SOZO…

Posted March 20th, 2012 by Leah and filed in Word of Encouragement

As Easter approaches, I am pondering the word SALVATION. My heart abounds with thankfulness for the saving grace of God.

BUT…what does my SALVATION actually mean in the daily grind of life?

As the world slowly but surely, no, really, quickly but surely spins out of control, I witness more and more people putting on their Sunday attire on Tuesday, even Thursday.

And that’s a good thing!

We all know Billy Graham’s alter-call Scripture to which millions have responded…

For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16 is SALVATION…truth revealed-us believing and living forever with Father God.

BUT…there is so much more!!!

The truth of “it”, SALVATION, is that SALVATION provides EVERYTHING we need to live in the present, not just hope for our future.

SALVATION defined:   Old Testament Scriptures…

The Lord is my light and my SALVATION; whom shall I fear?           Psalm 27:1

For God alone…He only is my rock and my SALVATION, my fortress, I shall not be greatly shaken.   Psalm 62:1,2

“Behold, God is my SALVATION; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my SALVATION.”  With joy you will draw water from the wells of SALVATION.   Isaiah 12:2-3

In Hebrew, the  feminine noun meaning salvation, deliverance, help victory, prosperity. The primary meaning is to rescue from distress or danger. Help or security offered by fortified walls, delivering in the sense of preventing what would have happened if the walls were not there, saving health, welfare.

SALVATION defined:   New Testament Scriptures…

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for SALVATION to everyone who believes…  Romans 1:16

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled and unfading for a SALVATION ready to be revealed in the last time.   1 Peter 1:3-5

After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out, Hallelujah! SALVATION and glory and power belong to our God, for his judgments are true and just….        Revelation 19:1-2

In Greek, from the verb, Sozo, to save, i.e. deliver or protect (literal or figurative)–heal, preserve, save, do well, be (make) whole.

Oh Lord, we cry out with thanksgiving for your saving grace and mercy! You are our strong tower…and we run daily for protection from the enemy. You encircle our lives with a wall of fire when our hearts within shout Glory! In every sense of the word, you make us whole. That which is war torn and broken in our lives…our heart, emotions, relationships, body, mind and spirit…your saving grace makes whole, well. You heal us. Regardless of what the daily grind of life chews up, we stand on the Rock of our SALVATION, Jesus, who is power to overcome in every way, every day. Sozo Lord! Save us!

The SALVATION of God… the awesome, readily available power of God in you to make whole. So why not adorn the Gospel of Easter daily!

xo

leah

 

 



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