5 reasons to press on today

It’s the third week of sharing with you guys promises that are helping me stay in the fight.

I thought this week it would be good to start off with a promise that reminds us why we can bank on promises:

1. Promise that God’s promises will not fail. This promise was made in a specific time to a specific people, but I think the heart of it translates to us and is supported by Scripture:

Joshua 23:14 “you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the LORD your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.”

2. Promise that you have not been left alone down here. I know how it feels to feel alone.  And I know that you do too.  But because of this great promise, we can know that no matter how it feels, we’re not alone.  We haven’t been left as orphans.

John 14:16-18 “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

3. Promise that nothing you do for God will ever be useless. According to this verse you and I can work at everything for the Lord because we know that in Him our work is not in vain.  Great news.  Let that color the way you do everything today.

1 Corinthians 15:58 “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

4. Promise that He’s going to make sure we receive an unfading inheritance. You should read this one a couple of times.  Read it out loud.  It’s pretty great.

1 Peter 1:3-5 “According to this great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading kept in heaven for you who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

5. Promise that God will meet all your needs. This little guy snuck up on me.  I was almost done studying Philippians and then there he was; this gem of a promise tangled in some closing verses.  I dug him up and I’ve kept him in my pocket ever since.

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

I love that Paul uses a personal pronoun when he’s talking about God; his God, your God, my God.  I love that he emphasizes that God will meet every need.  And I love that the degree to which God will meet those needs is directly related to how rich He is in glory in Jesus.  It’s like saying: ‘Bill Gates will give to your foundation to the degree that he has money to give.’

Guess what?  God is pretty rich in glory in Christ Jesus.  He’ll provide for you today according to that great wealth.

Good news.

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