1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us,
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,
4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
As we progress through life we do our best to make decisions which we hope will ensure a level of security down the road for us. After obtaining our undergraduate degree, some of us may go for a Masters and Doctorate; in hopes of having the credentials to warrant a higher paying job. Once we are able, we may invest in the stock market, in hopes of obtaining financial security during our eventual retirement. When we meet a potential mate, we will open our heart to the other person, in hopes that they will reciprocate our feelings. We may even spend tons of money in an attempt to impress the other person.
While all of the above things are good, office politics and corporate layoffs are always a possibility in the workforce; And regardless of how we may feel about other people, they may not reciprocate our feelings, or their feelings may change in a negative manner towards us over time. We also never know what unexpected events life will bring us, such as: health issues, the loss of a loved one, or a drastic loss in our finances.
It is when these unexpected times occur, that fear and stress will creep in and cause us to make unwise decisions.
Truth is, we can never truly be certain about anything in this world, because this world is only temporary, however we can always choose to place our trust and security in the hands of the only person of whom we can be certain.
I John 2:16-17
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises of the rewards that await those who choose to have a personal relationship with Him, and the consequences that await those who choose to serve only themselves or false gods. We can be certain that God will fulfill every promise, because since the creation of man, God has a 100% record of keeping every promise He has made.
The Lord formed each of us in our mother’s womb, granted us gifts and talents, and offers us redemption from the wages of sins, via the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone. He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us, and to supply our every need according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus.
You may ask me, how can I be certain that God will take care of me? Because, I prayed the sinner’s prayer many years ago. God kept me and encouraged me through the rigors of my teenage years. He blessed me with favor and promotion on a job for 14 years, and when I was eventually laid off, the Lord supplied me with the grace to leave with integrity. Since then He has placed me in various positions to witness the Gospel to others, and let them know that no matter how far they fall in life, as long as there is breath in their body, they can call out to Jesus Christ; And He will lift them up, clean them up, and give them a good purpose for living.
Now let me be clear, that even with Jesus in our life, we may still experience fear and stress as a result of unexpected events, however the difference is that we will be sensitive to the comforting voice of the Lord. As a “born again” believer, when circumstances try to shake us or knock us down, Jesus is right there to catch us and hold us.
There is another thing that we can be certain about, and that is that each of us will be leaving this earth one day, either via the Rapture of true followers of Christ, or by natural death. It behooves each of us to examine our life. It is not God’s will that any person spend an eternity separated from Him, but it is up to us to make this decision as soon as we can.
Tomorrow is not promised. Young and Old people are leaving this world at high numbers each day. If you are not certain about your salvation, you can be certain, by praying the prayer below:
I confess that there are many areas of my life, of which I am uncertain about. I want to start by being certain of my personal relationship with You. I confess that there is sin in my life, that I can’t overcome on my own. I invite You to come into my heart and begin the process of renewing my mind and cleaning up my heart. I Thank You for saving me, Lord Jesus.
II Peter 1:2-11
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.