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The Promises of God

If God makes a promise, can you depend on it? Does He have the power to carry out what He says He will do? Is His word trustworthy? Those of us who know God will quickly answer yes. We know that God is not only powerful, He is also faithful.

So what about that cold that we’ve been battling for the past two weeks, or what about the glaucoma, the cancer, the emotional issues, the mental hangups? The anxiety. Doesn’t God promise that He will heal all of our diseases? I know of Christians that have been healed, but I also know of those who have gone to their grave with their disease, and even at times, because of it. Why the disconnect? Has God forgotten some while healing others? Why does tragedy strike some who have faith in God while skirting around others?

Before I answer that question (it’s really one question), let’s look at the Scripture to see what it has to say about the promises of God. Here are three things we can say about His promises -

The promises of God a…
To Prep Or Not To Prep

Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. (1 Sam 17:40)

David (who would battle and defeat the Philistine mentioned in the scripture above) was a man of faith. His faith rested squarely and solidly on God. Difficult circumstances and situations like the ones we face today can cause us to ponder our faith and what it should look like and act like in times like these. And times like these may cause us to ask questions like this,

"Should I prep for the possible (or certain, some may say) coming demise of our society as we know it?"

"If I gather and stock up on food and supplies, am I showing lack of trust in God? Isn’t He my provider? And what does that mean?"

"Did not God give me two hands and the foresight to prepare? Shouldn’t I use the ability He has given to be ready?"

Or you may already be deci…
We Shall Be Like Him
    The formative years of my faith lived in the 80’s when catch phrases and clever sayings were the preacher’s delight. Maybe they still are. Phrases such as “If He’s not lord of all, He’s not lord at all” and “God said it, I believe it, that settles it” peppered the sermons I heard. I get it, it’s very enjoyable to say clever things, and even more enjoyable to speak truth in a clever way. Unfortunately, not all of the clever sayings that came over the pulpit during that time were true, at least not wholly true.

    One such phrase that I heard preached during my formative years that rang true to me and served as a motivational pry bar in the hands of the preacher was, “You’d better learn to love that person sitting next to you (in church) because you’re going to spend eternity with them.” Was this true? Well, partially, maybe. Perhaps the words of John the apostle can bring some clarification and shed some light on this saying,

Dear friends, now we are children of …