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What is salvation?  If we take the time to think about it, salvation applies to many levels.  If a sick man is drowning in the ocean, he needs to be rescued on two levels.  First he needs immediate rescuing from drowning, second he needs healing in body.  This is a picture of the average person.  We need to be rescued from the dangers of everyday living, but we also need to be rescued from our state of sin and death living within us.  That is precisely what Yeshua did for us.  His pure life, sacrificial torment and death, and his resurrection bought us deliverance from the peril of everyday life and eternal death.  The following words were prophesied hundreds of years before Yeshua walked on the earth.  They describe exactly what and why he lived and suffered for us.  

Isaiah 53:5-54:1
5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. This scripture speaks of the healing and forgiveness we need.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. There isn't one person who doesn't need what he provides as we all have turned from the Father.

7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. He was the Passover lamb, he was crucified on Passover, and he didn't raise a word in his own defense so that he would be freed from the torment, suffering and death he was about to suffer.

8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. The things he suffered weren't because of any fault of his own, but were done as the substitution for those who were guilty (us).

9 And they made His grave with the wicked--But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yeshua was buried in a rich man's tomb, Yoseph of Arimethea.

10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. His life, death and resurrection were part of a plan created before the foundations of time.  God knew we would fall and would need rescuing.  God also knew that the sacrifice would be worth the price.  He desires to walk and talk with men in the cool of the day.  He desires to walk and talk with YOU.

11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. His faith was that men would receive this plan and would choose to serve and love a creator who would go through so much to assure that they would be able to walk in the presence of a Holy God.  At creation God looked at what he'd done and said "it is good".  He now looks at the children who come to Him and to the work His Son Yeshua did and says "it is good". 

12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong,  Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors. Yeshua has received the reward for his work, us.  

NKJV

If you desire to be adopted into the family of God, you must make the decision to turn from sin and death.  Our original father Adam, sold us into sin and death.  The last Adam, Yeshua/Jesus bought our freedom.  When you receive his substitutiary payment for sins and death, you have to turn from them and run towards the righteousness (right standing with Father God) provided through Yeshua/Jesus.  Salvation is a free gift, but a costly one nonetheless.  You merely accept it and then decided to allow it to work in you.  This also means you give up everything you have and are in exchange for everything God is.  You consider yourself dead to sin, dead to sickness, dead to poverty, dead to lack, dead to wickedness and alive to right standing and right behavior.  You decide to listen to God's voice and to shun the voice of wickedness.  If you'd like to do this and to share that you've done it, repeat the following prayer.  Once you've done this, please email me and I'll do my best to share a few steps to hearing God's voice and following it.

Dear Father God,

I need the life of your Messiah Yeshua living through me.  I am a sinner and need rescued.  I believe that Yeshua lived a pure life according to your Torah, and when he had fulfilled all righteousness listened and obeyed your Holy Spirit. I believe that he died for all my sins, my poverty, my sickness, and the death dwelling in me.  You brought him back from the dead because he was pure and he is now seated on your right hand.  He is there right this very second, interceding for me.  Please receive me into Your family and fill me with Your Holy Spirit, the breath of love and life itself.  By Your Spirit comfort me in hard times, encourage me, direct me and help me overcome the things I've learned by having death dwelling in me.  Thank You.  I receive all this in the name of Your Holy Son Yeshua.  Amen.

Now email me and testify to the seed of eternal life that has been planted within your heart.  You will have to nurture that seed and guard it from the adversary.  After all, it's because of the adversary that sin came to be in the first place.  God has dealt with him, but part of his dealing is through us.  We are to become the manifested "sons" (children) of God.  This requires a life dedicated to finding the treasure of doing God's will.  

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