I recently inherited all of my mother’s spiritual books (a bookshelf and a half) and some of her notes from Christian conferences.
While going through some of her notes, I found these four promises given in God’s word to us. She wrote these promises down while taking notes at a young people’s conference in Fort Stockon, TX in 1998.
Now, I can’t say I’m a stellar performer on promises one through three; I need the Lord’s mercy to believe and keep these promises before me. And while I know my mother didn’t come up with these promises on her own, that she took the time to write them down impresses me. I hope to follow her pattern. I do believe my mother, during her life, eventually received these promises. Perhaps sharing these promises is one way I can deal with her loss.
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. (Exodus 20:12 ESV)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV)
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)
And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18 ESV)
These were written mainly to young people, so they span from childhood to spiritual maturity. The last promise, the greatest one, makes us aware of God’s plan for something greater than our personal universe: It declares that despite and through all manner of things happening, the Lord Jesus will build His church.
One more snippet my mother wrote down reinforces my belief in Christ’s building work:
See the unseen realm: 2 Cor. 4:18
1. We have to believe God is operating in the hearts of our classmates, our workmates
2. We have to believe we are gaining Christ.