devotionals

7 Promises of God to Live By

This weekend at church we started a new series about the promises of God. Our preacher shared with us that there are 7,400 promises from God in the Bible. He encouraged us to live our lives through the belief and assurance of these promises.

It got me curious what really are the promises of God. So I researched all 7,400 and have them listed below.

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Just kidding. I found 7 of my favorite promises from God, and hope to really think about them more often, and live walking in the truth that these promises are ours.

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  1. God Will Supply Everything we Need

God promises to take care of us, and give us everything we need to survive. According to God’s Word all we really need is food and clothing to survive. Everything on top of that is a want and not necessarily a need. 1 Timothy 6:8 says,

So we should be well satisfied without money if we have enough food and clothing.

At the end of the day, we must look at our lives and the burden we feel to keep up with everything in front of us financially. If we have food and clothing, we are okay. Everything else can wait or is not truly necessary, or else it would have made it on the list of needs according to God.

God knows that you need food and clothing, and He will give them to you if you give Him the first place in your life and live as He wants you to. ~ Matthew 6:31-33

      2. All Things Will Work out for Good

God promises to make everything work for good. This promise takes strong faith to believe, because we don’t always get to see the good that comes from everything we go through. It is the promise that God says He will make everything work for good that we must believe in, not the circumstantial evidence that causes us to believe.

And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans. ~ Romans 8:28

   3. Our Sins are Forgiven

Sometimes we wonder if God could really forgive us over and over and over. We wonder if God grows impatient with us for gossiping, lying, and being selfish when we thought we were done with all of that. But God promises to forgive every.single.sin until the day we die.

But the water I give becomes a perpetual spring within you, watering you forever with eternal life. No one shall snatch you away from me, for My Father has given you to Me and His is more powerful than anyone else, so no one can take you from Me. ~ John 4:14 & 10:28

   4. We Will Live Forever with Jesus

Hope is in our future. One day all that is wrong in the world will suddenly be right, and we will joyfully live with God, Jesus, all the saints and angels, and all those we love so much here on earth. And we will be loved in a way we never knew we could be loved. God promises this gift of a new life, a joyful life, is in our future.

There are many homes up there where my Father lives, and I am going to prepare them for your coming. When everything is ready, then I will come and get you, so that you can always be with me where I am. ~ John 14:2,3

5. God Will Give us Peace When we Pray

God promises to give us peace when we pray. When we feel anxious, sometimes all we really need to do is withdraw and welcome God’s promise that He will give us peace when we pray.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.

     6. We Will be Blessed for Our Obedience to God

God promises to bless those who are obedient to following Him with fruit that will not fail and it will prosper.

Oh, the joys of those who do not follow evil men’s advice, who do not hang around with sinners, scoffing at the things of God. But they delight in doing everything God  wants them to do, and day and night are always meditating on His laws and thinking about ways to follow Him more closely.

They are like trees along a riverbank bearing luscious fruit each season without fail. Their leaves shall never wither, and all they do shall prosper. ~ Psalm 1:1-3

7. We Are a New Person in Christ

God has promised that once we welcome Jesus as our Savior, we receive the Holy Spirit and become a new person. It doesn’t always feel like the Holy Spirit lives withinus, and often times we still struggle with feeling a connection with God or even a desire to be completely obedient all the time.

But even though we don’t always feel the righteousness of the Holy Spirit within us, God has promised that He is there, working within us. Again, we have to believe His promise of this, instead of believing it because we feel it.

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17

Promise of the Holy Spirit within us…

Because of what Christ did, all you who heard the Good News about how to be saved, and trusted Christ, were marked as belonging to Christ by the Holy Spirit, who long ago had been promised to all of us Christians.

His presence within us is God’s guarantee that He really will give us all that He promised, and the Spirit’s seal upon us means that God has already purchased us and that He guarantees to bring us to Himself. This is just one more reason for us to praise our glorious God. ~ Ephesians 1:13,14

I hope these promises give you as much hope as they have given me!

I will be back this week to SOAP through more scriptures with you. These are the scriptures we’re SOAPing through this month:

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To read our SOAP journal for the month, click here!

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The Meaning of Your Life

There are 3 things that are those entire meaning of your life. You carry these 3 meanings with you at all times. These 3 meanings of your life can’t be taken away or lost.

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All 3 meanings are the same for every person. Here they are:

  1. Salvation – to receive the gift of Christ’s grace, and begin your walk with God for eternity.

When you go through life trying and trying to be good enough, feel good enough, achieve enough, but still fall short you realize you need more. You need more power and authority than you possess to help you achieve what you can’t on your own. You need a constant source of forgiveness and second chances. You need a Savior. And you accept Jesus as your Savior – the One who says you are forgiven, you are blameless, you are pure, you have love, guidance, and help through this life. Just because we receive salvation once doesn’t mean we will never sin again! We sin daily, and God reminds us that even though our salvation is sealed, we should still confess our sins to Him daily.

This is salvation – your soul surrendering to Jesus and allowing Him to cover your faults and mistakes in the eyes of God so you can have a relationship with God now, and for the rest of eternity.

2. Sanctification – to become Christ-like by abiding in Christ daily.

Now that you have salvation, you can begin your walk with Jesus, and allow Him to have a great influence over you. This is called sanctification – you start changing your perception and attitude, because Jesus now lives within your heart and soul and His influence within you is powerful enough to change the way you think. He is the Leader of the most inward parts of your heart, soul, and mind, and becomes the Leader of your life.

The way to achieve powerful sanctification is by abiding in Christ. You abide in Christ in two ways – by reading scripture and praying. The more you read scripture and pray, the more you are abiding in Christ. The more you abide in Christ the more influence He has over your heart, mind, and soul. The amount of influence you allow Christ to have within you results in the amount of Christ-likeness you become.

Notice that it is Christ’s influence within you that results in becoming Christ-like, not your own efforts to become like Christ. It is Him within you that changes who you are, not you trying to change simply by adjusting certain behaviors. And the only way Jesus can take a powerful influence over you is to abide in Him by reading scripture and praying. We have such short attention spans, it takes daily reading of scripture and praying to truly abide in Christ. John 1:1 says that The Word is Christ, therefore when you spend time reading the Bible, you are abiding in Christ.

3. Glorification – to pour out on others what God has poured into you.

Now you have salvation – you walk around blameless and pure, without any blemishes or faults in God’s eyes.

You have sanctification – you are abiding in Christ by reading scripture and praying daily, and as a result of Christ’s great influence within you, you are starting to think and act more like Christ and less like your impulsive self.

Now it’s time for glorification. This is where you pour out to others what Christ is pouring into you. Love, forgiveness, gentleness, patience. As you give these gifts to others you are glorifying Christ – because it is only Him within you that allows you to be so loving, forgiving, and patient with others. To glorify Christ means you bring to light His character upon others, which is love, joy, patience, self-control, and gentleness. The only way to do this is through meaning #2 – by abiding in Christ daily. If you try to do this on your own without reading scripture or praying, your efforts will seem like work and a chore, rather than a sincere pouring out of Christ within you.

Your marriage, your children, the people you work with – these are all the people God has placed in your life so you can glorify Him to them. These are the people God wants to share His love, patience, and gentleness with through you. They are not the meaning of your life or your purpose. Remember the meaning of your life is to receive salvation, abide in Christ, and then share the love, patience, joy, and gentleness Christ has shared within you to others.

This was a message I heard over the weekend at church. This is the meaning of your life and everyone around you – to receive Christ’s forgiveness, to abide in Christ daily, and to share the love Christ pours into you while you’ve been abiding in Him with others.

He must increase, but I must decrease. ~ John 3:30

devotionals, Exodus

When Things Get Worse When You Pray

Moses was given an assignment from God – send a message to Pharaoh to let the Israelites go, and lead the people to a land of freedom. Although Moses had his share of doubts, he obeyed God and did as was instructed.

However, when Moses obeyed God, did something good happen right away? (No, things actually got worse.)

How do you think Moses felt when he obeyed God and the troubles of the Israelite slaves were made worse?

Sometimes things get worse before they get better. In the end Moses did in fact lead the Israelites to freedom, but their circumstances definitely got worse before they tasted any sort of freedom from their problems.

When Moses was in a state of confusion because his circumstances didn’t match his obedience, he cried out to God, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.”

“I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” (Ex. 5:22-6:8)

When things seem to get worse when you pray and trust, remember, Moses too went through this sort of trial. God wasn’t ignoring Moses or making things difficult without purpose. Sometimes the valleys we walk through must become very low before we recognize the height of God’s power and love.

*Joining Holley Gerth

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The Importance of a Quiet Morning

Jesus was a busy man – always on the move and surrounded by crowds of people. He would travel by foot to different villages. He preached. He healed. He spent time with people. You could say His calendar was full.Mark 1:35 says, Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Why did Jesus get up while it was still dark, withdraw Himself so He could be completely alone, to pray? Before the noise and rush of the day, Jesus wanted His heart quiet and restored with God.

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If you want to remain untouched by the busyness of the day, with the ability to stay focused on your purpose, then you must start your day by being alone with God.

Rise with your thoughts focused in prayer, and meditation on His Word. Then, go and be busy working and serving others, until it’s time again to be alone and restored with God.