God’s Keeping Power (1)
1 Pet. 1:5 Who are being guarded by the power of God through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time.
2 Tim. 1:12 For which cause also I suffer these things; but I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit unto that day.
(Part 1 of 2)
We must not forget that there is a condition attached to God’s keeping power. If we do not trust Him, He is unable to keep us. In order to experience His salvation, and in order to have His keeping power, we must believe wholeheartedly in His promises. If after we have overcome, we doubt whether our overcoming experience can be sustained, we are discrediting His keeping power. We must believe in God’s keeping power. Every morning when we rise we should say to Him, “God, I thank You for keeping me yesterday, and today You will still keep me. I do not know what temptations may befall me, and I do not know how I can overcome. I cannot do anything; but I believe You will keep me.”
God guards those who have faith in Him. We do not have to grapple with temptations and try to overcome them; the keeping power of God will get us through, and we must believe in His ability to save us from giving way to sin. If we implicitly rely on Him, even when we are unexpectedly assailed by temptations, an amazing thing will happen. In a way we cannot account for, something will ward off all the fiery darts of the evil one. It is the shield of faith. It will come in between us and Satan, so that his fiery darts cannot reach us. Instead of hurting us they will beat upon the shield of faith and rebound on Satan himself.
Paul did something; he committed himself to the Lord. If you believe in Him, then you must commit yourself to Him. He can only keep those who have handed themselves over to Him. Many people fail to experience the blessedness of His keeping power because they have never put themselves into His care.
They have never said to Him, “Lord, I hand myself over to you and commit to You the keeping of my life.” Brothers and sisters, have you placed yourselves in His hands? If you truly have, then you will be able to say with Paul, “I am persuaded that He is able to guard my deposit unto that day.” (Continued tomorrow)