When my wife and I visit our oldest granddaughter, she pleads with us to take her to get ice cream at a popular drug store in her town. A “we’ll think about it” isn’t enough for her. She presses until we “promise” to take her. (Actually, we enjoy taking her to get ice cream. We love that girl.)
When you need help with your life, guidance for a tough decision, or strength to keep going a “we’ll think about it,” or a “maybe” or a “hope so” just won’t do. You need a strong promise behind you. And that’s where our loving Heavenly Father comes into the picture. Throughout the pages of the Bible, God has made hundreds of promises to us.
Because God is loving, faithful, and fully trustworthy He keeps every promise He makes to us. His promises are never “maybe.” Rather, they are rock solid “yes.”
In 2 previous blog posts I have shared 6 of my favorite Bible promises. In this final installment I share 3 more.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I read this promise often when I need strength to keep going. “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
Allow me to walk you through these 2 fabulous Bible verses. First, the words “hard pressed” are a picture of being squeezed in from every side. We might be pressed on every side, says the verse, but we are never utterly crushed by our problems.
Second, yes, there are times we don’t know what to do or which way to go. We face circumstances in our lives that confuse us. But that confusion does not discourage us, nor does it get is down because we don’t have all the answers.
Third, we might face persecution, opposition, because of our faith and personal convictions, but that opposition never means God has abandoned us. Persecution does not deter us.
Fourth, sometimes you take a big punch in the gut. Life knocks you down. However, we don’t stay down; we are never fully knocked out.
What’s the reason for these 4 assurances? The previous verse tells us: “We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” Inside every follower of Jesus is a special treasure—the life of Jesus strengthening us for the battles of life.
1 Corinthians 10:13
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
“Temptation” in this verse refers to temptation to sin, evil, and bad judgment. This promise assures us that we are not the only persons who have faced the temptation experiences we deal with. All temptation is common.
In addition, God never allows a temptation to come at us that we can’t handle with His help. Yes, if you try to handle temptation in your own power, you will fall. Temptation to sin is stronger than you are.
How does God help us in times of temptation. God knows you load limit, so to speak. He limits the load of temptation He allows you to face.
Even more, He provides a way out of the temptation. Think a doorbell ring, a telephone call, a quick text message from someone, an interruption. God comes to us during times of temptation and helps us gain the victory.
“If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Christians often speak of the need of persons to be “saved.” Saved from what? Saved from the penalty of human sin. God desires to have a vital, real, and personal relationship with each of us. But a problem has entered into the picture—our sin, all those times we have not done what God asks that we do, and all those time we did what God asks that we not do.
Sin carries consequences. The Bible is clear: “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). Sin brings death to all that it touches—relationships, finances, goals, dreams, and more.
God entered the picture and did something phenomenal. Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, died on a Roman cross. When Jesus did that He took upon Himself the punishment for sin that we deserve. Jesus made possible the forgiveness of all our sins. Isn’t that some good news?
What should be our response to what Jesus has done? Romans 10:9 shows us.
First, crown Jesus Lord of your life. That is submit to Him. Allow Him to be in charge of your life. Second, believe that He did die on that cross for you, believe He was raised from the dead, and trust that cross-resurrection event to provide forgiveness of your sins.
This salvation is not something you earn or merit. It comes as a free gift from God.
In a changing world where promises are constantly broken, you can know for sure that God keeps His promises. That’s hopeful!