Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Promises about God's Guidance

People make plans in their minds, but only the Lord can make them come true. Depend on the Lord in whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:1-3

Not heard this version... I love it.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Promises about God's Blessings

He has provided your needs (Matthew 6:25-34). He has protected you from harm (Psalm 139:5). He has adopted you (Ephesians 1:5). And he has given you his name (1 John 3:1).

God has proven himself as a faithful father. Now it falls to us to be trusting children.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Promises about God's Comfort

There are historical moments in which a real God met real pain so we could answer the question, "Where is God when I hurt?"

The God who spoke still speaks...The God who came still comes. He comes into our world. He comes into your world. He comes to do what you can't.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Promises about God's Steadfastness

God never gives up.

When Joseph was dropped into a pit by his own brothers, God didn't give up.

When Moses said, "Here I am, send Aaron," God didn't give up....

When the delivered Israelites wanted Egyptian slavery instead of milk and honey, God didn't give up.

When Samson whispered to Delilah, when Saul roared after David, when David schemed against Uriah, God didn't give up.

When Peter worshiped Him at the supper and cursed Him at the fire, He didn't give up.

God never gives up.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Promises about God's Faithfulness

We are God's idea. We are his. His face. His eyes. His hands. His touch. "The body of Christ"

And though we may not act like our Father, there is no greater truth than this: We are his. Unalterably. He loves us. Undyingly. Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ (see Romans 8:38-39.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Promises about God's Mercy

God does not save us because of what we've done. Only a puny god could be bought with tithes.

Only an egotistical god would be impressed with our pain. Only a temperamental god could be satisfied with sacrifices. Only a heartless god would sell salvation to the highest bidders.

And only a great God does for his children what they can't do for themselves.

God's delight is received upon surrender, not awarded upon conquest. The first step is a plea for help, an acknowledgment of moral destitution, an admission of inward paucity. Those who taste God's presence have declared spiritual bankruptcy and are aware of their spiritual crisis... Their pockets are empty. Their options are gone. They have long since stopped demanding justice; they are pleading for mercy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Promised about God's Love

God's love does not hinge our yours. The abundance of your love does not increase his. The lack of your love does not diminish his. Your goodness does not enhance his love, nor does your weakness dilute it.

God loves you simply because he has chosen to do so.

He loves you when you don't feel lovely.

He loves you when no one else loves you.

Others may abandon you, divorce you, and ignore you, but God will love you. Always. No matter what.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Promises about Patience

"...troubles produce patience. And patience produces character, and character produces hope." Romans 5:3-5

God is often more patient with us than we are with ourselves.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Promises about Strength

He gives strength to those that are tired....

Come to me, all of you who are tired and have heavy loads, and I will give you rest.

God is out protection and strength.

I believe in the sun, even though it doesn't shine,
I believe in love, even when it isn't shown,
I believe in God, even when he doesn't speak.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Promises about Truth

The rules of the Lord can be trusted; they make plain people wise...Psalm 19:7-9

The point is clear: the truth will triumph. The Father of truth will win, and the followers of truth will be saved.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Promises about Hope

"He restores my soul," wrote the shepherd. He doesn't reform; he restores. He doesn't camouflage the old; he restores the new. The Master Builder will pull out the original plan and restore it. He will restore the vigor. He will restore the energy. He will restore the hope. He will restore the soul.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Promises about Contentment

"...I know how to live when I am poor, and I know how to live when I have plenty. I have learned the secret to being happy in everything that happens... I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength..." Phil 4:11-13

Max writes:

We are not satisfied. Contentment is a difficult virtue. Why?

Because there is nothing on earth that can satisfy our deepest longing. We long to see God. The leaves of life are rustling with the rumor that we will - and we won't be satisfied until we do.