Friday, October 28, 2016

DO Stand Firm in Your Relationship with the Lord

Photo by Charlotte Tai
Scripture: 2 Timothy 2:19
Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”

Insights: Our final verse this week deals with our need to stand firm in our relationship with Jesus.  Notice Paul tells Timothy the firm foundation of God stands.  In other words, our salvation is not dependent on us, but Him.  His foundational work through His Son Jesus on the cross of Calvary and in His subsequent resurrection IS the firm foundation.  God seals us with His Holy Spirit and He alone knows who are truly His.  When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior we enter into a relationship with Him and this relationship ought to be the very thing in which we also stand firm.  We know that no matter what we face we are secure in Him.  We don’t have to question our eternal security before such a loving and gracious Lord.  At the same time, however, Paul warns Timothy about livaciousness.  One who enters into a licentious life basically says, “I am saved, therefore, I can do whatever I want and I will still go to heaven.”  This mentality truly reveals the heart of the individual and it is for this reason Paul previously wrote, “The Lord knows those who are His.”  If one has this perverse mindset, then they are not really a part of the Lord’s family.  It is for this reason Paul tells Timothy, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”  The very foundation with which we stand is the source of power by which we are able to abstain from such a sinful life.  Beloved, let me encourage you as we closes this week to not be divided over secondary issues, but to be united on primary issues.  Also let me admonish you to not get caught up in petty conversations, but to stand firm in your relationship with he Lord.  I promise you that such a life is not easy, but well worth all the sacrifices you will make.  May God bless you for your faithfulness to Him.

 1. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
 2. Do you find strength in knowing you are secure in Jesus?

Prayer: Father, I stand firm in You and am grateful for my salvation in Your Son, Jesus.  Thank You for sealing me by Your Spirit.  Amen.

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