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The Steadfastness of Christ

July 27, 2014

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Post 2012-06-19 Lupine Path

The Steadfastness  of Christ

There are some people  who can never be  depended upon  for a true friendship.     For the least little bit  of reasoning,  they will desert those  they had called friends.     They rarely keep a promise.     They will slander friends  for no reason.     They want  to receive the benefits  of having friends  —  but do nothing  to really  be a friend.

Actually,  this is how some  who call themselves Christians  treat their very best Friend,  Christ Jesus.     They want all the benefits  of forgiveness,  love,  and  salvation,  but they rarely talk  to Jesus  in prayer,  do as little as possible  to serve Him,  are never thankful  for His care,  and do not praise Him  from their hearts.

In Paul’s parting words  to the Thessalonian congregation,  he wrote  in 2 Thessalonians 3:5,

And may the Lord  direct your hearts  into the love  of God  and into the steadfastness  of Christ.

This is what  every Christian  needs.     First,  we all need  to have our Lord  “direct”  our  “hearts  into the love  of God”.     And,  He can do just that  as we abide  in His word.     When we take time  to read  and think  on God’s word  to us,  God will enable us  to see the intricate workings  of His love  and how His almighty power  brought about  the promised Savior.     As we come  to see Jesus  as the fulfillment  of so many Old Testament prophecies,  we will come  to realize  just how almighty  and trustworthy  the LORD is.     Then our hearts  will be opened up  to  “the love  of God”.     We will see the purity  of God’s love  for us  from the beginning  of time.

God’s love is real  and faithfully true  for us.     It’s not just some vague thing  to wish for.

Paul also wants  the Lord  to  “direct”  our hearts  “into the steadfastness  of Christ.     To be steadfast  is to be firm,  unchanging,  and determined.     Throughout Christ’s whole being,  He has always  been steadfast  in His love for us  and His desire  to grant us  the gift  of salvation  —  the forgiveness  of all our sins,  and the holiness  we need  as God’s children.

So,  when Paul  wants the Lord  to  “direct”  us  “into the steadfastness  of Christ,  he wants God  to  “direct”  us  for the sake  of Christ’s loving sacrifice,  to become steadfast  in our faith,  hope,  and love  for our Savior.     We need  to grow  in the same kind  of steadfastness  that Jesus has towards us.     We are not  to be fickle  and chicken out  in our faith  and love.     Whatever sorts  of trials  we have  to face,  we need to be  so well grounded  in God’s word  that we will have  “the steadfastness  of Christ”.

Our stick-to-itiveness  of faith  and love  for God’s truths  will glorify our Savior  and help those  who need  to be strengthened  in the truth.     With the joy  of having  the assurance  of Christ’s  “steadfastness”  towards us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your eternal love  through thick and thin.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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