Monday, February 5, 2018
by Superintendent, Bob Wilburn
A 3 Part Series:
Promises To Live By; Promises To Give By & Promises To Die By
"Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature."
(2 Peter 1:1-4)
Peter describes God’s promises to us as exceedingly great AND precious. Indeed, God’s promises have been that and more to me and my family. In marriage, although Sharon and I made vows/promises to one another, we do not necessarily think on those promises word for word each hour of the day - but, we do live, love and rest in them and by them. And so it is with us and God. As a Christian we may not daily quote all the promises that God has given us, but we know them, we do life by them day-by-day.
Promises to Live By
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved and thy house.” (Acts 16:31). As Christians we are more than church attenders. We are believers….we are saved. We have chosen to live life as a believer/one who trusts in Christ and His atoning work on the Cross. The world is full of believers…Muslims are believers. Believing just anything doesn’t save us. It is who and what we believe that makes the eternal difference. My and Sharon’s choice to trust in Jesus and be saved has so influenced our children and grandchildren: “thou shalt be saved and thy house!”
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding, in all thy ways; Acknowledge Him and He will direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6). Leaning on/focusing on our understanding of what happens in life, results in worry, fear, discouragement and stress. Why do we do that? This incredible journey called life is better lived in trust of God and His promised presence, peace, protection and provisions. I am so glad He directs our paths - he knows tomorrow better than I know yesterday.
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou WILT revive me. Thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of my enemies and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord WILL perfect (complete) that which concerns me.” (Psalms 138:7-8). Living for God doesn’t exempt us from trouble. The promise of God is that when we do walk through trouble, He will revive us. In other words, God will quicken faith, renew strength and restore joy - we do not have to be defeated by trouble. We have to deal with it – but, we don’t have to be defeated by it. God Himself has promised to perfect that which concerns us. I want that. You nor I, can do that in and of ourselves, but, we serve a God that has promised to do that for us.