Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Promises from God's Word: Part 1 of 3

I guess when I came to the mission field, I had grand ideas of all I was going to do for God. 

 Bahahaha!  ..........  Bahahaha!  

Two choices here..laugh or cry.  Read the first sentence over again and laugh with me and all the arrogant ignorance.  But God was gracious and kept us in spite of ourselves.  At least we were willing to go.  I didn't realize just staying on the mission field was going to be a ginormous task all on its own. 

That I was putting a giant bull's eye on my back and walking into one of the hottest parts of the battle (being totally honest), probably mostly unprepared.  I didn't realize God's first objective was to get me to a place where I clung to Him and His Word.  Then HE was going to start doing all kinds of amazing things I had never even dreamed of and let me come along to see what HE is doing among the nations.  

And so we are now three and a half years into this missionary journey and finally I have found that my sweet commune with the Lord for as much time as I can possibly give Him each morning is the thing I yearn for most in life.  

Oh! the sweet things about running to God's Word, all the beautiful wonders and all his goodness and glory that comes pouring out.  Little nuggets of his love, his care and those glorious promises.  The Bible is full of promises from our heavenly Father, a divine love letter waiting to be discovered.  

Isaiah 40:30-31 
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Job 19:24-26 
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:

Matthew 11:28-30 
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Romans 8:37-39 
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

Don't even get me started with Psalms and all the beautiful references to the Lord as our rock and fortress and strength.  Such time well spent...new mercies sufficient for my day.  And we know we serve a perfect God, who can not lie and so we can rest in this beautiful love letter pinned under the inspiration of the Almighty God.

But have you noticed....some promises come with a condition.  They have an "if-then" clause.  Not salvation of course.  The Bible is very clear about this point.  

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Next week I want to consider some of these promises that require some action on our part.  I will be looking at Psalm 1 and Psalm 91.  Read through them and see if you can pick it out.  

What are your favorite promises from God's Word?  What verses bring you comfort and encouragement that you are a loved child of the King?

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