A word from Associate Pastor Ben

The Promises of God
One of the most quoted sayings from the Bible I’ve heard is, “Everyone of God’s promises are yes and amen! If you want something, you must claim it in the name of Jesus!”  These “promises” that are being referenced often come in the form of prosperity, in wealth, health, and living a stress-free life.  But most of these promises are never mentioned in the Bible.  In fact, Jesus paints a very different picture of what the life of a disciple should look like.
In Matthew 16:24-25, He says, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me will find it.”  The Master does not promise us a stress free life.  Instead He states that we should deny ourselves the very things that we want and desire, so that the Lord can have complete control and reign over our lives.  Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 10:22, “You will be hated by everyone because of my name.”  Not a very encouraging word from the Lord is it?  The promises of God are not of the temporal things of this world.  The temporal promise from God are usually pretty rotten.  However, the eternal promises of God are beyond anything the world can give us.  Jesus also says in Matthew 10:22, “But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”  He goes on to say in Matthew 28:20b:”….remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  The promise of God is not a good life.  The promise of God is His presence while we are on the earth, and then to enjoy Him forever in eternity.  We should never look for our reward to be of the temporal worldly desires, but instead should look to Heaven and say, “Lord, may Your will be done in my life.  I believe Your promise that you are always with me.  May I serve You in all things and finish the race You have put before me to receive the prize of eternity in Your presence.”  That is a promise of God you can hold onto, and He will deliver on.
“For every one of God’s promise is “Yes” in Him.  Therefore, through Him we also say “Amen” to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Associate Pastor Ben