“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them and they will never perish; and no will 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 the Father’s hand” (John10: 27-29).

This past weekend, during an Easter event, I was playing with a group of children trying to pry candy from my hand.  With the vice-gripped clench I had on the pieces, I didn’t think they could possibly accomplish the task.  Finally, one of the three was able to get hold of my finger and wrench it in such a way that I had to open my fist, and the candy fell out.

I’m grateful that our Lord holds us in such a way that no amount of wrenching, scheming, or other efforts by the evil one can pry us from the Father’s hand.  The very nature of our relationship with Christ demands that it be a once and for all experience.  Forty-three times in the New Testament salvation and the Christian life is described as eternal life or everlasting life.  By definition, these two terms mean that the life of salvation is something that can never be lost.  To have it and then lose it means it had to be something other than eternal and everlasting; it would have to be temporary life or conditional life.

Face the day with the confidence of His firm grip on your life.

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