Saturday, October 27, 2007

I will in no wise cast out...

John 6:35-37
35. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
36. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
37. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

This promise is huge. Jesus says that the Father chooses us, but even if we are not aware of or sure of the Father choosing us, we can trust that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”. He knew we would struggle with trying to know if we were chosen or not. So, he assures us that He will cast no one out that comes to Him. I am sure none CAN come to Him without the calling of God. But I haven’t ALWAYS been sure that I was called to salvation. I can only be sure Jesus will not turn me away.

Led astray?

Psalms 3:1-8
1 LORD, how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. (Lots of people are going to be quick to lead you away from the Lord, and encourage you to be lost in sin.)
2. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. (These same people will deny God and try to persuade you that He is NOT your helper.)
3. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4. I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill.
5. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me. (It is the Lord, Himself that provides the air that you breathe and causes your lungs to continue. When He ceases to breath life into you, you will die. We wake up in the morning because He sustains us.)
6. I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about.
7. Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8. Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people.

Wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:1-6
1. And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.
2. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
3. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.
4. And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted.
5. Sing unto the LORD; for he hath done excellent things: this is known in all the earth.
6. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.

The Lord is my strength, I will not be afraid. We shall draw water from the wells of salvation. Isn’t that beautiful? It isn’t just one drink and we are done, left to wait for death to enter in. We get to draw water from the wells of salvation. We get to go back over and over again. We get to enjoy our salvation and the presence of the Lord as oft as we care to draw the water.

Cultivation

Luke 13:6-9
6. He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

I like this story cause it gives me some sense of security that the Lord will not cut me off immediately if I don’t bear enough fruit. But He will dig around me, cultivate my soil, fertilize me with His Spirit and His witnesses and He will keep me as long as there is a glimmer of hope that I will improve.

Not to forget however, in the end if the tree does not bear fruit it WILL be cut down.

train your brain

Proverbs 12:11
11. He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.

To till his land also means to train his brain.
He that fills his brain with the Word shall be satisfied with bread, but he that follows after foolishness is void of understanding.”