DayBreaks for 11/10/14 – For the Times You Can’t Believe It
Jude 1:24-25 (NIV) – To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy– 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
I suppose it is a common feeling among those of us who wear the name “Christian”, this feeling of “I’m just afraid I’m not going to make it.” It’s a feeling born of the thousands upon thousands of failures, falls and sins that have plagued us from the time we were old enough to know what is right and what is wrong. It is a feeling of hopelessness, unworthiness and utter despair. To feel like we have blown it not just one time too many, but hundreds or thousands of times.
And when that happens, Satan has been playing with our heads. That is precisely the way Satan wants us to think. He wants us to believe things are hopeless. He wants us to doubt that God could be “that” merciful, “that” loving, “that” forgiving. He wants us to think that either God is not willing to forgive us that many times, or that He is, because of His holiness, unable to forgive us for such a huge pile of failure. When we think those thoughts about our God, Satan smiles.
How do we know that it isn’t true? Read today’s passage again – slowly – especially verse 24. “To Him WHO IS ABLE to keep your from falling, and to present you before His glorious presence WITHOUT FAULT and great joy…” Are there any sweeter or more promising words in all of Scripture?
When we think the despairing, hopeless thoughts, we are playing into Satan’s hand and his strategy. God is neither unable nor unwilling to forgive you…over and over and over again. And there’s another wonderful part of that passage that also very much deserves our attention and which lifts my spirits. And here it is: not only is He able to keep me from falling and to present me before God’s glorious presence without fault…but he will do so with “…GREAT JOY…” What does that mean? It means that Christ won’t begrudge me that forgiveness. He won’t look at me and shake his head from side to side and say, “Boy, it pains me to say this, but come on in.” There will be none of that. There will be only great joy on His face, on the face of Christ…but especially on mine. I will know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I didn’t deserve it – but he will insist upon it, with a loving hug, a warm smile, and a pat on the back, and the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! Enter into the joy of your Master!”
So, for those times when you just can’t believe that this will happen to you, go back to this verse in Jude…and smile, knowing HE is able!
PRAYER: I am so filled with hope in knowing YOU are able…and not only are YOU able, YOU will finish this according to Your promise!! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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