The Penn Speaks: Keep the Faith & the Lord Will Keep You

In our previous devotional, we learned that through the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ we have been reconciled unto Him; we do not have to deem ourselves enemies in our own minds and relentlessly beat ourselves up because of the past wrongs we have committed. Because God has forgiven us, we have permission to forgive ourselves. Continuing in that same line of thought, we are going to take a look at the verse immediately following these words of liberation. There is a contingency that must be adhered to. This brings us to our key text coming out of Colossians 1:23 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:

23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister

Our new-found liberation — and all — is lost if we let go of the most important key: faith in the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. In the words of Apostle Paul to the people of Colosse, we must “continue in the faith grounded and settled, [and] be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.” Because our salvation, the source of our forgiveness, rests in our belief upon Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins and rising from the dead, our peace of mind — more importantly, our souls — literally cannot afford for us to allow the world to persuade us otherwise. Stay rooted in the Word. Keep the faith, and the Lord will keep you.

Have a blessed day!

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