LET JESUS BE YOUR SECURITY BLANKET

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LET JESUS BE YOUR SECURITY BLANKET

Linus, from the Charlie Brown comics, is always seen going about his business with his blue blanket. Like many children, that is his security blanket. But as we grow older, we grow out of our security blankets and smelly pillows. Yet this need for a comforting presence, something to rely on, never ever goes away. For some of us, it becomes our job. For others, it becomes our possessions and our achievements. But beloved, have we ever paused to think about why that is? What do our ‘security blankets’ represent to us? For children, it is something familiar; an item that perhaps carries the scent of someone close to them, who has always been there for them, giving them comfort. So in their absence, the item becomes a substitute, a stand in, till that person returns. What about us? What do our security blankets represent? Acceptance? A place to turn to when things get tough? A comforting presence when the world misunderstands us?

Beloved, remember that no matter how important our ‘security blankets’ are, this is the reality,

“Heaven and earth will pass away” Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33, Mark 13:31

Indeed, many, if not all, religions believe in the transience of this world. How can we not? After all, death and decay is all around us. Yet for us who believe, there is a second half to this reality.

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” Matthew 24:35, Luke 21:33, Mark 13:31

Yes, for us who believe, all that Jesus has said, and all that our Father has promised us, will never pass away. So if ever we are looking for a dependable security blanket, this is it. And chief amongst His promises is this.

“Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” Hebrews 7:25 [AMPC]

Beloved, your salvation, your redemption, your right standing with our Father, they have all been guaranteed once and for all; because your sins, past, present and future, have all been forgiven, taken care of; and you are now saved, completely, perfectly, finally, for all time and eternity, because you have chosen to come to our Father through Jesus.

Now, notice therefore, that the only condition tied to your eternal salvation is that you come to our Father through Him? That’s right. It is not your works, not your sacrifice, not the amount of money you give to the church, not the amount of time you give toward your service in church and man. While all that is good because it shows off just how much our Father has blessed you, it is not the reason why you are eternally saved. Your right standing with our Father is because of one reason, and one reason only; Jesus and His blood shed, Jesus and His death on the cross.

At this point, the more keenly-eyed amongst you will realize that Jesus is referred to in the third person, so these words could not have come from Him. And you are right. They did not. But these did.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

Notice the condition here? Yes, ‘believe’. What does believe mean?

“For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” John 3:16 [AMPC]

So how do you believe, trust, cling to and rely on Jesus if you do not come to Him? And remember that Jesus not only said this, He sealed this agreement, in blood, no less.

“For this is My blood of the new covenant, which [ratifies the agreement and] is being poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28 [AMPC]

So the shedding of His blood at the cross not only gives us forgiveness for all our sins, the word ‘and’ shows us that it has another purpose, it ratifies, confirms, puts into effect the new covenant, the new contract, which He came to bring. And what is this new covenant?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

The contract of eternal salvation, the contract of ‘no condemnation’ ever again for anyone who believes in, trusts in, clings to and relies on Jesus. And how do we activate this contract? Yes, believe.

But you know, for as amazing as that already is, Jesus did not stop there.

“Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost (completely, perfectly, finally, and for all time and eternity) those who come to God through Him, since He is always living to make petition to God and intercede with Him and intervene for them.” Hebrews 7:25 [AMPC]

Not only is Jesus interceding for us, He is intervening for us. Intervening how; to harm us? Intervening to make our lives worse? Beloved, remember He said this.

“The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10 [AMPC]

The proof is in the pudding my friends. When Jesus was walking the earth, He healed the lepers (Matthew 8 and Luke 17), He healed the lady with the flow of blood (Mark 5), He raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) and Lazarus (John 11) from the dead, He turned water into wine (John 2), He healed Peter’s mother from her fever, He did distance healing on the Centurion’s servant (Matthew 8), He made the blind to see (John 9) and the lame to walk (John 5) and forgave sins.

So if you are lacking something in your life, this is His intervention.

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33

If you are weary with life, this is His intervention.

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” Matthew 11:28 [AMPC]

If you hunger literally or metaphorically, this is His intervention.

“I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

And if there is anything else you think He has missed, this is His intervention.

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14

Beloved, as the apostle Paul said,

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” Romans 8:1

“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

So for

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

Jesus is the best ‘security blanket’ anyone can ever have. It is seems rather silly for us, who have the right to, to not trust in Him, is it not?

And if by chance you have yet to know Jesus and therefore have never put your trust in Him, and right now, you want to put your faith in Jesus; beloved you can, because He said,

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” John 6:37-39

You are therefore he of whom Jesus is saying that He should not lose. So then my friend, say this prayer with me.

“Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me today. Thank You for unveiling this simple yet profound truth to my salvation. Though I may have closed my heart to Your call before, I no longer close my heart today. Father I believe in Jesus. I believe that Jesus came to die on the cross for me and by so doing, brought into effect the new covenant between You and me, in which I am saved not because of my works or behavior, but because of Jesus’ death and His blood which has given me full remission of all my sins. Thank You Father for allowing me to partake of this wonderful covenant and thank You for only asking that I believe. Yes Father, I believe and I make Jesus my security blanket, in good times and bad, from this day forth. In Jesus name, Amen.”

Jesus asks nothing, our Father asks nothing, except that you trust Them. So trust Them and hold Them to their word. They are good for it.

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