Have you ever had Satan whisper to your heart, “There’s no hope for you. Christ won’t have you! Not after what you’ve done.” He has a thousand ways to convey the same message. He wants you to give up because you believe his lie that Christ will turn you away. What can you do when he attacks? Today’s devotional shows you how to fight and win! God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
II Thessalonians 2:13-14
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14 (ESV)
13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits[a] to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 2:13-14
“I was so foolish when I was seeking the Savior that, for a long time, I said to myself, ‘The Lord Jesus will hear my brother; he will hear my sister; he will be gracious to my father and my mother, but not to me.’ The devil said, ‘Your name is not on the roll of Christ’s redeemed ones.’ How did he know? He had never read it. How could I tell? I had never seen it. When any man says to me, ‘Suppose I am not elect,’ I usually answer, ‘Suppose you are; and suppose both you and I leave off supposing, and go to work upon certainty instead of supposition. Is not that a wise thing to do? Now, Christ has said, “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” Will not the wisest thing for us to do be to go and see whether he will cast us out?’ And, dear friends, if he does cast any one of you out, I should like you to let me know of it, for I have gone up and down the land, these many years, telling everybody that Christ never did cast a sinner out, and I do not wish to say what is not true. If he does cast out one who comes to him, I shall have to amend my testimony; at least, I shall have to stop at home, and hold my tongue, if you can tell me, assuredly, that you went to Christ, and he cast you out. Sire, I tell you that there is not, even among the damned in hell, a single one who dares to say that he sought the Lord, and the Lord would not be found of him. There never shall be one among lost spirits, who shall dare to say, ‘I trusted in Christ, and he did not save me. I sought him, but he would not look upon me.’ It cannot be so; come along with you, then, I pray you, and end all questions and supposings by humbly casting yourself down at Jesus’ foot; and trusting in him, you shall not die, but shall live forever and ever.”
[Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit XLIV, (London: Passmore and Alabaster, 1898), p. 511]