Graceful Perseverance: God's 7 Promises-02/16
Welcome to this week’s blog. This week is the fifth week (5th blog) I am continuing to do a deep dive into God’s 7 promises in the Bible. But of course, these are only a very small select few of God’s promises to His children.
So, with a little research into what exactly are God’s biblical promises, both in the Old and New Testaments, I discovered, not at all to my own amazement, there are many more than seven promises from God. More like countless promises in scripture. Christians and those alike, can trust and believe He has, and will continue to keep His word.
Unlike man, who makes promises to family and friends every day, and then miserably fails to keep his word; God has made promises of what He will do for us, and has and will continue to keep them all the days of our lives. God’s promises have never failed. Scripture proves this. His word, and the fulfillment of His word is what makes Him a trusting God.
As a small sample, we have the following promises from God:
God reminds us daily,
1. I am your strength.
2. I will never leave you.
3. I have plans for you to prosper.
4. I hear your prayers.
5. I will fight for you.
6. I will give you peace.
7. I always love you.
Because the above seven promises are broad in nature, and surely not an all-encompassing list of promises scriptures shows us in the Bible, I felt duty-bound to write a series of blogs on God’s promises. Why multiple blogs? Because when we think about God’s nature, nothing is too large, to great or impossible for Him. This means that there are many, many more promises spoken by God in the Bible, aside from the seven listed above. Over the course of the next several weeks, my blogs will be elaborating on “God’s 7 Promises.”
Each week I will provide biblical stories, parables, and scripture that undoubtedly prove that not only did God reassure man of His promises, but to trust in His word. He promises He will be our strength, and never leave us. He has plans to prosper us. He hears our prayers. He will always fight for us. He will give us peace, and most importantly His love endures forever.
Let’s get started.
This week's blog covers Hebrews 8:6, Hebrews 10:23, Hebrews 10:36 and Hebrews 11:11 in the New King James (NKJ) Bible.
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6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. – Hebrews 8:6 (NKJ)
This passage in Hebrews is a quotation of Jeremiah 31:31-34, which compares the new covenant with the old covenant between God and Israel. The old covenant was the covenant of law between God and Israel. The new and better way is the God’s new covenant of grace – Christ’s offer to forgive our sins, and bring us to God through His sacrificial death on the cross. This new covenant is new in that it extends – that is, goes beyond Israel and Judah to also include all the Gentile nations.
During the time of the first covenant between God and the Israelites, God found fault with the people and said:
“The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.
It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds,
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.
No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.
For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more.” – Hebrews 8:8-12 (NKJ)
The new covenant can be applied to our lives today because it is now written on our hearts and instilled in our minds. The new covenant offers a new way to forgiveness, no longer through animal sacrifices (as in the old covenant), but through faith as we confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Through faith, we must believe and confess with our mouth that God sacrificed His son’s life on the cross as a debt paid in full for our sins. Have you entered into this new covenant, and commenced walking in a better way?
23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. – Hebrews 10:23 (NKJ)
This passage teaches each of us that we have significant privileges associated with our new life in Christ. First, we have personal access to God through Christ, and now we can draw near to Him without an elaborate animal sacrificial system. We now have the gift to grow in faith, overcome doubts and questions, and deepen our relationship with God. Today, in our generation, we may enjoy the inspiration from one another, and the gift to worship together.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise. – Hebrews 10:36 (NKJ)
Hebrews encourages believers to persevere in their Christian faith, and practice our faith when facing persecution and pressure from this secular world. Tradition has taught us that suffering is not good for us. But suffering can build our character, and teach us patience. During times of great stress, we may feel God’s presence more clearly, and find help from Christians we never thought cared. Jesus tells us in the Bible, when we need Him simply say “Help Me Jesus!” and He will be there. Knowing that Jesus promises to be with us in our suffering, and that He will return one day to put an end to all pain and suffering, helps us grow in our faith and our relationship with Him.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. – Hebrews 11:11 (NKJ)
In this passage, we learn that Sarah was Abraham’s wife. They were unable to have children through many years of their marriage. God promised Abraham a son, but Sarah doubted that she could become pregnant in her old age. At first she laughed, but afterwards, she believed and because of God’s promise, Sarah never doubted the Lord again (Genesis 18).
As we continue to see in each of these biblical stories each week, what God promised then, He continues to promise to us today. He hears our prayers; He gives us peace; He is our strength; He will fight for us; He will never leave us; He promises to one day return to take His children home, and give us a new life, an eternal life with Him.
Therefore, we must always trust Him to do what He says He’s going to do for each of us.
Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
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