...no one will snatch them out of my hand...and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.
Believers are secure in the hands of God and Christ! Once you put your life into God's hands, nobody can snatch you out of them! You are now able to trust and enjoy Jesus because He took the punishment you deserved and gave you His righteousness!
Have you ever thought about this—Jesus' scarred hand holding you is proof that He loves you! In heaven, the only scars will be on Jesus. Those scars show that our final victory is in Him!
- What big problem or circumstance in your life have you been reluctant to entrust to God?
- You're eternally secure in Jesus and God's hands. How should this change how you live your life?
Earlier in John 10, Jesus was explaining the parable of the Good Shepherd, and he warned that the thief comes to steal and kill and destroy. Predators come for the sheep! In the context of chapter 10, the thieves who come to steal, kill, and destroy are the false shepherds, the Pharisees, and religious leaders of Jesus' day. But Scripture is clear—Satan is behind their hostility and rejection of Jesus.
As I was studying the influence of Satan, 2 Corinthians 2 stood out. In this chapter, we see one of Satan's most successful strategies—promoting broken relationships within the church that results in ineffective ministry and wasted years. Unforgiveness and the longstanding bitterness that follows is a result of being "outsmarted by Satan" according to 2 Corinthians 2:5-11.
Forgiveness is not a feeling but a decision. It is a decision to offer grace instead of demanding justice! The scars of Jesus should remind you of the grace you received when justice was more than warranted! Christians look different from the world because we refuse to hold grudges and allow bitterness to infest our hearts. This is why Paul urges quick forgiveness of those who have sinned against us.
Enjoy the eternal safety and security you have in God through Christ. But be aware of the tactics of your enemy, the devil. He can never remove you from God's hand, but he sure can influence your ideals, opinions, goals, hopes, and attitudes.
- Is there anyone you need to forgive?
- Is there anyone you need to go to and seek forgiveness?
It's all about Jesus!