From the Desk of Bill Rigsby

30th July 2013 by Administrator

I was reading Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotional book, and the subject of this day’s evening devotion was powerful. The thought of the great Almighty God loving me so much that He will forgive me of my sin, no matter what, just blows my mind. Spurgeon used John 6:37, “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” Reading the context we see that “whoever” comes to Jesus, He will accept them into His family and forgive them of their sin. Jesus is speaking of giving the “Bread of Life” to anyone who would come. Those who come He will not cast out or He will not drive away! There is no sin that Jesus cannot forgive or will not forgive. You come believing that He is…and he will take your life and bring you into the family of God. You will be His forever. Even at the end of life for you here on earth He will not cast you out if you are His. Or if you have waited to believe and God’s Holy Spirit draws you to Himself if you believe He will not cast you out then, even when your life is at an end, He will love you, accept you and forgive you.

Then Spurgeon goes to the old conflict; will God forgive a believer if he sins? If you are a believer, a Christian, and you sin will you be forgiven? 1 John 2:1-2, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” Aren’t we the blessed ones who have a Father who will step in for us through His Son, Jesus Christ and be our Advocate? We haven’t heard about backsliding very much these days but in Spurgeon’s time it was spoken about. It is a fact that Christians backslide! We can be reminded that even when we backslide or go wayward in our life God will forgive us and hold tightly to our lives and hearts. So many people I know need to hear this scripture from Hosea 14:4, “I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. (NIV) But the KJV says it like this, “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.”

See how both translations speak of God’s healing and love? The only difference is that the translators use backsliding and waywardness but all is the same. We are all wayward at times, maybe not physically but we might go off wayward in our mind or in our emotions. If we slide backwards in our Christian commitment then we are backsliders. God says He loves us still and He will heal us. Most people I know who are living on their own track, away from God but who are God’s children know they need to turn back. My prayer today if you are reading this, please turn toward the Savior seek His forgiveness, healing and love…He will freely give them to you!

He is our loving and caring God and to be in Him is to be secure and safe. He ends his devotional thought like this:

“Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
Nothing from His love can sever.”

“I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” John 10:28 For me this is my “proof” of eternal security. Jesus says He will not let anyone take me out of His hand! Charles Spurgeon says as he ends his devotion “Oh! the grace of these words: “I will in no wise cast out.”’

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