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God's timing is perfect: always. It turns out that even though the Lord spoke to me about this on the 12th, I wasn't ready to write about it until I read something, sent to me by my friend Laura, regarding our experiences, recently felt, with people who had become distracted away from passion for Jesus to a passion for Torah.

What saves a man?

It is a belief...a trusting. Let's look at Romans 10:9-10

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

I'm not going to write a long article and risk having my point lost here. We are saved by what we believe about the Lord Jesus. Are we willing to confess Him. Confess what? That He is the messiah, the son of God, the Lord God. End of story! No! Confess that He is the end of the Law. He is the way, the truth and the life. There is no other way. There is no other name. There is no one who has other words that lead to eternal life.

What is a belief unto salvation? Biblically, it is a set of ideas, backed up by reasoned actions that are taken based upon those beliefs. It is said that the faith that saves is not alone, even though we are saved by faith alone. And yet, it begins with ideas...thoughts...beliefs held in the heart, mind and soul.

Guard yourselves! There are many who are pulling on us to accept a Jesus + Torah, or Jesus + Sabbath, or Jesus + Works salvation in this hour, just as it has happened before in times long ago. The dissenting view that was presented at the Jerusalem council spoken of in Acts 13 has never rested. They have never accepted the decree of James.

Jesus will never have it or endure it. Coming back under the hegemony of even one law brings you under the totalitarian rule of the whole 613 written laws of the old covenant. Moses becomes the judge. NOT FOR ME! NOT FOR YOU!

When did a law ever keep you from doing something? No, in fact, many times, the existence of the law encouraged the lawbreaking. Underage drinking would not have been exciting at all for me if I had not been underage and my behavior thereby illegal. No, it is passion for Jesus...belief in him, that saves and delivers from sin.

Remember: your salvation begins with a belief...a mere set of thoughts. Don't let anyone confuse you or bewitch you into believing a lie. Discipline your mind in this hour. Don't allow yourself to be drawn away to beliefs that do not save. If salvation begins with a thought, perhaps it can be missed with an errant one. Guard your thoughts and your beliefs. Baptize them with the word of God. Content earnestly for the faith, once delivered to the saints. In the power and passion of Jesus Christ, stop sinning and live holy lives unto the one who first loved us and gave himself a ransom for us. He paid it all!

Stephen L. Bening
a servant and prophet of our Lord Jesus Christ

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