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"IN FAITH, HE..." Devotional from Cherbear

Eternal Grip

There are times when I feel my grip on Jesus is slipping. It is not unusual for the children of God to loosen their grip on all that God has to offer. His promises are true and staying in the reading of His Word, quoting back scriptures as Jesus did when tempted by Satan, and even seeking solace in the Psalms can help us to tighten our grip.

"Our hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold onto." Hebrews 6:19

Christians have a great hope! We are sure of what Jesus has done to save us. We know that no matter what happens to us in our life on earth we will live for all eternity with Jesus in Heaven.  We have Jesus, the Holy Spirit and God's Word, all keeping us in God's protective grasp. We must hold onto our hope and the knowledge that God's love for us does not change.

"This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands." 1John 5:2

When we sin, we hurt God, our Christian family, and we do harm to ourselves. If not careful we fall into the snares the devil lays before us. Jesus died to bring us His power to overcome these snares. The consequences experienced because of sin often go far beyond bringing damage into our own lives. Those whom God has placed around us will ultimately share in the mayhem we cause with our disobedience; likewise we can fall into the mayhem others may bring our way. When we make the right choices, thinking first how our actions can be destructive to God's purposes, we show we care about His Kingdom.

"Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope..." Hebrews 10:25

Sometimes Christians become tired of working for the greater good. The Bible tells us we need to stay together and offer words of hope to our Christian family when they are hurting, encourage those who are struggling and rejoice in one accord in our worship. We've heard, "there is safety in numbers." This can be so true for the Christian. We are to help carry each other’s burdens, faithfully pray and stand in the gap for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are also to seek encouragement and wisdom from within the body of Christ when we are in need. Making sure we are in a church where God has led us, learning His Word and actively seeking His plan for our lives on a daily basis can help us hold onto Him with that eternal grip of faith.

Then Moses called Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, "Be strong and of good courage...the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Deuteronomy 31:7-8

We do not go through life without experiencing some pretty big hurdles. There are times when events seem to explode around us. If not for Jesus, we could find ourselves sinking into the pit of despair. He is the Way we must turn for comfort and healing. God has promised that He will not leave us nor will he turn His back on us. He extends His out stretched arms to us no matter what!

James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. NIV 

This verse also tells us that God does not want us to question if He is going to be with us. We must first draw close to Him, and then He becomes our Anchor in times of trouble. He won't let go; However, He is a gentleman and will not force His will upon us. IN FAITH, HE...will encompass us with His presence, and we must tighten our grip and hang on if we really want this to be the great adventure God has fashioned for us.

A prayer to share:

Thank You Lord, for holding on to me even when I feel my grip slipping. You know my strengths and enable me to do far more than I could do on my own power. You know my weaknesses as well, so my prayer is that You will guide me with a firm hand, tightening Your grip even when I am not aware of my need.

Amen

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