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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, August 11, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
These two unchangeable things are God’s promise and his oath. God embodies all truth; therefore, he cannot lie. Because God is truth, you can be secure in his promises; you don’t need to wonder if he will change his plans. Our hope is secure, immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship’s anchor holds firmly to the seabed. To the true seeker who comes to God in belief, God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance. When you ask God with openness, honesty, and sincerity to save you from your sins, he will do it. This truth should give you encouragement, assurance, and confidence. (NLT)
Hebrews 6:10-20 – For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do. Our great desire is that you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what you hope for will come true. Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and patience.
For example, there was God’s promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: “I will certainly bless you richly, and I will multiply your descendants into countless millions.” Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised.
When people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. 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.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. –Hebrews 6:19 (NIV)
James Forayter (Queensland, Australia) titled his story “PROMISES MADE AND KEPT;” here is a portion of James’ story:
“. . . Jesus said, ‘Seek first [God’s] kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you’ (Matt. 6:33). In my 35-year walk with God, I have acted on this and found it to be true.
“The Bible says that those who belong to God through Jesus Christ will be with him in heaven forever. I stake my life on the truth of this promise as well. And, based on God’s faithfulness, I know that I will not be disappointed.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I see a rainbow, I will remember all the promises God has made and kept.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for being faithful in caring for us – no matter what. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH DOUBT
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