Kept

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I wanted to name this “Kept Woman” since I’m a woman but thought if I did the men wouldn’t read it!  But go ahead men, please do, because the principles apply to you as well.

What is a “kept” woman?  She’s a mistress.  She’s a secret.  She is well paid and usually well cared for.  She gets the exotic weekends, the flowers and candy, the stolen moments and days.  The drawbacks?  She’s a mistress.  She’s a secret.  There’s no commitment.  She waits for the next phone call.  There is no security.  There’s no “I’ll do anything for you.”  There’s no “until death do us part.”

It’s not fun playing second when you want more.  Someone to always be there. Someone through thick and thin, through illness and pain, someone you can lean on.

What in the world does this have to do with me … or you?  How can I even identify with being “kept”?  Oh yeah … I identify!  Galatians 3:23, “But before faith came, we were kept under the law …” I was held in bondage by and to sin.  The nature of sin had me bound. There was no freedom for me.

I don’t want to be kept in bondage to sin and defeat.  I don’t want to be kept a slave to fear and to satan.  I don’t want to keep my old nature and my old name.

The deliverance came when I opened my heart to what Jesus did for me.  He loves me far more than any man has for his “kept” woman!!  Jesus loved so much that He died for me.  He died to set me free.  My obligation, and privilege, is to accept His love, repent of my past and be willing to be KEPT by Him … who wants the best for me.

I have One who loves me and keeps me!  In John 17 Jesus is praying to the Father for me!  Verse 12 He says, “I have kept them in Your name …”  I have the Father’s name!

I Peter 1 tells us of our living hope.  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are KEPT by the power of God through faith unto salvation …”  He keeps me by His power … not by my own works.

David wrote a song of deliverance in Psalms 18:18-21, “… the Lord was my stay.  He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.  The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have KEPT the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God.” Verse 23, “I was also upright before him, and I KEPT myself from mine iniquity.”  Yes, there is a part we must play in our being “kept” … keep His ways and flee, run away from sin.

Psalms 30:3, “O Lord, thou hast brought up my soul from the grave: thou hast KEPT me alive …”

Revelation 3:10, (again Jesus is speaking) “Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world …”

One of my favorite verses is Isaiah 26:3 and it shows our part in being “kept”.  “Thou (God) wilt keep him (that’s us) in perfect peace (can’t get any better than that!), whose mind (you know that grey matter in our heads that wants to wander all over the place) is stayed (stationery, fixed) on thee (God) because he (there’s the kicker … that’s our part) trusteth (reliance, confident hope) in thee (God).

I must KEEP my mind on Him.  Devour His Word.  Meditate on His Word.  Apply His Word to my life and He will KEEP me.

KEPT by grace.

An old chorus:  Safe am I, safe am I
In the hollow of His hand
Sheltered o’er, sheltered o’er
In His love forevermore
No ill can harm me, no foe alarm me
For He keeps both day and night
Safe am I, safe am I
In the hollow of His hand

Finally a promise to those who are “kept.” Jude 1 & 2, “…to those who are called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: may mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to you.”

Do I want to be a “KEPT” woman?  You betcha’!

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