Kept and Being Kept

Kept and Being Kept

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What does it mean to be “kept” by God?  And what then are the implications of us being “our sister’s’ keeper?”  This was the topic of our church ladies’ meeting last week.  As I prepared to lead the discussion, I sensed the Holy Spirit prompting me to consider there might be two groups of ladies in the meeting that night, those who were already eager to reflect the love of God by biblically helping to “keep” their sisters in Christ, and those who themselves couldn’t imagine “keeping” anybody else because they were struggling to feel “kept” by God in their current circumstances. Not being able to sense God’s care and presence in the darkness of life’s circumstances can be agonizing and painful.  This is not uncommon for believers, and may apply to you as well today, dear friend.  So let’s take a look at how God, because his Word says so, is keeping you.

  • Know that He’s keeping you now, because He saved you when you had no other rescue.

Because God initiated this relationship you have with him, He is holding on to you. God continues and finishes what He starts in us.  “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.” Eph.2:4-5

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit…” John 15:16

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

  • Know that He’s keeping you, because He told us we would have trouble in life, but that He would never leave us.

“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” Is. 43:1-3

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Heb. 13:5

These truths are foundational.  God has not left you, but is keeping you.  No matter what, no matter where, no matter how hard the struggle or how deep the darkness.  He is in it with you, dear one. While you may be weary or afraid you can’t hold on to God any longer, He’s holding on to you with a grip that will not let go.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is test by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” I Pet. 1:3-7

Today, as I finish typing these words, know that I am lifting up prayers to our Lord for you, friends.  Those who need to feel a sense of God’s presence this very day, in the midst of light or dark trials…know that prayers are being said for you.  God is at work.  He is holding on to you.  You are being kept in his great love.

 

Kristin Bunting About Kristin Bunting

Kristin wishes you could pull up a chair, enjoy a cup of coffee, and talk with her about how amazing Jesus is. For 33 years she has walked with her Savior, and each year is a new adventure in learning how He is always "Enough" for her, no matter what the circumstance. Kristin is wife to one loving small-church pastor, and never ceases to be amazed at the 3 daughters God has given them to raise. Her one-day dream is to write a book for women, chronicling her walk with Jesus and encouraging them to never quit pursuing the God who loves them.

Comments

  1. Yes, knowing that we have been redeemed is our foundation. I am so thankful I can know I am never alone and I will always have the Rock of my salvation to hold on to. Thanks, Kristin.

  2. Wow! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post! I had hesitated as to whether I should write it, but I can see how it could be a perfect corollary to what you have written, and perhaps there is someone reading both days who needs to have the message confirmed. Jesus holds us, loves us, protects us. We can trust Him no matter what.

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