and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.
John 10:28 NASB
I give. If we ever needed a reminder of what truly happens regarding salvation, we have it here in this text. I give. It’s Jesus speaking. I give. Eternal life is not something that can be earned, rather it is a gift from God. I give. Christ gives you something that you could never possibly reach on your own. There is only one way there, through Him, and without Him it’s impossible. And as we continue to read and study about Him let us remember that we deserve death. That on our own, apart from Him, we are nothing. Yet we find comfort in 2 words. I give.
He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him
Ephesians 1:9 NASB
A while back God revealed to me something regarding His will. At first I was floored by it but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to me. And as I continue to read scripture and let the words marinate, the more I am convinced that indeed it was God who spoke. So today when we see in ephesians 1:9, that He made known to us the mystery of His will…we can be assured that above all things God wants us to be saved. Think about that. God wants every last human on this planet to spend eternity with Him. Everyone who has ever lived, the blood of Christ is sufficient.
We serve a mighty God, full of grace and mercy.
For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died;
2 Corinthians 5:14 NASB
The love of Christ controls us. Well it should control us. Reality is that most of us are not controlled by the love of Christ. It shows up in how we treat people. Because if we truly believed that He died for all then we wouldn’t treat people the way we do.
The love of Him is not just about us. It’s about everything we do. Every interaction, thought it is all reflective of where we are at. I thank God for His mercy that He is granting the Spirit more time to work on me.
in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it.
Deuteronomy 30:16 NASB
My dad used to say that God does not bless foolishness. And now that I’m older I understand what he meant when he said that. God has very specific plans for each of us. Things that He wants us to do with the precious life He has given us. However when we choose to go our own way, when we choose not to listen to His words and read about Him in His book, we forfeit many of the blessings He has for us. We still get life (which is a blessing) and He will bring us to situations where we can choose Him, but we never get the full cup running over blessings that He wants to do for us. We never get full possession of the land when it was already ordained that we should have it.
Let’s be serious about serving Him. Let’s take the land that He has given to us. Let us follow His ways, not for the blessings that we will receive but because thus saith the Lord.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 NASB
Two words stand out to me here, living and active. And indeed this is how we should be when it comes to our Christian walk, living and active. We should be living out what we believe. We say we have faith in God and we need to live that out. And in living it out we need to be active. The disciples went about teaching and sharing the good news. So it is not enough for us to simply profess Christ we need to be actively sharing Him and the good news of salvation.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NASB
We often wonder why things happen to us. You are serving Him and you lose a spouse. You are serving Him and you lose your job. The trials come and you are searching for a reason why they are happening to you.
Sometimes things that are happening to you are not about you. You experience these things so that down the road someone will be strengthened by your testimony and continue to walk with Him. But you have to have the experience and you have to be willing to share your testimony. Which means that you must cling to God through the hard times. Don’t stop believing and exercising that belief in Him.
“Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the Lord God is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”
Isaiah 12:2 NASB
We all believe that God is our salvation but it’s what comes right after that where we stumble. I will trust and not be afraid. We believe for sure, but not be afraid and trust? That is where the leap of faith occurs. Maybe it’s because trust is only built through experience and some of us aren’t or haven’t experienced God as we should. So because we haven’t experienced, we have issues trusting in Him and that inevitably leads to being afraid. So the answer for us begins with having an experience with Him. And prayer and supplication is the way. We can invite Him in and from there the process can begin.