Promises! Promises!! Promises!!!

Promises“Promises! Promises!! Promises!!!” A figure of speech I’ve heard spoken with scorn and derision! It points out the reality of human limitation and failure – even when the promises are well intentioned! I’ve gotta tell you… I’ve got a list of broken promises – a list of promises that were made to me that were never kept… And I’ll bet you can recall a few as well! (In fact, you and I may have been guilty of breaking a few!)

NOT GOD!!! He’s is going to do what He has said! He will fulfill His promises! You can use this figure of speech confidently… “Bank on it!”

Here’s what I read in the Bible during my devotion time that I call “coffee with the Lord”…

God has given both His promise and His oath! These two things are unchangeable BECAUSE IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE! Therefore, we who have fled to Him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a STRONG AND TRUSTWORTHY ANCHOR FOR OUR SOULS!!!” (From Hebrews 6:18-19)

Just a Gideon Bible… POWERFUL!

Gideon Bible

I’ve seen it happen… maybe you have as well: A hard, God-rebelling, Christ resisting, Christian hating, Bible rejecting person suddenly changed, transformed by the message of the Gospel and God’s grace! And what is interesting is that in many of these cases it takes place somewhere, sometime, even in an unexpected context. The hardened person happens to hear God’s word preached, or they picked up a Bible and just began to read it. The message of Scripture supernaturally penetrated their heart, they turned from their sin and rebellion, and embraced Christ as their Savior and Lord! A group of wonderful laymen who place copies of the Bible in hotel rooms and in the hands of anyone who will receive them, the Gideons, have thousands of wonderful stories like this to tell! The power of the gospel! A dynamic encounter with the Word of God changes lives!

I thought of that this morning as I read these words from Hebrews during my time of “coffee with the Lord”…

“For THE WORD OF GOD IS ALIVE AND POWERFUL! It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. NOTHING in all creation is hidden from God! EVERYTHING is naked and exposed before his eyes, and He is the one to whom we are accountable! (Hebrews 4:12–13 NLT)

The passage just before this begins with individuals determined to go their own way, seeking “rest” in all the wrong places and the wrong ways. They reject God… God’s word… anything religious, in self pursuit – their quest for “rest!” And then, a Holy Spirit initiated and generated, encounter with God Himself, though His word! Their lives are transformed and the elusive quest for “rest” that they pursued so diligently and feverishly is found by laying down their self-pursuit and trusting Christ! It’s a miracle! Praise God for the power of His Word!

Daniel’s Character… And Daniel’s God!

Lessons from Daniel and the Lions

I just finished having my time of “coffee with the Lord”… Today my Bible reading was Daniel 6 – the account of Daniel in the Lions’ den. A powerful passage – a tribute to a godly man and the Living God!

Two things especially impressed me from the passage today. They are the focus of my reflection today. Here are the comments I jotted in the margin of my Bible this morning…

1) I wrote, “I want Daniel’s character to be like my character!”
“Darius the Mede decided to divide the kingdom into 120 provinces, and he appointed a high officer to rule over each province. The king also chose Daniel and two others as administrators to supervise the high officers and protect the king’s interests. DANIEL SOON PROVED HIMSELF MORE CAPABLE THAN ALL THE OTHER ADMINISTRATORS AND HIGH OFFICERS. Because of Daniel’s great ability, the king made plans to place him over the entire empire. Then the other administrators and high officers began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling government affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize or condemn. HE WAS FAITHFUL, ALWAYS RESPONSIBLE, AND COMPLETELY TRUSTWORTHY. So they concluded, “Our only chance of finding grounds for accusing Daniel will be in connection with the rules of his religion.” (Daniel 6:1–5 NLT)

2) I also wrote, “I want to be sure Daniel’s God is my God!” (And I’m glad He is!)

“Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world:

‘Peace and prosperity to you! I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel. For HE IS THE LIVING GOD, and HE WILL ENDURE FOREVER. HIS KINGDOM WILL NEVER BE DESTROYED, AND HIS RULE WILL NEVER END. HE RESCUES AND SAVES HIS PEOPLE; HE PERFORMS MIRACULOUS SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS AND ON EARTH. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.’” (Daniel 6:25–27 NLT)

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