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God has the power to keep us eternally safe

Jude 24-25
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen. (NIVUK)

Jude’s short letter was intended to strengthen believers who had been confused by false teaching and the threat of persecution.  The concluding words were to reassure the believers that God has the power to keep His people in the truth for ever.  God wants to keep believers safe, in the same way that parents want to keep their children safe (Matthew 23:37-39) - they belong to Him (paid for by the blood of Jesus) and He intends to present them at His heavenly throne without any imperfection, with great joy (John 10:14-18).

And yet, along the way we often stumble off the path of truth.  We may misunderstand God’s will or deliberately make wrong choices.  We may believe Satan’s lies, succumb to the world’s pressures or the demands of our fleshly desires.  Is that what our heavenly Father wants for us?  No!  He has the power to keep us on the right path (2 Thessalonians 1:11).  The question is, do we want His powerful grace to operate in our lives?

It is totally safe to entrust our past, present and future to God.  He is the Saviour God whose character and actions precipitate worship from angels and saints alike.  His saving power is seen in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ which is effective for all time and all eternity to all people who trust in Him (1 Peter 2:24-25).

Despite false teaching, the wickedness around and within us, and the threats from people who hate Jesus, God can and will keep us safe for all time and all eternity.  He forgives our falls and teaches us how to avoid falling again.  He has the authority to limit Satan’s wickedness and protect His people.  He can already see the scene on the Final Day when you are welcomed into His presence without any imperfection and all heaven erupts in joy as the saving and keeping power of God in your life reaches its climax (1 John 3:1-2).  So don’t give up, don’t be side-tracked and don’t be intimidated: let God keep you safe.

Father God. Thank You for keeping me safe as I trust in Jesus Christ. I am sorry for the times when I have not stayed on-track with You. Please give me fresh confidence to keep going in the truth looking forward to the Final Day entrance into Your presence. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams