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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday Words of Encouragement September 8, 2013

Pastor’s message this morning was titled: “The Promises of God.” He asked us to estimate how many promises are given in the Bible, then noted that a certain theologist, Dr. Drummond, says there are about Thirty Thousand promises contained in the Bible. We are exhorted to be partners with Christ by claiming the promises available to us!

Pastor stated that there are four categories or classes of promises:
     (1) Those relating to the Messiah - many of which were fulfilled by his birth and death.
     (2) Those relating to the church - such as ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail over it’ Matthew 16:18.
     (3) Those relating to the Gentiles. Who are the gentiles? All of us who are not the Jewish people. (Psalm 117:1, Isaiah 60:3, and Ephesians 3:6.)
     (4) Those relating to Israel as a nation. Many of these were delayed until the nation was reformed and are still on hold until the Jewish people recognize the Messiah.

Whichever category a promise falls into, it does not mean anything or has no power personally unless we accept and believe it! Do we recognize the miracles and touches of God in our daily walk? Sometimes there is lack of understanding or acceptance of past actions that revealed God’s hand in our lives. Even the disciples failed at times to recognize the power of God when they were astonished that Jesus walked to their boat across the water shortly after seeing him feed thousands with only a few fish and loaves.

We need to learn to ‘ruminate’ on the messages that we receive and promises that are ours instead of being satisfied with drive-through Christianity. Faith looks to the strength of God, not to man. Focus on positives not negatives and be strong by believing in His promises. Remember that all things are possible through God. Matthew 19:26.

I found this beautiful video with many promises!
Verse for Today
Matthew 19:26 (NASB)
26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
I praise God and give thanks for all of the promises that I can claim!

1 comment:

  1. This is a very touching message. I have always tried to get my husband to understand this subject. Thanks for sharing this with us.


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