The Victim

Part 3 of 4
By Pastor Dave

          The night I got saved was the pivotal part of my salvation.  I saw in my heart how I had offended God and it was my sins alone that put me in that situation.  I remember feeling the weight of that thought, having no more excuses.  I thought it was God’s fault that I became an orphan.  Where was he?  That night I realized God answers to no man but every man answers to God.  I simply stopped making excuses.  I said you are right God and I am wrong.  I am a helpless sinner with no hope.  When I did that and when you do that, salvation is at the door.  God then offers Christ as your only hope.  That is why Jesus said in John 10:9 I am the door.   We cannot receive salvation until we have come to the point that we see we need it and get honest about our sin and agree with God.  We are sinners and need a Saviour.  That’s repentance as in Luke 13:3 “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” In bringing us to the position of no hope in our repentance, we are then pointed to our only hope.  It is only then we shed the victim in regard to salvation.   Our sins are taken away when we ask for forgiveness from the one who knows no sin and truly was the victim for our sins but did not play the victim.  He was as a lamb to the slaughter and bore our sins on the cross for us so we would not face eternal damnation.  He gave his life for our life so we could give our lives to him for all eternity.  We no longer play the victim but have the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

          Secondly, we are saved from our sins at salvation and our eternity is secure.  We go from being a child of the devil to a child of God.  We still have our old nature and we still can play the victim.  Although we can never lose heaven, we can still lose fellowship with God and believers, as well as our joy and peace.  So we must deal with the victim thing even after salvation because it is still part of our old nature and will be one of the greatest hindrances to our spiritual growth.

To be continued ………………..

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