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An Everlasting Joy!

It may be difficult for our human psyche to grasp the word everlasting. Our finite minds just cannot completely understand. It is forever and forever and forever…

I am reading Isaiah and part of this morning’s reading was Chapter 51:9-11:

“9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

Now if those words do not get your hearts pounding with great hope for our eternal destiny as children of God Jehovah, I don’t know what ever would! And look at the last phrase – “sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” What great hope we have in God’s wonderful promises!

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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in God's Love

 

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The Seed of Hope in the Promises of God

As we take a look at just a few of the very many promises God gives us in His Word, I am led to share a few words on the subject. The Bible is filled with the precious promises of God to His children. In fact, there are as many as 30,000 different promises recorded in Scripture. They are simple and sure! Because of who God is, His Word can be trusted!

A promise is the pledge to another to fulfill a specified act. Scripture memorializes God’s promises: by God to His children in John 14:13 “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”, by God to Jesus in John 13:3-5 “Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.”, by one individual to another in Nehemiah 5:12 “Then said they, We will restore them, and will require nothing of them; so will we do as thou sayest. Then I called the priests, and took an oath of them, that they should do according to this promise.”, and by a believer to God in Ecclesiastes 5:4-10 “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God. If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they. Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field. He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Christians are invited to claim God’s promises related to forgiveness, heaven, the Holy Spirit, answered prayer, guidance, comfort, and protection.

While the promises of God are given to all believers, they do carry a few stipulations, and rightfully so! God’s children must humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s will, and turn from evil in order to receive God’s promises – 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” Oh how our country so needs to go to their knees and claim this promise! The fulfillment of God’s promises is directly related to the obedient responses of God’s children. There is great hope in the promises of God!

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2016 in God's Love

 

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