The Promises of God

The promises of God are as sure as the air we breathe. And like the air we breathe, the promises of God are necessary for our very existence. However, while breathing air is involuntary, claiming the promises of God is not. In His Sovereignty, He has given us the free will to receive or reject His great gifts. If we do not receive the promises of God, we lose tremendous blessings. But God allows us to choose. He never forces His blessings on anyone.

One promise that God made is found in John 6:47 which says, “Truly, I say to you, he that believes in Me, has everlasting life.” Now everybody wants to live forever. But I ask you, are you willing to do what God says to have that eternal life?

Many people say I have eternal life because I believe in God. But do you understand what it means to believe? To believe means to have absolute trust. God requires complete surrender. If you distrust Him even a little bit, you have rejected His promise of eternal life.

Now all of us struggle to surrender completely to God. But God is gracious and understands our hearts. There is recorded in the Bible the story of a man who came to Jesus and said, “Lord I believe, but help me in my unbelief.” Jesus helped this man in his unbelief and He will help you in yours if you will call out to Him.

This I know. God is rich in mercy and it is with a great love that He has loved us. Even when we were dead and useless in our sin. He has raised us to live forever with Jesus and we are saved by His Grace.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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The Promises of God

One promise that God made is found in John 6:47 which says, “Truly, I say to you, he that believes in Me, has everlasting life. Now everybody wants to live forever. But I ask you; are you willing to do what God says to have that eternal life? This devotion is an audio podcast. Click the link below to listen as I talk about the promises of God.

https://podpoint.com/pavement-ends-ministry/the-promises?fbclid=IwAR2QZSIqxKGbq2Mgo114-1VNybCdJwwdEjMp75IBOClkkRhSnjweDKwYXqk#

A Question

This posting is going to be a little different. Recently a friend asked me a rather deep spiritual question concerning destiny, free will and the Sovereignty of God. What follows Is his question and my answer

Question- Since God knows our destiny, how do we have the “free will” to make the right choice knowing that our destiny is already decided.

Answer-

1. God is the creator of all things, including time.

2. As the Creator of time He Himself is not restricted by time. You and I can only see the present, remember the past and wonder about the future. I believe that it can be said that God sees the past, the present, and the future the same as we see the present.

3. Therefore God knows our destiny because He sees it being played out.

4. We have free will in that we are allowed to make our own choices.

5. God is sovereign because He knows what our choices will be and He allows us to make them.

The bottom line is this, The fact that God knows the things we will do does not mean that He forces us to do them.

I don’t know if this answers the question but maybe it will give you something to think about. Here is a passage of scripture that I lean on when I cannot get spiritual issues resolved in my head.

““For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV

Douglas Huff