Dependable Promises

Joshua 21:45   (NLT)   Not a single one of all the good promises the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true. 

There comes a time when being reminded of God’s faithfulness is very comforting and very much needed. There has not failed one word of all His promises. All He has spoken He has done just as He said.

Joshua 21.45 - Dependable PromisesWe face very challenging times. There are times when there is nothing we can do to change our predicaments, when even specialists can bring us no cure or solution; they can just state painful facts. It can be very daunting, very unnerving, especially in life-and-death situations. It’s a fact of life. There is limit to what even the most intelligent and most skilled of us can do.

These are situations and moments when God matters most to many people, when our faith in Him finds its real value, when there is nothing more we can do, when we have come to our human limitations. But we’re comforted knowing there’s reality beyond our own abilities, beyond the temporal, beyond the natural. In God is our hope; in Him we trust. We find courage and peace because we know He never ever turns back on His word. He is our savior; He is our provider; He is our deliver; He is our healer. He has never failed us, and He will never ever do.

In my most gut-wrenching and faith-challenging moments, this is where I find my assurance, courage, and comfort. Praise and glory be unto our ever-truthful, ever-trustworthy, and ever-dependable God.

The Blessedness of the Obedient

Leviticus 26:5   (NLT)   5 Your threshing season will overlap with the grape harvest, and your grape harvest will overlap with the season of planting grain. You will eat your fill and live securely in your own land.

A promise of blessing, of provision, is a very good thing to have, especially if the promise comes from God.  It’s interesting to note: this promise is preceded by a condition to follow God’s decrees and to carefully obey His commands. Clearly, God has blessings not Leviticus 26.5 - Blessedness of the Obedientavailable to all people at all times. It’s good to point out that everyone enjoys innumerable blessings from Him. Some are aware of the fact and acknowledges Him, some aren’t aware and don’t bother to know.

We all have needs and we all want our needs provided for. We may not fully know what kind of blessings and provisions He gives to all, and what kind He gives just to His obedient children, but obviously, His obedience matters and opens to way more blessings. There’s much peace in being sure our businesses bring good profit. It’s great to have blessings overlap, when we haven’t yet used up the past blessings, and a new batch of blessings come.

More important than the material examples are blessings not seen. God is the source of love, joy, peace, salvation, sustenance, strength, security, significance, protection, purpose, guidance, worth, victory… Obedience isn’t legalism, it isn’t a bad deal. The way I see it is: when God gives commands and instructions, it’s because He knows exactly which direction the best way is to go, and which path the best way is to take. He knows where the “straight and narrow” is. He knows if we walk that way or this way, that path is lined with blessings and favor. And when we choose to leave the path; we may think we’re pursuing a shortcut to more blessedness—faster, but reality is: we’re blinded by the immediate and temporal, which eventually leads to dissatisfaction and destruction.

There’s no question about it; God can orchestrate everything for us to be abundantly blessed. He’s the Source of all good and perfect gifts. He’s the One Who opens the floodgates of heaven and uncovers the springs of the earth. He directs our steps like a watercourse and positions people instrumental for His blessings to come to us surely—unhindered. So, His commands aren’t in any way to constrict us but to direct us so that we don’t miss out on the best He’s got for us.

We’re willing Lord. Thank You for Your love. Praise You Lord from Whom all blessings flow. Let them pour Lord; let them pour—in Jesus’ Name, amen.

God Helps Us Answer Questions

Psalm 25:12   (NLT)

12 Who are those who fear the Lord?
He will show them the path they should choose.

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want… These are the opening words of the famed 23rd Psalm written by the former King David of Israel. It’s understandable that people—mostly believers—worldwide—love this Psalm. It brings comfort and encouragement Psalm 25.12 - God Helps Us Answer Questionsbecause it touches a lot of very common, deep, and important issues and needs very dear to our hearts.

Jehovah-Jireh—the Lord our Provider. That’s one of God’s revealed covenant compound-names. Praise God; He’s not a stingy God who delights in making His people suffer lack. He provides not just material things, but everything we need; this include our much needed guidance. We desperately need truth. It’s essential to make right decisions especially in life-altering, destiny-changing choices.

We have questions; people have questions. We want our questions answered. We also want to have the answers when people ask us of the hope we believe in. For us who have high regard and high-respect for our God—who value Him greatly, who worship Him and Him alone, He’s more than willing to reveal Himself, His Word, and His ways. Teach us, He does: word upon word, precept upon precept, line upon line.

We need not get annoyed, irritated, or angry when people ask hard-hitting and difficult, even tricky and impudent questions. Love doesn’t flinch, and willingness to gently, humbly, and correctly answer people’s inquiries is an expression of love. God is omniscient; we’re not, but as we fearfully, sincerely, and wholeheartedly seek Him; He shows Himself—increasingly more. We grow; we get to guide seekers better—nor as blind leading the blind, but as those who have their spiritual minds, hearts, and eyes anointed with the salve of God’s revealing light.

God is Good to All

Acts 14:17   (KJV)   Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”

Acts 14.17 - God's Goodness to AllGod is good–that’s His nature. His goodness isn’t selective; He’s good to those who know Him and to those who don’t.  Him giving rain, fruitful seasons, food, and gladness in everyone’s heart testify to this.

God’s love and goodness encompass all His creation. We don’t deny the huge differences between believers and unbelievers, but there are also huge similarities between them. We’re all created by God; we’re all sustained by Him; God wants us all saved; He loves all and is good to all.

People can be bad, but God is always good.  People change; God doesn’t. His nature isn’t dependent on the way people treat Him. We His children do the same. We love even those who treat us as their enemies; we give–we bless even those who despise us. And we do this with joy and peace in our hearts knowing full well that our value and worth don’t diminish just because of others trying to belittle us.

Mercy, Blessings, Pleasure

Psalm 67:1   (KJV)   67 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Psalm 67.1 - Mercy, Blessing, PleasurePraise God, He’s willing to grant us mercy, to bless us, to delight in us. We come to Him humbly and boldly and pray for those things knowing that our loving God and Father desires to give them to us.

To live in His mercy, blessings, and pleasure is to live an incomparably and indescribably wonderful life. We don’t live under God’s judgment, lack, and rejection. He ably spares us from continuous pain-filled tears and utter restlessness. We don’t fear destruction, displacement, and disaster.

Those of us who fully trust in God fully rest in Him, surrounded with comforting and encouraging songs of deliverance, we bravely face every situation in life; we don’t cower from our enemies; in fact, we love them. The threat of terror may abound, but because God is within us, those who insidiously plan evil against us are the ones caught in their own snares.

Because of God’s mercy, we don’t have to fear a nation’s or even this world’s impending doom. The slowest among us run swiftly, the weakest among us are infused with divine strength. Because of God’s blessings, we are not in want. We don’t fear famine or plague. We may be laid-off from our jobs, our businesses may not pick-up, our friends may turn their backs from us, but our God provides us all our needs. Because of His pleasure, we live above pressure. We don’t live for the pleasure of people. We can’t please everybody all the time anyway. We don’t need to please everyone, we just please One, and that One is more and greater than everyone.

Through us, others see the beauty and wonders of God, His handiwork, His ways, His salvation.

Unequalled Life

Matthew 10:8   (KJV)   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Miracles are real.  Believers are in agreement with this.  Does God still move in His people to be conduits of healing, cleansing, raising the dead, deliverance?  Before I Matthew 10.8 - Unequalled Lifeproceed with the answer, here’s a quick, loving, simple clarification:  my answer isn’t intended to negate or criticize our family in the Lord who believe differently;  I want to be a contributor to unity, not further division of the precious body of our one Lord.

I believe that the gifts of God go beyond the natural; they include supernatural works.  What an incomparably adventurous life we live as believers!  Who can equal to such tasks?  Our experiences are combinations of wonders and dangers; all of them orchestrated by the masterful hand of our Almighty Father, working everything for the good of those who love Him, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

We are channels of miracles and the supernatural; we are also objects of scorn, hatred, threats, persecution, and even death.  We are loved by some, but we’re also rejected by others.  Our provision is guaranteed—through usual means, or unusual means.  We’re sheep among wolves;  we conduct ourselves with caution, wisdom, and gentleness.  When “dragged” to court, we end up in the presence of rulers and kings.  We may not have the knowledge of lawyers, but the Holy Spirit Himself gives us the very words to say.  The eyes of those who consider us as their enemies are constantly on us, waiting for opportunities to do us harm, but we don’t fear; we know that our Father, Whose eyes are on the sparrows, is constantly, lovingly, and protectively watching over us—His children.

Divine Revelations

Acts 14:17   (KJV)   17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

God always had ways of revealing Himself to us. All good and perfect gifts come from Him. All the love, mercy, grace, patience and every act of kindness and goodness we experienced acts-14-17-divine-revelationsfrom Him—all these are evidences of His reality—although many people aren’t aware of this. Others don’t make the connection between the wonders of creation and the existence of the Creator. Even the essentials of life: air, sunshine, rain, food, water, love, joy, peace—we enjoy all these things freely; they come from somewhere. To this, we add His miraculous interventions that make His presence, love, and power undeniable.

God is perfect in His ways; He never makes mistakes; He knows all things; He knows how to handle every situation; He is in control of all situations. Not us. The way we react is crazy. Some are wise; some aren’t. Some are considered wise by the world but are foolish before God. Believers are blessed beyond measure. The Lord has removed the scales from our eyes. But we started with a humble position of admission of our follies, our sins, our wrong choices, and our desperate need of Him.

From that lowly position, God raised us up and planted our feet in the King’s highway. We see wonders everywhere. He moves in us powerfully to shine His light—His love and power to everyone lost, blind, and dying. He moves in us to show others a more specific and clearer witness. We saw this; that’s why we who were going our own ways despite His powerful revelations finally awakened and recognized: God has been loving, calling, and wooing us.

Unshaken

Psalm 16:8   (KJV)   8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

The Lord is in control of all things; that’s absolutely true; He isn’t at our beck and call. We don’t dictate to Him how to conduct Himself. We don’t tell Him where He should position Himself. To set the Lord always before us isn’t to give Him a mandate; it’s to psalm-16-8-unshakenconscientiously think about the continuing abiding presence of the Lord. He’s always before us—guiding: He’s always beside us—protecting; He’s with us; He’s in us.

In God, we’re always protected. It’s not a question of whether or not He can; it’s a given—He’s able. It’s Him we go to. He powerfully protects; He sufficiently provides. I admire godly people; I follow their examples as they follow Jesus; they know what they’re doing; they’re wise; I love watching them as they go about their Christian journey—often quietly—in fear of the Lord, without fear or men, as the Lord prospers the works of their hands and blesses their every step. They walk without paralyzing trepidation.

We’re not moved; we’re steadfast. Life-threatening dangers obviously abound; persecutions against believers are real—they’re increasing. The voices of those who dislike us are bold and loud. They call us intolerant and hateful as they cowardly attack us from behind—no longer just with words but physically—openly. But with all these, we rest in the fact that God allows only what we can bear. Death itself isn’t defeat for us. How can those who hate us truly hurt us? Often, God surprises us by raising people of influence, authority, and power who fights for us.

We won’t be coaxed into violence; we won’t give in to their call to unrighteousness—we won’t be intimidated into it. God alone is our choice. He is the right choice. I pray for people to realize this so they too can enjoy His precious presence—a presence that brings protection, provision, and peace.

Nothing to Fear

Luke 12:32   (KJV)   32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Our precious Lord Jesus commands His flock—His children, not to fear anyone but God. One of the most important assurances He gives us is our heavenly Dad’s desire to give us His kingdom—whatever that may exactly mean. But that says a lot. Simply though, He’s luke-12-32-nothing-to-fearsaying we don’t have to fear anything because there’s no reason to. The cause may be material; it may be ideological; it may be social; His assurance is, He’s got us completely and safely covered.

Sure, there are things we don’t know about. We’re not sure how all details of our lives are going to play out, but God definitely guides us in areas where the choice is non-negotiable. There are expert schemers, and deceivers; some people in power may take advantage of us, but God is our vindicator; He’s in control of everything. Some people may succeed in hiding their insidious intents, but God has a way of eventually having their pernicious secrets whispered only behind the closed doors of their hearts to be shouted from the mountaintops for all to hear.

Some of us are threatened with death, but even the worst murderer can only touch our bodies; our God can do worse, and even throw the wicked to hell. Some of us may be threatened with lack, but we’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging for bread. He loves us so much that He makes the resources—even the power and authority of His Kingdom, available to us. We will be persecuted; we suffer the rise and fall of earthly kingdoms, but through it all, we worry not; we fear not; we live in the eternal, inexhaustible sphere. That’s where we wisely invest our treasures in; there’s where our hearts truly are. Our Dad is pleased for now to give us a foretaste of its reality; and even just this glimpse, its power and riches already blow our minds. We can only wonder about its wonders when it comes in the fullness of its power and glory.

Our Heavenly Father’s Promise

Luke 11:9   (KJV)   9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

God delightfully desires to give us good gifts. That’s natural for earthly fathers; much more so with our most loving heavenly Dad. Some may ask: “He’s God; we’re not. Can we really be His children?” Yes, we can be and yes we are. Either we’re His children through luke-11-9-our-heavenly-fathers-promisecreation, or we’re His children both through creation and spiritual birth; the former covers our temporal life; the latter covers both that and our eternal life as well. Any which way, we’re all God’s children, although I highly prefer the latter—where our “childrenhood” secures our eternal togetherness with our Father.

My heart goes out to those who don’t relate to the wonder of God’s “Fatherhood” because of their painful experiences with their earthly Dads. I pray for your total healing, comfort, restoration and deliverance. I pray that the reality and presence of the perfect and Holy Dad brings you joy in your hearts and smiles on your lips. He cares for you; He loves all of us. He never uses, misuses, or abuses His children. He very much wants to give us everything we need. The power and authority of His Kingdom backs us up. He’s our perfect, inerrant “GPS” or map continually giving us direction so we’re not lost.

He makes sure we have steak or fish, potato or rice, water or soda, etc.—everyday of our existence. He gives charge to His invisible heavenly armies—His angels—to keep us safe. We have the Holy Spirit empowering us against the lures of the “mighty” dollars, sexual stimulants—whether from the computer screen or phones, printed materials, or real people; keeping our egos in check so that we don’t find ourselves falling so fast so low flat on our faces. He cleans and/or changes our hearts so we can live free from any ungodly desire—even those of getting even or revenge. Whatever we’re facing, our Dad’s making Himself available to us. He never gets tired of us coming to Him, in fact, the opposite is true: it’s a joy for Him. So we keep asking, seeking, knocking. We’re sure of this: our Dad’s always readily and longingly waiting.