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WHAT’S SO IRRESISTIBLE ABOUT GRACE?

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Dear Readers,

I’m so sorry to let so much time go by without posting, let alone right in the middle of a series on the five points of the doctrines of grace. I never wanted to be “that blogger” that let so much time slip away, yet here I am, several months later with no excuse. Life gets in the way, and unfortunately, I let it! It’s ironic that I stopped right between “Limited Atonement” (point 3) and never persevered to get to the “Perseverance of the Saints” (point 5)!

Hey, maybe completing this series on my part may serve as an analogy of that biblical principle – no matter what, falling away or otherwise, God’s elect will eventually persevere. (lol)

So onwards and upwards.

If you look backwards to the last few posts, you will notice that they build upon each other. The Depravity of Man, Unconditional Election, and Limited Atonement all construct into the solid doctrine of God’s salvation:

  • If men are unable to save themselves due to their fallen nature (The Depravity of Man – Eph. 2:1), and
  • If God has purposed to save the elect through no merit of their own (Unconditional Election – Romans 9), and
  • If Christ has accomplished the salvation of the elect, (Limited, or Particular Atonement – John 6:37-38)…

Then it is logical that God must also provide the means for calling them into the salvation He has already given them:

After all, why would He leave any work undone? Remember Philippians 1:6: “…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus”, and also Romans 8:30, “And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified”.

This brings us to the fourth point of the points of grace: Irresistible Grace.

Why does the term “Irresistible Grace” mean, especially since many don’t respond to God’s gift of salvation, but instead reject it?

We begin by explaining that there are two calls: An outward call, and an inward call.

The outward call is the one that is audibly heard. It is the words uttered to the masses. It can and may do a number of things. It can inspire, perhaps bring reflection or respect, but one thing it cannot do is save. It is simply the general message that summons the hearer.

For the Gospel to bring about salvation, the outward call must be accompanied by the inward call of the Holy Spirit, for (as the Bible states), He is the one that draws them to Himself. (John 6:44). This refers not to a moral or intellectual change, but to a heart change. It is a true-to-the-core spiritual transformation, the spiritual difference between life and death. Note Jesus’s words to Nicodemus when he described this rebirth:

“Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit” (John 3:6)

When God stirs a heart to Himself, that call is said to be irresistible. That is, it cannot be frustrated or thwarted.  While some may argue that it is possible to resist God’s (inward) call, to say “no” to a true stirring by the Holy Spirit and walk away, I must ask: have you ever heard of a baby that has successfully resisted its own live birth and stayed in the womb? You see, spiritual birth is as real as physical birth. We can no more resist our own spiritual rebirth than a baby can stop himself from being born.

It is also interesting to point out that it is precisely because of our stubborn nature that God MUST have an influence that is greater than man’s resistance.

Note this scripture: “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God”. (1 Corin. 2:14)

If we cannot, in our natural state,  say “yes” to the Holy Spirit, how is it that anybody has said “yes” at all?

Comments welcome!

CAN WE CHOOSE GOD, OR DOES HE CHOOSE US?

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Dear Friends,

What will you say to God on judgement day if He asks, “Why did you believe on my Son while others didn’t?”

Would you say “Because I was smarter”? “Because I had the good sense”?

Of course you wouldn’t. I would bet that we would all be so overwhelmed with God’s glory and our own unworthiness that it may be hard to put two words together much less put any attention upon ourselves.

From a reading of Colossians 2:13, if we have been saved, it is because God has raised us from spiritual death.

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins”.

Logic would then tell us that for those who have not been “made alive”, it is because God has not raised them.

The doctrine of unconditional election (salvation brought about by God’s sovereign choice, not according to any action, merit, or condition met by the believer) is probably one of the most analyzed and debated subjects in Christendom. God’s choosing of some and not others does not fit into our natural and limited ideas of what is right or fair.

To this objection, I refer now to Nathan Pitchford and John Hendryx at the Christian Publication Research Foundation who make an eloquent and biblical response:

In Romans 9, when Paul is speaking very clearly of God’s unconditional election of some, and not others, to eternal salvation, a hypothetical objector to this doctrine raises that very question:

“If it is as you say, Paul, and God loved Jacob and hated Esau before they were born, or had done anything good or bad, just so that his own purposes might stand in election, does that not mean he is arbitrary and unjust?” (see Rom. 9:14). Paul’s response to this is a resounding, “Of course not! May it never be!” God is not arbitrary or unjust – but he does elect individuals to mercy and hardens others as he sees fit, and for no good will or exertion that he sees in anyone (Rom. 9:15-16). He hardened Pharaoh according to his purpose of displaying his glory in all the earth, and he sovereignly chooses to have mercy on whomever he will, to display the glory of his grace (Rom. 9:17; cf. Rom. 9:22-24). In sum, “Therefore, he has mercy on whom he will and he hardens whom he will” (Rom. 9:18).

Just because God chooses to have mercy upon some does not make him unjust or arbitrary for giving to others their just deserts. It is his free, undeserved mercy and grace that he holds forth in salvation, and he may do with it as he will. We may not fathom the deep and mysterious ways of God (Rom. 11:33-36); but woe to that one who foolishly says, “I see no reason for why God chooses some and not others, so he must be arbitrary and unjust”. On the contrary, O foolish man, you would do well to say with Job, “Behold, I am of little worth; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand upon my mouth” (Job 40:4).

We would challenge you to wrestle with the following verses. Paul encountered this very same argument against election in Romans 9:18-23; that it would make God unjust and arbitrary:

18  So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19  You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?”20  On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it?21Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same  lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?

Paul is saying that God has the sovereign right to do with us whatever He wants.  Will you deny Him this right? This points to an even greater truth: that there is no higher principle in the universe than God Himself. God is the ultimate Truth and therefore, if He determines something it is, by definition, not arbitrary. In other words, there is no better reason for anything than the fact that God determines it. We should draw no comfort from the theology that promotes a god who must yield to something greater than Himself.

In His counsels and works no cause is apparent, it is yet hidden with Him, so that He has decreed nothing except justly and wisely according to His good pleasure founded on His gracious love towards us.” (Heppe, Reformed Dogmatics) Just because we don’t know His internal reason for choosing some to faith and not others is not reason enough to reject it.  The “foreseen faith” people are, in effect, saying that they cannot trust God in making this choice and prefer it to be left up to the fallen individual, as if he would make a better choice than God. This would also make God’s love toward us conditional and based on some inherent talent, wisdom or strength found in the individual rather than in God Himself.”

What I have come to love about the doctrine of unconditional election is that it elevates a rightful, high and glorious view of God and keeps me humble. What great security we have in knowing that our salvation starts and ends with Him! Jesus prayed, saying that “all that the Father gives me will come to me”.

Friend, if you have come to profess Christ, and trust in Him as Lord and Savior, then you are of the elect! If you have not, how do you know that you are not? Come to Him this day. He will NOT forsake you!

Comments welcome 🙂

SOMETHING TO PONDER

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Dear Friends,

One of the statements I hear most often from Christians is that God is in sovereign, that He is above all creation and governs all things as He sees fit. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “sovereign” (adj). as “having supreme rank, power or authority”. The Bible testifies this of our great God:

“Whatever the Lord pleases, He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps” (Psalm 135:6).

He “works all things after the counsel of His will” (Ephesians 1:11).

“From Him and through Him and to Him are all things” (Romans 11:36).

So here’s my question:

If we truly believe that God is sovereign, wouldn’t that mean that we believe He is sovereign over everything?

If there is any area of which God is not in control, wouldn’t that make Him less than God?

If you answered “yes” to either question, wouldn’t God’s sovereignty also include His sovereignty over matters of salvation?

Yet, when referring to predestination, many people (among whom are godly leaders I respect, I might add) have made a statement that goes something like this:

Let’s say God, from eternity past, was able to look into the future and see that someone will want to be saved upon hearing the gospel. Then based on this foreknowledge, God decides to save him or her.

Upon first reading, this seems very reasonable, until you consider the perspective a little more closely.

If I can say that I am saved because I had anything to do with my own salvation, including the choice to follow Him, wouldn’t that be a salvation based on my own merit? After all, in this scenario, I wouldn’t be saved unless I FIRST decided to follow Him.

Who is the one reacting to the other in this scenario? Is it God or man?

What’s more, if I were left in my natural state, without the Holy Spirit, I would have never chosen God, nor ever will:

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corin. 2:14).

I don’t deny the theological discussion that could arise from these questions. Many could point to scriptures that seem to put the responsibility of salvation squarely on man’s shoulders, such as the numerous passages that call the sinner to repent and be saved. The irony is that although it is God’s initiative to save, He nevertheless uses the earthly means to do so. He uses the preaching of the gospel and call to repentance to woo the sinner, to stir his heart, and to open his ears to respond. I’m not writing today to contemplate the mystery of predestination vs. free will, but simply to challenge two areas of our thinking: our view of God, and our view of man.

Of God, again, is he sovereign over all? Can man, at any point ultimately override what God will or won’t do?

What of man? What do we really believe his natural condition to be? Do we believe he is inherently evil or do we think there is a glimmer of goodness in him, (even if a tiny bit), to FIRST reach up to God for salvation?

A reading of Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience”

The word for “dead” in the Greek translation of this passage is the word “Netros”, which means “a corpse. (Strong’s concordance, P. 49, Greek Dictionary)

If “dead” means “dead”, (not swooning, or kinda weak, or even trying real hard to be alive), then the consequent questions we must then ask would be:

Can the dead raise themselves?

Can the dead recognize abundance of life?

Can the dead, who are blind, give themselves sight?

Can the dead, who are deaf, give themselves hearing?

I’m gonna take a stab at this and say, um… no.

But let’s say we did have a tiny bit of (spiritual) life within us, just enough to raise a cold, perishing hand to God for salvation.

Wouldn’t you still have to ask who put that spark within us?

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Comments welcome!

 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CITIZEN (PART 2)

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Dear Friends,

In my last post, I shared some thoughts about what it means to be citizens of the Kingdom of God, specifically the blessings inherent in it.

For one, when we are born again by faith in Jesus Christ, we gain the undeserved privilege of being called a child of God. We are given His Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to transform us to be more and more like Him. (Romans 8:29).  Our focus as His own now turns from the earthly to the eternal. As we grow in our faith, the goal is to align more and more with God’s purposes and His glory. We strive to do his will, as stated in the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done”. (Matthew 6:9-13).

Jesus commissioned His disciples, (and all of us), to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:16-20).

So you see, as citizens of the Kingdom of God we are given a holy mission that transcends whatever obligations we have that is earthly. A citizenship by any definition is not only to know the blessings of belonging, but it is also an opportunity to gratefully serve that to which we belong.

So, to continue this series, let’s look at our citizenship in the Kingdom of God in terms of our commissioning. Is there a sense of responsibility I bear as a citizen of the Kingdom of God? What does being a citizen mean from this perspective? I thought of a few:

Responsibilities of a citizen would include:

Allegiance – If I am a citizen of a country, this means I give up all prior allegiance to any other nation or sovereignty. If our citizenship is in the Kingdom of Heaven, we align ourselves with God first, above all else. The motivation is gratitude for what we have been given. We are told in Exodus 20:3-5 to cast way any idols that could become bigger than God to us:

“You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:3-5).

Defense – If called upon, I am to defend my country. Even more so,  for someone who professes to be a Christian, am I not called upon to stand up for my faith, to speak up when my God’s name is taken in vain? Sadly to admit, I have fallen short, and I’m convicted of these words:

 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Peter 3:15)

Here Peter says it in a nutshell…be alert, always ready to stand up for your faith. Our attitude shouldn’t be argumentative and aggressive, but done in love and respect in order to share the hope we have.

Obey the laws – If we obey the laws of the land, how much more should we obey God? Yet, here again is the key: God does not demand compliance out of a sense of duty, but from the heart. We as Christians long to do what is pleasing to Him, not necessarily because He has decreed it, but because He has enabled us to want to (if we willfully submit to Him) by the Holy Spirit.

One final word: As a good citizen of this country, I’m supposed to obey the law and follow the decree of the land, but what if a given law goes against what God has said? What do I do then? If you are a Christian, what would you do?

I don’t think it will be long until we are all personally confronted to give an answer, one way or another.

 

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CITIZEN

Passport kingdom of godWe in the U.S (if you haven’t noticed) are in the middle of an election year. In light of the present threats we face, I believe that the outcome will be pivotal to this country. Without getting too political, let’s just say that I believe this election could mean the difference between a steep decline or restoration for our country.

As I think about the times we live in, I have to remember two things that bring me back to faith:

1) God ultimately rules over the offices of the government and our leaders. There is no one who holds a prominent position that has not, or will not be used for His purpose. (Romans 13:1).

2) Although we are citizens of this country, as Christians, we ultimately hold a greater citizenship in the kingdom of God:

Philippians 3:20 says, “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”.

This encourages me to focus on God’s great and mysterious plan until the day when He will make everything right. It got me thinking about what it means to call ourselves citizens of a given country. Then I looked at God’s word and what it says about our citizenship in heaven. Here’s a little perspective I thought you might enjoy:
Being a citizen means:

1) I have certain rights and privileges within the country to which I belong – Here in the states, it means many things, from voting to getting certain jobs.

Being a part of the kingdom of God means far more. For one, Galatians 4:4-7 tells us that we are given the undeserved privilege of being joint heirs with Christ Himself:

“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”

2) I have the protection of citizenship – in the case of unrest or emergency, being a (US) citizen can be helpful to obtain assistance. We can seek asylum in U.S. Consulates or call upon the government while abroad.

Being a part of the kingdom of God is to be protected by Him from anything that would sever our inheritance or citizenship. We read in 1 Peter 1:4-5 of this inheritance:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Just like citizenship does not come without certain requirements, notice here that this citizenship, this alliance with God comes to those who are born again, (made spiritually new) because of Christ’s death for us and His resurrection. This not only involves belief, but a covering of sin, obedience to Him, which is the righteousness of Christ. It is trust in Him alone, and living out of that faith as evidence of our salvation.

3) Last, being a citizen means I have a confirmed passage back into my country. For example, as a law-abiding individual, this status is meant to give me the security of knowing that I am recognized back into my home with relative ease.

I remember once many years ago when I was traveling abroad, when our borders were more secure. We had landed in New York, a very busy airport for international flights. I vividly remember airport security waving those of us with US passports right through the gate while a very long line of non-citizens were held back for further screening.

As great as this nation is, I’m pretty sure we will all want heaven’s gates to open to us even more. The word of God tells us clearly what will provide the only passage:

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

May none of us ever know the frightening judgement of separation from God. If you have not done so, I plead with you today, in love and not condemnation, to trust Christ alone for His gift of salvation, while the gate is still open for you.

WHEN NEW WILL ALWAYS BE NEW

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Who doesn’t like something new? Nobody, if you ask anyone in retail. There’s something about that new outfit with the price tag still on it, that new book with pages that have never been cracked open, that shiny-new grill that’s almost too pretty to use, that new iphone, or new whatever (you fill in the blank), that has kept the malls crowded and our pocketbooks depleted. Yet, we continue to go back to get more new stuff, since the new stuff that was once new is now old.

Take a look at kids on Christmas day. They tear into each present, paper flying everywhere, squealing with joy as they move from one gift to the next…till they realize there isn’t anymore, turn around and sadly ask, “is that all there is?”

I’m not sure there’s quite an exact synonym for the word “new”. Sure, there’s “novel”, or “fresh”, (according to my thesaurus) or even “latest” or “recent” but when we talk about something being “new”, it connotes a sense of hope… a “new” day, a “new” year, or a “new” outlook.

Newborns bring joy just by the fact that they are teeming with a life that’s just beginning. We love the idea of a new job or a new start. Heck, I always tell friends I feel like a new woman after just one day off!

When I think about newness, I reflect upon how desperately we need to be renewed. There’s a world of people who are in despair, caught in the same prison of the same old struggle with sin, whatever it may be. There are people who are sick of the constant gray cloud of depression, or abuse, or illness.

Even the physical world around us is tired. Nature groans in its turmoil on a daily basis. (Romans 8:22). Even as I write, we are under yet another flash flood warning as we are experiencing the remnants of Hurricane Patricia coming up from Mexico into Texas.

Maybe it’s that I’ve had a long week, watching a loved one struggle with age and all that comes with it. What I wouldn’t give to see him young and vibrant again, able to be the superman he always was.

Dear Lord, we are tired. We are weary, worn out, caught in between this trap of pain and the glory ahead…and yet we know that you do bring newness in this life. You have healed diseases and worked miracles.  

We also know that even in these victories, You will bring the ultimate NEW. You have made the sinner pure and clean in your eyes. You have brought us new life, and there will come a day when You have promised to make ALL THINGS NEW. You will make a new Heaven, and a new Earth. We will have new bodies that will never grow sick or old. We will run, sing, laugh and worship You in a new forever.

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new…” (Revelation 21:5)

As the song says, we’ve no less days to sing Your praise, than when we first begun.

 

 

POST #100 – 100 PROMISES OF GOD

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Dear Friends,

Well, here it is, the 100th post since “Ministry in Words” was launched  almost three years ago! It’s a blessing to have the freedom and technology available at my fingertips that allows me to share God’s goodness to so many on a regular basis. I don’t take that for granted, and I give God all the glory for allowing me to continue thus far.

So what better way to recognize God’s goodness than to list 100 of His promises? There are so many, but these are the ones that have meant the most to me lately. My hope is that you keep it as a reminder of His love:

GOD’S PROMISES OF BOLDNESS IN SHARING THE GOSPEL 

  1. When I cried to You, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. – Ps. 138:3
  2. The Lord will be your (strong) confidence and will not allow your foot to be caught. – Pro 3:26
  3. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence, and His children have a place of refuge. – Pro. 14:26
  4. For the Holy Spirit shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say. – Luke 12:12
  5. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; – 1John 3:21
  6. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you- John 14:26
  7. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. – 1 Cor. 2:13
  8. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. – 1 Tim. 3:13

GOD’S PROMISES TO DEFEAT OUR ENEMIES

  1. The destructions of the enemy are come to a perpetual end: and their cities have you destroyed; their memorial is perished with them. – Ps. 9:6
  2. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my Ps. 18:31
  3. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: You anoint my head with oil; my cupruns over.- Ps. 23:5
  4. O my God, I trust in you; let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. – Ps. 25:2
  5.  By this I know that you favour me, because mine enemy does not triumph over me. – Ps. 41:11
  6. When I cry unto you, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.- Ps 56:9
  7. Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is that shall tread down our enemies. – Ps 60:12
  8. For, lo, thy enemies, O Lord, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. – Ps. 92:9
  9. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from the hand of the – Ps. 107:2
  10. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory, (over the enemy), through our Lord Jesus Christ.- 2 Cor. 15:57
  11. Now thanks be unto God, who always causes us to triumph (over the enemy), in Christ. – 2 Cor. 2:14
  12. Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, (enemy), and has transplanted us into the kingdom of His dear Son. – Col. 1:13

 GOD’S PROMISE OF FAITH AND ABILITY 

  1. So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.- Rom. 10:17
  2. To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit. 1 Cor 12:9
  3. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Gal 2:20
  4. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.- Gal. 5:22
  5. For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.- Eph 2:8
  6. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.- Eph 2:10
  7. For it is God who is at work you to make you willing and able to obey His purposes.- Phil. 2:13
  8. Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.- Heb. 12:2
  9. The God of peace make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ.- Heb. 13:21
  10. But you, my loved ones, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. – Jude 20
  11. According as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through
    the knowledge of Him that has called us to knowledge and virtue. – 2 Peter 1:3

GOD’S PROMISES THAT EVERY FEAR IS CAST OUT 

  1. I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. – Ps. 34:4
  2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the sea. – Ps 46:1,2
  3.  Say to them that are afraid, “Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; He will come and save you. – Is 35:4
  4. Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. – Is 41:10
  5. Fear not, neither be afraid: have not I told you from that time, and have declared it? You are even My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? Yes, there is no God; I know not any. – Is. 44:8
  6. No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, says the Lord. – Is 54:17
  7. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. – Matt. 6:34
  8. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:27
  9. For you have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but you have received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba, Father.” – Rom 8:15
  10. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Tim 1:7
  11. That through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. – Heb. 2:14b, 15
  12. For He has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.” – Heb 13:5b, 6
  13. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. – 1 Jn 4:4

GOD’S PROMISES OF FULL FORGIVENESS IN CHRIST

  1. As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. – Ps. 103:12
  2. I, even I, am He that blots out your transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember your sins. – Is 43:25
  3. And she shall bring forth a Son, and You shall call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. – Matt 1:21
  4. For this is My Blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. – Matt 26:28
  5. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures. – 1 Cor 15:3
  6. In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. – Eph 1:7
  7. But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. – Eph 2:13
  8. And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. – Eph 4:32
  9.  In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins. – Col 1:14
  10. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. – 1 Tim 1:15
  11. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? – Heb 9:14
  12. Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by Whose stripes you were healed. – 1 Pet 2:24
  13. For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. – 1 Pet 3:18
  14. 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 cleanses us from all sin.  – 1 Jn 1:7

GOD’S PROMISES FOR GUIDANCE 

  1. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. – Ps 32:8
  2. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Ps 119:105
  3. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, 0 Lord endures forever. – Ps 138:8
  4. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. – Pro 3:6
  5. A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way? – Pro 20:24
  6. Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go. – Is 48:17
  7. “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” – John14:26
  8. “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on his own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” – John 16:13

 GOD’S PROMISES  OF HOPE

  1. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you that hope in the Lord. – Ps 31:24
  2. Behold the eye of the Lord is on them that fear Him, upon them that hope in His mercy. – Ps 33:18
  3. For in You, Lord, do I hope: you will hear O Lord my God. – Ps 38:15
  4. Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is – Jer 17:7
  5. By Jesus also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. – Rom 5:2
  6. For whatsoever things were written before, were written for our learning, that we through patience of the scriptures might have hope. – Rom 15:4
  7. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you might abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Rom 15:13
  8. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling. – Eph 4:4
  9. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love: and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. – 1 Thes 5:8
  10. Paul, in hope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie, promised before the world began. – Titus 1:2
  11. We are looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. – Titus 2:13
  12. We have hope as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters into that within the veil. – Heb. 6:19

GOD’S PROMISES OF JOY

  1. You will show me the path of life: in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand there are pleasures for evermore. – Ps 16:11
  2. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. – Ps 30:5
  3. Your words were found, and I did eat them; and Your word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by Your name, 0 Lord God of Hosts. – Jer 15:16
  4. Blessed are you, when men shall revile you….. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven. – Matt 5:11,12
  5. These things have I spoken to you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. – John 15:11
  6. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness and peace , and joy in the Holy Ghost. – Rom 14:17
  7. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace… – Gal 5:22

GOD’S PROMISES OF JUDGEMENT

  1. The LORD executes righteousness and judgment, (justice NKJV), for all who are oppressed.- Ps 103:6
  2. He that has pity on the poor lends unto the LORD, and what he has given will He pay him again. – Pro. 19:17
  3. He that gives to the poor shall not lack, but he that hides his eyes shall have many a curse. – Pro 28:27
  4. The LORD is a God of judgment. (or justice. NKJV.) – Is. 30:18
  5. The God of our fathers has chosen you, that you should know His will, and see that Just One, and should hear the voice of His mouth. – Acts 22:14

GOD’S PROMISES OF PEACE   

  1. You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You: because he trusts in You. – Is 26:3
  2. And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. And My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. – Is 32:17, 18
  3. Come to me all you that labour and are heavy laden. and I will give you rest. – Matt 11:28
  4. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let notyour heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – John 14:27
  5. These things have I spoken to you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
  6. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. – Rom 14:17
  7. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Gal 5:22,23
  8. For He is our peace. who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us. – Eph 2:14
  9. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:7
  10. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. – Col. 3:15

 

Adapted from http://www.scripturepromises.com/

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Do you have any promises that hold a special meaning to you? Maybe one that stood out to you during a particularly hard time in your life? Were you made aware of any when you needed it the most?