Look around at the world we live in today. How easy is it to forget that God is a secure place in our lives? We need that feeling of knowing God is in control. We need feel that our salvation is secure, in the midst of earthly turmoil. How do we do that?
No man can give you a 100% guarantee on anything. No matter how secure we feel on our own, there is still a gap in our assurance of peace and safety. We take out all kinds of insurance to make us feel better. We have life insurance, we have car insurance, fire insurance, and many other kinds of insurance. Does that keep disasters from striking us? No, we are still vulnerable. Look at the Titanic ocean liner, it was assumed to be unsinkable. It did not take long to dispel that thought. If we look back at the Kings of Israel, we see they thought they were protected, that they would not be invaded in Jerusalem, but they were. Again, there is no absolute guarantee of safety in this world.
There is a place of safety for our soul, there is a promise and a guarantee of eternal safety for those who trust in God. In our world you can find that place, you can rest in that place. II Timothy 1:12 says, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day.” Notice it says “I” have committed. Action must be taken on our part. We must trust, we must do our part. All through scripture we find that God will be our protector. He is our haven of safety. We see in Jude this comforting verse, “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.” Jesus himself spoke that no man could pluck the believer out of Jesus or the Father’s hand. We can be assured that His promises are true.
The problem arises when we try to take our assurance of salvation into our own hands. We run into trouble when we ignore the protection of the Father and try to stand against that attacks of the enemy on our own. We do not have the strength in ourselves. We can not stand up to spiritual principalities on our own. Our weaknesses are quickly exposed when we try to make that “one man stand.” God designed us to partner with Him in battle, not to play hide and seek with the enemy.
Even though we are believers, many live in a state of fear, even unbelief that they are secure in Christ. How sad. It says in Hebrews that “through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” God’s word says there is no fear in love. Look at the unmerited love God has for you and I? Fear is torment and no one wants to live in torment. The enemy would like for us to live in torment, if he can get us to live in torment, he can keep us from the blessings of God. He can lead us down a path of despair. It can lead to our doubts about our relationship with God. We can allow our security in Christ to erode by listening to the wrong voice.
How can we find that secure place? We need to focus on the promises of God. Search the word of God for the promises regarding our eternal salvation and welfare. We do not depend on our own strength or ability. Our security is a gift from God. It is freely given, if we take hold of it. It is not gained through works it is not something we earn. We do not have to strive to be “good enough.” God’s promises have proved themselves true for centuries. They are rock solid. We also have the blood of Christ, shed on the cross that seals and guarantees our eternal salvation. The word of God declares that the blood of Jesus is not corruptible, like silver or gold.
God is not a man that He should lie. He will give his security and strength to sustain our salvation to all that come to Him and ask for it. It is really that simple. Jesus spoke about heaven and eternal life in John chapter 14. He said, “if it were not so I would have told you.” He informs us that He has a secure place for us. He is preparing a place to reside with Him forever. What a hope we have in Him. His words should ring out within us, “I will come again.” We can look forward to that time of catching away, that time when He appears in the clouds, gathering us home before His wrath is poured across the scene or earth’s history.
Yes, you and I can be secure in Christ.
What that security does not do is give us a license to go out and live a self-centered and selfish life. It is not a license to sin. Sin brings separation from his security. Since God does not sin, it is us who break the bond or guarantee of salvation security. God has bought us with a price, a sacrificial price. We are his and that price ties us to Him, we belong to Him. Let us set aside fear, doubt, and the need for works. He said, “cast all your
on Him for He cares for you.” Yes, our security is settled, as we stay in Him. No man can take our security in Him. Satan cannot take away our security in Him. We can let it slip away through fear. We can let go of it by not trusting. Feed on His promises every day. Daily increase the grip you have on the eternal security Christ has for you.