Monday, April 29, 2013

Keep Following Christ!

If you, like me, are a sinner saved by grace through faith in Christ, you must know that at every moment you seek to faithfully, if imperfectly, follow Christ, you will encounter opposition.

This opposition will come from the devil, the world (including sometimes, the Church, since we all bring our sins to Church with us), and your sinful self.

Today's installment of Our Daily Bread addresses that reality. It's based on Psalm 4.

In Our Daily Bread, David C. McCasland writes this of King David, the author of the psalm:
Throughout David’s life, before and after he became king of Israel, he was never without opposition. But at the end of the day, he could say, “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety” (v.8).
If you're going through a storm, internal or external as you seek to follow Christ, remember, God is bigger than any storm. In Christ's death and resurrection, God has conquered sin, death, and the devil for all eternity. He's got it handled. As David advises, "...put your trust in the Lord" (v.5).

Remember: "No one who believes in Him [trusts in the God we know in Christ] will be put to shame" (Romans 10:11).

And, Jesus promises: "...the one who endures [in faith in Him] will be saved" (Matthew 24:13).

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