Tuesday, July 30, 2013

30,000 PROMISES

There are said to be thirty thousand promises made
 to the child of God, but they are of no more value 
to us than statements in the newspaper if we 
do not personally appropriate them.
J. Oswald Sanders, Spiritual Maturity

PROMISE #1

I came across this sentence about two weeks ago and it has resurfaced in my thoughts again and again.  Yesterday I calculated that if I found 4.5 promises every single day I could find all 30,000 if I lived to be 80 years old.  

How many promises support our lives every single day?  I don't know the number, but wouldn't be surprised if it were in the hundreds.

Promises that reveal God's:
  • PERSON
  • PLAN
  • PRESENCE
  • POWER
  • PROVISION
  • PURPOSES
  • PROTECTION
  • PATIENCE
There are literally thousands of promises that reveal His NATURE, LOVE, GRACE, MERCY, and FORGIVENESS.

We, His children by faith, are supported and graced by the promises God has given us.

Every day I want to find as many promises as possible. 
I believe my faith will grow and be strengthened by these promises.
I want to thank God for them and share them with you.

PROMISE #2


PROMISE #3
PROMISE #4
PROMISE #5

His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,  by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.  For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge,
2 Peter 1:3-5

Being a Christian in this world isn't easy.  
I know I need constant reminding of God's love for me.  I blow it so often that I am fed up with myself and 'feel' that God must be as well.  But, when I turn to the word I find that 'He is slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness'.  Another truth that cheers me is this:  He knows our frame, that we are just dust.
His expectations were more reasonable than mine given His more realistic understanding of me!

In her little gem of a book on Ephesians Ruth Paxson divides the great Epistle to the Ephesians into three categories:  
The Wealth of the Christian
The Walk of the Christian
The Warfare of the Christian

This list of PROMISES falls under the first, The Wealth of the Christian.
Speaking of the WEALTH she describes it in terms of a bank account saying,
"He has placed a deposit for us in Christ of unsearchable riches that can be drawn upon according to our need and our desire".

Think of His promises as spiritual currency.  
He has filled the Scriptures with the resources He knew we would need.
Let's not live in need when all we require for life and godliness is found in these great and precious promises.

http://www.amazon.com/Wealth-Walk-Warfare-Christian-ebook/dp/B006FOUPAK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375127542&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Wealth+Walk+and+Warfare+of+the+Christian


The most important promise to me was the promise of eternal life.  
I found peace with God through His Son Jesus Christ.  I read John 3:16 and faith entered my heart.  I have sinned, but Jesus paid the penalty for my sin and gave me eternal life.

I'm not special.  He wants to do that for everyone who will believe.
If you wonder about life after death, and especially about your own life after death, I want to encourage you to read the Bible.  Start with the Gospel of John.  You'll find the truth about God and about yourself.  That's the truth that sets us free!

I may not live to be 80, so if you'd like to add your promises to the list post them in the comment section.

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