That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
About 10 years ago, for my birthday, my husband gave me a red and black Pinerrello road bike. Road bikes have very thin tires, small seats and are made to go fast! I love riding with a group of anywhere from two to 20 people. We all wear helmets and stay in a single file line called a paceline. In the paceline, we ride a few inches behind each other so we are able to conserve energy and travel faster because the person in front is blocking the wind creating a draft. Occasionally, someone in the paceline is unable to maintain the speed and he or she falls back and a breach or gap occurs. When this happens, either the lead rider will slow down and let the rider catch up or more commonly a stronger rider will get in front of the struggling rider to bridge the gap by making it easier for the rider to connect with the rest of the group.
Over the years, I have been on both sides of the gap. At times, I have struggled and fallen behind. Thankfully, someone rode in front of me to help reconnect me with the group. Other times, I have ridden in front of a struggling rider to help bridge the gap.
In Scripture, there was a time when the Israelites turned their back on the Lord and a BIG gap occurred. The Lord had selected Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery; guided them by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night; took care of their every need and provided Manna from heaven and quail to eat everyday, yet they were ungrateful and grumbled against Him!
The Lord was slow to anger. But when the Lord called Moses to meet with Him on Mount Sinai, and the people “exchanged their Glory (God) for an image of a bull, which eats grass” (Psalm 106:20), His anger burned against them and He was going to destroy them. That was an ENORMOUS gap! The Lord would have destroyed them, “had not Moses, His chosen one stood in the breach (gap) before him to keep His wrath from destroying them” (Psalm 106:23).
Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God and stood in the gap on behalf of the Israelites and the LORD relented and did not bring on the disaster (Exodus 32:11, 14). One faithful man cried out to the Lord on behalf of a nation and their lives were spared!
Another man who stood in the gap was and is God’s one and only son, Jesus Christ. Blameless. Sinless. Perfect. “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men-the testimony given in its proper time” (1 Timothy 2:5).
When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead, He bridged the IMPOSSIBLE gap between sinful man (us) and Holy God Almighty. The gap is closed when we confess with our mouth “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead, then we will be saved (Romans 10:9). Jesus continues interceding to the Father on our behalf. We do not have to travel this road of life alone or lonely! Jesus lovingly bridges the gap for you and for me!
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, have five children, one son-in-law, one soon to be daughter-in-law, and one wonderful grandson. Donna and Bryan have recently moved back to their home state of Arkansas after livingin southeast Alabama the past 23 years. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.