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John 10:28. Safe In the Hand of God

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My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. — John 10:27-29

Think for a moment about your hand. What is it’s purpose? What does it represent? Certainly we use our hands to grasp things and pick them up. We use them to work, get dressed, type, etc. Hands can be used for communication through sign language or just waving them around when we are talking. We can communicate emotions with them, such as a soft caress. We use them to care for others. These hands God gave us, are quite useful for life.

In the Bible, the word “hand” is used in several ways:

  • A physical body part, such as when Noah reached out his hand to bring the dove back into the ark in Genesis 8:9
  • A period of time, such as “the day of the Lord is at hand” (Isaiah 13:6, Joel 1:15, Joel 2:1, and Zephaniah 1:7)
  • The hand of the Lord, such as “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not to short, that it cannot save.” (Isaiah 59:1)

In John 10, Jesus teaches several things about the hand of God to teach us that we saved, safe, and secure in His hand.

What do you think of when you think of a hand? When you think about your Father’s hand, think of his provision, his power, his presence, and his protection.

There is provision in the hand of God

In verse 28, Jesus that He gives. Specifically in this verse, His provision is for eternal life. There is no possible way that we can give ourselves eternal life. Instead, it can only be received as God graciously gives us eternal life as gift. Romans 6:23 says: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

God also supplies our every need out of His own riches. Philippians 4:19 tells us: “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” That doesn’t mean He gives us our every want – but He does give us what we need.

In Matthew 7:11, we find that God’s hand of provision gives us good things: “your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him

In 2 Peter 1:3, we find “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” These include spiritual gifts and the fruit of the Spirit.

All this is graciously provided from the very hand of Almighty God.

There is power in the hand of God.

Jesus tells us in verse 29, “My Father…is greater than all.” There is no one more powerful than God. The story of Job is a great example. God allowed Satan to test Job and some rather awful things happened to him. He lost all of his children, wealth, crops, health. He basically lost everything except for some nagging friends who were insistent that God was punishing him for some reason and a nagging wife who wanted him to just curse God and die.

Job was a righteous man, and still these things happened to him. But what we learn is that Satan couldn’t do anything to Job that God didn’t first allow to happen. And at the end of Job’s story, we find that God blessed Job even more so than before. So there is nothing on this earth or in the spiritual realm that remove us from the powerful hand of God. In verse 29 Jesus said, “no man is able to pluck you out of my Father’s hand.” The power of God’s hand, means eternal safety and security for those who place their faith and trust in Him.

Being held in the Hand of God means His Presence is always near to us

Jesus wanted us to know that God is always near us. Jeremiah 23:23 says, “Am I a God near at hand…and not a God afar off?” Sometimes it feels like God is way up there in heaven and so far removed from our struggles, but we need to remember that he holds us in the palm of His hand. So we are never far from His presence. In Psalm 139, David asks, “Where can I go that you, God, are not there?” In Hebrews 13:5, we have the promise that God will never leave us or forsake us. What’s more, there’s fullness of joy in the presence of God. Psalm 16:11 tells us, “in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

There is protection in the Hand of God.

In verse 28, Jesus said, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish.” We can’t lose our salvation once we give our lives to Christ. We are eternally protected and secure. Peter tells us our salvation is “reserved in heaven” for us. He also wrote that it is “undefield, it cannot change or decay.” (I Peter 1:4-5.) Paul let us know that once we are adopted into God’s family He will never disown us (Ephesians 1:5). Jesus said in John 6:39 that every one of us who trusts Him for salvation is give to Him by the Father and they he loses none. And here in John 10, Jesus says that He is the giver of eternal life and no one who accepts this gift will perish. We are eternally protected from the condemnation and wages of sin.

As you go about your day today, whenever you notice your own hand, think about the hand of God and remember He gives us His provision, power, presence, and protection. Remember that He holds us in His Hand and no one can remove us from it. Remember that the same hands that created the universe and keeps it perfectly orbiting around the sun keeps you saved, safe and secure in his Son. The result: His sheep “shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” This is the security the sheep enjoy.

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Isaiah 49:15b-16. God doesn’t forget you.

by Julia Bruce

10 Isaiah 49 15b-16Almost every Christian, at some point in life, feels like God has forgotten them or at least forgotten the situation they are going through. But it simply isn’t true. (Click to tweet) In the book of Isaiah, the prophet writes of coming judgement on the nation of Israel and in the midst of judgment, God tenderly says, “I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my Hands.” We can find here some great truths of comfort and reassurance for the times that it “feels” like God has forgotten us.

12 cttThe first word to notice is “inscribed.” God didn’t use a #2 pencil with a pink eraser so that He can wipe you away when you displease Him. He didn’t use a Papermate pen that can wash away with soap and water. He didn’t use a Sharpie permanent marker that can eventually wear off. Being inscribed is permanent. The word used in the Bible means “cut into,” “to carve.” Once you become a child of God your name is there and it will never go away. No matter how many times we mess up. No matter how many times we slip back into that sin that constantly nags at us. No matter how much we falter in our faith. No matter how often we choose our will over His. Permanent is forever.  My cousin perms my hair for me and she gives me glorious curls that most people think are natural because she is so good at what she does – but that perm is really not permanent. My hair grows (much too fast!) and I’m back in her chair getting it cut when then requires getting more curls. My hair might outgrow it’s perm – but we can never make our inscribing un-permanent from the hand of God. When God engraves us in the palm of His hands there is absolutely nothing that can undo it. His tender love and mercy is always being extended and His love toward us never changes. His love is not based on how he feels about us in that moment. He doesn’t love us any less right now than He did yesterday. David wrote in Psalm 13:5, “But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.” We can trust in God’s love for us – at all times.

The second thing to notice is who did the engraving. No one held the hand of God down against his will and branded your name in His hand. This verse tells us that God himself did the engraving. Our Salvation is only possible through God’s invitation and the work that Christ did on the cross. Paul wrote in Ephesians 1:3-6, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.” Every part of our salvation is accomplished through God. We only accept it through faith as we call on His name, confessing our sins and asking Christ to save us.

The third thing to notice is the location of where he carved your name – in the palm of His hands. Not in an obscure place, but on His Hands where he sees your name constantly. It isn’t hidden. It’s there for all the heavenly hosts to see. You are his! In John 10:28-29, Jesus says that He gives eternal life and that no one can snatch us out of the palm of His Father’s hand. In Psalm 139:10, David wrote that the hand of God would lead Him and the right hand of God would hold him. The right hand is significant in that in the Bible the right hand was the hand of strength.  If a solider was left handed, he was trained to fight right handed. God holds us with His strength, which means we are secure and safe no matter what life brings. He calls us by name and we are his (Isaiah 43:1).

In the moments where it feels as if God has forgotten you, simply remember the palm of His hands. Your name is there and with His right hand, He is holding you by His Almighty strength – forever.

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This event helps couples understand why the daily activities found in the book will equip them to build a stronger marriage and the book provides them with 365 intentional activities to take what they learn at the event and apply it on a daily basis. Through the event, couples will discover the Biblical “why” behind the categories of activities found in the book and the “how” these activities are important to building a stronger marriage. Focus points of the event includes :

  • How memorizing scripture together and studying God’s Word together as they study, meditate and apply scriptures related to marriage and life issues will help them develop marriages that honor God.
  • Why utilizing fun conversation starters that spark meaningful conversations will keep interest alive as they continually learn new things about each other.
  • Why keeping romance alive is essential to intimacy and connectivity.
  • How making memories and working together builds relationship investment bonds and how these investment bonds can become the knots that keeps them together through the tough times.
  • How they can understand what they are or are not contributing to the marriage as well as how they might be contributing to problems or potential problems within the relationship through the use of targeted, intentional personal reflections
  • Why it is important that couples never stop dating and how group dates with Christian friends can be both an encouragement and accountability to their own relationship.

During the event, couples will be given an activity from each focus point to do together, making this event an interactive, fun, and engaging event with practical, hands-on learning. Unlike other couple events that are over when the event ends, couples who attend the GLMW event will be able to apply what they learn when utilizing the book on a daily basis for a year. Since the book is not dated, couples are able to reuse the activities year after year to continue being intentional in strengthening their relationship with each other and with God as they strive to live out God’s design for marriage every day.

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Julia is CEO of Wellspring Christian Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people and couples develop a passionate relationship with God. A public speaker, conference trainer, event planner, and blog writer, Julia is a two-time graduate from Grand Canyon University with a bachelor in Psychology and a masters in Professional Counseling. Saved as a child and raised in church and in a Christian home and private Christian School as a Pastor’s kid, Julia has taught Sunday school, led music, played the piano, served as Children’s Director, and engaged her gifts in many other areas of church life. Previously employed with the Florida Baptist Convention, Julia organized events and led conferences for church ministry assistants.

Julia enjoys sharing her journey as a growing Christian with others looking for a deeper connection with God. Through Bible study and her own life experiences, God has given Julia a passion to help couples understand God’s design for marriage while they learn to place God first in their marriage, cultivate meaningful relationships, build intimacy, and address the tougher issues that come in every marriage so that they can experience a marriage that honors and glorifies God. Julia also loves mentoring, teaching, and working with women to help them learn to live as Godly women.

With her history and experience growing up in both small and large churches, Julia enjoys bringing top level quality events to churches of all sizes. Her father largely pastored small churches and therefore she understands that these vital parts of the believing community need to be good stewards of the resources God provides them with. This knowledge inspires her passion for being available with a fresh perspective for those who want to provide their congregations with meaningful spiritual growth opportunities, regardless of size.

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