by Pastor Jim May

Thank God Iím Saved! What a great thing it is to know that Jesus Christ has paid the price for my sin and yours! That old man has died now and I have been reborn into a brand new man by the Blood of the Lamb.

Receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior is the most important thing that could ever happen to you!

Every one of us needs to have that salvation experience. I can only scratch the surface of what it is like to be saved from sin and born again.

I liken it, in some small manner, to being lost in a great swamp. All around you is the danger of instant death. Quicksand pits, unseen potholes in the water where you walk, deadly vipers, disease carrying mosquitoes, alligators and a host of other dangerous creatures are everywhere. In addition to that, your feet are continuously being held fast by the muck and the mire. There is no end of the swamp in site, the darkness of night begins to surround you, the sounds of the night predators fill the air, and fear grips your heart and you realize that this just might be the last day of your life. Then, suddenly, in the darkness of night, through the vines and trees, you see a small glimmer of light. Hope begins to arise and excitement begins to build as you draw closer to that light and you know that itís coming from a cabin where there will be safety for the night.

That light that appears in the darkness as a glimmer of hope is the message of the gospel as it is preached and the Holy Ghost begins to illuminate your heart to see that there is hope for you!

Walking in dangerous places in the night is a small thing compared to walking in spiritual darkness with the powers of hell in control of your life. The terrible thing about walking in spiritual darkness is that men are so blinded by the devil that they donít even realize that they are in darkness.

Just about the worst thing that can happen to you if for you to lose your vision. Without your eyes your whole life is nothing but darkness.

Close your eyes for a few minutes as I speak to you. With your eyes closed you are simulating the blindness that some people have to live with all the time. We are so blessed to have vision. Without the use of your eyes, no light can enter your body. Your hands canít reach out and touch anything without the danger of injury. You canít take a step with your feet without fear of falling or taking you into a place of danger. Anyone can walk up to you and begin to speak but your eyes canít tell you whether they are holding a weapon to kill you, or a hand to help you.

Keep your eyes closed for a moment and think with me concerning spiritual vision.

Jesus told us in Matthew 6:22-23, "The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!