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Holding the Reservation

Eternal Security False Hope Assurance

Source: Seinfeld Season 3, episode 11

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Contributed By: Jim Stephenson | Date Posted: 2020-09-13

Scripture: Jude 1:24 ; John 14:3

Author: Larry David
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ILLUSTRATION

Jerry: I made a reservation for a mid-size...

Rental Car Agent: Okay, ler' see here. I'm sorry, we have no midsize available at the moment.

Jerry: I don't understand. Do you have my reservation?

Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.

Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That's why you have the reservation.

Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.

Jerry: I don't think you do. You see, you know how to *take* the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation. And that's really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them.

APPLICATION

Do you have a reservation in Heaven? Various world religions claim to provide reservations in Heaven for their adherents, but only God can hold them. That was precisely Jesus' promise when He said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.  If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am" (John 14:1-3, NLT). 

Think about it. What good is a religion that only takes reservations? But Jesus not only makes the reservation, He also holds it for us! 

Protecting Your Identity

Identity Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2019-07-14

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; John 10:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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ILLUSTRATION

Occasionally I will check my credit report to make sure no one has stolen my identity. On one occasion, I could not remember my user name for the Experian website. So, I clicked on the "Forgot Username" button to have it sent to me by e-mail.

Then they wanted my birthdate and my Social Security number. Ten minutes later the e-mail arrived with my username. I went back to the Experian website and logged in without any difficulty.

But logging in was not enough. I remained locked out until I typed in the six-digit number they texted to my phone. Finally, I was in and the screen said, "Thank you for helping keep your identity secure!"

APPLICATION

Experian goes to great lengths to protect my identity. To log in as me, a thief would have to know my email, my login, my birthdate, my SS number, my cell number, and have my cell phone in their possession.  If someone had all that information they would be able to impersonate me, take out loans in my name, and cause me great harm.

Of even greater value, though, is my identity in Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new."  This new identity is also worth protecting.

According to Jesus, there is a thief who would like to steal this identity, and he does this by lying to us about who we are and what we have been given in Christ (John 10:10). 

We must be vigilant to maintain a strong sense of our spiritual identity in Christ, at least as vigilantly as Experian fights to protect our personal identity in this world.

"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:4,5, NKJV)

Life Can Change In a Feline Flash

God's Promises Eternal Security Circumstances

Source: “Woman run over with her own car trying to escape cat attack,” WKMG, Jan. 5, 2018

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2018-01-30

Scripture: Matthew 6:20 ; 2 Timothy 1:12

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

Florida Today reports:

A woman said a cat jumped into her car and attacked her, and as she was trying to escape the feline's fury, she was run over by her own vehicle as it rolled in reverse, according to officials from the Florida Highway Patrol.

... Troopers said the car rolled over the woman, leaving her with critical injuries. 

APPLICATION

Life can change in a feline flash. From one moment to the next, we live on the edge of potential chaos.  Disaster can come at any moment and from any direction.  

Nothing and no one is safe from the precarious nature of life.  Even Julius Caesar met his untimely end just one month after being declared dictator for life.

Calamity and destruction can find anyone, even the child of God. But while nothing is secure or guaranteed in this life, the believer does find security in the promises of God.  What we commit to God, and only what we commit to God, we keep forever!

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:20).

That is why I am suffering here in prison. But I am not ashamed of it, for I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until the day of his return” (2 Timothy 1:12).

Not only is the believer eternally secure in the promises of God, everything they do in the power of His love is eternally secure, as well.

What's a Dirty, Soiled, Sullied Twenty Dollar Bill Worth

Self-image Self-worth Eternal Security

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-18

Scripture: 1 Peter 1:19 ; John 10:29

Author: Unknown (Video Author) / Illustration Exchange
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Never Take Another Bath or Shower

Justification (Positional) Eternal Security Sanctification

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-10-11

Scripture: John 13:8

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Not More Secure

Assurance God's Promises Eternal Security

Contributed By: Anthony Edwards | Date Posted: 2014-10-20

Scripture: John 10:28

Author: Anthony Edwards
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Being Sure Makes You Secure

Assurance Confidence Eternal Security

Contributed By: Steve Yuhasz | Date Posted: 2014-07-11

Scripture: John 10:27

Author: Steve Yuhasz
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Justification vs. Forgiveness

Forgiveness Justification (Positional) Eternal Security

Contributed By: John Rollyson | Date Posted: 2013-08-05

Scripture: John 13:1

Author: John Stott
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Reservation Confirmed

Eternal Security Fear Doubt

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2012-12-18

Scripture: John 5:24

Author: Max Lucado
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God Won't Accept Your Resignation

Mistakes Eternal Security Grace

Contributed By: Fred Gates | Date Posted: 2012-05-16

Scripture: Proverbs 28:13 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Fred Gates
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