8/5/13

A Lamp Full: Promises

You can find some of the greatest inspiration on the marquees outside of churches. I was particularly inspired by this one.
Our problems are never greater than God's promises.

 
It really caused me to reflect on all that God has promised me. His promises are found in the scriptures. They are found in quiet moments of reflection after prayer. They are found in places of worship, given through God's servants on the earth. When I consider the problems that I have, His promises bring me comfort.
 
What does He promise? Some promises are universal for all who come unto Him. Some promises are tied to certain commandments. Some promises are as individual as snowflakes and are conditional upon us asking for them. The Lord loves to bless us and for those who love Him and keep His commandments, His promises are sure.
 
They are not always immediate.
 
In this age of one- hour dry cleaning and one-minute fast-food franchises, it may at times seem to us as though a loving Heavenly Father has misplaced our precious promises or He has put them on hold or filed them under the wrong name...When heaven's promises sometimes seem afar off (Hebrews 11:13), I pray that each of us will embrace these exceeding great and precious promises and never let go. Spencer J. Condie
 
Enduring hardships is not something any of us relish. But with the Lord's help, we can do hard things. When we hold fast to the hope of His promises and remember that with Him, nothing is impossible, our problems seem easier to bear.
 
One of my favorite promises is found in John 14:26.
 
 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
 
I am ever so grateful that although our Savior departed this earth, He never really leaves us. When I am alone or hurting or afraid, I can call upon the comforter, also called the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit to bring me peace. Through the Holy Ghost, we can feel comfort, but also get impressions, and also know truth when it is presented to us. The promise that he will be sent to teach me and comfort me is one of my favorite in all of scripture. I draw upon it daily and try to live worthily to have Him with me always.  
 
We can not borrow knowledge from another. Search the scriptures daily and fill your lamp with the promises of the Lord to bring you comfort in times of trouble, and hope when all hope seems lost.
 
What has He promised you? Will you share?

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7 comments:

  1. What a lovely way to remember the promises of God! His Promises in a bottle!

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  2. I love that He promised we will never walk through difficulties alone. Now, there are days I wish He had promised we would never walk through difficulties! LOL... but I can do just about anything if He walks with me!

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  3. It's hard for me to remember sometimes that God's answer can be "wait" instead of an immediate yes or no.

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  4. YES. His promises are always enough for our problems-- and he gives us faith to trust that he WILL answer our prayers! It helps me to remember that God doesn't always REMOVE our problems, but he ALWAYS uses them for good--either ours or someone else's. Even if we can't see the good that comes out of hard things, we can trust that God always brings good from bad (Romans 8:28).

    Thank you for this!

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  5. Hi There! I am visiting today from Into the Word Wednesday.

    You are certainly right that we can't borrow knowledge, but it is nice that we can share it, and I enjoyed your sharing today. I know what you mean by the drive-by prayers hoping for instant answers. I do that too! But I know it's got to be God's time, not mine.

    So nice to meet you today!
    Ceil

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  6. Well I am SO glad I found another beautiful believer on this vast web we often call home!! Beautiful post and powerful message!! He always keeps his promises!!! His Word, His Spirit, His Plan is where we constantly need to place our trust!!

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  7. I find comfort in knowing He never changes. This world may change. It's "right" and "wrong" may change, but God and His Word never do. I rest in that! :)

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