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Revival Chronicles 02/23/16 - The Keeping Power of God
February 23, 2016, 11:00 AM

The Saving and the Keeping Power of God

Recently, (I think last Wednesday night) someone shared at church that they had been addicted to marijuana, and then methamphetamines, for many years.  That night they explained with joy, that they had committed their life to the Lord, and had not used either substance since the summer of 2014.  At that point, someone else shared a word of encouragement with the congregation- that they used to smoke 3 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day, but with a strong desire and by the Grace of God they were able to quit cold turkey, and have not smoked for over 47 years now.

The Gospel is able to transform and deliver us from every sin or destructive habit from which we want to be delivered:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation (for deliverance) to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile."  (Romans 1:16, BSV)

 Once delivered, the Lord Himself is able to keep us as well:

“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.”  Jude 1:24-25 ESV 

Even though God "is able" to keep us, He asks for our participation and cooperation with the Word of God, and the Holy Spiritoperating in our lives:

"Hold fast and follow the pattern of wholesome and sound teaching which you have heard from me, in [all] the faith and love which are [for us] in Christ Jesus.  Guard and keep [with the greatest care] the precious and excellently adapted [Truth] which has been entrusted [to you], by the [help of the] Holy Spirit Who makes His home in us."  2 Timothy 1:13-14, Amplified