Coupon Faith

The young mother stood at the cash register. You could almost hear the laughter in her eyes. Her grocery cart had been full. Item after item was unloaded and tabulated.  Her grocery bill came to over $70. She, though, paid less than

$18. Why ? COUPONS!

The woman simply offered coupons.  She had collected these little slips of paper from various sources and gave them to the clerk. The slips lowered her bill by over 75%. Can mere paper slips do that?  NO!

All these coupons did was offer a promise. Companies offered the coupons and thus promised the grocery store that the debt for the purchased items would be paid by them rather than the customer. This young mother simply believed what the coupons said. She believed those offering the coupons were truthful. She believed that she would receive all that the coupons promised. She had faith in those coupons.

CHRIST’S  PROMISE

 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” John 3:36. As I stood behind this lady in line I saw her delight by trusting the coupons. Her delight came from her savings. She got a lot, but she herself paid so little. Me?  I had to pay full price. I had no coupons.

 Why will some people get into heaven while others go into hell? It is simple. Some use the promise Jesus made and others do not. As I watched the lady I certainly believed in the coupons she had. I believed they were valuable, but I had no coupons of my own. I had seen the coupons in the newspaper and knew their promise was reliable. What I failed to do was to take the coupons and personally use them.

 Many people sincerely believe in Jesus on many levels. What they fail to do is personally use His promise to pay their sin debt. They know about His offer to forgive sin. They even believe in heaven and hell, and they desire to go to heaven.  Yet, they have failed to take advantage of Jesus’ promise to give them eternal life.  Why?

1 –  Many do not believe God will actually punish sinners or that they themselves deserve punishment. Yet the Bible says, “All have sinned” and “The wages of sin is death.” It also says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

2 – Some think that just knowing the story about Jesus dying on the cross is belief enough, but it is not. The Bible says that “even the demons believe”, but they will not be in heaven. So many people fail to accept Jesus to be the Son of God – God in flesh.

3 –  Many people want forgiveness, but they want it without repentance. They do not want to turn from their sin practices in order to belong to Jesus Christ.

Jesus described His message of salvation this way.   “To open their eyes, and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance . . . by faith that is in Me” Acts 26:18.

There is only one promissory coupon offering salvation from sin and Jesus offers it. His salvation is powerful enough to forgive you of sin, to turn you from darkness, and to free you from Satan’s power. That is why He died and shed His blood on Calvary’s cross. That is why He arose from the dead. The Son of God did this to purchase for you freedom from the hold and punishment of sin. He offers you this promise. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life.”   You must personally use His promise.  You must see what your sin has done to you.  You are in spiritual darkness and under Satan’s power. You are under God’s wrath.  “…he that believeth not the Son, shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” John 3:36.

BUT, you can receive forgiveness and a heavenly inheritance right now. This turning away from your sin and believing in Jesus Christ is done “by faith.” You place your faith (trust, reliance) in what God’s Son did for you when He died and rose from the dead.

“God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”  Romans 5:8.

“His own self (Jesus) bare our sins in His own body on the tree” 1 Peter 2: 24.

 All you need to do by simple faith is trust His loving promise to give you eternal life. A promise offered not by a major company but by the eternal God of heaven.

Both heaven and hell are eternal places.  Once you arrive at either one, your destiny is set forever. That is why the Bible says, “Now  is the day of salvation.”  It asks, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?”

 Right now use that great salvation promise Jesus offers you. Do not neglect it. Receive by faith what the Lord Jesus did for you in dying on the cross. Admit you need to be forgiven of your sins.  It is what will take you out of spiritual darkness and place you into the family of God. “As many as received Him, to them gave He power (the right) to become the sons of God,  even to them that  believe on His name” John 1:12.

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