Ozark Christian Living

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The Enduring Grasp of Grace

August 8

"... I am not ashamed: for I know WHOM I have believed, and am persuaded that HE is able to keep that which I have committed unto HIM against that day."   2 Timothy 1:12

"People today, live their lives flush with insurance, but bereft of assurance."


Security, as it relates to all things created, is a straw man.  Ours at best, is an insecure world; with unpredictable, serving as the predicate of any perceived predictability.  The surety of salvation however, comes with an unconditional, lifetime warranty.  "Men and brethren ... whosoever among you feareth GOD, to you is the word of this salvation sent."  The guarantee of anything is only as good as the parchment it is written on ... and the GUARANTOR of its pen.  In the full belief of these things is Paul able to write of this confidence to his young friend in the faith.  "For the LORD GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed."  The equation of rock solid persuasion is: GOD x Nothing = Everything!  "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living GOD, WHO giveth us richly all things to enjoy;"  Cling to your securities if you must; but be warned that all of earth's fortune and fame, will one day provide for no more than your eternal shame.   

"For GOD hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our LORD, ..."  People today, live their lives flush with insurance, but bereft of assurance.  The shame of sin is death; and startled herds of humanity litter the hillsides in search of something, anything, to hold on to against the approach of its gale.  "Looking unto JESUS the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith; WHO for the joy that was set before HIM endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of GOD."  When Hell's hot winds go forever subterranean, the bloody cross of the only BEGOTTEN will be the one protrusion left on eternity's horizon.  "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of MY hand."  Dear sinner, commit all to HIS enduring grasp, and you will never be ashamed.    

 "Wherefore HE is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto GOD by HIM, seeing HE ever liveth to make intercession for them."

For Love of Country
Charles Habib Malik  (1906-1967)
(Ambassador to the United Nations from Lebanon)
"The good (in the United States) would never have come into being without the blessing and power of JESUS CHRIST ... Whoever tries to conceive the American word without taking full account of the suffering and love and salvation of CHRIST is only dreaming."

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