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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 141
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

SAVED FOREVER AND EVER.
Jesus Christ is our wonderful Saviour! When He saves He does it perfectly.
We are going to think about this wonderful salvation today.  Just how safe those are who put their trust in Jesus alone. Jesus Christ will take those who trust Him right to God in Heaven, and He gives them Eternal Life with God. Some people put their trust in their own goodness to be right with God. But all of us are sinners, not right and good like Jesus is, so our goodness is nothing but “filthy rags” in God’s sight! Dear me, what can that mean you might wonder? Let’s have a look at what God says about “filthy rag” goodness:
“ But we are all as an unclean [thing], and all our righteousnesses [are] as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities (sins), like the wind, have taken us away. “ (Isaiah 64:6).

This Bible verse in Isaiah is telling us that we are born as sinners, and we cannot try to cover ourselves up by our own goodness. Our own good works are like dirty old torn up rags. Like rags we would throw in the rubbish! How much then we need Jesus Christ to be our Saviour, to save us. When we trust in Him, He cleans us up from our sin and covers us over with His own goodness, His right-eousness.  He can be trusted to take us safely home to heaven as well, to be with the Father forever. Let’s think a bit more about this - being safe and secure with Jesus Christ.

Once there was boy who got into trouble when he was swimming in the sea. He was drowning!  If a man came along in a boat and gave the boy a book on how to swim properly, and then rowed away, he would not have “saved” the boy, would he. If another man rowed up and told the boy that he shouldn’t have swum out so far, and then rowed off, he would not have saved him either. What if a man came along in a boat and pulled the boy in, then took him only to about five metres from the shore - and then dumped him out to sink or swim by himself? He would not have “saved” the boy, would he? But if someone came and pulled the boy in the boat, and then took him all the way to the shore and made sure he was sitting on the sand safe and sound - that would be saving the boy.  He would be the boy’s “saviour.”

When we trust Jesus as our Saviour, He takes us right to safety forever! He doesn’t save us for a little while, and then dump us back into being lost again. He doesn’t tell us what we have to do to save ourselves. He takes us into His safety, just like the good man in the boat took the drowning boy. Then just like the man in the story, Jesus takes us all the way to the safe shore of Heaven and Home. He knows we are weak and needy, small and foolish. So He gives those who trust in His shed Blood everything they need to stop “drowning” in their sin. He shares His Life with us, and makes us special heirs with Himself ( Romans 8:17). He has promised to take us all the Way, and will never leave us or forsake us. That means He will never let us down, never dump us in the “sea” of God’s anger against sin or leave us to try to make it to Heaven alone:
“ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

“...[and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  (Hebrews 13:5).

A PRAYER:
“Thank You Lord God for sending Jesus. I want to trust Him forever, as my Saviour. To be my Friend and Companion until I reach Heaven and Home. Amen”

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