The Reason You Can Count on God

There was a point in my life when my word didn’t mean very much. Just because I said I would do something didn’t mean I would follow through and do it.

I didn’t mean to let people down…or lie to them. It’s just that if I didn’t feel like doing what I had promised…I wouldn’t do it. Or I was unable to follow-through when the time came, either because I hadn’t made the necessary preparations, or I didn’t have the finances, or a better offer came along. I wasn’t a very dependable person.

I also had a habit of making promises I couldn’t fulfill. This was more with people I loved and cared about. Not because I didn’t want to make good on them, but because I hadn’t counted the cost of the promise. I hadn’t a clue how I would fulfill these promises, but I spoke up anyway because I wanted to see the people I loved happy, with good things that they needed & wanted.

Through God’s mercy and help, I’m no longer that person. And the reason I’m not is because God is dependable. He is trustworthy. When He speaks a word, He follows through, because He doesn’t make idle promises. Nor does He lie or change His mind.

Several versions of Psalm 138:2 express the following:

“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and give thanks unto thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.English Revised Version

or this:

“I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.

I really like the New Living Translation’s verse:

“I bow before Your holy Temple as I worship.
I praise your name for Your unfailing love and faithfulness;
for Your promises are backed by all the honor of Your name.

As David poured out his gratitude before God, he made known the reason for his praises: God keeps His word, and so His name is great among His people & among the nations.

The thought of not keeping my word now scares me, because I want to be known as someone dependable & trustworthy. I want to be considered faithful. When I make a promise to my children, I want them to believe it will be fulfilled, because they know I won’t lie to them. Because they have seen me come through for them time & time again.

This is how it is with God- only more so, because He never fails us. His name & His reputation are unfailingly good. Faithfulness & dependability are inherent in His very nature. He does not lie! When God speaks, He does what He promises!

Our part is to drive out the doubts that plague us about God’s faithfulness. We do this by learning what His word says on this subject; then by meditating on it and allowing the Holy Spirit to confirm the truth of God’s word. Then by speaking it out whenever doubt and unbelief try to take hold in our thoughts. Wonderful things start to happen when we simply believe God!

I want to share some valuable verses about God’s integrity & His faithfulness. I pray that you take them to heart & see them as the precious treasure that they are.  Praying that your faith increases as you trust in Him ❤

  • Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?”
  • Romans 4:20-21 But he did not doubt or waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and empowered by faith, giving glory to God, being fully convinced that God had the power to do what He had promised.”
  • Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”
  • Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.”
  • Psalm 119:160 “All your words are true; all your righteous laws are eternal.”
  • John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth. Your word is truth.”
  • Luke 1:45 “And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”
  • Hebrews 6:17 “God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind.”
  • Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:24 “Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.”
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:3 “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”
  • 2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are unfaithful, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny who He is.”

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Hebrews 11:6

“Now without faith it is impossible to please Him, for the one who approaches God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

The very fact that you believe in God is a blessing, but know that He loves to bless those who seek Him. Keep seeking Him for wisdom, for truth, for understanding…

…for mercy…

…for forgiveness…

…for peace…

…for His comfort…

…for freedom…

…for healing…

…for deliverance…

for joy…for His love and for His presence.

Have a restful evening and a wonderful day ❤

 

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“I will never be late…”

Sharing this encouraging word from The Passion Translation of the Bible:

I HEAR HIS WHISPER…
“You have asked Me, When will the waiting be over?”

Wisdom governs My timing and the changes of seasons. There are changes coming and they will come so swiftly you will be caught off guard, but rest in My wisdom. It is easy for you to miss My timing. You know a measure of My plan, but you must learn that My timing is different. I will tell you My plans, but the timing of these plans is in My hands. As pieces of a puzzle come together to frame a beautiful picture, so there are pieces yet that must come together before the unfolding of the fullness takes place.

I will never be late or fail to keep My promises. Why would you be impatient when you know that I hold all things in My hands, including the timing. My time clock moves in the rhythm of My love. So be sensitive to the wisdom of My timing and you will grow in the ways of eternity. Faith is never in a hurry and you will be thrilled beyond measure when you see what I accomplish in your life.

Hebrews 6:15 The Passion Translation

“Abraham waited patiently in faith and succeeded in seeing the promise fulfilled.”

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Bless the Lord, O my soul…

I want you to focus on how many times the word “all” is used in this faith-increasing Psalm. Not only the number of times, but the object and context of “all” throughout this beautiful passage.

Read about God’s faithfulness, His character, His acts of compassion, His mercy & His kindness highlighted throughout this song of worship, exhortation & praise.

You are not too far gone, you are not without hope…if your hope is in the Lord.

Blessings ❤

Psalm 103

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless his holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits,
who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
who satisfies you with good
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known his ways to Moses,
    his acts to the people of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
He will not always chide,
    nor will he keep his anger forever.
10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
    nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13 As a father shows compassion to his children,
    so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.
14 For he knows our frame;
    he remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
    he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
    and its place knows it no more.
17 But the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
    and his righteousness to children’s children,
18 to those who keep his covenant
    and remember to do his commandments.
19 The Lord has established his throne in the heavens,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, O you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his word,
    obeying the voice of his word!
21 Bless the Lord, all his hosts,
    his ministers, who do his will!
22 Bless the Lord, all his works,
    in all places of his dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!

I am the Lord that healeth thee

God is Faithful…

…even when we are not…

“Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.”

“This is a trustworthy saying:

“If we die with Him,
    we will also live with Him.
 If we endure hardship,
    we will reign with Him.
If we deny Him,
    He will deny us.
If we are unfaithful,
    He remains faithful,
    for He cannot deny who He is.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:8-13 New Living Translation

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