How a Relationship with God Starts

Posted on November 2, 2011

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I’m on a an adventure. I’m asking God to help me grasp all that it means to have a relationship with him. I want to “see” it from His perspective – without my pride, distortions of the truth I created, etc. The following quote from Oswald Chambers really helped me and I wanted to share it with you.

I am not saved by believing— I simply realize I am saved by believing. And it is not repentance that saves me— repentance is only the sign that I realize what God has done through Christ Jesus. The danger here is putting the emphasis on the effect, instead of on the cause. Is it my obedience, consecration, and dedication that make me right with God? It is never that! I am made right with God because, prior to all of that, Christ died. When I turn to God and by belief accept what God reveals, the miraculous atonement by the Cross of Christ instantly places me into a right relationship with God. And as a result of the supernatural miracle of God’s grace I stand justified, not because I am sorry for my sin, or because I have repented, but because of what Jesus has done. The Spirit of God brings justification with a shattering, radiant light, and I know that I am saved, even though I don’t know how it was accomplished.

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest – Oct 28, 2011.

It’s a supernatural miracle of God’s grace. Jesus intervened for me. And for you. Today I’m thankful to understand it a little more.

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