Promises of God!

(Unless otherwise cited the  12 Scriptures in this post are from the New International Version as published on the BibleGateway.com website.

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God’s word is the guiding life of our lives. It lightens the path upon which we are all walking and reveals the darkness for what it is. Whenever light is present darkness has to flee. We currently live in a season where darkness is attempting to permeate every fabric of society. Children of God are struggling to make sense of what is happening around them. Do you live in a nation that appears to have broken its moral compass? Where hatred and dismay are the “norm” and not the exception to the rule? 

We do not need to struggle through those societal challenges because God the Father and Jesus Christ have made a covenantal promise to:

  1. Guide us.
  2. Redeem us from sin
  3. Give us a new heart that seeks to know Him and live like Him,
  4. A heart filled with His pure joy.
  5. A heart that understands and lives in a manner that is comforting to self and others.
  6. A heart that overflows with happiness, and peace.

The following are 12 verses of Scripture about those covenantal promises of God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Every Christian should not only know them but embrace them as their own. 

  • God’s promises of protection and prosperity are solidly sure and permanently a part of our lives. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

  • God has the power to keep you on His predetermined path for you.: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Seek the “kingdom first” by putting God first in your life. Jesus said…“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:33
  • The only place one can find redemption is through Jesus Christ. No amount of law following will redeem us from sin. “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin”1 John 1:7
  • God has removed our sins from us, so receive His forgiveness and believe it.“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9
  • Give control of your life to Jesus, and He will come and live with you. “If you give of yourself and do godly work for Jesus, Jesus will return blessings for you. Jesus said…“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.” John 15:7-8
  • God will always work things out for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
  • No matter how hard things may seem, God will not allow any temptation that is greater than what you can bear. “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 Corinthians 10:13 
  • God protects His righteous children.“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”– Psalm 55:22
  • God is our Jehovah Jireh, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”Psalm 37:4
  • God, our Father, offers eternal life as a free gift to believers. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”– John 3:16
  • Jesus is our Loving Shepherd. “A Psalm of David.

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul.
    He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
    Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

    You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
    Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Psalm 23:1-7

Believe in these promises friends because our God is “not a man that he should lie.” Numbers 23:19 (KJV) God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”

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Psalm 50: Verses 7-14 Be thankful!

Psalms Chapter 50: Verses 7-14 The God Of Justice #Freedom #NoMoreImprisonment #Chainsofdarkness #Flea #SpiritualAccountability (Unless otherwise cited this devotional is from the King James Version-Psalms 50 mainly because it is public domain.) But read this Psalm in THE MESSAGE  for clarity of the Genre.)

 

Hear, O my people, and I will speak; O Israel, and I will testify against thee: I am God, even thy God.

God is speaking to His chosen people. He tells them to listen to Him! And I will speak.” First, He accuses them of not knowing that He is the “I AM!” (Exodus 3:16 ). O Israel, and I will testify against thee:” He is telling them that He will not do it behind their backs. He will not just talk to the prophets about His people. He will tell them about themselves by having the prophets relay the message. He is the Judge, Jury, and Sentencer! They are in court and they cannot appeal his verdict. Psalm 81:8-10 chronicles their behavior. “Listen, dear ones—get this straight; O Israel, don’t take this lightly. Don’t take up with strange gods, don’t worship the latest in gods. I’m God, your God, the very God who rescued you from doom in Egypt, Then fed you all you could eat, filled your hungry stomachs.”

I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. I will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds.

Now He gets to the nitty-gritty of their behavior.  There are times when we seem to think that if we throw money at causes, people, the church, or even things that we are “doing God a favor!” Well, we are not. Israel kept the letter of the law. However, they had no relationship with Him. They didn’t worship HIm in spirit and in truth. They were demonstrating a form of religion but they were denying the POWER of the God whom they were worshipping. 2 Timothy 3 Verse 9. He does not want anything from us or from them. WHY?

10 For every beast of the forest is mineand the cattle upon a thousand hills. [This indicates that all of the cattle in the entire world belongs to God.] 11 I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. 12  If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof.

Everything belongs to Him anyway! We cannot bribe God into blessing us. We may want to make a name for ourselves by proclaiming that He has blessed us and therefore we give away 30% of our income to others. When we do that we are appealing to our egos. These verses mean a lot to ranchers because they know what it means to lose animals. They also know that their animals are priceless when there is a drought or a drop in the economy. 

13 Will I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

In other words, God does not have an appetite that He must appease. He is not like human beings who are always looking for people’s approval. He is GOD! So, what does He wants us to do for our own benefit? 

14 Offer unto God thankgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: 15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.

When we were called to worship Him and share His gospel message with the entire world what did he ask us of us? Be thankful, and put Him first in our lives! Not recognition, not people, not things, not mini gods, but HIM! When we do that He will do what for us?

Hebrews 13:15 (MSG)

“13-15 So let’s go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is—not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. This “insider world” is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. Let’s take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus’ name.

What are vow today? How does this translate to Christian?

2 Corinthians 9:7 Talks to us about our responsibilities as Christians.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”

When I was working I wondered why so many churches were closing their doors. I also wondered why did so many pastors in my area of the world have to be bi-vocational pastors. It was not until I became ill and went to seminary that I comprehended the fact that many of us who are called by His name deny His ministering servant the opportunity to give all of their time to ministry. For me working a full or part-time job is NOT an option. Even though I have a very limited income I still give a tithe to my church. Why? 

Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV): The Parable of the Bags of Gold

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

Jesus’ explanation of the talents

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

“I have been given much!” I may not have as much to give now, but if I am going to give any money away it will go first to the “kingdom Mission” of God before I give it to charities. Pastor give of their substance, time, and well being to the ministry of God. The least we can do is to give 10% of the 100% that God gives us back to His work. I am thankful for His provision. At the end of each month, I wonder if I will get to the end of the month. Somehow I do. I am thankful for that. Does that mean that the ministry does not solicit donation? Yes, we do! There is a lot more that I could do for others if we had more donation.

This is the season to be thankful. So, I am thankful for all that He has done and is going to do for me!

The Laborer of The Gospel

“Surely he says this for us, doesn’t he? Yes, this was written for us, because whoever plows and threshes should be able to do so in the hope of sharing in the harvest. If we have sown spiritual seed among you, is it too much if we reap a material harvest from you? If others have this right of support from you, shouldn’t we have it all the more? But we did not use this right. On the contrary, we put up with anything rather than hinder the gospel of Christ. Don’t you know that those who serve in the temple get their food from the temple, and that those who serve at the altar share in what is offered on the altar? In the same way, the Lord has commanded that those who preach the gospel should receive their living from the gospel. But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast. For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me. What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭9:10-18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Paul apprised the Corinthians of the fact that God expects us to support those who serve others in His name! It is interesting that we will give of His blessings to us to man before we will support the spreading of The Gospel!

#Give of my best to the master!

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