Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Standing on the Promises

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Which of us that has accepted Jesus' invitation to "Come to me," can say he left us empty or lifeless? Haven't we tasted of God's love, mercy and forgiveness, and found rest for our souls in realizing our eternal purpose is to be in relationship with him?  The truth is this; these things are promises from the scripture, and we can know his promises can be trusted. 

Let's look today, and through the week at some of God's promises, and as we dwell on them, pray about them, and carry them in our hearts and minds, growing to place more and more trust in him.

Look at his promise to Jeremiah,  which allows us to see that God  has plans for us and has us in his plans.  " 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

Next from the writings of Paul, we have God's promises that he is a sustaining God. His blessings which sustain us are from God himself.  "And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

How about this promise of God, again from the pen of Paul. " For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."  Romans 6:23.  Here is God's promise that our salvation is a gift of his love for us.  It isn't something we earn or inherit from our parents, it's God's gift to you and me personally. Remember again, "God so loved the world that he gave his Son, that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

This is one of my favorite promises from God.  Through Isaiah the promise is given, " but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:31  In our weakness, we find his strength. Running and walking are evidences of life. Fainting and weariness are evidences of spiritual depravity or even spiritual death. We can soar on wings like eagles...God promises that to those whose hope is in him. 

This is just a sampling of the multitude of promises God makes in his word.  We would all be wise to read and make note of them all.  May God bless your study and meditation.


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