Wednesday, January 21, 2009

God's Promises: Thursday

Joy; Meekness; Patience; Honesty; Wisdom; Sickness; Obedience; Courage; Fear; and Hope. (NKJV)

Joy: Psalm 89:15-16: "Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance. 16 In Your name they rejoice all day long, and in Your righteousness they are exalted."

Meekness: Isaiah 11:4: "But with righteousness He shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; He shall strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked."

Patience: 1 Peter 2:20: "For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God."
One must be patient upon the Lord, for it is by His time, by His wishes. He doesn't always answer our prayers right away. When hurting, it is often for a reason, to draw us nearer to the Lord. Sometimes it seems like eternity, but we must remember, He will never give us more than we can handle.

Honesty: Micah 6:10-12: "Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the short measure that is an abomination? 11 Shall I count pure those with the wicked scales, and with the bag of deceitful weights? 12 For her rich men are full of violence, her inhabitants have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth."
Be honest at all times. The old adage, "Honesty is the best policy," is so true. The Lord loves an honest heart. Where do lies get you? Absolutely nowhere!

Wisdom: Isaiah 2:3: "Many people shall come and say, 'Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths.' For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
Is is wise to seek the path of the Lord; the law of the Lord. For then shall we gain wisdom.

Sickness: Matthew 9:28-30: "And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this? They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, 'according to your faith let it be to you.' 30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus sternly warned them, saying, 'See that no one knows it."
He can heal all that honestly believe in the Lord. There may be times that we are not healed. It is all up to God what He has planned for us.

Obedience: Deuteronomy 6:18: "And you shall do what is right and good in the sight of the Lord, that it may be well with you, and that you may go in and possess the good land of which the Lord swore to your fathers."
We have a lot to be thankful for, and one of those is what we receive at the end of our lives on earth when we have been obedient to the Lord.

Courage: Psalm 37:28: "For the Lord loves justice, and does not forsake His saints; they are preserved forever, but the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off."

Fear: Luke 12:32: "Do not fear, little flock, for it your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
We have nothing to fear if we believe and follow His voice, His commands!

Hope: 1 Peter 1:21: "Who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God."
Was it not enough that Jesus suffered, died, and was buried, then brought back to life all for our sins? This should give us the hope that we need to believe and follow.

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