A very good morning to you my precious family and friends

The Bible is full of promises - hundreds of truths for our faith to be founded on. And every one of those promises are for us believers. All the promises have been fulfilled. Unfortunately, very few of us take these promises seriously. While Scripture truths are meant to encourage us to walk our journey with confidence, fear often overtakes us and we struggle to find peace in the middle of anxiety and struggles.

For the next few weeks I will look at and focus on a few of my favourite promises of God which we can cling to every day. The key to unlocking these promises is obedience. Following God leads to fulfilment of these promises.

1. Nothing Can Separate Us from God's Love

In Paul's letter to the Roman church in chapter 8 vs 35, he asks, “who can separate us from the love of Christ?” The answer: no one and nothing. Not life or death, angels nor demons, no power or living creature, nothing can separate us from the love of Christ. Even when the world is spinning out of control, despair and tragedy all around, we are carefully in the grip of God’s love.  Romans 8:31 says “If He is for us, who, or what can come against us?” Nothing. God promises that we will never be without His love.

2. Everything Will Work Out For Good

Romans 8:28 says "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose."

For those of us who love Him and are called to His purpose, He promises these powerful words, “in all things God works for the good.” In everything. Not just the good things that happen, but in it all, we can be assured, He will indeed bring good from it. He is our Redeemer, and He will not waste our pain.

3. You Are a New Creation

2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”.

As the righteousness of God in Christ, you and I are new creations. We were sinners. You were full of sinful desires, but that is the old you. Now you are righteous and desire righteousness. You were weak but now you are strong. Your life is brand new.

4. Healing is Yours

1 Peter 2:24 says “He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.”

Isaiah 26:3 says "You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You".

When we readjust our thinking from the "what ifs" and "what could have been" and we focus on trusting Jesus, we can experience steadfast peace. Recall Scripture, meditate on God's word and you will become steadfast in your faith. The peace of Jesus is perfect; it lacks nothing because it knows the victory is already won.

5. God Will Be Near

James 4:8 says “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

When we draw closer to God through prayer and reading His Word, He promises to come near to us. What a beautiful invitation for an intimate relationship with our Lord and Saviour.

6. There is No Condemnation

Romans 8:1 reminds us “There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”

The devil is the accuser. He will condemn you and bring up past mistakes and sin. He is quick to remind you of where you blew it. But there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ. Shut down the voice of guilt and condemnation with this promise.

7. You Have Victory

Romans 8:37 reminds us that “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

No matter what you are going through, no matter how hard things may seem, overwhelming victory is yours. Victory will happen. Persevere through the storm.

8. Our Trials Have Purpose

James 1:2-3 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.”

God reminds us to choose joy in whatever we face, confident that He is working even through every trial and hard place, to bring us greater endurance. We never gain greater strength and spiritual muscles simply by living an “easy” life. We can only build deeper faith and perseverance by walking through the hard times that press us more closely into His Presence.

Let us pray

Thank You Father God for the many promises that You gave in Your Word. Thank You that you are a faithful God and we can trust You to keep Your word as You do not lie. Help us to cling to these wonderful promises when we face tough times and to know that You are always with us. We give You thanks for Your amazing love for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Much love in Christ from Maurice and Margaret