Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. 2 Peter 1:10.
In the council of heaven, provision was made that men, though transgressors, should not perish in their disobedience, but, through faith in Christ as their substitute and surety, might become the elect of God, predestinated unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself according to the good pleasure of His will. God wills that all men should be saved; for ample provision has been made, in giving His only-begotten Son to pay man’s ransom. Those who perish will perish because they refuse to be adopted as children of God through Christ Jesus
There is no such thing in the Word of God as unconditional election—once in grace, always in grace. In the second chapter of Second Peter the subject is made plain and distinct. After a history of some who followed an evil course, the explanation is given: “Which have forsaken the right way, … following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.” 2 Peter 2:15…. Here is a class of whom the apostle warns, “For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21….
There is truth to be received if souls are saved. The keeping of the commandments of God is life eternal to the receiver. But the Scriptures make it plain that those who once knew the way of life and rejoiced in the truth are in danger of falling through apostasy, and being lost. Therefore there is need of a decided, daily conversion to God.
All who seek to sustain the doctrine of election, once in grace, always in grace, do this against a plain, “Thus saith the Lord.”
It depends upon your course of action as to whether or not you will secure the benefits bestowed upon those who, as the elect of God, receive an eternal life-insurance policy.
The Faith I Live By p. 157
Prayer Requests
—-As of last night, Pastor Don Siewert, my father, Is resting in Jesus less than a year after his wife, my mother passed away. [Prayers for the family would be appreciated.] Susan
—-Please pray for Blaine who is having a stent put in his heart tomorrow. E
—-Urgent prayer request for a man that is a runner. They have found tumors on his spine. He is awaiting MRI results. We pray for his salvation and complete healing and pain relief. DeAnn
Notice: There will be no devotional tomorrow as it is my birthday and I am taking it off.
Dear Friends,
After taking someone to the Kansas City airport some years ago, Eileen and I began driving the three hours back home. It was late at night and very dark, and we were beginning to wish that we had not waited with them until they had gotten onto the plane. We were glad, however, that the weather was good and that we were making good time. If we could keep up this speed, we would get home in less time than it normally took. As we were driving along, they called us and to find out where we were. We had just passed a sign that told us that we had 116 miles to go. They said that they would call back in an hour.
After driving a few more miles, we stopped for gas. Soon, we drove back onto the highway. I was getting tired. There was no sign telling us which way to go, but I hardly noticed. I drove onto the highway and began making good time again. It would not be long before we were home.
Suddenly, Eileen interrupted my thoughts. She said, “Mom, we just passed a sign that gave the distance to Kansas City.” I told her that maybe it was just for a road that led there. Since there was some question as to just where we were, we decided to check at the next exit. It took us quite a few minutes to get to an exit, cross the interstate to read the sign on the other side, and see that we had, indeed, been going the wrong way. It was then I remembered, that when I had entered the highway after stopping for gas, I had, indeed, turned the wrong way. When they called again an hour later and asked how close we were to home, they expected that we would tell them that we were about 40 miles away. Imagine their surprise when we told them that we still had 111 miles to go!
How easy it is to be going along at full speed through life thinking all is well, but in reality things are terribly wrong. We are headed in the wrong direction. We are sure that we know the way, but we are getting farther from our goal. The wise man observes, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Prov 14:12 Jesus expands upon Solomon’s observation, “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matt 7:13,14 How can we find that narrow road? How can we find that strait gate? David gives us the answer: “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Ps 119:9-11 “Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path.” 27:11 “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.” 143:8,10 By prayerfully studying God’s Holy Word each day, we discover the right path. The Bible is like a signpost that points to “the Way, the Truth, and the Life”, Who said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:6, 15
May we ask for the new heart which our Great Creator promises to give us that we may head in the right direction, that we may please Him by doing all His will, for He promises, “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Eze 36:26,27 May we daily study God’s Word, that we may find that narrow and rugged path that leads to Heaven. (2 Tim 2:15) “May we lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Heb 12:1,2

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