings reconciliation and justification to those who believe.  “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” (Romans 5:10 NLKV)

The shedding of the blood of Jesus is seen as representing the giving of His life as an atoning sacrifice for the sins of all humanity.  “Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Hebrews 9:12-14 NKJV) 

I will tell you from experience that the world will snatch you and your life up in a heartbeat and get you to believe that you need no one other than yourself to survive.  We have all kinds of media that will reinforce that belief.  There is even competitive competitions for the ultimate survival.  Our new age sports go far out to the “extreme”.  All to make the “winner” feel he or she has accomplished the ultimate goal.  Except there is one major flaw in that thinking.  There is always someone right behind that person waiting to jump out and destroy them.  And who does this sound like?  “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8 NKJV)

So you might be thinking that I am exaggerating.  I don’t think so.  You need to know I’ve come from a place that I don’t desire to return to.  A place where I was hard-pressed on every side, confused beyond understanding, persecuted by anyone and everyone, and knocked down and out.  I lived outside a life in Christ.  I lived for myself and all that I could steal from the world.  But then I met Jesus.  And if you want to know what happened, take a look at this blog page’s home page.  These blogs are the testimony of my life in a nutshell and the miracle God performed in my life to rescue me from this world.

Friend, Scripture stresses that fallen human beings are cut off from God on account of their sin.  I was cut off.  All need to be saved, if they are to enter into a new relationship with God as their Creator and Redeemer.  Salvation is not the result of any ultimate human achievement or extreme victory, privilege or wisdom, not from being first and “winning” the event, but depends totally upon the graciousness of a loving God, expressed in the Cross of Jesus Christ.  And people must respond in repentance and faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus and His rising from the grave to benefit from God’s salvation in Christ.

You can change your situation today if you choose.  Yes, it’s a choice given to you by God.  He gave His Son Jesus to die for your sins.  Now the next step is yours.  Will you have faith to believe and ask Jesus into your life or will you not.  What will you choose?

Dear God, thank You that You gave us Your Son, Jesus, to suffer and die for us for our sins.  Thank You that we can now have eternal life with you.  We are hard-pressed but yet not crushed.  We are perplexed, but not in despair. We are persecuted, but not forsaken. And we are struck down, yet not destroyed.  Thank You God that You care for us and give us strength to live in this world.  May the life of Jesus Christ live in us.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

If you have chosen to accept the blood sacrifice of Jesus on the cross and submit your life into His hands, you need to pray.  You need to begin that relationship with a prayer.  If your answer is, “Yes, I want Jesus to be my Lord and Savior” then you need to pray a little prayer.  God promises to hear your prayer and answer you.  Come with a humble and open heart to receive Him.

Dear Lord, I realize that my life in this world is not the life You planned for me.  I am a sinner and desire to have an eternal relationship with You.  Jesus forgive me.  I believe that You suffered and died on that cross because of my sin, but you rose from the grave to defeat sin and death once and for all.  And that includes me.  Come into my life Lord and save me, restore me, renew me, and redeem me.  I give You my life today.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN

Friend, if you prayed this prayer, contact a bible believing church in your area and tell someone.  Like the Pastor.  I’m sure he would be excited with the news.  God bless you!

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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