There is an old hymn that many of us have sung that says, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine, Oh what a foretaste of glory divine! Heir of salvation, purchase of God, born of His spirit, washed in His blood”. Have you every thought about what a tremendous message of faith that is? The chorus then goes on to proclaim, “This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long!” How many times have you really thought about the message you are proclaiming when you have sung those words? If the song is new to you perhaps you can see the power more easily than some who have sung it all of their lives.
    The point I want to focus on is that there are far too many of us who wear the name “Christian” who don’t really understand or perhaps appreciate the meaning of that name to our lives. I ran across this quote by R. Garrison, which I thought was very appropriate. He said, “Christianity is Blessed Assurance, not dying with our fingers crossed”.
    The apostle John wrote in I John 5:11-13 that far too many Christians don’t really believe. John said, “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” 
    Do you really believe and “know” you have eternal life? Really know? If you don’t then you fall into the category of “finger crossing Christians”. (Finger crossing is a symbol for “wishing or hoping something’s true or sometimes asking for ‘good luck'”). John however wrote that we can “know that you have eternal life,” so do you really believe that?
    Paul wrote in Romans 8:15, “So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into His family calling Him ‘Father, dear Father.'”
    So what are you afraid of today? How about uncrossing those fingers and really believing the Word of God! If you have been “united with Him” you will be “resurrected with Him.” All He asks is from that point on that you continue to obey Him as proof that you really love Him.
    My prayer is that you truly have “Blessed Assurance”! – MFTH

God bless you all and have a great week! Michael

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