30th April 2018

A Lover’s Promise Never Came With A ‘Maybe’!

“For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

Promises and hope go together like strawberries and cream, like fish and chips, like Darby and Joan. They’re joined at the hip as we say; dovetailed together in a very special way—so when God promises something, we do indeed have hope.

In his book “Pilgrim’s Progress,” John Bunyan’s hero, Christian, is captured by Giant Despair and incarcerated in doubting Castle. Under the harsh treatment of Giant Despair, Christian loses heart almost to the point of taking his own life. Then one morning he wakes up—just like the Prodigal Son—and says, “What a fool I am to lie in this stinking dungeon when I could walk at liberty. I have a key in my bosom called Promise that will unlock any door in Doubting Castle!” This pilgrim lay in despair because he had forgotten the promises, had stopped hearing God’s voice within him, but he received strength, courage and faith by remembering.

The quote I have used as the headline above is from a song by ‘Simply Red’ called ‘Stars.’ ‘Maybe’ should never enter into a promise: Jesus instructed his followers to “let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No!’” (Matthew 5:37).

Are God’s promises trustworthy? You bet! Do we have a guarantee? You bet! (note the scripture above!) Can anyone or anything pull us away from those special blessings—no! Jesus reassures us that nothing and no one can. Notice, speaking about those who belong to him he says, “for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. So, no one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.” (John 10:29-30 NLT).

The writer to the Hebrews hits this particular nail squarely on the head when he writes, “Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence. This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God’s inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High priest in the line of Melchizedek” (Hebrews 6:8-20 NLT).

Have you run to God for refuge yet and have you claimed his promises for yourself? I sincerely hope you do so—He’s waiting patiently!

Prayer
Our faithful Father, thank you for your precious promises which are perfectly guaranteed for us all.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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