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IN TOUCH WITH GOD   by Edward Heppenstall

Fellowship With God FEBRUARY 4


Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy. Jude 24.

Many Christians know what the scripture "scarcely be saved" means (l Peter 4:18). There is something wrong with the Christian who lives always in peril of falling into sin. We should not be only just saved. There is a safe margin clear and distinct between the spiritual strength of God and the gulf of sin. Where the Christian is ever backsliding and stumbling into sin, there is real weakness of character, a central lack of spiritual power.

We would falter less if we prayed more. We would find safe living in this world of sin if we were more devout in our worship of God. We would triumph more with complete confidence in God's truth and His promises.

He who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loves us, is not willing that we should lapse into sin. We are to live in the fullness of the divine resources that God has provided for us. Men give their blood to the blood bank for the sake of saving other lives. Yet, whenever man draws off this precious fluid, nature seems always ready to make up the deficiency, so that the donor shall not suffer injury. The body has this recuperative power. However, it is in such a surplus spiritual resource that many followers of Christ are lacking.

"Be filled with the Spirit" (Eph. 5:18). Such a spiritual endowment from God means we should possess an abundance of spiritual power that keeps us strong to resist every attack of the enemy, triumphant over the severest trials to which we may be subjected.

Faith in God makes a strong Christian. Faith unites us with the greatness of divine power. The victorious power of faith was revealed once and for all in Christ when He lived on the earth. In Christ, God has given us everything. That is what Pentecost proved. Weak fishermen and tax collectors were endowed with a divine, victorious power that enabled them to pull down the strongholds of sin and build the kingdom of God in human hearts. Ever since then, many Christians have been victorious. Joined to Christ, there is no need to fail. All of us are to bear the likeness of our King.

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