Lifelines: Standing on the promises
by By BETTIE MARLOWE Banner Staff Writer
Feb 15, 2013 | 439 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I read on the coupon it was good for a free cup of chili with a purchase and my mouth watered. I could almost taste that good chili, but I decided to save it for later when I could really appreciate it and share with a friend who might find another coupon.

So I stuck it in the pocket of my car door where I would have it with me when I decided to take advantage of the offer. But my hope was literally blown away when I pulled into the parking lot at the Banner. When I opened the door, the wind grabbed all my coupon circulars, including the chili promise, and before I knew what happened, my “chili” was already across 25th Street and into the wild blue yonder, never to be seen again. Such disappointment.

How temporary things are. How short-lived our expectations. Just a whiff of wind and “whoosh” — gone. I’m glad the promises of Jesus are not just for a moment and then blown away, aren’t you?

I read there are more than 32,000 promises to the child of God contained in the Bible. What or Who else gives such a heritage? The promises of God not only give us assurance that He has us in His care, they also give us hope for life and prove the love of God to us.

A couple of Sundays ago, at the start of Sunday school, we sang the chorus, “I Sing Because I’m Happy ... for His eye is on the sparrow — and I know He watches me.” A spirit of thanksgiving enveloped the congregation as hands were lifted up to God in praise with tears, laughter and “hallelujahs.” How refreshing to be in the Presence of the Lord.

But didn’t Jesus tell us as He taught in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5), that “blessed (happy) are” ... the poor in spirit, they that mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake and even when you are reviled and falsely accused.

We read that our spiritual needs are supplied according to the riches of His Glory ... and He is “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

Sometimes we shortchange answers to our prayers because we ask for what we think we can deliver ... when God may have something more wonderful and miraculous for us. He is not limited by our parameters of provisions. Jesus wants to bless His children. He wants to answer prayer.

Paul in 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice Evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” No matter what situation you may find yourself, give thanks, because God is working something out for you “according to the power that worketh in you.”

It’s time to pray Jesus’ words, “Not my will — but thine ...” One of his great promises is found in 1 John 5:11-15: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us; And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness” (Isaiah 41:10). Thank you Lord, for your promises that never fail.