June 18, 2016

Today you should read: Psalm 12

Ever made a promise that you didn’t keep? You meant it when you said it but either just forgot or things got away from you and you didn’t do it?  We sometimes do that as parents – we tell our 3-year-old – “I will take you to the park…” then we forget – but they don’t.  Sometimes we do that to God – promise Him something, but things change, we get out of the bind – and we forget.

The good news is – God NEVER forgets a promise!  He always comes through.  Verse 6 says:

The LORD’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace, purified seven times over.

What are some of the things God has promised you?

… for the Lord my God will be with me, wherever I go.   Joshua 1:9

…God will keep me in perfect peace if my mind is ‘stayed’ on Him.  Isaiah 26:3

…I (the Lord) will never leave you or forsake you.  Hebrews 13:5

…I am with you, always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

…The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

…He cares for me.  1 Peter 5:7

…I will do even greater things than Jesus did, because He went to the Father.  John 14:12

…If I remain in Him and His words remain in me, whatever I ask will be given to me.  John 15:7

…The Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth.  John 16:3

…The Holy Spirit will give me the right words when I need them.  Mark 13:11

and THOUSANDS more!

God is the promise maker and the promise keeper!

  • What’s your favorite promise from God? (please reply in the comments today and tell us)
  • Why is that your favorite right now?
  • How have you seen God be faithful to His promises in your life?

By: Tim Parsons

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

10 thoughts on “June 18, 2016”

  1. You already listed mine. I don’t know how many times I have quoted Philippians 4:7. For someone who struggles with anxiety, I assume God inspired this verse to be written just for me.

  2. My favorite promises from God are in 2 Corinthians 12:9 (But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”) and Philippians 4:7 (And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus). God has been faithful to carry me through my weaknesses every time I choose to rely on Him instead of my own power. When I lean into Him during my most difficult moments, He reminds me that He is not only with me, but that He is in control.

  3. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105

    While not a promise per se, to me it’s a continual assurance of the truth of God’s word.

  4. My favorite promise is “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” Philippians 4:13. I’ve loved it and clung to it since I my teen years. When the going gets rough and I don’t think I can persevere, God has ALWAYS shown me that I can by the power of his mighty hand holding me up. He has proven that literally hundreds (maybe thousands) of times during my life. The verse, above, that really speaks to me today is Isaiah 26:3, “God will keep me in perfect peace if my mind is stayed on him”. WOW! This is so true and such a great reminder especially in the middle of many life events right now. It will be placed in very visible places, in my home, to serve as a constant reminder. Thanks Tim, what a great way to start out the day…..remembering God’s promises and his faithfulness!

  5. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41:10

    One of Satan’s greatest weapons against us is to plant fear in our minds & hearts and cause us to doubt God’s promises. God has given us His word and the Holy Spirit to guide us when fear creeps into our lives. In his first inaugural address to the nation in 1933, President Franklin Roosevelt said the “only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Many Americans were fearful that their economic lives were collapsing as the depression raged on. Romans 8:38-39 assures us that NOTHING can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Thanks for the commentary today T.P.

  6. Jeremiah 29:11
    For I know the plans I have for you, ” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
    The last several years, through some tough circumstances, I have had to cling on to this special promise, that as long as I have breath my God has a plan.
    Thanks Tim, I am so thankful for CPC for providing spiritual growth tools, for your church family.

  7. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26. That’s a promise I treasure often.

    This passage is ripe for this thought. Psalm 12 makes rather clear that believers should not look to the majority to formulate the direction of their lives. The majority in this case is the godless culture that will lie, flatter, profane, and affirm smooth talk. The faithful have gone…Instead we must be willing to stand and even stand alone, always looking to God to show the way of holiness and obedience.

    God plus one always makes a majority.

    Thank you for Jumpstart today!

  8. It’s hard to pick just one! I think my favorite promise changes depending on what is going on in life. One that has kept recurring in my mind lately, as I’ve been dealing with a lot of spiritual warfare, is Romans 8:28.

    “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them”. Great reminder that God uses all seasons of life, good and bad, to make us more like Him! 🙂

  9. Here’s mine… and it is a long one.

    Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:1-7 ESV)

    It is my favorite because it shows the end of evil and the affects of sin, and it shows that God brings complete restoration.

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