We Have An Abundance With Him!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! What We Have With Him!!!

2Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
There were no banks back in Paul’s day where you could deposit your money & keep it safe.
So what did you do with your wealth when you went on a journey?
Then again, if you were to die, who could you trust to be the executor of your estate?
How could you be sure that your family would receive what was rightly
theirs?
The person you ask to take care of your possessions must be someone you
know very well, & in whom you trusted completely.
And that is what Paul is saying that Jesus is in this verse when he said, “I know whom I have believed & I am convinced that He is able to keep that which I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

“I KNOW HIM!”
Paul is not saying, “I know about Him as an historic figure,” or, “I know about Him as a name that appears in the books.”
But rather, “I know Him as my Savior, as my friend. I know Him as one who walks beside me & guides me. I know Jesus, & I know He is able to keep that which I have entrusted to Him.”
I am sure that as Paul wrote these words he must have thought back over his life
and of all the terrible things that he had done when he had persecuted the church
as he persecuted the Christians who were a part of that church. But then he
met Jesus on the road to Damascus and from that moment on his life was never the same again. Where once he had imprisoned Christians, now as a Christian he was in prison.
Sitting there in that prison cell in Rome, Paul must have remembered all the
horrible things that had happened to him – the suffering he had endured – the
times that he had been arrested & beaten – the times he had been left for dead –
the times he was hungry & cold & lonely. Yet, when compared to the joy that was his because of his friendship with Christ it was worth it all. So he writes, “I know Jesus Christ & I want you to know Him, too!”
You see, the greatest news is not that Paul knows Christ – or that John knows
Christ – or that Peter knows Christ – but that we can know Jesus Christ, too.
That is the greatest news of all. When we know him as Lord and Savior not just his name; we have so much. We Have salvation, a home in Heaven, the Protection of Jesus Christ, God, he who can do all things.
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
“I KNOW THAT HE IS ABLE”
The 2nd thing we see in this text is the power of Christ….I know that He is able.”

Those are great words. “Christ is able.” Think of the might of Christ and think of all of the things which Almighty God can do.
He is able to create…. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
He created this world and this universe and everything in it. He created it out of nothing.
Man has built magnificent cities, but we have built everything out of existing
materials, and one day everything we have built will return to dust.
But the greatest news is not that God is able to create, but that He is able to recreate us.
He created man, but what God created, Satan sought to destroy. Satan tempted man, and man gave in to that temptation and sinned – separating himself from God. So God sent Jesus, and Jesus is able to recreate us – to cleanse us from all sin & bring us back to
God. He is able!

“TO KEEP THAT WHICH I HAVE ENTRUSTED TO HIM”

Paul goes on to say, “I know that He is able to keep that which I have entrusted
to Him.” What had Paul entrusted to Christ?
Obviously, he had entrusted his life. He had committed his body and his soul completely to Jesus.
The Bible teaches us that our eternal spirit is worth more than anything else in
all the world – more than silver or gold or anything else.
It is the most valuable possession we have, and Paul says, “I have entrusted that valuable
possession to Jesus, and He is able to keep it safe & sound & to protect it from
all the temptations of the world and to keep it all the way through eternity.”
He is also able to keep track of all that we have done.
Remember when Mary came to Jesus & broke the alabaster vial & anointed Jesus with that expensive ointment? Remember how upset Judas was? He said, “What a waste. This should have been sold & the money used to buy food for the poor. But this woman wasted it all.”
But Jesus didn’t think it was wasted. In fact, he commended her for what she had done. He said, “You have prepared me for my burial.” Then He said something very important, “This will be a memorial to her for all time.”
God is keeping record, and every good thing that we do for someone else every time we were the good Samaritan and cared for our brother along the way – every time we took a cup of cold water to someone who was thirsty every time we clothed the naked and fed the hungry – every time we witnessed to the lost and brought them to Christ – and every time someone has done something nice for us…somewhere, somehow, God is keeping record, and He will never, ever forget the good things that we have done for Him. Just keep in mind them nice things will not get us to heaven.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

“UNTIL THAT DAY”
Paul said, “I know whom I have believed, & I am convinced that He is able to
keep that which I have entrusted to Him until that day.”

Paul is obviously referring to that day when all of the people of the world will stand before the judgment throne of God. He is referring to that time when the sheep will be separated from the goats, and some will pass to the left and some will pass to the right.
Are you ready for that day?

Have you called upon Jesus to save you? Have you asked for forgiveness and salvation? All the good things he is keeping track of will not get you into heaven.
John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!
Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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