Lesson 9 -- fourth quarter 2000
October 29, 2000
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We serve a promising God!
The focal point of this lesson is not David's dream, noble though it was. This lesson focuses us on God's promise to David. Did God keep that promise? Of course He did!
The Scriptures brim with God's promises to His people. And He stands behind those promises just as surely and just as certainly as He honored His promises to King David. Let's take this opportunity to review and encourage ourselves in some of these promises.
"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17). What a day that will be! And we know it will come because Jesus said so.
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you" (Matthew 6:33). Do you see any exceptions here? I don't, though I do see the conditions. God is always faithful to His promises. Let us be faithful to the conditions!
"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). When His riches diminish then we can expect our supply to diminish. But, praise God, his riches are limitless!
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27). Have you experienced this peace of God? I have, and I thank Him for allowing it in my life which has been so full of turmoil and testings of late.
"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him" (James 1:12). Hang in there! Don't give up! Be strong! Be faithful! The Lord has promised a sure reward!
"And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life" (1 John 2:25). What a powerful promise contained in such a short verse!
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). We have been richly blessed with the fellowship of the saints and the cleansing of His blood. That promise is contingent on our walking in His light. I'll gladly do that; will you?
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). As I walk among and through the dark pits of despair, this is a promise that strains my ability to believe. Nevertheless at His Word, I'll believe it.
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it" (1 Corinthians 10:13). When I'm tempted and there seems no way to escape, I must keep looking for that way. Because God put it there somewhere.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Oh the tender mercy of God! If only I could help others to believe it enough to accept it! No one is ever too bad or too lost for God. No one.
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