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God Won’t Change His Mind About Saving You

“I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish” —John 10:28

How can you have assurance that God will not save you today, then change His mind about you tomorrow?

I read a story about an elderly grandfather who was very wealthy. Because he was going deaf, he decided to buy a hearing aid. Two weeks later he stopped at the store where he had bought it and told the manager he could now pick up conversation quite easily, even in the next room. “Your relatives must be happy to know that you can hear so much better,” beamed the delighted proprietor.

“Oh, I haven’t told them yet,” the man chuckled. “I’ve just been sitting around listening—and you know what? I’ve changed my will twice!”

Remember, God always hears us, but He will never change His love for us, because we stand before Him by grace.

No Such Thing

Wednesday’s Devotion

No Such Thing

“And he is before all things. that in all things he might have the preeminence.” -Colossians 1:16, 18

There’s no such thing as a self made man. We are all composites of many people who have influenced our life in one way or another. There is no such thing as evolution.

We are human beings created in the image of God. There is no such thing as “luck.” There is no such thing as an atheist because no person can claim as an absolute certainty there is no God.

But consider this also. Since Jesus is before all things, and preeminent above all things, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS THE NEXT BEST THING TO JESUS! There is no such thing as the next best thing to being saved!

There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s Holy Word (Ps. 138:2). There is no such thing as the next best thing to God’s love and care for His own.

Therefore we ought to be giving Him our best: the best of our efforts, the best of our days, the best of our talents, the best of everything we’ve got! Are you giving Him YOUR BEST?

Keep Not Back

Tuesday’s Devotion

Keep Not Back

“I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, KEEP NOT BACK: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth” -Isaiah 43:6

Because of Israel’s backsliding, they were taken captive by surrounding nations. God was commanding those to the north to release their hold on His people and “KEEP NOT BACK.”

Saints down through the ages “keep not back,” from God. Abraham kept not back his son Isaac (Gen. 22:12). The lad kept not back his two small fishes and five barley loaves. The poor widow at the temple treasury kept not back her two mites, but “cast in ALL that she had, even ALL HER LIVING” (Mk. 12:44). The Macedonians kept not back while in deep poverty, “For to their power. and beyond their power they were willing of themselves” (2 Cor. 8:3).

This admonition can be applied to all Christians today. We should “keep not back” anything from God. This was Paul’s testimony to the elders at Ephesus. He said, “…I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you.” What a testimony! How many Christians can honestly say that?

First, consider that God “kept back nothing,” in His care for you. He promises, “No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (Ps. 84:11). “He that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things” (Rom. 8:32). God “giveth us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17). We’re walking on His ground, breathing His air, drinking His water, and enjoying His sunshine. God has kept back nothing!

God “kept back nothing” when He have His Son, the gem of the glory world, to come to this sin cursed planet to die for our sins!

Second, consider that Jesus Christ “kept back nothing” in providing a way for us to go to heaven. “Ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich” (2 Cor. 8:9). Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58). He “made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Phil. 2:7-8). Christ “kept back nothing.”

Jesus kept back nothing in paying the debt of our sin. He gave His cheeks to the smiters- They blind-folded Him and smote Him. They plucked out His beard. They spit in His face. He gave His back to the scourging. He gave His head to the crown of thorns. He gave His body to the tree (1 Pet. 2:24). He gave His hands and feet to the nails. He suffered, bled and died because He kept back nothing from us. He gave it all.

God said, “KEEP NOT BACK.” Are you keeping back anything from God? Since God the Father kept back nothing from us. Jesus kept back nothing in saving us. Paul kept back nothing that was profitable to us, how can you and I keep back anything from the Lord? You “are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, WHICH ARE GOD’S” (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Therefore, “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God, which is your REASONABLE service” (Rom. 12:1).

Preacher

Daily Devotion

God’s Investment In You!

The other day I heard a discussion on the radio about the salaries some baseball players receive.  The commentator made a reference to Jesus’ statement, “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” (Luke 12:48). He applied this to the excessive salaries some baseball players get paid, yet they are underproducing. For example, one player who is getting paid in excess of $13,000,000 a year, yet his batting average is only .250. That’s hardly worth what he is getting paid.  A pitcher who is getting paid $12,000.000 with an ERA of over 8.00 is not worth his exorbitant salary. He should feel guilty every time he cashes his pay check!  For unto the player who is paid much, of him shall much be required!  A good application of what Jesus said.

However, what about us who have been saved by His precious blood? Every Christian has been GIVEN VERY MUCH.  God has made an astronomical investment in your soul to give you a home in heaven for all eternity.  What are you doing with what He has given to you?  Are you giving the Lord a profitable return on His investment in you (Luke 17:10)?

“For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required…” When we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ, we’ll be judged according to what we did with what we were given.  I pray when God asks you what you did with what He gave you, you won’t have to go “dig it up” (Mt. 25:18)!

–Pastor Hughes, Devotions

Daily Devotion

Thursday’s Devotion

Prayer of Confession

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…?” 1 John 1:9

Here is a prayer of confession I read recently. It convicted my own heart that I needed to make it my own confession.  I dare you to read it with an open and honest heart before God:

Dear God,

My sin is ever before me… I’ve desired to control and that has only produced fear. I’ve desired power over others, and that has only served to alienate them from me. I’ve desired my own comfort and that has only brought forth anger when my comfort was not achieved. I’ve sought the approval of others and meticulously kept them from seeing my true self for fear of rejection. Idolatry plagues my heart. I’m consumed with thoughts of self-grandisement, self-promotion, and self-service. Sometimes, in my deepest parts I doubt Your perfect will for my life and I want to rule myself.

I cry out to You Lord… Only You can deliver me from the wretched man that I am.

– Pastor Al Hughes