Four Promises Given to us By God

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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.

1

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)

2

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)

3

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

4

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.

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7 thoughts on “Four Promises Given to us By God

  1. I think a major part of what goes on in our Christian life is that we are become believers- believers of every promise given in the Word and from the Lord in our spirit. Thank you Merrill for sharing. -Nicole Rodriguez

  2. Wow, amen for the Lord’s wonderful promises towards us! May we, by His mercy, throughout our Christian lives continue to believe and be one with what He has spoken.

  3. 1Cor. 10:13 is the verse I’ve been having trouble with for a long time. Are temptations the same as trials? I just feel like I cant stand anymore of what I’ve been going through but it doesnt stop. Does enduring it mean bawling your heart & eyes out but still it doesnt change. And I’m not being smart about this. I’m dead serious. I feel like I’m @ the end of my rope…for a year now? Any hope or help?

    1. •Lord, keep my heart open and soft toward You.
      Lord, draw my eyes to see nothing else but You.
      •Whatever may happen,
      I know You want to gain my heart.
      Though I may not understand,
      Just keep dispensing into my every part.
      •Make me a believer
      By looking at You.
      Standing on Your Word,
      Faithful and true.

      Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/ns/288#ixzz2XXL2cx59

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