TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, February 06, 2018:
A positive declaration intended to give confidence; support; promise or pledge; freedom from doubt; freedom from timidity; confidence.
Everyone that calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In today’s world people need assurance in their life. Many have very low self-esteem. They have no one person or tangible thing in their life that can give them assurance for the present or the future. The general mood of our culture has put a spirit of fear in the life of a person that does not know Jesus.
Many people today are experiencing anxiety and depression and then are turning to alcohol, drugs, or sexual pleasures which in turn results in strained family relations (between children and parents) and in many cases broken marriages, abandoned children, illness and even death.
We as believers face the same uncertainties in life but the difference is that we have the promise of God and the assurance that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Jesus never rejects any one who comes to Him in faith believing in Him as their Savior. In addition, Paul tells us that Jesus will never let us down. Others will disappoint us and let us down but God will always be true to His Word and keeps His promises. Those who call on Him will be saved.
Assurance is the opposite of uncertainty. We live in a world of uncertainty. Events are moving at such a rapid pace that we cannot be certain what tomorrow will bring. We cannot know what the future holds but we can know the one who holds the future. Because God cannot lie we can be assured that God will keep His promises. What He says He will do, He will do.
Hebrews 11:1 shows us the assurance that faith gives us. “Now faith is being SURE of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Paul tells us that these are the two qualities of faith: “sure and certain”. Faith begins with believing in God’s character that He is who He says He is. If we believe that He is who He says He is then it follows that we must believe that He will do what He says He will do.
When we believe God will do what He has promised even though we do not see God fulfilling those promises we are exhibiting that our faith is sure and certain.
Fanny Bryce was blind and could not see where she was going here on this earth but she had total assurance that where she was going to spend eternity was in heaven where she would have eyes that could see. She knew that one day she would see Jesus face to face.
Fanny wrote more than 8,000 hymns. One of our favorites was Blessed Assurance. The first line reads, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine.”
Do you have this same assurance? We truly hope that you do. If you do not you can have it by asking Jesus to forgive your sins and accepting Him into your life as your Lord and Savior.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Ephesians 1:2.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Although I cannot know what tomorrow may bring, thank You for the assurance I can have that You are leading and guiding me every moment of today. Also thank You for the assurance of spending an eternity with You because I accept You as my Lord and Savior. Bless my family and together may we honor and glorify Your name in all that we do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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