Salvation - By David Hakim

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Salvation

The Biblical way to salvation is to acknowledge that one has sinned and that we are sinners; to recognize Christ who gave His life for us; ask and receive forgiveness and then do the work of the Lord.

 

This paper is devoted to seeking salvation by doing the work of the Lord.

 

In many parts of this website, www.davidhakim.com, I have already written on doing the work of the Lord. 

 

The first example is the following:

 

SPIRITUAL GROWTH MEDITATION

 

My central purpose of being is to grow in love and service.  I

 

obtained this desire by observing and communicating with others

 

more advanced than me.  I am happy knowing I will achieve these

 

qualities at my own timing and rejoice when I do.

 

 (written in 2006)

 

 

The second example is:

 

                                               LIFE IS A DREAM COME TRUE 

          Life is a dream come true, full of love and virtue, 

          I listen to the tune and rejoice in my being, 

          For God and His angels are present and loving, 

          Showing me the way to truth and happiness. 

 

         (written in 2006)

 

The third example is from “Enthusiasm Overcoming Misery,” written in 2006:

 

                                                    THE GOD WITHIN 

      Let the breath of God, the spirit of the living God, fill my whole being;
      My desires be the desires of the Almighty;
      My strength be the strength of the Almighty;
      My every moment be focused on doing His will;
      May His will be the same as mine;
      May I rejoice in seeing my accomplishments as the accomplishments of the
       Almighty and live in eternal peace. 

 

 

The fourth example is from “Happiness,” written in 2004:

I would like to state what to me happiness is and is not: It is not life forever filled with joy and peace, but one which includes growth experiences through which we learn to control our emotions, sometimes with help. It is when we trust guidance to assist us with our needs and wants, and to inspire us toward the greater good, or to just sing to us songs such as "On [with] the Wings of Eagles," "Cruising Down the River on a Sunday Afternoon" and "I Will Row My Boat Merrily Along." It is the ability to overcome the fear created by situations in life affecting ourselves and/or others over which we have little control. It is the knowledge that no matter what happens to us, God and His angels are by our side, and we know that we can handle any situation that life gives us. It is not the belief that someone else holds the key to determining what is in our best interest, but our ability to know from our inner guidance what is. It is not having wealth and power to control our lives and others, but having enough abundance to meet the needs of ourselves and those for whom we are responsible. And if we temporarily do not have such abundance, both financial or otherwise, it is having the fortitude with no false pride to ask for what we need. And if we do have extra abundance, we have the willingness to assist those who don't.

The fifth example is:  

PERFECTIONISM

Where does the overwhelming tendency toward perfectionism come from? Is it fear of being less than the best? Or is it because we lack pride and gratitude and fail to say to ourselves that whatever the outcome of our labor, we have done our best?

We let others or our own perfectionism overwhelm us. If we but relax, we can easily bring our plans to completion. We have sufficient vision and energy to accomplish most anything, if we give ourselves the time and patience to accomplish goals. We lose trust in ourselves or others if we listen to our fears. Fear snowballs fear, and a person overwhelmed with fear may find it difficult to be enthusiastic about anything!

When we are fearful, a chain reaction where we criticize ourselves and others may result. We may then berate ourselves or others for making mistakes, instead of acknowledging that mistakes are merely learning experiences, often unavoidable, when any individual or organization is growing.

 

Many of us neglect to love, accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are. Without self-love we feel inadequate and are not grateful. Without self-love we have trouble loving or caring about others and recognizing their creativity, intelligence and ability to make and implement decisions.

Without faith in oneself and others, one may exhibit dictatorial and controlling behavior toward oneself and others. We may then desire to escape or be preoccupied with fear, inadequacy, self-loathing and disgust. We must recognize that everyone, ourselves included, are gifted in some way. If we do not judge ourselves and others harshly, we create a healthy environment where we become happy and productive and pass this attitude to others.

It is easy to blame others when something fails. Yet we must recognize that the answer lies within ourselves.

(written in 1993)     

David C. Hakim

Rochester, Michigan

October 11, 2008