I don't see how we could continue this 20 days of praising God without praising Him for our salvation, do you? We barely touched on this yesterday, when we mentioned that from the beginning, He has had a plan . . .
He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (II Timothy 1:9)
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. (I Peter 1:20)That plan began before the world was created, and is being carried out even today, when souls are saved.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— (John 1:12)
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! (Romans 5:9-10)
God has a plan for all of us, an individual purpose that is uniquely ours. It begins when we accept the gift of salvation, and we experience the peace of Christ that comes from knowing our sins are forgiven. He knew us in eternity past, even before we existed! He loved us enough then to send His only Son to die on the cross for us, before we turned to Him.
Thank you, Lord, for your gift of salvation!