March 16, 2017

Romans 10:10 (NLT) — 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.

Today this verse leads me to reflect on the grace and mercy of God. What I am believing and declaring Paul sums up in the following verse:

Galatians 1:4–5 (NLT) — 4 Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. 5 All glory to God forever and ever! Amen.

We have all read stories about people being rescued from falling through ice into freezing water, from buildings that were on fire, from being buried in an avalanche of snow, from being adrift at sea, from being stranded on the interstate during a blizzard and last year what made the news all across the United States was the rescue of a little boy that somehow had gotten into a cage with gorillas.

Why did these people need to be rescued? Because they couldn’t save themselves. We are people that have fallen into the freezing water of sin, engulfed in the flames of sin, buried under an avalanche of sin, adrift in a sea of sin, stranded in a blizzard of sin and trapped in a cage of sin. We could not save ourselves. We were totally dependent on the grace and mercy of God.

Thank God for Jesus! As Isaiah says:

Isaiah 53:5–6 (NLT) — 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. 6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.

And because of the beating Jesus took Isaiah also said:

Isaiah 52:14 (NLT) — 14 But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man.

Jesus suffered all of that for us and all we have to do to be rescued by Jesus from an eternity in hell is to believe in our heart and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord. Wow what grace! Wow what mercy! Wow what a wonderful Lord we have! Thank you Jesus.

May we pause from the busyness of our day just like Paul did when he was writing his letter to the Galatians and say with hearts of thanksgiving, “All glory to God forever and every, Amen”.

Be Inspired Hilltop!


  1. Mark Gundersen says

    The world looks for Lassie to save Timmy fromantic being in the well while we look to God to get Jeremiah out of the well.