Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s are times that people reflect on their lives, many realizing that the blessings they have are from God. The “world” even acknowledges the Promise God made to send a Savior to the world as carols are sung and “Merry Christmas” greets our ears.
For many, the New Year brings a desire to begin again…doing it right or better than in previous years. Maybe that is where you are now.
One way of “doing it right” is to reflect on God’s promises.
1985 was a very difficult year for our family. My father passed away and my mother was alone in Arkansas; our oldest daughter, newly married, lived in Holland; our business was faltering; my 89 year old father-in-law’s health was quickly declining; we were transitioning from one church home to another…in general, life was tough.
Friends gave me a copy of “God’s Promises for your every need”. It quickly became my go-to reference for the situations we faced. The only time it left my purse was when it was in my hands. God used that little book to cement in my heart that He truly was Lord of all things, and intimately acquainted with me.
As we enter 2014, here are some of His Precious Promises. Ponder them. Meditate on the words, slowly absorbing the Truth of each Promise. If one of these scriptures jumps off the page and grabs your heart, don’t let go of it until you see what God wants to show you. Read and reread it. Use different translations as you read and ponder His gift to you. If these scriptures aren’t what your heart needs at this time, search your bible and God will be faithful to direct you to the perfect Promises for you. Psalms is an excellent place for encouragement and hope, but each of the 66 “Love Letters” He has given us is filled with His Promises.
· He is our Savior
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ, (by grace you have been saved)”. Eph. 2:4-5 NASB
· He is our Lord
“Therefore [because He stooped so low], God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”. Phil 2:9-11 Amplified
· He is our Peace
“The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace”. Ps 29:11 NASB
· He has Forgiven us
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isa 43:25 NIV
· He has Delivered us
“And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Jn 8:32, 36 ESV
· He is our Security
“Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling, or slipping, or falling and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory – with unspeakable, ecstatic delight – in triumphant joy and exultation, to the one only God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory (splendor), majesty, might and dominion, and power and authority, before all time and now and forever – unto all the ages of eternity. Amen – so be it.” Jude 24-25 Amplified.
Lord God, thank you for your promises that fill my heart. Thank you for your word that is alive within, renewing my mind, healing my hurt, bringing joy, peace, love and hope to my life. I bow before You, for You alone are worthy of all praise, glory and honor. Amen