“When I felt secure, I said, ‘I will never be shaken.’ O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.” (Psalm 30:6-7)
Security and stability and blessings which come to the elect from God. Experience of God’s hiddenness may trouble us at times, but the door to prayer and security is always open, bringing renewed joy.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Dear Abba, there are times when we feel alone and far aware from you, but when we come to understand that we have moved away from You, not You moving from us. It is in these times, that we can always and anywhere come before Your throne of grace, and call out to You. We must confess our sins and seek Your forgiveness for thinking we should ever move away from You, and truly understand that we need You at all times. Come Abba, and walk with us again and give us peace. Be with all those who are hurting in body, mind, and/or spirit, that they might set aside their issues and let You deal with them on their behalf, and accept their humble repentance of their sins Abba. For those in conflicts around the world with wars and natural disasters, pour out an anointing upon them all, that they too, might feel You near them and take comfort in that knowledge. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Instead of looking where someone has been—-try looking at how far they’ve come.”
“It has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immorality to light through the gospel. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” (2nd Timothy 1:10, 12)
Beloved, the Christian no longer mus fear death as the end of the life and hope. Christ’s resurrection reveals death’s power is dead. Paul had great assurance in the permanence and security of his salvation. He knew whom he had believed and was convinced that Jesus Christ would guard what he entrusted to Him. Nevertheless, he encouraged Timothy to guard his deposit of faith with the aid of the Holy Spirit. “Have believed” is in the perfect tense in the Greek, which indicates action begun and completed in the past with its effect continued in the present. Our faith is tested belief or trust. We can stake our whole life on the trustworthiness of God in Christ. The judgment day will prove our faith to be vindicated.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. ” (John 10:27-29)
True believers hear the Lord’s voice and follow Him. They know the security of being united with Him. They neither complain nor rebel. They obey. Simply put, discipleship is total obedience to Christ.
The salvation of all believers is secure for time and eternity. This eternal security is because they are in God’s hands. No one is strong enough to take them from God’s hand. Eternal security is not payment for human achievement; it is a gift of God’s to give salvation through Christ Jesus.
As the Lenten Season has begun…:
“Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.”