Tenaciously Rely Upon Salvation’s Truth
TRUST, wow, that’s a big word. Being made up of five letters, I like to consider the meaning of the number five which is grace. In order to build trust, grace must be its foundation.
Recently, I was inspired as I received an acronym for the word trust- Tenaciously Rely Upon Salvation’s Truth. As we accept what Christ did on the cross and are saved, the work of grace becomes a daily constant in our lives. Not only is grace extended to us, but it is also extended through us to others.
Let’s break down this acronym and dive into this word TRUST.
Tenacious means to hold firm to something, to be unshakeable or immovable. Proverbs 3: 5-6 (NKJV) encourages us to,
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall [a]direct your paths.”
Believe it or not, you activate trust on a daily basis. You trust that your car will start or that the key to your house will unlock the door. You trust that your place of business, work, school, or favorite shopping center will be at the designated locations when you arrive. Why? Because they are built upon a stable foundation. They are secure and mounted to the land or territory on which they are built.
When you put your trust in the Lord you secure your life on a stable foundation. You are mounted upon something that will not be shaken or be moved. It’s a sure guarantee that will never fail you.
To Rely is an action word. What should you rely upon? Rely upon the Word. John 1: 1-5 & 14 (TLB) reveals,
“Before anything else existed,[a] there was Christ, with God. He has always been alive and is himself God. 3 He created everything there is—nothing exists that he didn’t make. 4 Eternal life is in him, and this life gives light to all mankind. 5 His life is the light that shines through the darkness—and the darkness can never extinguish it. …. 14 And Christ[a] became a human being and lived here on earth among us and was full of loving forgiveness and truth. And some of us have seen his glory—the glory of the only Son of the heavenly Father!”
Jesus Christ is the Word. He is the reason we have grace extended to us through salvation and His work on the cross. So, what is Salvation’s Truth? Let’s dive into Isaiah 53: 5 (AMP) as he shares from the divine inspiration of Holy Spirit.
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our wickedness [our sin, our injustice, our wrongdoing];
The punishment [required] for our well-being fell on Him,
And by His stripes (wounds) we are healed.”
Truth One: He was wounded for your transgressions.
Transgression is an act that goes against the law. It breaks the rules or offends the code of conduct. This is a high price to pay at the cost of one’s life. Christ paid that price so you would not have to. His grace towards you helps you to live up to who He designed you to be. And enjoy the freedom as you do so.
Truth Two: He was crushed for your wickedness.
Wickedness is being evil or morally wrong. It is mischief that causes harm to others as well as to one’s self. You do not have to hurt others by bullying, or inflicting pain, or engaging in murderous actions, thoughts, and deeds in order to feel superior or good about yourself. When you trust in Him and the plans He has made for you, you appreciate who you are and His thoughts towards you. It is also easier to see the value in others and show kindness to all.
Truth Three: He was punished for your well-being.
Well-being is the state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. It is not settling for less. It is knowing that you are worthy of love and a good life. You can live the dreams that you have inside your heart. And you can successfully complete your assignment on the earth. He was broken so you could be put back together. All your broken dreams can truly become reality!
Truth Four: He was beaten for your healing.
We all want good health. We get more done when we feel good. This healing includes all parts that make you complete- body, soul, and spirit. His stripes can also bring an end or conclusion to conflicts between you and others, people groups, and nations even! It prepares your heart for reconciliation, restoration, cleansing, and purifying. It is good and excellent to live a healthy and clean life. What’s even better is that it is possible through Christ!
So, I encourage you to TRUST in the Lord with all your heart. What do you have to lose? In reality, self-reliance upon one who is incomplete, imperfect, and disorderly. Acknowledging Him in everything sets you up for everything to gain. Here’s to the greater things that are still to be done in you and through you. TRUST! It’s a good time to be you!