Being Saved From The Default Setting

By pastorbillwalden

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

2 Corinthians 2:15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.

The Christian is both saved and being saved. We are completely justified when we come to Christ in faith.  We call that saved.

Yet there is another sense in which are are continually being saved, even though we are saved.

The word saved is sozo, pronounced sode’-zo. It means: to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve, do well, make whole.

So, the Christian has been saved (delivered) from God’s judgment, but is continuing to be saved (made whole) in regards to growing and maturing. They have been forgiven of their sins, but are being made more complete, more emotionally healthy, more spiritually whole.

I say all that in order to move on to the theme of this article, which is that God continues to work in the life of His children throughout their whole life. I am not talking about just His provision, His love, etc., but rather, that God is continuing to reveal truth to the child of God throughout a person’s life.

Part of God’s revealed truth is in regards to what I call blind spots.  Blind spots are those areas of our lives that we don’t see or understand clearly.  They are a part of what I call our default setting. Our natural way of thinking and doing things.  Our unconscious responses.  Our natural inclinations.  We all have them.

It’s when people talk about other people, and proclaim, “That’s just the way they are”.

One man might respond to a long line at the post office by passively watching the people, while the other actively thinks about what ought to change to improve service.  I have seen some people respond to a tense situation by laughing and making a joke to ease the tension, while another turns inward and quiet, and still a third wants to immediately talk things out.

Any one of those responses might be appropriate for any of those situations, but they are not always appropriate for every situation.  There is a time for humor, but another time for patience, and yet another time for action.  Our default setting would dictate that we usually do only one thing, even though something else ought to be done.  One typical response (default setting) to every situation in life can’t be right.  There is a perfect Holy Spirit led response for every situation.  But we often resort to our default setting.

How can we change?  What needs to happen? How do we learn to see a blind spot?  How do we discover something about ourselves that everyone else sees, but that we ourselves do not see?  How does this discovery and change regarding our default setting take place?

I’ll continue this soon…until then, thank God that He is ever at work in us.

Philippians 2:12, 13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

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I love that concept – “Default setting.” How easy it is to slide back into it, even after we see it.

This is great! I like that God has so much grace even after He knows ALL of our default settings!

. . .”saved” . . . “being saved” . . . ‘work out your own salvation with fear and trembling’ . . . “for it is GOD who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” . . . sounds confusing
. . . clear as mud . . . contradictory . . . conflicting . . . hmmmm

Susan, Al…
Thanks for dropping by and sharing your thoughts.

Praying Heart,
There are two aspects of our salvation. That which happened the moments we accepted Jesus, and that which continues to happen our entire life.

Salvation doesn’t stop with justification. Salvation also includes sanctification, and eventually, glorification.

The word “saved” means much more than just being forgiven. It includes all the blessings of knowing and walking with Jesus, which includes Him making us “better”, and healing our minds and hearts.

It may seem contradictory, but it’s not. Salvation is multi-faceted.


hi Pastor Bill;
These are very deep thoughts and concepts . . . it’s hard to grasp the fullness of these Scriptures of what God’s done by giving us Salvation in Christ . . . and that Salvation is an onging event . . .

it’s almost like saying that Salvation is for the ‘here and now’ and
at the same time for the ‘then and there’ . . .

it’s seems as though since God lives in an eternal prospective (He sees all things at once, time for Him is not as it is for us), and because there are no time limits with God and we live with the boundaries of time. . . we see things in sequences or processes, we take one day at a time (thus working out our Salvation with fear and trembling) –

though with God, He already sees the finished work of the Cross in each Believer – He sees the beginning and the end all at once –
. . . so in His eyes we are already ‘Saved’ – but we won’t really know if we’re saved unless we continue to walk with Jesus and one day see Him face to face . . .

. . . am i close . . . or did i just make things more confusing?

Praying Heart,

You are not only close, but you are in the bull’s eye.

Our salvation is finished from God’s perspective, but from our vantage point, both finished and progressive.

Salvation is both justification and sanctification.
Pronounced not guilty, and then learning to live that way.
Forgiven of our sins, and learning to not allow them to rule over us.

It will all end in glorification.

Good insights…I agree with what you said.
Thanks for sharing that.

I know for me being saved was a turning point in my life. Yet I am definately “being saved” daily. Every battle ends with complete surrender and I am humbly saved again and again. I need the Lord to save me from each unclean thought, all my “default settings”, anxiety, etc. The Lord continues to work in me and bekon me, he’s my Hero!! Thanks for sharing:)

As one person put it, God didn’t save us to keep us the “way we are.” He wants to fill us with His Spirit so that there is no room for “the way we are”, not only that our lives are fruitful and joyous, but that other lives (our kids’, our parents’, the Body of Christ, unbelievers) are impacted and blessed.

Unfortunately, no matter how eternally saved we are, while we are here on earth, our default settings will always be our default settings… that is, without the power of God who can and desires to change us.

How I need that!! 🙂

thankyou for this site may God enlarge your territory, what you are doing is great!!!
” His compassions they faileth not.”

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