Under God’s protection

I was led to read 1 John 5:1-21 this morning. Verses 18-21 really jumped out at me. It says…

18 We know that God’s children do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot touch them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life.
21Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.

I was going to share some thoughts in a blog post and then I read the notes from the LASB and they said it better than I could. Here they are…

5:18, 19 Christians commit sins, of course, but they ask God to forgive them, and then they continue serving him. God has freed believers from their slavery to Satan, and he keeps them safe from Satan’s continued attacks. The rest of the world does not have the Christian’s freedom to obey God. Unless they come to Christ in faith, they have no choice but to obey Satan. There is no middle ground; people either belong to God and obey him, or they live under Satan’s control.

Three things from the text and the notes stand out for me.

1. The text and the notes acknowledge that as Christians we do sin, but when we do, we confess and get back to serving God. We sin, but don’t make it a practice or an ongoing part of our lives.

2. I like also that the text and the notes talk about being kept safe by Jesus. We are securely in His hands. The text says the evil one can not touch us.

3. Both the text and the notes tell us there is no middle ground. We either belong to God and serve Him or we are under Satan’s influence. That is why we need to keep away from anything that might take God’s place in our hearts.

God Bless,
Dave

Don’t forget the good things

I was reading Psalm 103 this morning and these verses jumped out at me…

“Let all that I am praise The Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalms 103:2-5 NLT)

All of us need to remember the good things God does and has done for us. Here are six from this passage.

1. Forgives all of our sins
2. Heals our diseases
3. Redeems us from death
4. Crowns us with love and tender mercies
5. Fills our lives with good things
6. Renews our youth so we can sore like eagles

I am going to meditate on these six things today.

God Bless,
Dave

Where is the door?

I read this great quote today on Twitter. It said, “Most religions say that the door is at the end of the road. Christianity says the door is at the beginning”.

In the Bible there are a couple of verses that line up with this idea.

In John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No-one comes to the Father except by Me”. We come to Jesus and enter in through Him to the Father and salvation.

In John 10:7-9 Jesus also describes Himself as a gate to the pasture. This signifies Jesus being the gate or door to salvation. In this passage He also describes Himself as the shepherd who cares for and protects His sheep.

Today I would encourage you to enter in. Come to Jesus and open your heart and life to Him. Enter in via “door” to salvation.

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God Bless,
Dave