Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Need some courage and a handful of promises to claim?

When was the last time that you rehearsed, memorized, or simply claimed one promise from God's Word? We can do this... every week ...as our needs change, as the needs of those around us change. 

Sometimes it so easy to forget and pass over the very basic things that help us to grow and to serve the Lord.

Do we feel more advanced than those basics? How come? We shouldn'tisn't that just pride? What are you doing to sow to the Spirit and advance in your spiritual life with Christ as Lord. The truth is we never outgrow the Essentials or basic disciplines of our walk.  

"Who are these tremendous promises made to as far as prayer is concerned? They are made to disciples." ~ Chuck Smith Sr.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
Listening every moment to the Spirit's call
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God. ~ Anon.

Okay, so here's some among many other promises for ya today...

"Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4 kjv

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'" Jeremiah 29:11

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." ~Jesus, Matthew 11:28-29

"And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

"No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. and I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:37-39

"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in yourheart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

"I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27

"He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

"But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled by fear of harm." Proverbs 1:33

"For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

Claiming the promises and choosing a faith-filled infectious lifestyle in Christ.. infectious in a good sorta way ..is way-thrilling, challenging and adventurous! We can do this by the power of God. 

"There's nothing in life that's as exciting as befriending, loving, and leading wayward people towards faith in Christ." ~ Bill Hybels

To equip you, the promises of God are so there for you. And He is also there for you by His Holy Spirit. The Lord loves you so. I pray that you'll grasp the significant of His love, and of these Scriptures above ..and then take hold of all that God has for you as you serve Christ today.

You know that the Christian experience is a spiritual pilgrimage (funny word huh), yes, all the way from earth to our home in heaven it's an adventure. And for this we really do need Him and His promises.

It is our responsibility to be built up in our faith with His Word, to claim what we need according to our respective callings, and as an outgrowth of this zoe and abundant life in Christ that we enjoy, it's our task is to simply overflow, yes, to witness with joy in spreading His Gospel, and to win n take as many people as possible with us to heaven. Jesus doesn't need to be like us.. to think like, or do like we would do. No, not any day of the week. But we sure need to daily think like, be like, and do like Him. Our family members, neighbors, coworkers, fellow students etc need us to be like Him too.

"We must be willing to invest our most valuable resources and expend consistent, intense effort to advance His Name." ~ Franklin Graham

If you are following Jesus, then you will be going to places and people groups where He would go. You'll be fervently praying about and doing the kind of stuff that He came here to do. Yes, by words and kind acts you'll be tactfully reaching out to, helping, and rescuing the perishing. Yep, under the Lordship of Christ you'll be regularly praying about and doing this kinda stuff no matter what it takes - sure, if it's righteous to do.

Grasp onto the promises real tight. Follow Christ real close. Then non-rude-or-pushy-preachy-like go, "Preach the Word! Be ready in season and out of season... Do the work of an evangelist." ~ Paul, 2 Timothy 4:2,5  facebook.com/shareJesus
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