He Abides Faithful

February 9, 2017

2 Timothy 2:11-13

11The saying is sure and worthy of confidence: If we have died with Him, we shall also live with Him. 

12If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny and disown and reject Him, He will also deny and disown and reject us. 13If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

He Abides Faithful

In the innermost recesses of our soul, in the depths of our spirit, resides the Spirit of God in us.  The person that is in Christ knows that this place is their sanctuary, their hope and their redemption.  All of hell may be breaking loose outwardly, but this is your place to come and find peace.  In the inner sanctuary of your soul is where you find the hope, the faith, the love and the presence of God to give you strength for every trial and temptation.  If satan could do one thing to defeat us, it would be to rob us of who we are in Christ.  He wants us to focus on the outward man that is often a mess and so often riddled with failures and shortcomings.  These things do not negate who we are in Christ.  When we reached out with our feeble hands of faith and embraced the salvation that we heard we engaged into a relationship with the Almighty God of heaven and earth, with His Son, Christ Jesus and with His Holy Spirit.  That was the day that our names were written in the Lamb’s Book of Life and we began our journey no longer as a lost and wandering soul, but as one of God’s redeemed.  There are some of us who have made a pretty big mess in our lives.  Some of us, even after our salvation experience, have committed some horrendous sins.  Because of our failures in life and lack of faithfulness to the Lord we may feel hopeless, cast-off, and as if we have committed the unpardonable sin.  There may be those who feel like, “ how could God ever love someone like me again after all that I did”?  

God’s love, mercy, grace and forgiveness are not measured by human standards.  God alone sets the boundaries upon these attributes of His character.  I believe in the scripture of 1 John 1:8-9,

8If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts]. 9If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action]. 10If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].”  We can choose to walk away from our faith and our commitment to Christ and forsake our own mercy.  Our sins will reap their consequences.  Even though we were faithless, God still abides faithful and even though our love and commitment fell short, His didn’t.  God has made a way to return to Him, to find forgiveness and restoration if we will confess our sins to Him and ask for His forgiveness.  No one can give us that absolution, but Christ, our high priest and intercessor.  It His precious blood that we have trampled underfoot and yet it is that same blood that washes our filth and sin away.  It is the fountain of hope and life to all that come to it and will turn from their wicked ways.

If you or someone you know have been discouraged, condemned and felt like God could no longer love you or accept you then you have lost sight of how great the love of God is for you.  Jesus left the whole flock of His sheep to go and find the one that was lost.  In Luke 15:4-7 He gives this parable, “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found [it], he layeth [it] on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together [his] friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.” He wants to recover you and I today.  He wants to bring you back into the fellowship of His flock, not as one still set on a course of sin and disobedience, but as one who is remorseful and repentant of their sin.  He doesn’t forgive us to justify and give license to our sin, but to allow us a way back if we are willing to repent and turn from it.

In John 10:10 Jesus says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.”  No matter what the enemy has told you or the thoughts of worthlessness he has placed in your head, God still loves you and values you more than you could ever imagine.  Come back to Him, repent and find your peace again in His fellowship.

Blessings,

#kent

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