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Secured in His love forever

This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 2 Timothy 1:6-9

The Apostle Paul reminded Timothy that there is nothing that should cause him to be fearful as long as he continues to follow God. This admonition is true to every believer. There is nothing that Satan can do to cause you to continue to live in fear. When Jesus chose the twelve disciples the Father had given Him, He guarded them from the evil one. When He sent them into the world where they have gone through difficult and dangerous circumstances, He interceded on their behalf with His Father that they would have His strong protection from Satan. “I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one” (John 17:15). He promised that He will be with His disciples even up to the ends of the earth (see Matthew 28:20). In the same way, Jesus said that we, as His sheep, are held securely in the Father’s strong hand. “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me” (John 10:28). There is no better place to be than to know that in Christ you are secured. Satan has no power over those that trusted Christ to be the Lord of their lives. The apostle John gave this encouragement to believers who were experiencing tremendous persecution: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). This is not merely a theological concept but a profound reality in which you can have absolute confidence. It is not just a truth that you ponder and meditate upon in the security of your home; it is a promise you can cling to in the midst of a hostile and intimidating world. How you behave reveals what you believe. If you are living a fearful, anxiety-filled life, you are proving your lack of confidence in God’s safety, regardless of what you may say. Live your life with confidence that Jesus is continually interceding with the Father on your behalf. If you trust Him completely, you would be able to overcome your fear. God who is with you “shall endure forever” (Psalm 9:7). Because God is forever, “who does what pleases God will live forever” (1 John 2:17).


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