Romans 10:9-10 (NLT)
9 If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.
This is a summary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. First there is a promise that we will be saved and given eternal life free from sin. The conditions of that promise are that we are willing to make a proclamation that Jesus is Lord; openly professing a relationship to Him and dependence upon Him as Lord and Savior. Second we are to have faith that God raised Christ from the dead. Knowing that God has power over life and death gives us the reassurance of our own eternal life. Lastly we must be willing to acknowledge our salvation to others that others may also learn about Christ and His everlasting grace and mercy.
In my devotion yesterday I wrote about our dear friend Pam Clark who passed away unexpectedly. My wife and I knew Pam for over 25 years. Pam was a sweet Christian woman who lived out her faith. In my younger years I had the privilege of teaching her son Trevor in Sunday school. Trevor was a kind and sweet young man. I had many talks with Trevor and I knew he believed in Christ and had accepted him as Lord and Savior. Trevor told others about Christ and shared from his heart his love for the Lord.
In Trevor�s senior year of high school he wanted to buy his mother Pam a present for Christmas and he had made some arrangements to do that. Unfortunately Trevor was unable to give his mother that present. You see Trevor was killed in a car accident right before Christmas. We grieve when we lose someone we love and many grieved the loss of Trevor, including his sister Kaci who was around 11 at the time. I remember Kaci placing Christmas presents in the casket with Trevor as she mourned the loss of her brother.
Kaci who is a kind and sweet woman has faced the loss of her brother and her mother. It�s more than most people could probably bear. The encouraging part is she knew both Trevor and Pam were Christians and in her belief both are now together in heaven.
From Pam�s obituary come these words, �Pamela Sheryl Clark, 58, said she "Would wake up everyday with one of her children", and on Saturday, April 13, 2013, she was greeted in heaven by her son.� Pam knew she would either wake up with Kaci who was here on earth or she would wake up with Trevor who was already waiting for her in heaven. It was her faith in Christ that gave her that great peace.
Please continue to remember Kaci and Emily Clark in your prayers. May God watch over them, keep them safe and provide for their every need. Anyone who desires to help Kaci and Emily can do so through Trinity Presbyterian Church, 638 S Patrick Dr, Satellite Beach, FL 32937 to the Pam Clark Memorial Fund.