"The Pilgrim's Progress" is a wonderful story of Christian, who struggled to find salvation, and relieve himself of the heavy bundle on his back, the guilt of his sin. After he found Christ at the cross, the bundle of guilt rolled away. The rest of his life was spent on the path to heaven as he contended for his faith. We are saved by faith in Jesus, and we are kept by faith in Jesus.
Satan cared far less for Peter's denial of his Master than for the use he made of it afterwards to destroy his faith. So Jesus said to him, "I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not.." (Like 22:32). It was Peter's faith Satan attacked, and so it is our faith that he contests. "The trial of your faith, being much more precious that of gold that perisheth" (1 Peter 1:7).
Whatever else we let go, let's hold steadfastly to our trust, "Cast not away therefore your confidence (Hebrews 10:35), and hold fast the confidence and rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (Hebrews 3:6). And if you would hold your trust, hold your sweetness, your rightness of spirit, your obedience to Christ, your victory in every way. Whatever comes, regard it as of less consequence than that you should triumph and remain steadfast. Accept every circumstance as something God is pleased to allow. Wave the banner of your victory in the face of every foe. Go on, shouting in Jesus' name, "Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ" (2 Corinthians 2:14).
Has there been times in your life, like in mine, when you felt like you were holding on by a thread. Hold on, and always remember that you are loved!!!
P.S. See you in church tomorrow
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!