Good morning brethren
Well, we have seen as Pilgrim did, (In Bunyan's, Pilgrims Progress) when he made his decision to leave the city of destruction, that slander follows on our heals. And more times than not, it is from those of our own house, who take up the "false tongue" against us.
But we are heading to " Higher Grounds" and the efforts of those who try to discourage us through the scourge of a demeaning tongue, only strengthen our resolve, and confirm that the "tents of Kedar" are darker than we imagined.
We will take our next step on the "ascent" of our spiritual growth that helps us another "degree" closer to our ultimate desire of everlasting joy and peace with God and the saints in his house.
Psalms 121, The Security of the Saints
" I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore."
Our " Distresses" that we experienced by our First Degree, we find only help encouraged us to make our Second ; to seek unto God for his assurance and help, of which brought us to his Word and it's Witness through the Spirit, "that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs ;heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together." (Rom. 8:16-17). Step Two is the "Help" and "Assurance" that we will need all the way Up, The Assurance of our "Keeping" ! It is not a "strange" thing that one of the very First doctrines that the Spirit "Comforts" us by is the doctrine of Eternal Security. The Lord is My Keeper !
“ That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory."(Eph. 1:12-14)
" If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. "(1 John 5:8-13)l
" My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one." (John 10:27-30)
If you look at nearly Every miracle that the Lord performed in Healing someone's miserable life, there were people standing by to say something to diminished the Joy of their Salvation. But the Lord always spoke up again to encourage them that He Was "On There Side". How can life be more secure than to know that "The Lord who made heaven and earth, Is Your Keeper".
Lord bless you children
Step Two: The Lord Is My Keeper
Good morning brethren