Protect Me From Deception - Sunday's Dose - 20th August 2017

“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” - (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Thoughts for Today

With the stroke of a pen, Emperor Constantine issued the edict of Milan in 313 A.D., and Christianity became fashionable instead of a source of persecution. Suddenly, church membership rolls grew as thousands joined churches after professing faith in Christ. However, many of these professions of faith were not sincere. Only God, the searcher of hearts, knows how many remained pagan at heart. However, their harmful influence in the church soon became apparent.

A life lived for Jesus Christ is not usually outlined with popularity or ease. Salvation cannot be earned or received by any other way than by coming to the Lord and seeking His forgiveness of sin. You can do nothing to earn God’s gift of grace.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Are you, like Asaph in Psalm 73, feeling as if you are the only person suffering and sacrificing for the cause of Christ? Be patient. Don’t give up. God will reward your faithfulness and honor your perseverance. Paul said:

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. ... We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Timothy 4:7, 2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

Be content to trust God for your deliverance. Trust Him to keep you safe in the palm of His hand.

Prayer: Our Loving Heavenly Father, 
May I fight the good fight of faith. Thank you for never leaving or forsaking me and for the grace you have given me in the gift of Your salvation. I pray I will never take my salvation or Your Truth for granted. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, In Jesus Loving Name I Pray, Amen."

Have a Blessed Sunday and God Bless you.
Courtesy : Daily Dose Devotionals Team