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Sunday, August 9, 2020

Sunday Words of Encouragement August 9, 2020

We are still remaining at home and doing church online. Hubby gets in two services as he watches the service in Illinois (our son’s church family) and then our local service. Pastor continued and concluded this section of his Resolute Road series. The message of the unwavering, resolute nature of God was based on Romans Chapter 4.

We have all learned that man-made promises and warranties often don't hold true. People want assurances, especially in these unsure days of Covid19. But the only true assurance is found in Christ Jesus.

In Romans 4, Paul asks and answers four questions. Abraham (old testament) lived many years before the sacrifice of Jesus. Still, he was deemed righteous by his faith. Abraham believed God 100 percent. Romans 4:3 “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

God’s promise of blessing through Abraham is for all. Romans 4:16. All people have the promise equally – if they believe.

Abraham believed in “the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” Romans 4:17. Abraham recognized God as the Creator. (Is it easier to believe that the world was created from chaos or that our mighty God spoke the world into existence?)

God gave a unilateral promise of blessings to Abraham and his descendants. They didn’t need to do anything…except believe. God spoke; Abraham believed and did not waiver. Romans 4:19-20.

The Point: The promises of God never fail or fade. You can take God at His word and cling to the promises He gives you.

There are many promises: Jesus took our stripes; Jesus is preparing a place for the believer in heaven; the believer who is faithful to bring his tithe to God will receive overflowing blessings; God will work all things to the good of those who believe in Him.

Do you trust God 100 percent? It can’t be 75%. It is either all…. Or not.
Cling to the promises of God

This song resonates for today’s message:
All my life you have been faithful!
Verses for Today:
Romans 4:4-5; 16
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham.

I praise you, Lord! Help me to always trust You 100%!

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