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Should Not Perish

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. - John 3:16

Have any of you seen the guy with multi-colored hair who would show up at all sorts of sporting events holding a sign that said, "John 3:16"? I would always shout out, "There is that crazy guy with the hair!" Then I would be impressed at how Bob (my dear husband) knew that verse by heart. Years later when I was saved, that verse finally had meaning and what meaning it held!! It was probably the first verse I memorized.

The thought of suicide recently came into my mind while I was being assaulted with feelings of failure. I was outraged! The Holy Spirit brought John 3:16 to my mind and I used the powerful Word of God, "I believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior, and I will not perish but will have everlasting life." In this week, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus, I am thankful for life, everlasting life!

I wondered just how I could be tempted with the thought of suicide and the feelings of failure. In Kay Arthur's devotional book, Beloved, she writes ...

I had been tempted in a way in which I had not been tempted in a long time. My flesh had longed to flirt with sin. But in my spirit I knew I couldn't. I didn't want to sin, to walk in disobedience. Why, a few hours earlier, it was the furthest thing from my mind. But then it came-that desire, that longing, that temptation to yield. Only through diligence in watching myself carefully and through persistent praying was I able to say, "Not my will but Thine be done!"

There is no doubt in my mind that we face a very real adversary that wants to trip us up, to focus our minds on our circumstances and troubles, to disarm and weaken us. Satan won't hesitate to use against us our bad moods, tough circumstances, and weakening illnesses. It's an awful, inadequate feeling to have thoughts and feelings tempt you to be disobedient, to walk in your own "strength". In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers writes ...

Every now and again, Our Lord lets us see what we would be like if it were not for Himself; it is a justification of what He said--"Without Me you can do nothing." That is why the bedrock of Christianity is personal, passionate devotion to the Lord Jesus.

Our victory is from the Lord Jesus, that His will be done through us each and every day. In her Bible study, Lord, I Want To Know You, Kay Arthur shares this quote from Andrew Jukes's book The Names of God ...

This is "El Shaddai," the "Pourer-forth," who pours Himself out for His creatures; ... who thus, by the sacrifice of Himself, gives Himself and His very nature to those who will receive Him, that thus His perfect will may be accomplished in them.

In The Spiritual Warrior's Prayer Guide, Quin Sherrer and Ruth Garlock pray ...

Lord, I am forever grateful that you lifted me out of despair and put my feet on solid ground. Thank you for loving me enough to die for me--even when I was unlovable. You know the plans you have for me; I don't have to worry and fret about them. Help me always to yield to your plan as you conform me to your own image. I know that if you are for me--and you are--then no plan of the enemy will succeed.

As the next verse says, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. - John 3:17 May you have a blessed Christmas as we focus upon Him and His reason for coming and may our focus be kept upon Him FOREVER and EVER!

My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name. The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in his lips: he walked with me in peace and equity, and did turn many away from iniquity. - Malachi 2:5-6

There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand. - Proverbs 19:21

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. - Genesis 17:1

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

December 22, 1998
1998 by Kathy Ridpath
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