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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

God Keeps His Promises




There are many definitions of the word promise.  A verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future.  Word of honor.  Indication of something favorable to come; expectation.  How many times have someone made one to you and didn’t keep it?  How many times have you done the same?  Now, being real – I’m sure we all have experienced this.  If you haven’t, I would like to meet you!  A promise sometimes is hard to keep.  We even make promises to the Lord and still struggle, not keeping them at times.  To trust, obey, and depend on Him, to show Him love every day, to disciple and lead others to Him, to praise and worship Him with our total being, giving Him all of the glory and not letting our flesh be glorified.  But He still loves us and gives us chance after chance.  One thing we can be sure of is that we can always count on Him.

There are many that God made in His word too, and you can be guaranteed that He will come through for you.  He keeps His word!  A few of them are the promise of Blessing (Ezekiel 34:26, Malachi 3:10), Comfort (Isaiah 40:1, 51:3, Matthew 5:4), Deliverance (Joel 2:32, Daniel 3:17, 2 Peter 2:9,), Healing (Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 4:23-24), Help (Psalm 46:1, Isaiah 41:10), The Holy Spirit (John 14:16-26, Acts 1:4-8), Joy (Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 30:5, Psalm 126:1-3, John 15:11), Peace (Isaiah 26:3, John 16:33), Sanctification (1 Corinthians 6:11), Victory (1 Corinthians 15:55-58), to Never Leave nor Forsake Us (Hebrews 13:5), and the one with much power - The Rain, The Harvest, The Years that the various Locusts has eaten, and the Spirit of the Lord! (Joel 2:21-29).

The only way we are going to fully experience and walk in the promises of God is if we continue to love Him, keep ours that we’ve made and continue to make to Him, don’t give up, wait on Him, and believe and trust that every word He says is true.  He has also declared individual promises to each of us and they will come according to His will.  Just hold on, it will be fulfilled.  Lord, you are my God.  I honor you and praise you, because you have done amazing things.  You have always done what you said you would do; you have done what you planned long ago.

Scripture of the Day: "Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago." - Isaiah 25:1

Brenda Gittens is a worship evangelist, singer and writer who ministers in word and song at churches, prisons, outreaches, and other events throughout California and other states. Her latest CD is entitled, Real Praise/True Worship. Brenda is also a devoted wife and mother of one son. You can reach her at: http://www.brendagittensministries.com.…
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Monday, August 2, 2010

Take Your Foot Off The Brakes

Published: August 01, 2010

How much of what you do everyday is by your own inclination, or by the power of the Holy Spirit? Everyday we make direction and destination decisions. We make them based on our own knowledge, learning and understanding, or we make them based upon the truth of God’s Word.

E. Stanley Jones writes that most people plot and plan themselves into mediocrity. The Holy Spirit will tell the believer, however, when to speak up, when to be quiet, what to say, where to go, when to leave, and will give direction to our daily movements.

It’s like the bitter cold winter race, the Iditarod. Dogsled teams race between Anchorage and Nome, Alaska. It is a brutal test of the skill and endurance of both humans and dogs.

There is an often-told story about a novice in the race excited to be apart of a race that could cost you your life. Excitement didn’t last long against the elements and he came in last. He asked an experienced racer to critique his efforts. The experienced racer responded that the dogs know where to go. You kept trying to tell the dogs where to go and you kept your foot on the break.

We are limiting our direction and destination efforts of this Christian race when we are led by our own inclination instead of being led by the Holy Spirit.

In the epistle to the Roman Christians, Paul, the attributed author, makes a masterful argument that three walls surround all of humanity. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. This is the wall of universal guilt. The good we try to do, we don’t; and the sin we don’t want to do, we do. This is the wall of sinful nature. Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved represents the wall of sovereign election.
Paul references the Holy Spirit many times in this chapter. The Holy Spirit breaks through the walls of sin, guilt and shame because there is now no condemnation. The Holy Spirit elevates our view off of earthly things and onto the things of God, spiritual things that are eternal. The Holy Spirit assures us of this new relationship as inheritors or heirs with Christ to both his suffering and glory.

The text states those who are led by the Spirit (NIV) and the English translation Bible states we are moved by the Spirit; James Peterson’s interpretation states with His Spirit living in you, your body will be alive as Christ’s! So don’t you see that we do not owe this old do it yourself life, one red cent. There is nothing in it for us. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons; there are things to do and places to go!

Being led by the Spirit is taking your foot off of the brakes. It is allowing yourself to be led because the Holy Spirit knows the way just like the Huskies know the way to Nome.

Jesus promised us another comforter and the day of Pentecost has fully come. The Holy Spirit was given to us. He is fruit to conform us to the character of Christ and gifts that transform and empower to edify the body of Christ.

Scripture Of The Day: "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." - Romans 8:14

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie is the presiding bishop of the 13th Episcopal District of the AME, and serves as a guiding example for women and church leaders throughout the country. For more on Bishop McKenzie, visit http://www.13thame.com or hear her messages daily at http://www.thisisyourwakeupcallonline.com.…
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