Have you ever felt insecure about your salvation?
As if your weakness stands between you and God, shaking the foundation of your trust in Him?
Life’s challenges can often leave us feeling like we don’t have enough faith to even make it through the day.
Being faithful is difficult, but thankfully our salvation isn’t up to us. God will always keep His Word despite our failures and weaknesses.
We can rest confidently in God as the One who keeps us as His own.
Big Fat Lies
Lies. They’ve taken us in at least once in our lives, like that time when your goofy uncle pinched your nose and said, “Look! I’ve got your nose,” and you actually believed him. But now that you’ve grown up, something like that seems silly.
Lies are like that – believable at the time, but silly in hindsight. Deception is subtle, yet powerful once it takes hold.
Satan is the ultimate liar. His goal? To destroy God’s reputation and undermine our trust in His power. Satan knows that doubt inhibits our ability to live a godly life. First, he offers lies about God that can sound logical: “God can’t forgive you, He can’t love you, His power isn’t enough, His mercy is fake.”
Then he starts on us: “You can’t be faithful, you can’t be forgiven, you can’t resist temptation, you can’t endure hardship or persecution, you can’t be loved.”
Next, he gives alternatives to the truth: “Sin erases salvation, God’s ways are too hard, temptations are too strong, there’s no other way than to give in and give up.”
But God is greater than Satan’s lies. He’s far greater than we can imagine. Yes, it’s easy to get muddled when all these lies are thrown around. But in Scripture, we find truth to defeat lies.
Our Salvation is Secure
“To those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.” Jude 1:1
Do you see the truth in this verse? Those who are called are kept. Once we have ‘entered covenant’ with Christ, we cannot be lost because we are His.
To ‘be kept’ is a beautiful thing. It is a state of security and possession. We are Christ’s; kept by Him.
We are in Christ; we are considered one with Him. Christ cannot be ‘lost’, therefore we cannot be lost if we are in Him!
In hindsight, it’s a little silly to be worried, isn’t it?
Christ Himself prays to the Father on our behalf. “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction [Judas the betrayer], that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” John 17:11-12
We are kept in His Name. There is nothing more powerful than that!
Jesus Keeps Us
Are you overwhelmed by the thought of Satan’s attacks and situations out of your control? Rose, some things you are simply not meant to bear. We can surrender them to God.
Christ keeps us from Satan’s evil plans and frees us from our enemy’s bonds. He prays, “I do not ask that you take them [my children] out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one.” John 17:15
Some battles are the Lord’s. “The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.” Exodus 14:14 (Another translation states, “you only need to keep still.”)
Jesus is the One who preserves us till the end. He will give us the strength to defeat temptation, to endure hardship, and to remain faithful in the face of persecution.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory 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 1:24
God is a promise-keeping God. No amount of weakness or sinfulness on our part will change Him. Even when we fail, He still keeps His word.
“Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them,
who keeps faith forever.” Psalm 146:5-6
Called to Keep Ourselves Holy
While we are called to rest in God’s keeping, this doesn’t mean we can be passive. We are instructed to preserve our faith and to set ourselves apart from sinfulness.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:17
When temptation comes or weakness prevails, we have instant access to God’s power to resist and persist. While there are many options to withstand temptation, this verse gives us an alternative to sin: heartfelt service. Acting in love replaces the would-be sin. It is so much easier to leave temptation behind when you are on a mission!
Jude reminds us to anticipate Christ’s mercy and to remain in God’s love: “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.” Jude 1:21
Dear Rose, when you face lies that leave you weak and discouraged, remind yourself that God’s power is yours and that He loves you and keeps you as His own. Your salvation is real.
Keep yourself in God’s love, friend!
A daughter of the King, Gabriella loves to share the teaching that the Lord has given her through the joys and trials of her life. The desire of her heart is to grow her love, knowledge, and maturity for Christ and the truth found in His Word.