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Today I am still in South Africa. It has been wonderful to be with my friend Pastor Barnard, his family, and various members of another part of the body of Christ. The sun has been shining and I am blessed to be alive in my relationship with God.  God’s presence brings His salvation into my life every day. We increasingly know the fire of God’s presence of God in our lives every day.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, 28 so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

We experience God’s salvation in our lives in many measures. The ultimate measure of our salvation will be when our corruptible bodies take on incorruptible glory in heaven. This is no doubt the ultimate salvation of our lives, but we also need salvation in the days of our journey in this world. Whenever there is a revealing of Jesus in our lives we experience a measure of salvation in our lives. We are to eagerly wait for every appearing of Jesus. God’s grace comes to us when Jesus is revealed to us.

1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

A revelation of Jesus Christ is a revealing of Jesus in our lives. When we expect to see Him, we seek Him, find Him, and abide with Him. This is the testimony of God’s grace that changes and empowers our lives to be sons and daughters of God in Christ. We must maintain a careful consistent effort in having a diligent and tireless expectation of His appearance in the power and testimony of salvation. We eagerly wait for Him to appear in our lives in the testimony of His salvation in all things and at all times.

The word for appear is the Greek Strong’s Reference number 3700. ὀπτάνομαι optanomai; it means to gaze (i.e. with wide-open eyes, as at something remarkable. It implies an ability to look at, behold, to allow oneself to be seen – to appear. We experience the salvation of God in our lives when we expect Jesus as a life-giving Spirit to come into our lives and He appears to us. There is a great Old Testament Scripture that reveals a testimony that comes when we wait upon the Lord.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.

The Hebrew Strong’s Reference number for the word wait in this Scripture is 6960. קָוָה qâwâ; a primitive root; to bind together (perhaps by twisting), i.e. collect; (figuratively) to expect. Those who wait on the Lord are those who seek to bind themselves together with Him. They expect Him to partner with them in their lives.

When God lives in our lives we experience His salvation in our lives. Our experiencing Him in our lives comes by our returning to Him and our abiding with Him. The fruit of connection to Him is our salvation. This is not just a salvation of going to heaven when we die but a salvation in any and every situation of our lives.

Isaiah 30:15 For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not…

Psalms 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

God’s salvation in our lives includes God’s blessings in our lives, His forgiveness, His healing, redeeming testimonies, His loving kindness, and His mercy. We are renewed like an eagle when we experience God’s salvation in our lives. His salvation comes when we experience an appearance of Christ by His life-giving Spirit.


Ted J. Hanson

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About ted4you

Ted J. Hanson is the author of several Christian books intended to equip and raise up strong believers in Christ. He leads a training school known as Christ Life Training (www.christlifetraining.com) and ministers globally through House of Bread Ministry (www.houseofbreadministry.org). Ted travels to various places throughout the U.S. as well as other countries. He is a dynamic preacher/teacher who has a heart to share, uncompromisingly, the Word of God and the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He holds a bachelor of theology and masters of biblical studies through Christian International Ministries Network and is ordained through Abundant Life Ministries and House of Bread Ministry. He has served to plant and establish many ministries.
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