“Who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (1 Peter 1:5).
The Bible speaks of adversaries we will encounter throughout life’s journey:
“For a wide door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many adversaries” (1 Corinthians 16:9).
The adversaries can inflict pain upon us and will seek to blunt our testimony for Christ. The enemies we face are real, and we need to guard our spiritual life from assault (Ephesians 6:10-18).
But, in another sense, the victory has already been won. In fact, the Bible calls believers “overcomers” (1 John 5:4). As God’s children, God takes it upon Himself to protect us from harm and bring us to heaven. Paul recognized this truth as he faced his own earthly demise in martyrdom:
“The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen” (2 Timothy 4:18).
The opening verse from 1 Peter indicates God keeps us by His own power. We will indeed persevere until the end, but how? We persevere “by God’s power.” God does not leave us to our own abilities to withstand the pressures of life and the enemies we face. He promises to keep us until the day of Christ through means of His own power.
Listen to these encouraging verses:
“But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one” (2 Thessalonians 3:3).
“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
When we feel weak and battered by the adversities of life, let’s take heart in these promises of God’s protection. He will not leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). He will protect us and preserve us through every affliction, and bring us to live with Him forever. Praise His holy name! Amen.
Posted on Thu, April 20, 2017
by Diane Hultgren