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Living with hope

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September 2, 2012

John C. Griffin
pastor
Lamar Baptist, Lamar

Scripture passage:
1 Peter 1:1-12

Of all the chores associated with raising a garden, the most enjoyable to me, other than eating the fruits of my labor, is the process of canning fruits and vegetables in mason jars. Food just seems to taste better when it comes from a glass jar, and one of the most rewarding sounds is that “pop” the flats make as they seal all that tasty goodness.

However, even when great care is taken, even when that pop is heard, there is still the possibility that the contents of the jar can spoil due to conditions beyond my control.

However, there is a preservation process that will never fail – the preservation offered to us by our Lord Jesus Christ.

Once we have been sealed by the presence of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 1:13, KJV: “Ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise”), there is nothing that can spoil the end results of our faith. Peter assures us, by the inspiration of God, that we are kept (preserved) by the power of God, according to 1 Peter 1:5. What a relief that wonderful truth should be to our souls – to know that no matter what happens, whether it be the heaviness of “manifold temptations” in 1 Peter 1:6 or the trials of our faith and the trying fires of 1 Peter 1:7, we will have a freshness when Jesus comes to claim His own that is “found unto praise and honor and glory” (1 Peter 1:7).

Many times I have opened a jar of preserves only to find out they had spoiled. That can steal away a little of my joy. Satan wants to do the very same thing with our lives. He knows that the sealing and preservation process that we undergo through Christ Jesus is something that causes him to be unable to reach through, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to steal away the joy that comes from our salvation.

Remember that the power of God to keep us is stronger than the power of Satan to spoil us. Jesus will finish what He has begun in us so rejoice, child of God, with joy unspeakable.

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