BCL Grow: God's Preservation — Psalm 73:23-26
Psalm 73:23-26 (Grace)
Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” — Psalm 73:23-26
“Because of these remnants of sin dwelling in them and also because of the temptations of the world and Satan, those who have been converted could not remain standing in this grace if left to their own resources. But God is faithful, mercifully strengthening them in the grace once conferrred on them and powerfully preserving them in it to the end.” — Canons of Dort, Fifth Main Point of Doctrine (The Perseverance of the Saints), Article 3 (God’s Preservation of the Converted).
Steps to Take
1. Consider: We often hear of the perseverance of the saints, but consider that there is no perseverance without God’s gracious preservation.
2. Remember: In many places of the Bible God reveals his preservation of his people. Jesus said no one can snatch his people out of his hand (John 10:29). The Psalmist (above) declares how God holds us with his right hand. It is the love of God for his people—a love beyond measure—that guards and preserves them. God is faithful to his promises to keep and save his people.
3. Respond: Though you continue to struggle against sin and doubt in the face of the temptations and troubles of this world, be assured if you are in Christ by faith in him then you are a child of God, adopted and loved by your heavenly Father. Your all-powerful God will preserve you to the end—believe him, trust him, and obey him, for he will never leave you or forsake you.
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