I will put My fear in their hearts—so they will never turn away from Me. (Jer 32:40)
Jesus, to whom I have been led to commit myself, has engaged to save me, absolutely, and from first to last. He has promised not only that He will not depart from me—but that He will put, keep, and maintain His fear in my heart—so that I shall never finally depart from Him!
And if He does not do this for me—I have no security against my turning apostate! For I am so weak, inconsistent, and sinful; I am so encompassed with deadly snares from the world; and I am so liable to such assaults from the subtlety, vigilance, and power of Satan—that, unless I am ‘kept by the power of God,’ I am sure I cannot endure to the end!
In short, I must sit down in despair—if I did not believe that He who has begun a good work in me, will carry it out to completion.
— John Newton Works of John Newton
(HT: Of First Importance)