The Power to Keep

Do you believe that Father answered the prayers of Jesus?

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John 17:11 – And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

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If God doesn’t have the power to keep, then who does?  And the truth is this; GOD DOES INDEED HAVE THE POWER TO KEEP.  He certainly has the power to answer the prayers of the Lord Jesus.  Paul said He was persuaded that God could keep that which he had committed to Him, and that He could perform that which He had promised.  We can go even further.  God and His Word are One, and He cannot lie.  One of the statements people expect from me in so many places I go to minister is this; “If God said it, that settles it.”  My dear reader friend, make no mistake about it.  If ANYONE has keeping power, it is our God.

I find only one problem that has entered into the relationship between man and God that could or would interfere with Father’s ability to keep, and that problem exists in the will of the person whom Father wants to keep.  If it were solely up to our God, none would be lost, and everyone would be saved.  But we know that there is a hell that was created for the devil and his angels, and that anyone dying in this present world who does not know Jesus as their Lord will, in fact, open their eyes in hell, a place intended for the lord of the lost, Satan.  And while we KNOW this happens, we also KNOW that this is not the will of God.  Herein lies one of the great truths of Scripture that many believers do not seem to understand.  So many Christians think that anything that is the will of God will just automatically happen.  But this is clearly not the case.  God wants everyone saved, but not everyone is. God wants everyone healed, but not everyone is.

So examining our Text for Today, we see clearly that it is the will of God for all who are saved to be kept.  Sadly, there are many, and one is too many, who CHOOSE, after becoming a Christian, to walk away from the mercy, compassion, grace, life, and power of God.  And doing so, they walk away from that place where the abundant blessing of the Lord can be manifest in their lives.  I often speak of Jacob who wrestled with an angel to GET a blessing.  Now in this covenant, Jesus has given the blessing of all things that pertain to life and godliness.  No longer do we need to fight to GET the blessing, but make no mistake, my friend; we must often fight to KEEP the blessing the Lord has given. 

Manna for Today – John 17; Romans 10:6-17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 4:21; 2 Timothy 1:12; John 1:1; Hebrews 6:18; 2 Peter 3:9; John 10:10

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