"Keep not back." Isaiah 43:6
Although this message was sent to the south, and referred to the seed of Israel, it may has some spiritual application for us today. We are naturally backward to good things, and need to learn through grace to go forward in the ways of God.
This thought is first to the unconverted: Do you desire to trust in the Lord Jesus? Then keep not back. Love invites you, the promises secure you success, the precious blood prepares the way. Let no sins or fears hinder you, but come to Jesus just as you are. Do you long to pray? Would you pour out your heart before the Lord? Keep not back. The mercy-seat is prepared for that one that needs mercy; a sinner's cries will prevail with God. You are invited, no, you are commanded to pray, come then with boldness to the throne of grace.
Second, to the Christian: If your are saved, then keep not back from union with the Lord's people. Neglect not the ordinances of baptism and the Lord's Supper. You may have a shy personality, but you must strive against it, or else it will lead you into disobedience. There is a good promise made to those who confess Christ--by no means miss it, or else you will come under the condemnation of those who deny Him.
Thirdly, in your Christian service: If you have talents keep not back from using them. Hoard not your wealth, waste not your time; let not your abilities rust or your influence be unused.
Finally, consecrate all, surrender yourself completely: Jesus kept not back, imitate Him by being foremost in self-denials and self-sacrifices. Keep not back from close communion with God, from boldly claiming covenant blessings, from advancing in the divine life, from prying into the precious mysteries of the love of Christ. Never be guilty of keeping others back by your coldness, harshness, or suspicions. For Jesus' sake go forward yourself, and encourage others to do the same. Hell and the great bands of superstition and infidelity are forward to the fight. Christian soldiers of the cross keep not back.
"I beseech you herefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your resonable service." Romans 12:1
God bless each one today, and please never forget that you are loved!!!
Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!