January 28, 2019 - For all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior there is confidence, a confidence born in the knowledge of their own security gained through their acceptance of Jesus as their Lord and Savior and their obedience to him.
For on that day when each one accepts him as their Lord their relationship with the Father changes.
“In that day you will ask in my name, and I do not say to you that I will ask the Father on your behalf; For the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” (John 16:26-27)
By these words all who have accepted him have peace, knowing that though he has gone, for now, that he will come again and take them unto himself, forever.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. but, take heart; “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
The assurance of overcoming the world and of eternal life with Christ, the joy of all who would believe and obey.
“And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3)
For all who follow him have the assurance of life eternal for, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)
Jesus does not promise an easy life, in fact, for all who do believe and obey him there is the promise of tribulation while we are in the world, but also the assurance of an eternity with Christ when our time on earth is done. We shall overcome!
May we all gain the knowledge and trust of Paul, for as he sat in chains nearing the end of his life on earth he gave us this assurance of spiritual contentment in Christ.
“Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low and how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Phil. 4:11-13)
Paul had survived so many things in his service to the Lord; ship wrecks, snake bites, so many imprisonments, beatings, he had even been left for dead after being stoned by one town, and yet he remained faithful and had complete confidence in the outcome of his life. He writes in his final letter to Timothy; “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:7-8)
Again, the assurance of blessings to come for all who love the Lord. And so, I ask you today, do you know the Lord, does he know you? Do you have the assurance of an eternity spent with the Lord?
Accept Jesus Christ as Lord today and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and eternal life to be spent with Christ.
My friends, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:21)
May Gods blessing be upon you forevermore…