BLESSED ASSURANCE!

JEREMIAH 15:2-21: “And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; And they will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you; For I am with you to save you And deliver you,” says the LORD. “I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked, And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”

OBSERVATION: The old hymn proclaims – “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, oh what a foretaste of glory divine…” The Lord delights in giving “Blessed Assurance” to His children. Psalms 103 says that He knows our frame, He knows that we are but dust. The Lord knows that we get discouraged, weary, tired, and many times doubt our calling and our standing with Him. He does not rebuke us or simply tells us to “buck up” and have faith. Rather, He meets us at the point of our weariness, our doubt, our discouragement, and He brings us “Blessed Assurance”.

Jeremiah was going through such a time. He carried the word of God’s judgment against Judah, and he was not a popular person among the ruling class. His life was constantly threatened. No one received his word. No one repented. At times it seemed futile and his life seemed empty and devoid of meaning. As he cried out to The Lord sincerely, The Lord met him with “Blessed Assurance”. This assurance did not have to do with his external circumstances. The Lord assured Jeremiah with His promise of position and protection. He was firmly positioned in the Grace and Mercy of The Lord. He was personally protected by the mighty hand of The Lord. There was nothing that could remove him from this place of safety and promise!

Jesus is our Good Shepherd. He leads us, equips us, refreshes us, and protects us. We have this “Blessed Assurance” that we are His, and He is ours. In John 10 Jesus proclaimed – “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.” (‭John‬ ‭10‬:‭27-30) Paul affirms this in Romans 8 where he proclaims – “What can separate us from the love of God?” The answer is – NOTHING! We have this “Blessed Assurance – “Jesus is mine!…”

Lord, help me to walk today in this “Blessed Assurance”. Help me to know that You are with me, You are for me, You are guiding me, You are protecting me – in everything. You have promised that You will never leave me nor forsake me. I am secure in Your hands! “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!…” In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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