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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Your Witness for Jesus

Is your life proclaiming Christ, or profaning Christ.

Think about that a moment. We are the only Jesus most people see. Like it or not, the behavior we display to the world is what gives people of the world their impression of God.

Are we ambassadors for Christ, or are we bringing shame upon the Gospel with our words & deeds?

To proclaim is to announce, declare, profess:

pro·claim
prəˈklām,prōˈklām/
verb
 announce officially or publicly.
  1. “the joint manifesto proclaimed that imperialism would be the coalition’s chief objective”
    • declare something one considers important with due emphasis.
      “she proclaimed that what I had said was untrue”
    • declare officially or publicly to be.
      “he proclaimed James II as King of England”

     

To profane something is to treat it with disrespect; to treat something holy as common:

pro·fane
prəˈfān/
verb
1. treat (something sacred) with irreverence or disrespect.
“it was a serious matter to profane a tomb”
synonyms: desecrateviolatedefile, treat sacrilegiously “invaders profaned our sacred temples”

Before Jesus went to the cross, He spent time with His disciples. On His last night, Jesus informed them of things that were about to take place, and to let them know that He was going to His Father’s (God) house, to prepare a place for them (and us). Jesus then said, “You know the way to the place where I am going.” ~ John 14: 4

Thomas quickly spoke up and said, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”. Jesus responded, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.

Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.” To which Jesus replied, “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?

When we study the Gospels and the epistles, everything we read in relation to Christ is exactly how God would respond, because Jesus only did what His Father showed Him, and in the same way His Father would do it. Paul went on to write:

Christ is the exact likeness of the unseen God...” Colossians 1:15 – 17

All of us who declare ourselves as “Christian” should be concerned about our witness for Christ. And the thing is, we can’t do or be a godly representative without the power of the Holy Spirit working through us. Our part is to yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our life. To be teachable and willing to repent and change course when we find out our way of doing things is not God’s way. To not run from God’s loving conviction and correction, but to humbly say, “You are right Father. The way I acted is not how Jesus would act (or speak, think, believe…etc). Please forgive me.”

The more we go on in this way the more clearly we will reflect the glory of God’s presence in our lives, so that the people around us will say, “I believe there is a God in heaven because I see Him in you.”

Blessings and have a wonderful day!

Live In Such A way

 

Inadequate

So here you are, wondering, perhaps even worried, that you are inadequate for the task at hand.

You are. Embrace it.

The fact that your self-awareness perceives your own weakness, your lack, your utter need for more than what you have, for more than what you are…well, that’s a good thing. God can work with that.

You see, it’s the proud, the arrogant, the self-sufficient who fail to recognize their need for anyone else, for anything else apart from their own intellect or ability…and God resists the proud.

You weren’t created to be complete in yourself. You can’t be…it’s impossible:

“I (Jesus) am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in Me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

The good news is, that with Jesus, with God you can do whatever He wants you to do:

“For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

I want to leave you with the truth that the Apostle Paul came to embrace after undergoing multiple personal trials and attacks. In his desperation, weariness and need, he cried out to the Lord, asking God to deliver him from the circumstances he was experiencing. You see, the Lord had entrusted Paul with tremendous insight, discernment and spiritual gifts. Just the kind of things that can lead someone to forget that they are the recipient of gifts and not the creator of the gifts:

 Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.

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