Sunday, December 19, 2010
_The Promises of God_
When Jesus was born, God gave us the greatest gift of all, for it is through His Son that we possess the promise of eternal life. So let us be, at all times thankful for the New Covenant our Father in heaven made with Israel through Jesus, and let us never forget that without the gift of faith there would be no reason to celebrate Christmas and no God-given promises to enjoy and look forward to.
During these troubled and prophetically fulfilling final days of life and death on planet earth, there exists a perception and belief we born-again Christians hold dear; that this is the generation Jesus foretold would be alive to witness the end of the world as we know it; that these are the final days leading up to our rescue from all that would stand in the way of our happiness on earth as it is in heaven.
Though we may be, at times, severely tested unto our faith in these revelations, they nonetheless continue to serve as a beacon of hope to all who search for an answer to the most tragic question of our time. 'Why has the world committed itself so aggressively and passionately to the destruction and ultimate death of their spiritual and physical existence, and why must we suffer and endure it unto the overcoming of that world's irreversible death wish and ultimate annihilation?'
The answer is simple. Satan knows his time is short, and our Father in heaven is testing those who are still not saved by the blood of Jesus Christ; those who are not yet heir to the promises of God.
Revelation + 3:10 to 12
"Because you have kept my commandment to endure trials, I will keep you safe in the time of trial which is going to come for the whole world, to test the people of the world. Soon I shall be with you; hold firmly to what you already have, and let nobody take your prize away from you." (Jesus Christ)
2 Peter + 3:9
"The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways."
2 Corinthians + 1:20 to 22
"…however the promises God made, the yes to them all is in him (Jesus Christ). That is why it is through him that we answer Amen to the praise of God. Remember, it is God himself who assures us all, and you, of our standing in Christ, and has anointed us, marking us with his seal and giving us the pledge, the Spirit that we carry in our hearts."
For those of us who wait patiently for the Rapture, suffering long under the protection and love of our Father in heaven, let the following scripture be an encouraging umbrella unto our faith in Jesus, and let the blessed knowledge and wisdom of the Holy Spirit inspire us to completely realize the enlightenment of our perfect, hidden-with-Christ lives and selves.
Psalm + 37:4
"….make Yahweh your only joy and he will give you what your heart desires."
2 Peter + 1: 4
"In making these gifts (of the Holy Spirit), he has given us the guarantee of something very great and wonderful to come; through them you will be able to share the divine nature and to escape corruption in the world that is sunk in vice."
1 John + 2:25
"…and what is promised to you by his own promise is eternal life."
Ephesians + 1:13 and 14
"Now you too, in him, have heard the message of the truth and the good news of our salvation, and have believed it; and you too have been stamped with the seal of the Holy Spirit of the Promise, the pledge of our inheritance, which brings freedom for those whom God has taken for his own, to make his glory praised."
Hebrews + 6:11 and 12
"Our one desire is that every one of you should go on showing the same earnestness to the end, to the perfect fulfillment of our hopes, never growing careless, but imitating those who have the faith and the perseverance to inherit the promises."
John + 6:35 and 37
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never be hungry; he who believes in me will never thirst…(37) All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn away; because I have come from heaven not to do my own will, but to do the will of the one who sent me" (Jesus Christ)
John + 3:27
"A man can lay claim only to what is given him from heaven." (John the Baptist)
Psalm + 41:1 to 3
"Happy the man who cares for the poor and the weak: if disaster strikes, Yahweh will come to his help. Yahweh will guard him, give him life and happiness in the land; ah, do not let his enemies treat him as they please! Yahweh will be his comfort on his bed of sickness; most carefully you make his bed when he is sick."
Psalm + 103:2 to 5
"Bless Yahweh, my soul, and remember all his kindnesses: in forgiving all your offenses, in curing all your diseases, in redeeming your life from the pit, in crowning you with love and tenderness, and filling your years with prosperity, in renewing your youth like an eagle's."
John + 14:27
"Peace I bequeath to you, my own peace I give you, a peace the world cannot give you, this is my gift to you. (Jesus Christ)
John + 16:33
"In the world you will have trouble, but be brave: I have conquered the world." (Jesus Christ)
John + 16:20
"I tell you most solemnly, you will be weeping and wailing while the world will rejoice; you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy." (Jesus Christ)
Isaiah + 54:17
"Not a weapon forged against you will succeed. Every tongue that accuses you in judgment will be refuted."
John + 12:26
"If anyone serves me, my Father will honor him." (Jesus Christ)
John + 14:12
"I tell you most solemnly, whoever believes in me will perform the same works as I do myself, he will perform even greater works." (Jesus Christ)
John + 14:14
"If you ask for anything in my name, I will do it." (Jesus Christ)
John + 15:7
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask what you will and you shall get it." (Jesus Christ)
Acts + 10:34
"…God does not have any favorites…anybody of any nationality who fears God and does what is right is acceptable to him."
John + 8:31
"If you make my word your home you will indeed be my disciples, you will learn the truth and the truth will make you free." (Jesus Christ)
Psalm + 34:10
"…those who seek after the Lord lack nothing good."
Acts + 16:31
"Become a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, and your household too."
Romans + 2:7 and 10
"For those who sought renown and honor and immortality by always doing good there will be eternal life…(10)…renown, honor and peace will come to everyone who does good…God has no favorites."
Romans + 6:5
"If in union with Christ we have imitated his death, we shall also imitate him in his resurrection."
Romans + 8:11
"…if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you."
John + 11:25 and 26
"I am the resurrection. If anyone believes in me, even though he dies he will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die." (Jesus Christ)
Isaiah + 40:29 to 31
"He gives strength to the wearied, he strengthens the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, youths may stumble, but those who hope in Yahweh renew their strength, they put out wings like eagles. They run and do not weary, walk and never tire."
Matthew + 4:6
"He will put you in his angels' charge, and they will support you in their hands in case you hurt your foot against a stone." (Jesus Christ)
Romans + 8:28
"…God co-operates with all those who love him, with all those that he has called according to hi purpose."
1 John + 2:27
"…you do not need anyone to teach you; the anointing he gave teaches you everything."
John + 14:21 and 26
"Anybody who receives my commandments and keeps them will be one who loves me; and anybody who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I shall love him and show myself to him…(26)…the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you all I have said to you." (Jesus Christ)
Romans + 8:38
"…neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Hebrews + 10:23 to 25
"Let us keep firm in the hope we profess, because the one who made the promise is faithful. Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works. Do not stay away from the meetings of the community, as some do, but encourage each other to go; the more so as you see the day drawing near."
1 Thessalonians + 4:16 to 18
"At the trumpet of God, the voice of the archangel will call out the command and the Lord himself will come down from heaven; those who have died in Christ will be the first to rise, and then those of us who are still alive will be taken up in the clouds, together with them, to meet the Lord in the air. So we shall stay with the Lord forever. With such thoughts as these you should comfort one another."
Hebrews + 11:1
"Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of the realities that at present remain unseen. It was for faith that our ancestors were commended."
Luke + 12:32 and 34
"There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom…(34) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Romans + 10:9 to 11 and 13
"If your lips confess that Jesus is Lord and if you believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, then you will be saved. By believing from the heart you are made righteous; by confessing with your lips you are saved…(13)…for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
In the name of Jesus Christ
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