Security is huge thing!! We underestimate the value of it until we don't have security. Security and faith are intertwined in the Christian walk, and cannot be separated. Our faith develops a mindset that God is in control and I am secure in that one thing. Then we can say "All else is just gravy." The Psalmist said in Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. GOD =SECURE. But our doubt always tries to rule our lives and root out that security that formed when we were born again. And born again itself is an affirmation to the fact of that security that we find in Christ. Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. We cannot be separated from the security we find in Christ. The foundation for the "tie that binds" is the love of God. Since God loves us so much He has put in an inseparable element that assures our faith and gives us the security to handle all situations. That love stays near us at all times and it should be our desire to seek God FIRST in everything that comes our way. Here is what the Apostle Paul said in the same Romans 8 about the security we have in our relationship with God. Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Realize this is written by a man who was on the verge of losing his '"head" for proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul, like Jesus, had done everything He could do to proclaim the message of hope and mirror the love of God.
So many times the wearing away of our faith by the attacks of the enemy might make our faith waver some. But do not waver. The following story says a lot about where we need to place our trust and our security. F.B. Meyer wrote about two Germans who wanted to climb the Matterhorn. They hired three guides and began their ascent at the steepest and most slippery part. The men roped themselves together in this order: guide, traveler, guide, traveler, guide. They had gone only a little way up the side when the last man lost his footing. He was held up temporarily by the other four, because each had a toehold in the niches they had cut in the ice. But then the next man slipped, and he pulled down the two above him. The only one to stand firm was the first guide, who had driven a spike deep into the ice. Because he held his ground, all the men beneath him regained their footing. F.B. Meyer concluded his story by drawing a spiritual application. He said, "I am like one of those men who slipped, but thank God, I am bound in a living partnership to Christ. And because He stands, I will never perish."Where is your security? And what is your witness for your security in God. Is it in your bank account? Is it in your community standing? Is it in your leadership role in church? Is it in how good a person you have been? All of those are fleeting and the love of God far surpasses our perseption about life itself. And that is good!! Because our security has a strong basis and that is the Word of God. So in summary I can firmly say if you want to be secure, be secure in your relationship with Jesus, becaue the security He has lavished on us is the ultimate security. Let me list some bullet points below.
Secure in knowing God is with me. Psalm 139:7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be night,” 12 Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.
Secure in my salvation. Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Secure in knowing this life is one of abundance. John 10:10 I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Secure in knowing I have a place in heaven. John 14:3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.4 And you know the way where I am going.”
Secure in knowing Jesus is coming again. 1 Thessalonians 5:For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night
These are just few of the great promises of God and we can be secure that God does keep his promises. Our destination is secure and that is because we TRUST GOD and His love compels us to keep trusting. God's grace is REAL and we can be secure in the fact that God's great love is at work no matter how much we mess up. In that I am secure. Perhaps the story below will further help you be more secure in your relationship with our Father.
Watchman Nee tells about a new convert who came in deep distress to see him. "No matter how much I pray, no matter how hard I try, I simply cannot seem to be faithful to my Lord. I think I'm losing my salvation." Nee said, "Do you see this dog here? He is my dog. He is house-trained; he never makes a mess; he is obedient; he is a pure delight to me. Out in the kitchen I have a son, a baby son. He makes a mess, he throws his food around, he fouls his clothes, he is a total mess. But who is going to inherit my kingdom? Not my dog; my son is my heir. You are Jesus Christ's heir because it is for you that He died." We are Christ's heirs, not through our perfection but by means of His grace.
The Pilgrimage Continues.....