"The Beginning of Faith" - Friday, August 19th

"The Beginning of Faith" - Friday, August 19th

And after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. Acts 16:30-33

 Today's thoughts from today's verses:

When we consider the “beginning” of faith in the light of today’s Scripture, the words “Believe in the Lord Jesus” jump out at us. Certainly, placing our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins is a part of what happens at the beginning. However, there is something else that needs to happen first and we see it in the words, “what must I do to be saved?” One does not ask this question unless they want to be saved and one does not want to be saved unless they recognize they need to be saved. Recognizing one’s need for salvation is the true beginning” of faith. We call this repentance.

Repentance involves the deep conviction that we are sinful and that something needs to be done about it. Repentance is a faith matter, in that a person “believes” they need to be saved. This is exactly what had transpired in the life of the Philippian jailer (you might want to read the full story in Acts 16) who we met in today’s passage. This led to his question about salvation and his trusting in Christ as his Savior after “they spoke the word of the Lord to him.” Our passage goes on to say, “immediately he was baptized.” When a person responds to the work of the Holy Spirit in their life, the result is repentance, salvation, and baptism. This is the “beginning of faith” and a life time of walking with God and living fully for Him.

Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:

Lord, thank you for your work in my life. You know where I am in my response to you. Please help me to go forward in exactly the ways that are needed. Thank you for the Philippian jailer who got it: repentance, salvation, baptism. I get it too. Thank you for the “beginning” of faith which you have accomplished in my life. Amen!

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