What’s Your Backup Plan

My father always kept an extra car and house key in a magnetic box under his car in case he got locked out of his car or house.  I’ve done that with every car I’ve owned.  Many times it has saved us time and much difficulty.  So recently when I realized I had left home without my house key I assumed I’d have no problem getting in because of my hidden key.  I counted on it to rescue me – but it wasn’t there!  The box was gone so it couldn’t help me when I needed it!  I had total faith in my system, but faith in a faulty system does no good.  Can you guess where I’m going with this?

How many people today put their faith in their church attendance, or their baptism, or their parents’ faith or their good works?  What about those who put faith in other religions or gods or idols or rituals?  All will be let down when they turn to them for eternal life, for forgiveness or for peace and rest. Only faith in Jesus will see us through this life and into the next.  If you are counting on anything else, if you have any other backup system to bail you out when you need it, it will fail.  You’ll turn to it but, just like my key, it won’t be there.  Jesus is the only one you can count on.  He’ll always be there, He’ll never let you down.  Can I get an “Amen!” to that?

Matthew 7:21-23   “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Is there anything you turn to besides Jesus to help you get through your day?  Are you depending on anyone or anything else to be there when all else fails?  Do you have a ‘backup plan’ if it seems God isn’t bailing you out quickly enough?

INDIA UPDATE & PRAYER REQUEST:  Pastor Moses is traveling and contacting pastors n various areas as he seeks the most advantageous locations to have our conferences.  Many who attend ask us to come to their village and have a conferences for pastors there.  It is quite a responsibility for Moses to choose where we can do the most good.  Pray for wisdom and guidance for him.  Pray for the pastors in the different areas who are helping with the plans and also for those attending.  Pray for me as I plan the sessions as well.

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