No Substitute for the Blood of Jesus

Exodus 21:23-25.

Some churches are wanting to make church more comfortable. Part of their way of doing that is not singing songs about the blood of Jesus. Some people cringe at the thought of the blood and some get upset by it. Some new members get scared by it. Some churches just want to do away with things that make people uncomfortable. The blood is something that makes some people uncomfortable.

But there is no substitute for the blood of Jesus.

There are many substitutes for things in life. There’s substitutes for heavy cream, eggs, butter, and sugar. If you don’t like a Chevrolet vehicle, you could substitute a Ford for it. A substitute for Hardee’s breakfast is a McDonald’s one. For just about everything in life, there is a substitute.

There are some things that there are no substitutes for, such as:

  • Prayer – If you don’t pray, some things will not turn around. Luke 18:1. I’ve really been pushing worship, but I want to make sure this generation knows that worship is not a substitute for prayer. Yes, we need to worship and lift up holy hands to the Lord, but we also need to bow our heads and cry out, seeking God’s face. If you pray a little, He’ll move a little. If you pray a lot, He will move a lot. But if you pray it through, He will turn things around.

 

  • Church – I know sometimes people are not able to come to church because of certain situations. But, my friend, we have made it through illnesses and viruses. Fear struck people when the virus came, but now the pandemic is over. We have no right to sit on our couches and refuse to go to church now just because fear came two years ago. We need to get up and tell the devil that we aren’t going to miss out on what God has for us, and we are going to return to the house of God. Hebrews 10:25. Acts 2:1-2.

 

  • The Bible – It’s not enough to read my dad’s books or a book from a famous preacher. After all, what book were they reading when they found God? All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness. The Bible was written by men who were moved on by the Spirit of God and there is no substitute for that.

 

  • The Holy Ghost – Acts 2:3-4. Don’t you settle for some cheap copy. Stay in the altar and get that original Holy Ghost. There is a genuine, tongue-talking, life-changing, soul-keeping, devil-fighting, victory-walking Holy Ghost. He will carry you through storms, make a way for you, and He will fight for you.

 

  • Jesus – Exodus 20:4-5. Revelation 1:17-18. Isaiah 43:11. There is no one else who can deliver from addiction and set captives free. There is no other who can save from sin. All salvation must come from Jesus. Isaiah 42:8, 44:6. Revelation 22:13. There is no substitute for our Savior.

 

  • Salvation – It doesn’t matter if you have your name on a dozen church books. If you are not born again, you will never reach Heaven. You can sign cards and repeat after me, but if you haven’t had a life-changing experience with the Lord, you will not make it to Heaven. Hosea 13:4. Luke 2:11. John 3:7.

There is no substitute for the blood of Jesus.

Adam is a type of Christ because he came directly from God. Noah is a type of Christ because he delivered his family from the Flood. Joseph was a type of Christ because he was cast out by his brethren and sold for silver and lost his coat. Moses helped deliver from bondage. Joshua was a mighty conqueror. Samson had strength to slay the lion and carry off the iron gates of impossibility. There are so many people in the Bible who did things that were like Christ, but they could not be a substitute for Jesus and His blood.

There are people who say not to preach about the blood, saying it’s not a happy sermon. Oh but it is! His blood saved us from a burning Hell. His blood covered our sins and gave us new life. It’s a bloody story that washed away our sins.

It wasn’t the tune of “Amazing Grace” that saved a wretch like me. It was the sound of “Forgive them, for they know not what they do.” The sound that saved me was Jesus crying from that cross, “It is finished!” It wasn’t the pretty tune of “Amazing Grace” that saved me. It was the Lamb slaughtered and beaten beyond recognition for me. The precious blood of Jesus redeemed me from my horrible past. There is nothing in this world that can replace the blood of Jesus. There’s no religion and no doctrine that can replace the blood of Jesus. Exodus 12:7,13.

There is no substitute for Jesus, but He is our substitute.

Now, I’ve got a lot of questions I talk to the Lord about. One of those questions is, “Why does it take blood to cover my sins? I believe it, but I don’t totally understand it.” But then I read that simple verse: Exodus 21:23. When sin gets into a person, they walk away from God and they will die. “But why did it take blood?” Leviticus 17:11. Life is in the blood. It should have been our life, but Jesus shed His blood and became our substitute. Life for life.

Isaiah 53:4-6. Jesus became our substitute that we might be able to live eternally with Him. He shed His blood so we might be saved from a burning Hell. Hallelujah! Thank the Lord for His blood!

Galatians 3:13. 2 Corinthians 5:21. 1 Peter 3:18. 1 Peter 1:18-19. Acts 20:28. Colossians 1:14. Revelation 19:13. Hebrews 13:12. Hebrews 9:22. 

Pastor Anthony Wynn

 

Miracles

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thank you for visiting me today! I have a passage of Scripture I want to share with you.

“And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,

By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.

And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” (Acts 4:29-31)

There is more to this prayer, but this is the part I want to focus on today. The Apostles were asking for boldness to preach the Gospel. Not only that, but also to be the hands and mouth of God. The Lord loves to use people and I’m sure He was smiling down right then at this prayer. The Apostles wanted God to flow through them so that they might help heal the sick and witness with signs and wonders. In other words, they were asking God to perform miracles through them.

There are some people who don’t believe in the healing power of God. Some don’t believe miracles happen in this day and age. But, they fail to realize that they themselves are a miracle in essence.

The Bible explains that the world was created by God. Given our knowledge of science today, it is said Earth is one planet out of a solar system of 9 major planets that orbit the sun. The sun has just enough pull on Earth to keep it in orbit, but the Earth moves too fast to be pulled into the sun. Any closer to the sun and life would burn up; any further away and we all would freeze. It is said that we have discovered galaxies beyond our own Milky Way. Modern science suggests that the vacuum and darkness of the starry universe is limitless and grander than the mind can fathom.

But now let’s travel back to Earth.

According to science, every bit of matter in this universe is made up of one of the smallest things known to mankind: atoms. To give you an idea of how small they are, think of a cell in the human body. One single cell cannot be seen without a very strong microscope. You have about 100 trillion cells in your body and for every single one of those you have about 100 trillion atoms in each!

I promise, I’m not here to give you a science lesson, but to inform you that you are made up of a number of atoms that you can not even comprehend. Every single thing is made up of atoms and if we tried to understand such a magnificent number of how many atoms exist, our brains would burst.

Now, let me ask you a few questions: Did you create your atoms? Did you know how many atoms it took to make up your skin, your hair, your eyes? How small is the atom? How vast is the universe? How magnificent are the things we know nothing about and can never hope to know until we cross from time to eternity?

Miracle – a surprising and welcome event that is not explicable by natural or scientific laws and is therefore considered to be the work of a divine agency

Science not based on Biblical history can try to explain the existence of all things from a humanistic point of view, but it always comes up short in some form or another. Yet, when a divine being is the base of all creation, things seem to make more sense.

That is why I say you are a miracle in its essence. For God, who knows every atom needed for the possibility of existence, put each atom in their perspective places to make you and your world.

And the very same God who placed the entirety of the universe into motion, lives inside the heart of born-again man.

How is this possible? Why would such a grand and eternal being place His power and magnitude into the heart of weak and mortal man. I cannot even tell you how such a miracle can unfold, but I can tell you of the greatest miracle of all.

The greatest miracle is not our existence and not the placement of the stars. It’s not the brilliance of the sun or the mystery of the universe.

The greatest miracle is God’s love.

Despite the constant rejection, blasphemies, sin, iniquities, the never-ending hatred, vile words, ludicrous acts of violence and terror, and all the horrors men have caused one another throughout thousands of years, God’s love has remained faithful to the soul of man.

It is by nothing we have done that He loves us. We cannot earn such love, nor be separated from it. There is nothing that can destroy it, and nothing that can waver it. His love is infinite, steadfast, unconditional, insurmountable, and completely undeserving to any human being. Yet, such a miracle of love is given to us freely, without any reason of our own, even as we betray that love.

It is because of this love that we are alive. This love holds us in deepest of troubles and carries us through the roughest of storms. Even as we were sinners, it protected us. This love heals us, strengthens us, encourages us, and is our best friend. The very same love that created everything in existence, lives on the inside of us. With God in us, we have power for signs and wonders as evidence of this love working through us to help those in need.

If that’s not a miracle, then I don’t know what could be.

Faith Cross

Benefits of the Holy Ghost

Little by little, the church has started easing away from some of its foundations.

The Bible is no longer the standard for some churches. Some churches have prophets that claim to give you a personal prophecy for so much money. It would surprise you to find out how many homosexuals are working for some ministries. Some churches even think that drinking and sleeping around is acceptable.

Why does the modern church not want the real Holy Ghost?

Some of their reasons are fair, I’ll admit. Some people have seen some Pentecostal folk look down their noses at people who don’t speak in tongues. Some people have caught those who claim to have the Holy Ghost not living right, screaming at their families and cheating and lying.

But, the real Holy Ghost will wake a person up if they’re cheating somehow and mistreating other people. The real Holy Ghost won’t let a person lay down and sleep when they’re being dishonest. The real Holy Ghost won’t only make a person speak in tongues, but it will reprove them and train them in God’s way.

The Holy Ghost doesn’t run on our schedules.

Some churches have their services planned down to the minute. The real Holy Ghost doesn’t stick to our schedules. When the real Holy Ghost gets to moving, a preacher might not get to preach every service. The worship leaders might not even get past the first song. When the Holy Ghost starts moving in services like that, yokes break! Addiction can’t stay and conviction will fall. Altars will fill up when the real Holy Ghost moves.

When you cry out to God, you won’t look dignified.

Is it not better to have the favor of God than to have dignity before people? It doesn’t matter if the President is in church with you, he can’t heal cancer. A senator can’t deliver a drug addict. If the Holy Ghost moves, He will break yolks and deliver those in bondage! We need a manifestation of the presence of God. When God touches a person they probably won’t look dignified, but that’s a small price to pay when they consider the work God does in their life.

The Holy Ghost will help you pray.

He knows what you need when you are weak. His goal is to pray that you receive all that is necessary to stand strong in your faith. Romans 8:26. A person’s infirmities are their weaknesses revealed during a battle. When situations rise up in your life and you face your infirmities, don’t run to nerve pills or a bottle of whiskey. Instead, get by yourself and pray until the Holy Ghost touches you.

Sometimes you might not know how to pray when a certain situation arises. The One who lives inside of you created Earth, stars, Heaven, the grass in your yard, and the birds that soar in the sky. He created every bone and organ in your body and set up the processes of planets’ orbits in space. The Holy Ghost knows all and will intercede in prayer for us.

The Holy Ghost gives you power.

When you obey God and move under the anointing of the Holy Ghost, you will have power and authority. With Christ in you, you have the power to speak life and the power to bind the devil. I believe one of Hell’s greatest fears is a man or woman full of the Holy Ghost. Let’s not let fear move us, but let’s allow the Spirit to move us.

You can’t walk away discouraged when you’ve prayed in the Spirit.

Jude 1:20. When you pray in the Spirit, it will build you up. You won’t be thinking there’s no way out, or seeing a hopeless situation. Praying in the Spirit builds up your faith!

The Holy Ghost gives you the strength and the anointing to be a powerful minister of the Gospel.

A person does not have to have a platform or a microphone to minister. The only thing needed is a need. God will lead you to the right people at the right time to share the right words. Acts 13:2.

The Holy Ghost will move you past your timidness to boldly share the love of Jesus.

Through Him, you can see people healed. You have the power to walk in miracles, signs, and wonders. Acts 1:8. There is a need somewhere right where you are. The Holy Ghost will help you minister to those around you and spread the love of Jesus further from there. Romans 15:13.

The Holy Ghost isn’t an instant over, but a continuing of your journey.

The modern church wants a quick fix. 2 Corinthians 3:18. A person is not changed overnight to be like Jesus. He changes you little by little. Don’t get discouraged, He’s still working on you. If we are going to see cancers healed and more devils cast out and more people saved, there has to be less of us and more of Him.

We are being perfected; we are not perfect yet. We are in the process of transformation. That’s one of the reasons we still struggle even when we are filled with the Spirit.

It doesn’t stop with the Holy Ghost.

The Holy Ghost is part of what God has in store for us. We might not think we need anything more, but the Holy Ghost is the down payment. What does that mean?

The Holy Ghost helps you get to Heaven, where there’s no sickness or death. There will be no tears and no sorrow. For all eternity there will be peace and no war. Forever will be light and no darkness. We will shake off corruption and have a perfect, immortal body which disease cannot touch. We will live in the presence of God forever and ever! Hallelujah! The Holy Ghost is what helps us make it to Heaven.

The Holy Ghost is the down payment. The full payment is a new Heaven and new Earth where old things are passed away and behold all things become new.

How do you know the Holy Ghost is for you?

It’s the will of God for you to be filled with the Holy Ghost. Luke 11:13. Ezekiel 36:27. Joel 2:28.

Acts 2:1-4.

God loves you, friend, and He has so much in store for you!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Cry Out! God Is Listening!

Being a preacher’s son, there were a lot of rough situations I walked into.

There are a few things from when I was young that absolutely terrorized me. One of the memories was about a man who had been drinking and got hit by a car when he was trying to cross a bridge. He couldn’t get up or crawl back to the road. When I was taken to the place, I saw 2 holes in the dirt about 6 inches deep where the man had dug all night long, screaming for someone to help him.

I want to preach this one day in a prison: The only reason why God doesn’t help you is because you won’t cry out.

If you humble yourself and cry out, it doesn’t matter what you are facing, God will help you. If you are facing sickness, trials, temptation, addiction, or if life’s broken you, God will help you! All you have to do is cry out to Him!

When you cry out, you begin to humble yourself and draw nigh to God. When you do that, God will draw nigh to you. There’s not a battle He can’t win and not a storm He can’t calm. There’s not a brokenness He can’t heal.

The battles in your life intensify because the devil realizes that you have a call of God on your life to help others.

The devil sees that if you get where God is wanting to take you then you will touch a lot of people. He wants to break you before you and fulfill your calling. But if you cry out to God, He will help you fulfill your calling!

Let’s talk a little bit about Jonah.

There are a lot of ideas for why he didn’t fulfill his calling at first. I think one of the reasons is because he was intimidated and thought he couldn’t do it good enough so he just wouldn’t do it. But if God has called us to do something, that means we are able. There’s not a timidness, failure, or sin big enough to override God’s call. If God has called you, you can do it! The only reason why people leave church broken, discouraged, and lost, is because they won’t cry out. Psalms 34:6. Romans 2:11. If God will move for David, then He will move for you. If you’ll cry out, He will help you.

Coming back to Jonah, I think he might have not wanted to fail God. He ran from God (automatically failing the call of God) so he wouldn’t fail God. Just because we walk with God that doesn’t mean we won’t face sickness and battles. There will still be some lion’s dens and fiery furnaces. But if God be for you, who can be against you? When you fall, tell the devil to watch you get back up!

Something can get your attention.

I wonder if the second possibility for Jonah’s running would be him thinking he needed to live a little first, meet some goals, and start working on his calling later. He might not have been totally quitting, just putting the call on the shelf for later. Or he could have been just plain stubborn and thought it was his life and he would do things his way. There are a bunch of different ways to think about it, but one thing is for sure. It doesn’t matter who a person is or what their excuse is, something can get their attention.

There is a storm that can bring an awakening inside of a person. But even within Jonah’s storm, he would not repent. Sometimes, there are people like Jonah and it takes another level of storm for them to cry out to God.

While everyone else was falling apart during the bad storm, Jonah was in the bottom of the ship asleep.

There is a real peace that passes all understanding, but there is another “peace” where the enemy tries to lull you asleep just before your whole world starts shaking. Sometimes a person might think that they are doing alright, but in reality they are not. God knows them and their heart. Take into consideration where we are in God’s eyes. Are we close to Him, or are we far away?

Later on in the story, the people on the ship took Jonah and threw him overboard, placing him in God’s hands.

The whale, by nature, would probably have been deeper in the ocean to stay away from the storm. It doesn’t matter how messed up and broken a person is, God will send someone after them in a storm. Jonah tosses in the ocean and then gets swallowed by the whale. He probably didn’t know what was going on and might have prepared himself to get chomped in two, but nothing happened.

All of a sudden Jonah realized he was still alive, but he still had not prayed. After a little while of feeling in the dark and pulling seaweed off his face, he remembered the words of an old man of God saying in times of trouble to turn toward the temple and pray, then God would hear from Heaven and forgive.

Jonah’s all twisted up in the whale’s belly and probably couldn’t tell which way the temple was, but he was in trouble and finally called upon God, and God heard him. When Jonah didn’t deserve it and it looked like things were over, God still heard him. All he had to do was cry out.

I hope this message has touched you somehow. If you feel like you may be in Jonah’s situation, let me remind you God’s not mad at you. He wants to help you. If you will humble yourself, lift your voice, and call out to Him, He will come to you in any situation you may have no matter who you are or what you have done.

When Jonah cried out to God, the whale vomited Jonah out on dry land. If you will cry out to the Lord, He will start a new season in your life. God will meet your needs, save your family, heal you, and restore you.

Cry out for the Lord’s help, my friend, He’s listening.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Shut the Door

What do you do when it looks like it’s all over?

2 Kings 4:18-21.

Two things happen when you shut a door. #1: You shut something in. #2: You’re keeping something out. When you are living by your faith, you have to learn to shut the door. You have to keep the doubters away, shut out fear and discouragement. You have to shut the Word of God in your heart.

2 Kings 4:22,25. In this day and time that we are living in, there are times we are going to have to live by faith. Now in verse 26 the woman said that everything was well. I heard someone say one time she was speaking a lie, but no. She was speaking faith. You cannot have a miracle if you are going to speak doubt.

When our world is shaking, we need to go back to the Word of God. The Shunammite lady lived before we had the Bible so the Word of God came through a prophet to her. So, she went to the man of God.

2 Kings 4:29. This servant represents the average Christian. A lot of times, we run to each other and tell each other our problems, asking others to pray for us. That’s okay, but too often we leave it there and never take it to the Lord ourselves. Things don’t always turn around when you get a hold of a servant, but things have to turn around when you get a hold of the Master. There’s too many people who lean on each other but don’t lean on Jesus. It’s alright to respect and honor those around you, but they did not create you, they did not die for you. Every once in a while, a person needs to shut the door that way it’s just them and Jesus.

If a person is going to have their miracle, they can’t be double minded.

2 Kings 4:30.  They can’t be around one group making plans and run to another group if those plans don’t work out. A double-minded man is unstable in all of his ways. This woman made up her mind that she was going to hold onto God. How could she lose when she was trusting in the One who has never lost a battle?

2 Kings 4:31-32. Faith people do not hear with fleshly ears or see with fleshly eyes. A person cannot live for God and always walk in the flesh. The mind is enmity against God. When a person lives by faith, they understand that God doesn’t always have to explain things, but will turn things around and make a way for them.

2 Kings 4:33. “Jesus, I’m shutting the door. Now, it’s just you, me, and my problem.” Your situation may be bigger than you, but it is not bigger than God. 2 Kings 4:34. Your problems won’t turn around until you can be in the midst of that problem and you can rest. We have Almighty God and we can rest even with the storm raging. Joshua 3:13.

Now, let’s go back to 2 Kings 4:34. “…and put his mouth upon his mouth…” A person has to stop speaking doubt if they want their miracle. Sometimes a person has to put the mouth of faith on the mouth of doubt and speak life and the Word of the Lord. We have to speak victory in a world of defeat. God has not forgotten you and He will move on your behalf!

Some people are about to get their miracle, but all of a sudden they hear fear banging on the door. The enemy’s voice shouts from behind it, telling them that he’s won and they should give up. In the name of Jesus, that fear needs to be shut out. When you realize fear is starting to raise it’s ugly head, get into your prayer closet and shut the door. Shut out everything that tells you that God won’t move for you.

Take promises from God’s Word and shut them in your prayer closet with you.

“…and his eyes upon his eyes…” The man of God set eyes of faith upon eyes that saw no future. Eyes that saw victory were set on eyes that saw only defeat. When our flesh eyes see the bad doctor’s report, faith eyes see Isaiah 53:5 “…with his stripes we are healed.” Flesh eyes see filing for bankruptcy, but faith eyes see food on the table and bills paid.

In the end of verse 34, the man of God put his hands upon the child’s hands. In times of trouble, be sure to keep hopeless hands in the hands of the Master. Matthew 8:3. John 20:25. When your world is shaking get a hold of the hands that reached out for Peter when he was sinking. Get a hold of the hands that will never falter nor fail.

2 Kings 4:35-37.

Look through the eyes of faith. Speak life especially in troubling situations. Shut the door on doubt and fear. Shut in your heart the promises of God and speak His Word in faith over your life.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Addiction

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thank you for visiting me today! In this blog, we will be talking about addiction.

“Can a man make a fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?” (Proverbs 6:27)

There is, without a doubt, many things you can say about addiction. But one thing you can say for sure is that it is horrid. 

What good comes from addiction to worldly things? The Bible says that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights. (James 1:17) Think of those addicted and what has become of them at the end of their lives. I ask again, what good comes from addiction to worldly things? 

In a word: nothing. 

Let us take alcohol for example. For years, thousands of years, we have seen the effects of such a monster. Take the home of a man or woman who tastes of so-called “exquisite” wine. Just a little bit of wine is enough to open a door for greater desire to partake in more of the same. How much will this person spend on alcohol? What he\she spends on this addiction could be used for a greater purpose in their own life and even in the life of others. This person could be saving their money, building orphanages, helping the sick, or helping grow the church’s outreach. Instead, this person sits at home on the couch, in a blubbering state of mind with no wit about themselves as they drown in the wooing effects of strong drink. What good does this bring? What help does this give? What purpose does this serve but to find pleasure for a season? 

Because when it comes down to it, alcohol, drugs, addiction to phones, food, and even shopping – a life of addiction does nothing but destroy. There are millions of examples of this. When someone first starts out in such a way, it may not seem like they are doing too bad. But in the end, addiction is a vicious beast gripping a sorrowful soul in bonds that cannot be broken by anything they possess. 

A tool cannot cut them. Physicians cannot cure them. Spells cannot make them disappear. Psychologists cannot remove the bonds of addiction. 

Yet, I have the solution to shatter these chains. 

#1: A person must be willing to be set free. If they don’t desire peace from their situation, if they don’t want freedom badly enough, they will not be delivered. It is hard, but it is simple. Addiction has such a hold on people, yet they can be saved and the first step towards that is desiring a life of freedom and being willing to have their chains broken. 

#2: Apply the blood of Jesus and give the addiction to Him. There is no worldly thing that can deliver a person from addiction. Control must be given to the Lord. See, abstaining from what is an addiction for them is different from being delivered from it. When a person abstains from such a monster, it still woos them with thoughts, feelings, and desires of the effects it gives. Eventually, the person will come back to it. When a person is delivered, they no longer have the desire to partake of what once became an addiction for them. The beautiful, alluring voice of the monster is tainted by the knowledge of the destruction it causes. No longer will the person give in because a greater desire has taken the place of addiction. 

They desire to do what is right and live for the Lord instead of for themselves. (Matthew 16:24) Because that is what the addiction started with – desiring only pleasure for the flesh. And with such pleasure comes desolate souls and wailing. Tears be the friends of those who partake in such pleasure. Anger and fear are their companions. They have such a desperation for the things slowly killing the body and soul that they will even harm others to get just a moment’s lull from the burning desire of their addiction. 

With deep sympathy and compassion, I ask, is that such a life one should desire to live? 

If you know someone addicted, or are even addicted to something yourself, I would encourage you to take the addiction class HERE on the Oasis Ministries website for more information and encouragement. For now, I will leave you with this: 

The enemy would love nothing more than to deceive a person into skipping into Hell. Do not turn your ear to the sweet voice of temptation. Do not open your heart to doors leading further into worlds of sickening destruction of addiction. Pray desperately for the anointing in your life to break yokes and guide you far away from the voice calling you to try strong drink or other addictive material! Desire only for the will of God and allow Him to control things. 

For this! This life given to God – it is one worth living. 

Thank you for reading!

Faith Cross

How Can I Be Saved?

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today!

If you haven’t read the first two blogs in this series, now would be a good time to do so. You can find Part One HERE and Part Two HERE. So far, we have learned what salvation is and why it’s important to our eternal souls. Today, we will be talking about how you can be saved.

Salvation is not a thing to take lightly, for when life ends without it, the soul leaves for eternal damnation.

It must be duly noted that I, Faith Cross, cannot save anyone. Neither can Bro. Anthony, nor any other preacher. An object cannot save a person. A false god cannot save them. This salvation I speak of only comes from one eternal, perfect, sinless, sacrificial Lamb who died for all the sins of mankind.

The only thing I can do is proclaim the goodness and the mercy of God to the world. All I can do is speak of Christ’s salvation in hopes that someone might hear. John 6:44 says that no man can come to Jesus unless he is drawn. So, all I can do is speak, proclaim Jesus to people, and then the Lord uses that to draw them.

Some of what I will say here can be found on the SALVATION PAGE on the Oasis Ministries website. You can go there for some more information on salvation and resources.

To be saved…

To be saved you must realize you are a sinner and realize what that means for you and your eternal home. You need a savior. (Romans 3:23)

To be saved you have to believe in Jesus, on who He is, what He has done, and the promises He will give you. (Mark 16:16 | Acts 16:31)

You have to repent with Godly sorrow, confessing your iniquities and your sinful nature to Him. (1 John 1:9) God is kind and is merciful. He loves you so very much and will  always love you. (Romans 8:38-39) This repenting is not remorse. It’s not being sorry because you got caught for your sins. (2 Chronicles 7:14 | Acts 3:19) To repent you have to ask for forgiveness and turn from your wicked ways. That last part is very important, because that is the basis of salvation.

Hell is the reward for wicked actions, therefore turn from them and be saved from Hell!

Now, salvation is, of course, a little more than that. As we have stated in the previous blogs, salvation (being born again) is a change. This change is not outwardly, but inwardly. God washes the heart clean and works on the inside to purify a person. Salvation is not a one time deal. It’s a lifestyle change.

To be saved you must be baptized in Jesus name. (Acts 2:38)

You must receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

When a baby is born, they only know what they are taught by their parents as they grow up. So, when you are born again, your heart has been washed clean, but you still need a parent. You still need someone to teach you and show you what way to take. This is what the Holy Ghost does. You need Jesus to occupy your heart or the enemy will.

Jesus died for you.

He died so you might gain this salvation to take you to a home in glory. He died to save you from this wretched piece of sinful nature we call flesh. Such flesh is imperfect and vile and continues in wickedness until the soul is damned forever to eternal fire. 

Why not be saved from this? Why not live life in a place of rest and peace? Why not live in eternal light, where there are no tears nor fear of death? For our salvation, our Lord faced beatings, stripes, jeers, humiliation, a crown of thorns, and one of the most gruesome deaths a person could imagine. What better way to honor that sacrifice than to live a life pure and holy before Him? In return, we join Him in Heaven.

When you are truly saved, and not just going through the motions, you will live for Jesus and at the end of your life when you have finished your course and run your race, you will hear Him say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)

Again I ask, why not be saved?

— Faith Cross

Leadership

I have a dream to raise up some leaders that will make a difference in this generation.

Here’s a few sayings I really like.

— Leadership is not an affair of the head, but an affair of the heart. Serving others prepares you to lead others.

— What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others remains immortal.

I found this quote from someone and I really like it. “We must be silent before we can listen. We must listen before we can learn. We must learn before we can prepare. We must prepare before we can serve. We must serve before we can lead.”

— Real leaders don’t create more followers. Real leaders create more leaders.

— Be more concerned with your character than with your reputation. Because your character is who you really are, while your reputation is merely what other people think you are.

Someone came up to me one day and said, “I have something I want to give to Jesus. How do I give this to Him?” I don’t think I ever heard a better question. So, I went to studying. I think this passage of Scripture could contain the answer.

Matthew 25:37-40.

To be a good leader, a person has to love the Lord and they have to love people. 1 Peter 5:3-4. Good leaders become examples, not just telling people what to do, but showing them how to do it. If you are going to effect people, you have to be an example.

If you are kind to people, the Lord will bless you. Hebrews 6:10. Proverbs 19:17.

Now, I want to make this topic a little more personal. God made you to need family and friends. Don’t let life and the devil get you by yourself. Everybody needs somebody. God didn’t have a dad or a mom, but He wanted a family, so He created us.

We should start right now to rebuild some friendships and relationships with our families. Proverbs 18:24. Proverbs 17:17.

A couple enemies of friendship: Business and acting on past wounds.

John 15:13. One reason some folks don’t have friends is because they won’t make time for other people. Jesus is not exactly asking for a person to die for someone in this passage. He’s more so referring to laying their life down. A person’s life is their time.

One thing that people don’t really guard against is business. As a whole, we need to stop existing, and start living again and letting our lives count for something.

Proverbs 27:17. Proverbs 13:20. Choose your friends wisely. Proverbs 22:24. Matthew 7:12.

Sometimes, people get hurt so bad that they won’t let anyone close to them in case they get hurt like that again. But what if God has a special friend for you? What if God has someone that needs you? What if your friendship could pull them out of a low place in their life? We need to let our walls down and let the Lord heal us.

Church is a good place to meet some Godly friends. I would encourage you to listen to and take more time to talk to and care for people. We should all be more attentive to each other’s needs. In so doing, we may become good leaders as we love and serve one another.

— Pastor Anthony Wynn

Why Is Salvation Important?

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today! In this post, we will be continuing with Part 2 of our Salvation series and the question we will be answering is this: Why is salvation important?

Imagine for a moment, that you enjoy ice skating. From the time you were born, you were on the ice and it’s all you’ve ever known. There’s a river not too far from your house and you like to go there when it’s frozen over to skate the day away. One particular winter, when you go down to the river, you stay a bit longer than you meant to. It’s alright though. When you get home, everything seems fine with your family, and the next day you go out skating again.

This time you stay longer than you did yesterday. This happens more and more as you get better and better at skating. But while you are skating, there are people at home who are suffering without you. They have to take care of things you normally would because you are spending all your time enjoying yourself. Yet, you don’t see it, for you’re too caught up in the pleasure of skating. You even miss the special days, like holidays and birthdays, that come by while you are out on the ice practicing different moves and tricks for hours on end.

One day, you make your way onto the ice. It’s particularly warm today, but you ignore the threat of the spring weather trying to ruin your fun. You get on the ice and start practicing your spin. The world twirls about you as you turn and the wind nips at your nose. You haven’t noticed it yet, but instead of staying in one spot, you have started spiraling toward the center of the frozen river. You also haven’t noticed that the ice here is thinner than you think it is.

When half your body plunges into the freezing abyss, you find yourself scrambling to get out, but the ice that was once your friend keeps breaking. As you panic, it continues to betray you, forcing you to stay in the cold, cold water. This ice has held you up for a season, but now the season is changing and revealing what’s really going on under the surface of the pleasurable ice. Repaying your affection with an evil, murky trap.

This is where you find yourself in need of a Savior. For without one, you are doomed to freeze in the deep, icy blue that surrounds you.

I guess you’ve figured this out by now, but let me explain anyway. We aren’t talking about ice skating here. Now, ice skating may not be a sin, but I’m using it to represent sin in my story. 

In my story, you had been on the ice since you were born. We, ourselves, are born into sin. (Romans 5:12. John 3:3.). Sin is something that satisfies our fleshly desires, whether that be executing anger by hurting someone’s feelings, or stealing something from a store because it’s easier than working to pay for it.

The ice pleased the fleshly desire to ice skate. A person looks at sin and sees it appeals to the fleshly lust of whatever their evil heart wishes to accomplish (Jeremiah 17:9). Sin gives pleasure to the flesh, so people do it. 

Sin takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and costs a lot more than you want to pay. Bro. Anthony has referenced this saying many times.

In the story, it started making you stay longer than you meant to. In turn, you started dismissing the people in your life, only deeming yourself as most important. Once you were okay with that fact, it started taking you further and further into the middle of the sin. Then finally, when you were so far into sin, it stopped being fun. See, sin is fun for a season. After that season, its mask breaks and reveals its true intention to destroy you. In turn, costing your life, which is a lot more than you would want to pay.

It wants to destroy you before you see there is a better way.

This is why salvation is so important. We have a part of us that is eternal. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says that the spirit returns to God when we die and our bodies return back to the dust from which we were made. If our actions in the body determine where our spirit goes when we die, the devil wants nothing more than to keep us trapped in sin so we will suffer the same eternal judgment he will in Hell (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).

Salvation is an opportunity for escape from this reward of Hell.

Let’s go back to the story for a second. You are still in the icy water, but you see someone on the bank. You believe He will help you, but you have to cry out to Him. When you do, He comes running and with no regard for Himself, He jumps in the water. You ask Him to save you and He shoves you out of the water and onto the solid ice. Your Savior is now covered in frozen water.

Jesus became sin, who knew no sin (2 Corinthians 5:21). Jesus died, suffering the death that we deserve. He did this so that we could have the opportunity for eternal life in Heaven. Salvation is what makes this possible.

Out of the freezing water, a person will most likely want to run as far from the ice as possible. Where is there to go from the cold of outside, but into the fiery warmth of the Holy Ghost-filled house of God? When you are truly saved, your spirit will be towards God and not towards the sin that you know will so easily destroy you.

Do you see? Salvation is important because we refer to it as the turning point in our lives, where we start to refuse our flesh the pleasure of sinful lusts which will ultimately destroy us and send us to the terrible place of fire and torment.

Not only does it save you from this place, but once a person is truly saved, they will start to witness to others about the warm love they can find in Jesus. Your salvation starts a series of events that changes the lives of those around you, and those around them, and so on and so forth.

I hope by now you understand the importance of salvation. Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you will join me next week as we talk about how you can achieve this salvation!

— Faith Cross

The Night Like No Other

It was a little different preaching a Christmas message when I could have preached it on Christmas morning this year, but the Lord was leading me to give this kind of sermon this past Sunday. But before we get into this message, I’ve got a lot of reading for you!

Genesis 1:5, 26:4, 32:24, 46:2. 2 Samuel 7:4. 1 Kings 3:5. Job 35:10. Psalms 26:9. Luke 2:1-16.

God often visits His people in the night. But on this one particular night in Luke, millions of lives would change. This night would be like no other night. This night, darkness would be defeated because Immanuel was born! Isaiah 60:1-2. No longer would death be king for one stronger than death was born this night. satan feared this night. There had been others born that he had conquered and defeated. But Jesus came this night and satan knew He would never bow nor be defeated.

Moses was born. Isaiah and Jeremiah were born. There were many leaders and prophets born, but there was no birth like the birth of Jesus and there never will be another like it.

Isaiah 7:14, 53:2-3. Numbers 24:17. Isaiah 9:6.

On this night, Jesus came to save His people.

As a born-again child of God, your life has touched a lot of people. However, if we had never been born, this world would have just kept right on marching on. If Jesus had never been born, there would be no hope for the hopeless, no healing for the sick, no relief for the oppressed, and no salvation for the lost.

Jesus was more than just a baby laying in that manger.

Before He was conceived in the womb, He was the salvation for a lost humanity. He was more than a baby; He was our deliverer, restorer, hope, and our waymaker! All the fullness of God was laying in that manger. John 1:4. The Light of the World was laying in that manger.

Healing for the sick was laying in that manger. Isaiah 53:5. Someone can write you a check, but it does you no good until you cash it in. Right here in Isaiah 53:5, God wrote you a check. If you’re sick or you know someone who is, then you also need to know that healing was laying in that manger. If this baby hadn’t been born, a lot of us wouldn’t have been healed, and more than likely wouldn’t be here today.

But it’s not enough for me to tell you that Jesus heals and He delivers if you don’t go claim it yourself. The Bible is full of promises, but if you don’t stand on that Word, then it does you no good. You have to activate the Word of God through your faith and claim your miracle!

Every baby wants to be loved.

From the moment this innocent, baby Jesus was born, He was hated. Other babies were killed while the king was trying to kill this baby. John 15:25. Isaiah 53:3-4.

Now, the Christmas season is here at the time I’m writing this so I’m asking you to spend some time with somebody and show them that you love them. In the middle of all the gifts you give, don’t forget that this time is about a King who left glory and came to earth.

In the middle of all your giving, don’t forget to give to Him. I’m going to challenge you. Don’t just get gifts for just your family and your friends. Get a gift for, or go spend time with someone the world has forgotten. Matthew 25:40. And as you give gifts to people, don’t forget to give a gift of praise and thanks to Jesus.

Everything that we need, peace, healing, salvation, was laying in that manger. Now, Jesus, our Savior who died for our sins, is risen forevermore and He’s coming back for us soon! Hallelujah!

— Pastor Anthony Wynn