One of our Hymns says, “All that I needed Thy hand hath provided.” That is not exactly true. The truth is “God, You are all that I need.” God is our Salvation. Our needs are not met by God in the sense that He gives us what we need. Instead He is what we need. All our needs are met when we realize what we have in Him.

Jesus came to reconcile us to God. God became man and took on Himself that which separated us from Him. God took our sin, shame, and disgrace and removed them as far as the east is from the west. Jesus cancelled all that separates us from God so that now God the Father loves us in the same way He loves His own Son Jesus. This is the incredible good news.

The wonderful news is that as Christians we have God Himself. “In Him we live and move and have our being.” Let me give you a few examples of how this works.

Peace. We all want it. Many people go to God and they ask God for peace and then they go on about their way and don’t feel like they get what they ask for. The problem is that they tried to get the peace of God without getting the God of peace. God doesn’t just give us peace, God is our peace.

Whenever we are scared or anxious or worried what we need to do is think like this: “Jesus has reconciled me to God. God loves me in the very same way that He loves Jesus. Therefore I cannot be in danger. I am God’s son in whom He is well pleased. God is a good Father. He is protecting me. He is providing for me. He is working all things together for my good. I am invincible.” This approach does not try to get peace from God. Instead it insists that God is my peace.

Health. Many Christians have prayed to God for healing and went away feeling like they weren’t heard or that their prayers weren’t answered. Once again, the problem is that very often we try to get health from God without getting the God of health.

Whenever we are sick we need to think like this: “Jesus has reconciled me to God. God loves me in the very same way that He loves Jesus. I know that God heals all my diseases. Therefore I am not really sick. The doctors might say I have something, the scans might show I have something, but what I know is that I only have what God wants me to have. And God only gives me that which is best for me. This sickness is really my health; the bitter is really sweet. I will be healed. No matter what. Whether in this world or the next, I will be healed. I am invincible.” This approach does not try to get health from God. Instead it insists that God is my health.

Make God your salvation. Don’t try to get it from Him. Instead let God be your salvation. Realize as Jesus said, “This is eternal life, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou has sent.” Armed with this knowledge you can have new confidence and power. You can be certain that all your prayers are answered, that you really are more than a conqueror, that all things really do work together for your good because all that we need for life and godliness is provided for us in God.

David

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