“He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” Exodus 13:22.
God did not deliver the Israelites out of Egypt to let them wander around in the wilderness lost. The Lord did not lead them through the land of the Phillistines, the easiest route, lest they see war and want to return to Egypt (Exodus 13:17). God led them day by day with a cloud and night by night with a pillar of fire.
Salvation is the greatest gift ever given to the world through our Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit is the greatest Gift ever given to the Believer. The Holy Spirit is our cloud by day and pillar of fire by night. He is the still, small voice that orders our footsteps. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Psalms 37:23. All too often, the Children of God make their plans and ask the Lord to bless those plans, which He cannot do. As the Lord orders our footsteps, we are assured of His blessings.
Our Salvation isn’t a philosophical request that we way out the cost. To put it bluntly, God is not the one with a decision to make…we are. As humans, too many worry about the wrong thing. We concern ourselves with EVERYTHING except what the Lord told us to do, spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the world.
Just last week, I was talking to a gentleman in Oregon. Our conversation started out “normal”. He had many Christian quotes, etc. pasted all over his Facebook page, along with the pictures of his wife and 2.5 kids. Then he said some odd things, like “God is the Father of all spirits”. When I asked him if he believed that Jesus Christ was the only way to be saved, his reply was shocking to me. He replied “SAVED? What is saved?” You see, there are many who know God, the creation testifies of our God, but there is only one way to God and that is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ and His finished work on the Cross.
By the way, I have heard it said that Mother Theresa had the same response when asked if she was saved. I’m certainly not saying she was or she wasn’t, only God knows, but what I am saying is that unless she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour, not Mary, not the pope but Jesus Christ and Him alone, that her many good works did not get her to Heaven. Furthermore, if dear Mother Theresa did accept Jesus Christ as her Saviour, God declared her a Saint the day of her Salvation, whether the pope did or not is irrelevant and just another one of man’s titles.
“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:” Romans 8:16. As a Child of God, the Holy Spirit will bear witness to us. There is no question of our Salvation once we accept Jesus into our heart. He is not a philosophy nor a method, He is the Lord Jesus Christ. We are not a Child of God unless we choose to be a Child of God and there is only ONE way to do so…accept Jesus Christ into our heart. Once we are a Child of God “sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14. This means that the Holy Spirit will empower us to live the holy life we are called to live, not under the dominion of sin, when our faith is properly placed in what Jesus did on the Cross. This means a Child of God still has a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. Are you a Child of God? There are only two kinds of people, only two – the sinner and the Saint. God created you and He chose you before the foundations of the earth, He doesn’t have a decision to make…you do. Choose Jesus. – Donna Warren