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That You Might Not Lose

May 29, 2018

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That You Might Not Lose

In whatever endeavor or goal  we truly want  to succeed,  we do our utmost  to learn the rules  of the game,  the techniques  of a successful business,  or the necessary information  for the professor’s test,  and we diligently practice all the essential skills needed  to become strong and victorious.     Such is life.     These efforts are absolutely necessary.     No one has ever won  an Olympics speed skating race,  if they purposely  don’t tie their skates on properly.     And,  no Olympics contestant  is declared a winner  when they blatantly  disobey the rules.

Most people  in life  would like to reach heaven  as their goal.     We all need endurance  in order to reach  our heavenly goal.     As Jesus says  in Matthew 24:13,

But the one  who endures  to the end,  it is he  who shall be saved.

We already know  that we don’t have any real strength  for endurance  within ourselves.     We’ve failed  so many times already  that we are a lost cause trying  to endure all our trials  and tribulations  by our own strength.     God knows  that we cannot endure life  all by ourselves.     Therefore  He gladdens our hearts  by telling us  in Ephesians 2:8-9,

For  by grace  you have been saved  through faith;  and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  not as a result of works,  that no one should boast.

When we reach our heavenly goal,  there won’t be anyone boasting  about their ability  to have endured  in this world.     Everyone who reaches heaven  will be there  only by the grace  of God.     God gives grace  to endure  to everyone  who believes in Him.     Those who don’t believe  in salvation through Christ Jesus  are rejecting  God’s free gift  of grace.     They will not reach heaven,  and most likely  during their time  on this earth,  they will feel the futility  and discouragements  of not knowing God’s grace.

The point is:    we need  to hold on  to God’s grace  in Jesus Christ.

Sadly,  there are those,  who through their own fault,  fall away  from faith in Jesus’  blood shed  for us  on the cross.     They willfully reject God’s word  and refuse  to listen  to the Holy Spirit pleading  with their conscience.     These people will either  neglect God’s word  or they will become so self-righteous  that they fool themselves  into trusting  their own strength  and good works.

Peter fell from faith  when he trusted  in his own strength  and self-confidence.     After he fell  by denying he knew Jesus,  it was only by divine grace  that he repented  and turned back  to trusting  in the Lord’s ways.     Later,  by faith Peter preached mightily  of God’s grace  and even willingly died  by crucifixion  for the sake  of the truth.

We don’t have to be  a self-righteous,  temporary believer  if we depend  on God’s grace.     We receive God’s grace  and become strong in it  by daily spending time  in God’s word  and prayer.     We need  to rest  in the love of God  and His grace  will carry us through.

John was concerned  about some Christians  who were getting careless  about walking  in the truth of being saved  only by God’s grace  in Christ.    In 2 John 7-11  John warns us all,

For many deceivers  have gone out  into the world,  those who do not acknowledge  Jesus Christ  as coming  in the flesh.      This is the deceiver  and the antichrist.      Watch yourselves,  that you might not lose  what we have accomplished,  but that you may receive  a full reward.

Any one who goes too far  and does not abide  in the teaching  of Christ,  does not have God;  the one who abides  in the teaching,  he has both the Father  and the Son.

If any one comes to you  and does not bring this teaching,  do not receive him  into your house,  and do not give him  a greeting;  for the one  who gives him a greeting  participates  in his evil deeds.

John is pleading  that we tightly hold on  to our gift  of grace  in Christ Jesus alone.     Because there simply is no other way  of salvation,  we are not to allow others  to continually try  to deceive us  with their own  “paths to heaven”.

As we humbly admit  our weaknesses  and thankfully accept God’s grace  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  Your love is so great  beyond words.     You love us even  in our sins,  and cleanse us  in Jesus Christ,  that we may be perfect  in Your sight.     Blessed is Your love  forever!”

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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