Monday, March 13, 2006

Perseverance of the Saints

He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. Rev. 3:5

What a glorious promise, we will be dressed in white and Christ will acknowledge us before the Father and His angels. Who is this promise for? It’s for those who overcome. What are we to overcome? The many things in this world that try to cause us to ultimately renounce Christ. Many things can tempt us to walk away from the Lord. False philosophies, the desire for personal peace and affluence, the lust of our flesh, trials, temptations, doubts, fears, persecutions, and the list could go on. We are commanded by our Lord to endure to the end, and if we do so, God promises not to blot our name out of the Book of Life. .

Many may be saying, how am I to endure to the end? My faith is weak, lusts pull at my flesh, my eyes wander, and the pride of life tears at my resolve. With opposition like this, how am I to endure? If left to myself I shall surely prove a castaway.

But we who are His have had our names written in the book since the foundations of the world, and of those who are His, He will not lose one. If left to ourselves we will surely perish, but praise God we are not left to ourselves. We are kept by the power of God through faith. We shall endure because of His keeping.

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is faithful and just to complete the work He has started in us. He was the one who initiated our faith, and it is He who will finish it. That is a promise, and His faithfulness endures forever

So press on! Make Christ your focus, Heaven your destination. You are promised to make it. Our names cannot be blotted out, for He said they wouldn’t be. Let the enemy assail, let our own depravity torment, and let persecution come if it must. We shall not stop marching until we reach the end of our sojourn and are at home in the land of our promise. For on the cross He said it was finished. He has bought us at a price, and our garments of white He already has waiting.

-Doug Eaton-


At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:24:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

God's grace is truly amazing. I find the keeping part is especially awesome. In His keeping us, though, He is glorified for all eternity.

At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 6:58:00 AM, Blogger bluecollar said...

Thank you Doug.

At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 7:03:00 AM, Blogger Gordon Cloud said...

Encouraging words, Doug, thanks.

At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Jada's Gigi said...

Amen! Nothing can seperate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus!

At Tuesday, March 14, 2006 3:57:00 PM, Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

Great explination of the Perseverance of the Saints.
It truly is His strength which carrys us when we are tired and weary.
"One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD...He noticed that many times along the path of
his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life...
"My son, my precious child,
I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you"

At Wednesday, March 15, 2006 9:20:00 AM, Blogger Rose~ said...

Thanks, Doug, for sharing your thoughts.


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