January 24 Security
I believe God is shaking the foundations of this world. Never has there been a time in human history where unwelcome change is taking place so rapidly. People are turning off the nightly news, because they don’t want to hear about the struggling economy, or wars and rumors of wars. Should we put all our money in gold? How do we hide or protect ourselves from terrorists? Even our churches and schools aren’t safe anymore. Should you buy a gun and stock up on material goods to sustain you for a few months if society breaks down around you? Most of the inhabitants of this world struggle with feelings of insecurity. Where can you go and what should you do to be secure?
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (Jn. 14:27). God’s peace is an internal order, not an external order. He told us that we would have tribulations in this present world. Security is relating to the eternal and not the temporal. If you are trying to find peace and security in the external and temporal world which you have no right or ability to control, you are going to struggle with insecurity. But if your identity and security is found in Christ, then you have nothing to fear, because In Christ:
Rom. 8:1,2 You are free from condemnation. Rom. 8:28 You are assured that all things work together for good. Rom. 8:31f You are free from any condemning charges against you. Rom. 8:35f You cannot be separated from the love of God. 2Cor. 1:21 You have been established, anointed, and sealed by God. Col. 3:3 Your life is hidden with Christ in God. Phil. 1:6 You can be sure that the good work that God has started in you will be finished. Phil. 3:20 You are a citizen of heaven. 2Tim. 1:7 You have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Heb. 4:16 You can find grace and mercy in time of need. 1Jn. 5:18 You born of God and the evil one cannot touch you.
If you don’t find your security in Christ, where else are you going to find it?
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