God’s Promises in His Word

In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley.  I cite the Life Principles  and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts  to life in modern times.  Please enjoy and I hope you find some value  in this blog.

We have all heard this song sung by children and other Christians everywhere: “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”. Well, then, how do we know that what we read in the Bible is really what God wants us to know? (Deut 6)  Wasn’t it written a long time ago by other men just like us? And since it was written so long ago, does what is written still apply to us today?  The answer is a resounding YES! (Joshua 1:8)

God’s Word was taken down over a long period of time. Why it was stopped at Revelation, perhaps nobody on earth will ever know. The New Testament letters were written to certain churches and to/by certain disciples of Jesus, but they were written FOR all of us for eternity.

In Touch Life Principle number three states: “God’s word is an immovable anchor in times of storm”. Someone might say “You believe the Bible is God’s Word because your Bible tells you that. You’re just talking in circles.” I think we Christians can put together enough testimony to prove our belief in God’s word and to prove that the Bible is just that – God’s Word for our lives.

To test this life principle, I would challenge anyone to live for 3 months, as stringently by God’s word as possible and they will see that their lives will be changed miraculously for the better. Be very careful, though. Claiming a promise that is not explicitly given in the Word can cause frustration, disillusionment and failure. As believers, we are spiritually wealthy because of the exceedingly great promises we have in Jesus, our Savior. (2 Peter 1:1-4)

Click the link below to review some of the better known, wonderful guarantees, out of HUNDREDS, we have been given in Scripture. God challenges us to expect these promises to be fulfilled when we live in accordance to His will. (Matt 6:28-34)

God’s Promises

 

God’s Best For Us

In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley.  I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts
to life in modern times.  Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.

God’s Best For Us

I have lived now for more than half of a century on this planet. I have broken all of the 11 commandments and yet I can tell you I have found peace and contentment in my life. It is the peace of God, the grace of His forgiveness and the contentment of knowing He will always take care of me as long as I live within His will for my life.

An example: I stayed in a concrete apartment building in Brandon the night that hurricane Irma ravaged southwestern and central Florida. I watched the storm track on my phone as the center literally passed right over my house. My wife and I knew our house may not be standing as we cautiously approached our street the next morning but we knew that whatever the outcome, we had peace about it because God was guiding us through those circumstances.

The foundation of my life now is summed up with two basic principles:

      1. Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (InTouch Ministries Life Principle number 2)
      2. We know that God causes all things to work for the good to those who are called according to His purpose.(Rom 8:28)

With these principles in mind, we can be assured that as long as we stay in God’s word, meditate on it and obey it (Josh 1:8), we will be able to find peace in whatever circumstances we find ourselves facing. These are the life principles that allow us to accept the tragedies we see nearly every day and still find peace in our lives, if we stay in God’s path. We should obey God, accept His forgiveness, stay in His word so we know how to communicate with Him and leave everything else up to Him.

God’s Love for Us

In this section, blogs are written using the foundation of InTouch’s Life Principles written by Dr. Charles F. Stanley.  I cite the Life Principles and then expand on them quoting scripture and applying the concepts to life in modern times.  Please enjoy and I hope you find some value in this blog.

 

 God’s Love for Us

God loves us and He wants us to love Him as well. But how can you love something and/or someone we have never seen? The Bible, God’s Word, tells us how. If we study “InTouch’s” Life Principle number one, it teaches the following: “Our intimacy with God – His highest priority for our lives – determines the impact for our lives”. God seeks fellowship with us which is why He created us the way He did (Gen 1:26). But to experience God’s best for us, we need to surrender to Him, completely. If you’re holding something back in your life from God, you are not getting His best for yourself. (Eccl 2:24-26), (Song 5:16)

Genesis 1:26 tells us God made man in His own image and then gave man rule over all things on the earth. In return, He wants our service and worship to be fruitful and effective. But often times we resist and move away from God’s will for or lives. Why? All too often it is out of greed and pride. Our world has become a world of instant satisfaction. We want what we want and we want it now. (Psalm 27:14) Also, pride makes many people feel like they can do better for themselves than God can. Still others believed that God is vengeful and if they give God control, He will do things that will make them miserable.

A friend once argued with me that God is not righteous.  His example depicted a young child suffering and dying from cancer.  I tried to show how this is, in some way, a blessing.  Well, I failed.  Recently a pastor friend taught me this philosophy:  “I have given eulogies for 90-yeard-olds as well as 4-year-olds.  Consider each life as only a single drop of water in the oceans of the world, as compared to eternity”.

God does not make bad things happen – they just happen. He will allow some bad things to happen and most often, good will come from it (Rom 8:28), but we need to remember two very important things:

          • God is omnipotent, in control
          • We have something call Free Choice

We can easily step out of God’s will by using this free choice, but there will be consequences.

So the next time you feel like God is punishing you, remember God loves us and has the best for us within His will. Then, ask yourself: Have I stepped out of God’s will for my life and are simply suffering consequences from my own choices? If you contemplate your situation and pray about it, the answer will become clear. (Matt 7:7)

God has given each and every one of us His greatest gift of all time (John 3:16). “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:3)