Wednesday, 3/20/19 – Pressing on…

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I mentioned yesterday that in my walk with the Lord some 50 years now I can look back and say with Joshua, Solomon, and others: “Not one word has failed of all His good promises…” (Joshua 23:14; 1 Kings 8:56). Peter marvelled, “He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature…” (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Here’s a few…

He promises to provide a way out of temptation

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13).

He promises that our salvation is secure, no matter what

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand (John 10:28–29).

He promises to never leave or forsake us

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5).

He promises to finish the good work he has begun in us

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 1:6).

He promises to come back

“You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” (Luke 12:40)

He promises us the indwelling Holy Spirit

“…you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:39)

Some promises have requirements:

2 Chron. 7:14 –If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Phil. 4:6-7 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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There may also be things God has promised only to you! Deep in your heart you know it, and the Holy Spirit bears witness to it, resonating its truth within you.

God speaks through His Word, His promises and commands; He speaks through His Spirit, confirms through others, circumstances, conviction & the personal call of God… and Faith is our response to what God has said.

Press on…

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