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After preaching a revival, a young preacher arrived at the airport early because he loved to get a low number allowing him to be first to board the plane.  He saw an elderly lady pointing at him as she talked with a young woman.  Shortly after passing through the gate, he felt someone grab his arm.  It was the elderly lady that was pointing at him.  She held on until they got to the plane.  Being polite, the young preacher stepped aside to allow the lady to go first.  She refused, making him go first, and as he got seated, he heard a sweet voice asking, “Son, may I sit with you?”  He told her,  “Sure.”  She began to tell him how sweet God was to provide us salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  She then asked, “Son, are you a Christian?”  He answered, “Yes, I am a Baptist preacher and just finished preaching a revival.”  She shouted, “I knew it, I knew it the moment I saw you.”  “I can’t wait to get home and call my daughter.”  She explained saying, “I told my daughter, see that man over there, I’m going to fly with him, for he is a Christian.”

2 Corinthians 3:3 says, “Ye are declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshing tables of the heart.

Christians walk with God.  You may be the only epistle this wicked world will ever read.

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(27) My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29)My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. John 10:27-29 KJV  

     Amid all the uncertainties of this present evil world; the saved person can hold fast to their confidence in their salvation. Christ Himself declared that nothing we can do will undo our salvation. We are not to abuse that permanence (See Romans 6:1-18) ; but we are told plainly that we will never be lost again.

Some have said that cannot be so. Christ says otherwise. What power have we to remove what God has put in place? To be able to remove our salvation is to render the sacrifice of Christ insufficient. To undo salvation would give us some power over Christ (of which we have none). Salvation is not gained by any work. Nor is it lost by any work. Works will affect our reward at the Judgment Seat, but not our final residence. (See I Corinthians 3:12-15)

Jesus Christ provided our sacrifice. He paid the full, entire price of our salvation. We need only to accept His offer. Rest assured, Christian, if you have truly trusted Christ; you have been established on a foundation that cannot be moved. Your salvation is secure in Him. And it will be until the day He calls us home.

Let no man, woman or spirit lead you to believe otherwise. Stand on what is said by Christ in God’s word. If salvation were not so, the Lord would have told us. If you are truly saved, your salvation is secure in Christ by and through the power of Almighty God.

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1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Redeemed means to buy back.  We are all by nature sinners, separated from God, ALL HAVE SINNED… No exception.  As part of the Redeemed, it seems sometimes we forget what it took to redeem us back to God, to satisfy the wrath of God. We are NOT redeemed with corruptible things. We are not redeemed by doing some kind of rituals, by trying to keep Gods perfect law.  But we are purchased with the precious Blood of Christ. No other price would be excepted no other was good enough. Our Salvation was very expensive and Jesus paid it all. Thank you God for the Precious Blood of Christ that He shed for me that I might be called a son of God.


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Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.John 3:3 KJV

Nicodemus knew something was different about this man Jesus. Nicodemus came to Jesus by night, he recognized that this man Jesus came from God. Then Jesus  says something that Nicodemus did not expect, you see, he was a Pharisee, these were the “most religious” folks of the day. They had God figured out.  Then Jesus tells him “Except…” this is to the exclusion of everything else. This one word destroyed everything a Pharisee worked for, it’s not by works it is only by grace that we are brought into the family of God, Except a man be born again is the only way we will see the kingdom of God. We are born into the family of God when we except Christ by faith. Yes, it is that simple, Christ died for our sins. His blood is the only payment for our sin. JESUS is the one who brings us into God’s family, and only Jesus


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Romans 12:1-2 KJV  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Paul began with an earnest plea, “I beseech you…” it’s the same as saying “I am begging you…” or “Pleading you…” That we should lead a life acceptable unto God. He calls it “our reasonable service.” Our life has been bought with a price, the precious Blood of Christ. Because He died for me. I should live for Him. This passage tells us we should present our bodies a living sacrifice. Also don’t conform but to change (transformed) our minds by the Word of God to be in the will of God. We cannot be friends of this world and be what God wants to be.

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Years ago, living close to Corpus Christi Texas, I read a story of a man managing a draw bridge for a railroad during the night shift. Opening the bridge to allow a ship to pass, he was so involved in reading a book, he forgot to close the bridge. Hearing the train whistle miles away, he began to pull the leaver’s which failed. Grabbing his lantern, running up the track, he shouted STOP, STOP, STOP. The train passed and crashed into the canal. Found not guilty because of mechanical error, he walked the floor unable to sleep. One night, he broke down telling his wife, “I forgot to light the lantern”.

Could this be the problem with America today? America full of professed to be born again believers, yet fail to shine for the LORD. Matthew 5:14 – “Ye are the light of the world”

By Donnie Shetter

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A vessel wrecked one stormy night crashing on the rocks off the Cornwall.  All perished but one Irish lad.  Hurled by the waves, he managed to sit on a large rock.  The next morning watchers spied him through their glasses.  When they rowed to his rescue they asked, “Lad, didn’t you tremble on the rock in all the storm?”  He answered, “Yes, but the rock never moved.”


In this Spiritual storm of the last days, are you secure on the solid Rock (Jesus), that never moves?




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