Of God’s Decree
Chapter 3, Paragraph 6.
” … and kept by his power through faith unto salvation;…”
1 Peter 1:5.
The elect are kept by His power.
Killing sin is a constant battle. So many times I struggle with impatience, annoyance, selfishness, arrogance. Strolling along throughout the day, everything going fine and then -BAM!- a stumbling block presents itself and I crash and fall. Keeping myself from tripping is tiring. During that fatigue, still smarting from sin, a thought appears: “Why not just give up?”
Or a whirlwind of circumstances occur that knock the breath out of me: a dwindling paycheck. Friendships that drift away. Sickness, injury, death. Again, when I am pausing to gasp for air, thoughts arise: “Is this really what God has planned? Is God really in charge? Is God really…even there?”
But the elect are kept by His power, through faith. When doubt creeps in like a settling fog over the sea, faith looks to the Light of the world. Your faith may be a frayed thread, but if you are elect, it will not break. You will reach the the shore of glory, because God Himself will bring you there.
All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. -John 6:37-40
If you are tempted to walk away, if you are tired of struggling, if the world around you is screaming and the only solution for peace appears to be to deny Christ, know this: if you are His, you will be kept by His power through faith unto salvation. Do not run from what you know to be true. Instead, crawl to Christ, beg His intercession, and remember what a gracious and powerful God He is. Take courage. You are in Christ. You will persevere.
Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. -Jude 1:23,24.
Questions to Consider
- Are you trying to stay in Christ on your own strength, or are you resting in God?