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I Will Never Desert You

May 8, 2018

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I Will Never Desert You

Life is life.     We all know of someone  who has deserted family  and friends.     Maybe we have even experienced  being deserted  in time of need.     It hurts  and cannot ever really be forgotten.

There really are some things  or people  one needs to desert — like a sinful life style  or an adulterous relationship.     There are tons  of Bible verses telling us,  commanding us,  warning us,  and even pleading with us  to desert everything and everyone  leading us away  from the LORD of lords  and His eternal truths.     So that just boils down  to facing the truth  in our life — like do we love obvious lies  more than we love the truth?     Will we mind  an eternity of hell  or not?     (That is asked  in all seriousness.)

What if we are  on the fast track  to hell?     How can we stop the train?     Is there any hope  for someone  who has lived under the evil influences  of this world — big time?     Will God reject us forever  because of our sin?     We need to know.

For that we can take to heart  the truth presented  in Romans 5:8,

But God demonstrates  His own love  toward us,  in that while we were yet sinners,  Christ died  for us.

Christ didn’t die  for us  after we became perfect  all by ourselves.     It’s impossible  for us to become perfect  by our own “goodness”.     We are born sinners  and cannot get away  from that truth.     Christ died  for us  “while we were yet sinners”,  so we know His love  is being extended to us  every time we hear the gospel.     God’s love  is still knocking  on our heart’s door.

So,  the question obviously is,  “Will we let Him in?”     God’s love  has not deserted us.     As a matter of fact,  God still is actively looking  to bring us  to salvation.     That eternal truth is pointed out  in Jesus’ parable  in Matthew 18:12-14,

What do you think?     If any man has a hundred sheep,  and one of them  has gone astray,  does he not leave  the ninety-nine on the mountains  and go and search  for the one  that is straying?

And if it turns out  that he finds it,  truly I say to you,  he rejoices over it  more than over the ninety-nine  which have not gone astray.

Thus  it is not the will  of your Father  who is in heaven  that one of these little ones perish.

That brings us God’s promise  contained in Hebrews 13:5-6,

He Himself has said,  “I will never desert you,  nor will I ever  forsake you,”  so that we confidently say,

“The LORD is my helper,  I will not be afraid.     What shall man do  to me?”

God will never desert us.     When it comes to choosing  between another man’s definition  of sin  and God’s definition  of sin,  we should not be afraid  of the opinion  of a mere person,  who will die  and have to face God’s judgment.     When we face the mockery  and insolence  of this world,  we don’t have to be afraid.     Whatever happens,  we are  in God’s hands.     His eternal truths  will stand firm.

Because of their faith  in God’s salvation,  many of the early Christians  suffered torture and death  in various ways.     In that suffering and death,  they did not deny  God’s love.     They had to watch  their children  being eaten by lions,  while they praised God  for saving them  from their sins.     How could they do that?     And they knew  they were the lion’s next meal.

Those early Christians knew  that this life  is as nothing  in all eternity.     It does not matter  what we suffer  in this life — if Jesus Christ  is Lord of our life.     Our suffering here  is like nothing  when compared  to an eternity of glory  with our Savior.     God did not desert  those early Christians  in their suffering.     He was with them,  strengthening their faith,  hope,  and love,  so that they could face  all the hatred spewed  out at them.

So,  what are we afraid of  as we face the politically correct people  of this world?     What are we afraid of  when someone mocks us  for not living  a sin-filled life style?     What are we afraid of  when someone despises us  for believing God’s word?     It is our Creator and Redeemer  who has promised us,  I will never desert you,  nor will I ever  forsake you.”

God cannot lie  ( Titus 1:2) and He has proven  His holiness.     God can be trusted — but mankind  cannot be trusted.     So,  let us rest  in God’s love and salvation,  boldly standing up  for the truth  and living in truth.     Then we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are my victory  and my refuge  in all my temptations  and trials.     You have never deserted me.     Let me  never desert You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

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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