Standing Firm On God’s Promises

Psalm 84:11: “No good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.”

Promises

The beauty of being covered by the blood of Christ is that once born of His Spirit, we begin to see the world in a whole new way, we begin to perceive things differently. And with this new set of eyes, our value systems begin to change, and our everyday walk begins to change it’s shape. Suddenly the things that used to be pleasurable and fun, the negative things, just don’t seem to be fun anymore. We value the things that God values. And when we begin to live this way, our lives become truly blessed, for God rewards those who seek after Him.

In the Jewish culture, this weekend marks the beginning of a brand New Year. Let us all put on a brand new attitude, one of faith and confidence in the promises of God! Let us remember that our God is a faithful God, who seeks to reward those who love Him above all things. Let us remember that all things work out for good for those who love Him, and are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).

We are all called to fulfill some purpose while here on earth, and every facet of our lives is part of that kingdom building work! Remember that God always finishes what He started, and be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus (Phillipians 1:6). And let us always remember that when we seek after the things that are of God– when we focus on His plans for us instead of our plans for us; when we allow Him to have control over our lives and our destinies, He promises to fulfill the desires of our hearts. (Psalm 37:4
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.)

My friends, the promises of God are sure and they are true. When we make His Word the foundation of our hope and our happiness, when we are standing securely in His Word, then no downturned economy, criminal background, chemical addiction, bad relationship or any other ghost of our past can take us out of the game! Because God’s promises are sure and strong, and they will sustain you even in the roughest times. When I think back over my life in the past ten years, I am grateful that I finally came to understand who God is and how truly powerful He is, and I see now that had I not been standing on His promises specifically in the past three years of my life, I would surely have given up. But when your source of hope comes from God, then there is always hope. And when God is your source of love, then there is always love. And love never fails. God will never fail you. He will never leave you, nor will He forsake you (Joshua 1:5). Remember that above anything else, He loves you so much , that he sent His Son to die in your place so that you can be free to live the life you have today (John 3:16) Jesus entered this world to take on the burden of our sins and the penalty of our sinfulness so that we could share His perfection.

Today, if our hearts are aligned with God, our walk is considered blameless, for there is no condemnation for us because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. He gave his life so that we might truly live. Go boldly knowing that God rewards those who seek after Him. Declare your faith by speaking positive words over yourself, your loved ones, your situations and circumstances.

The Sacrifice Of Praise

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Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. (Hebrews 13:15-16 NIV)

God has been conditioning His people for centuries to respond favorably to Him in the midst of hard times. The fondest example we have of this is among the Israelites in the desert, and the way they complained and complained about what they did not have and could not do. They overlooked the fact that God had just rescued them from years of bondage under the mightiest rule in the land. That caused them to miss their blessing for forty years. Some of them never got to see the Promised Land, although it had been PROMISED them!

Depression is the brain’s response to mental stress. Like all other responses, it is either intrinsic (hereditary, just a part of your built-in character), or learned over time. The Good News is that our brains are created in such a way that they can be reprogrammed to give new responses in the same way you can reprogram a computer. You can train your brain to recognize stimuli and respond in a certain way. Know that God’s Promises to us are sure. He never starts something in us without completing it. He is the Alpha and the Omega—the beginning and the end. Be assured that God has started a good work in you, one that He promises to see to completion. Regardless of what the facts say— the economy is a mess, you are unemployed, your relationship has failed- God is still in control and He says you have His favor!

What He asks of us is to offer Him a sacrifice of Praise.

A sacrifice is an offering (something you present as an act of worship) of something highly valued for the sake of one that is considered to have a greater value or claim. When we offer praise instead of complaints, we offer ourselves, and our pride, in exchange for the faith we have that God will do just what He promised in spite of the way things might seem. Praise takes our eyes off ourselves and off the problem and focuses our eyes on Him, the One From Whom All Good Things Come.

Amazing Faith was given to us so we can have Amazing Faith!