Verse of the day
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,
What sets the Christian faith apart from others? It is the blessed fact that from start to finish, God is involved. He is the initiator, the planter, the husbandman, the harvester, the preserver. God is totally invested in our journey home.
Scriptures are full of assurances to the believer basically saying, “hey, I’ll make sure you get home.” Our Father tirelessly works with and in us to ensure that we come before His presence at last with His Life fully built in us – faultless and blameless.
When God begins to open our eyes to the demands that His love makes on us, when we begin to see how we must lose all of our SELF in gaining all of Him, it can cause a faithless heart to despair.
This was what the disciples were faced with after Jesus told them it was impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. With probably a hint of hopelessness and frustration, they asked Jesus, “Who then can be saved?” His answer to them is similar to what the book of Jude is pointing us to; “With men it is impossible but with God, all things are possible”.
The problem of sin for a believer is therefore not an issue of a nature that he cannot help, but a matter of faith. Every sin boils down to the issue of UNBELIEF. God is ABLE to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin. He really is and you have to believe that.
And after all is said and done, He is still the One who can present you before Him in glory with joy. Isn’t there something beautiful about that? He will not just present you faultless (unblemished, blameless, unspotted, perfect) but He will do that with so much triumphant joy and unspeakable delight. Think of a father welcoming his beloved child home; the joy for both father and son will be immeasurable.
Never let your heart despair, for our Father is faithful. He can be trusted to keep His own. He who did not fail Christ while He walked this earth will also not fail you. His power is able to sustain you and just like Christ, the only response from one who will be kept is a restful, faith-full dependence on the Father.Never let your heart despair, for our Father is faithful. He can be trusted to keep His own. He who did not fail Christ while He walked this earth will also not fail you.
References: Matthew 19:23-26
Father, You’re the defender of my heart. Thank You for your power and faithfulness. I rest again in You today and declare my trust in Your ability to keep me.
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