Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Promises from the Book of Galatians

For some reason, I always think of the books Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians as the little gospels, I guess because they are full of helps for our walk with God.  I love to read them and there are lots of promises here to so today we will do the book of Galatians.

Galatians 2:20  "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
This verse tells us that when we accept Christ, it is no longer us that lives, it is Christ that lives in us.
And we live this life by faith in Christ who loves us and gave His life for us.  This is why we can be growing into the character of Christ day by day, hour by hour.

Galatians 3:13,14  "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, 'cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree'.)  That the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
The law points out sin in our lives and when we are redeemed from the curse of the law, we are not living under the curse any longer because we have Christ in us and we will be blessed like faithful Abraham and receive the promise of the Spirit of God, through faith like Abraham had.

Galatians 3:26-29  "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew or Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if you are Christ's then you are Abraham's seed, and heir's according to the promise."
We are all Sons of God through faith in Christ.  When we are baptized (by immersion) we have been washed clean from all sin and can start a new life in Christ and if we are Christ's then we are of the lineage of Abraham and heir's according to the promise.

Galatians 6:8 last part.  "He who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.
Whoever shares his faith with others will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.

Galatians 6:15,16  "For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon those and upon the Israel of God."
In Christ what counts is that we are a new creation and we will walk in this life like Christ walked. 
Peace and mercy will be upon us.

This was not a long study but a very rewarding one.  There is a saying that, 'it is easier to be saved than to be lost'.  I believe that is a true saying and the reason being.  When we are living in sin and know it, we are burdened with guilt and that guilt never leaves us until we surrender our lives to Christ and then we are from that guilt that holds us in bondage.  Does that make sense?  It seems to me that it is much easier to live in Christ than to be burdened down with the sins of this world.  I would be totally miserable in that condition.  Christ is coming, let's be ready.  Grandma Joan

PS.  I am having a heart valve replacement tomorrow after noon around 2:00 o'clock.  Would appreciate the prayers of any of you that would like to pray for me.  I won't be posting for a couple of days at least, maybe more if I'm in need of more care.  Please don't go away, I will be back in at least four days and hopefully two.  Thank you for your prayers for me.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Promises from the Book of Second Corinthians

There are so many promises in the Bible, that it covers everything that we need, I'm sure.  Like I suggested in one of the other studies, it might be wise to categorize each promise that you read under a special heading according to subject.  That way when you need assurance for some certain thing you can find it easy.  Just a thought.

2 Corinthians 1:3-5  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ."  God is our merciful Father and comforts us in all our trials so that we also may comfort others in their trials.

2 Corinthians 2:14  "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place."  Always leads us to victory in Christ,

2 Corinthians 3:17,18  "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.  But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."  See how we have all the help we need to transform our lives into the same image as our Lord.  Isn't it wonderful!!

2 Corinthians 4:16  "Therefore we do not lose heart.  Even though the outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day."  Our bodies might be getting older and we may not be the person we were a few years ago, but don't lose heart.  Even so, our inward man is being renewed day by day.  I love that.

2 Corinthians 5:7  "For we walk by faith, not by sight.

2 Corinthians 6:2  "For He says, 'In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you."

2 Corinthians 6:16-18  "And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God.  As God has said, 'I will be their God, and they shall be My people.  Therefore come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord.  Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you, and I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty."  The last three verses are pretty well understood without any comments from me, but just want to say I love for Him to be my Father and to be His daughter.  It is a wonderful thought.

2 Corinthians 7:1  "Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord."  This is what God wants us to do, to let Him forgive us and cleanse us from all sin and let Him perfect us in holiness.

2 Corinthians 12:9,10  "And He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong."

I am 86 years old, and I am still able to study and show myself approved unto God.  So there is hope for all because when we are weak, through Christ we are made strong.  So many promises, mean so much to me.  Without them I would not be growing more and more like Him each day until my life is over and I know if I stay close to Him and His word, I will be saved, it is a wonderful thought and takes little effort to follow Him because He gives us the strength and all we need to stay close to Him.
Take heart my friend and spend time with Him each day, read these promise studies over and over if you have to, until you are strong in the faith and through Christ able to have the victories that you need.  I don't know what your need is but I do know that He is faithful who has promised.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Promises from First Corinthians

These promises are so powerful, I hope you are enjoying these studies, we need them in order to be equipped with the divine nature of Christ, and be an overcomer.  See 2 Peter 1:4.

1 Corinthians 1:18  "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." What is the message of the cross?  It is the power of God to those who are being saved.  How wonderful!!!

1 Corinthians 2:5  "Your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." Make sure when you study your Bible, you take it just as it reads.  DO NOT let others interpret it for you. If you ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance, you will understand what it is saying.  We must have faith in the Scriptures as God's word to us.

1 Corinthians 2:9,10  "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.  But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.  For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God." Be faithful my friend, the glories of heaven and the new earth are far beyond the beauty and glory of our imagination.

1 Corinthians  2:12  "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God."

1 Corinthians  2:16  "For who knows the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?  But we have the mind of Christ."   Philippians 2:5  "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus."  How do we get the mind of Christ, well for one, it is promised to us right there and the way we get it is studying His promises and applying them to our lives.

1 Corinthians 10:13  "No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it."  God will make a way to escape from falling into the temptation and also help us to be able to bear it."

1 Corinthians 15:57  "But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Thank you Jesus for the victory that you gives us through the life you lived and the blood you shed for us on the cross.

I want to explain something about these studies, I have many readers from many countries, and that is the reason, I try to help them understand what the verse is saying.  I know there are some whose education is not adequate and also there are people who are not acquainted with the Scriptures and sometimes if you skim over them without thinking, you miss the whole meaning of the verse.  So please bear with me as I try to make the verses clear to those who do not understand as you do.  I want everyone to enjoy these studies and benefit from them with a stronger faith in God and a better life.  Love all of you and want to be your neighbor in heaven and on the new earth.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, June 24, 2017

More Promises from the Book of Romans

Let's refresh our minds a bit.  The reason for these studies on Promises, is found in 2 Peter 1:4  "by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature...."  That is our goal to become like the divine so we may reign with Him throughout eternity.  So we are studying the divine promises to increase our faith in God and become like Him through His word.  We are in Romans right now.

Romans 8:1,2  "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from from the law of sin and death."  There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ, it has made us free from the law of sin and death.  A wonderful promise for sure.

Romans 8: 10,11 "And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to our mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you."  A beautiful promise concerning the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:26,27  "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.  For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."  Don't be afraid to trust in God because He has given us all the help we need and all the  overcoming power to defeat the Devil.  All we need to do is ask and live up to what we have learned and what He is teaching us today.

Romans 8:37  "Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us."

Romans 10:8-11  "But what does the word say?  The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart (that is the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  For the Scriptures says, 'whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame."  We must not be ashamed to confess Christ to others by the life we live and the words from our mouth.  Can you bow your head and offer thanksgiving for your meal at the table when you are eating out?  That is confessing Christ to those around you. There are so many ways that we can show that we are a Christian.  We are not to brag about it, just live it.  Let others see Christ in us.

Romans 10:11-13  "For the Scripture says, 'whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him.  For whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

Are you a whoever?  Take the promises personally and praise God for the victories in your life.  Isn't Romans a wonderful Book.  A good study for sure and just what is needed in this day and time.
I pray that these studies are building your faith in the promises of God, we need these promises to assure us that we can have the divine nature of Christ.  Exactly what we need, me included.  I need Him most of all.  Grandma Joan

Friday, June 23, 2017

Promises from the Book of Romans

Romans is Pauls greatest work, is placed first among his thirteen epistles in the New Testament.  While the four Gospels present the words and works of Jesus Christ, Romans explores the significance of His sacrificial death.  Using a question and answer format.  Paul records the most systematic presentation of doctrine in the Bible.  Romans is more than a book of theology; more than facts to be believed; it is also a life to be lived--a life of Righteousness befitting the person, 'justified freely by God's grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  So let's begin finding the promises in Romans.

Romans 1:16,17  "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, 'the just shall live by faith'."  Paul knew all about the power of God when he met Him on the road to Damascus and how God saved him from himself and his sinful life.

Romans 4:7,8  "Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin."  We are very blessed when we are forgiven of our past sins, aren't we?  We can have peace within and without knowing our slate is clean.

Romans 4:19-25  (speaking of Abraham when God promised him a son)  "And not being week in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and the deadness of  Sarah's womb.  He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to preform.  And therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness.  Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was was imputed to him, but also for us.  It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification."  We very much need the faith of Abraham and to take God at His word and believe the promises that He has given us.

Romans 5:1,2  "Therefore, having ben justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God."  Justification means 'Just as if we had not sinned'.  So when God justifies us, we are just as if we had never sinned.  Repentance, confession, and surrender follows by being justified by faith, just as if we had never sinned.  A wonderful promise of cleansing from our past.

Romans 5:8,9  "But God demonstrated His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more than, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him."  We are justified through His blood and will be safe from wrath through Christ.

Romans 6:4-11 "Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more.  Death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God:  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord."

When we are baptized in Christ we are buried with Him in death. Because when He died, He took all our sins upon Himself and all He asks of us is to walk through life as He did in newness of life.  Paul has a lot to say about living for God.  There will be more the next time on Romans too.  It is such a good book, I am learning along with you.  I have read it many times and it seems each time I learn something new.  I pray that we will  let God give us His divine nature through His promises has He has promised in 2 Peter.  Grandma Joan  

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

More Promises from the Book of John

The Book of John is full of promises.  I hope you are not tired of me referring to them, they mean so much to me and I am hoping to strengthen your faith too as it has mine.

John 14:21  "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me.  And He who loves Me will be loved of My Father, and I will manifest (reveal) Myself to him."  He does reveal Himself to us in many ways, in guiding us in the right way when we don't know which way to turn.  He gives us warnings when something is wrong, He warned me one evening to get to the ER now, and I did and was losing blood internally and had to have two pints to bring my blood count up.  I knew I was weak but had been told I was making it up, so listen to God.  He has other ways of warning us too.  We must guard our reputation by choosing proper friends.  God will guide us in the right way if we are willing.

John 14:23  "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."  When He lives within us by His Holy Spirit, we will never be the same again.  We want Him to make His home with us.

John 14:27  "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." I cannot describe the peace God gives us when we willingly give our hearts to Him.  It really is out of this world, it is from above.

John 15:3-8  "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.  Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.  If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit, so you will be My disciples."  These verses tell it just exactly how it is with God and how we can glorify His name.  God wants us to have His divine nature so we can glorify Him totally and do and say the things that glorify His name.  We must abide in Him daily and daily partake of His divine nature through His promises and believing in them.

John 15:16  "You did not choose Me but I have chosen you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you."  God has chosen you to be one of His followers, will you answer His call?  The blessings are beyond our imagination!  All must be done out of love for Him and for what He has done to save us.

John 20:29-31  "Jesus said to him, 'Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed.  Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.  And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."  It is easy to believe when we can see it, but to believe in a God we cannot see takes faith, and faith is a gift from God so we really have no excuse for not believing.  Can you step out in faith and believe that you can have His divine nature through belief in His promises.  Study the promises, the more you read them the stronger your faith will become.  He doesn't ask us to believe without a reason, He gives us plenty of reasons for believing.  Pray for faith and for the gift of His Holy Spirit.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Promises from the Book of John

Just a note.  I am out of town and wasn't able to get on the internet for the last two or three days.  So sorry.  I believe I can now, so thanks for being patient.  Still sharing promises which are so very important.

These promises are so faith building, I must keep sharing for my own personal benefit, even if no one else benefits.  I love God's promises and must remind you that we must seek Him daily to benefit from them in their fullness.  Remember God loves everyone, sinners and all and many times He leads us in unknown paths to cause us to seek Him fully and then we realize all the things we have missed.  If you feel like I do, I wish I could live my life over, but I know that I can't but I can start over today and renew my walk with God and go on from here.  Great Blessing involved.

John 8:31,32  "Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."  This is how to become a disciple of Christ's.  A great promise.

John 8:36  "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."  Free from what?  Free from sin which causes ALL our problems.  Can you imagine being FREE INDEED.  

John 10:27,28  "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I gave them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."  Are we His sheep, I hope so, I want to belong to Him totally.

John 12:25,26  "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also.  If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor."  I believe that the reason we should hate our lives as it says is because we often have to fall at the feet of Jesus in repentance and we hate it when we fail Him, but if we lose our life in Him we sill serve Him and His Father will honor us, not that we are seeking honor but just because He loves us so much.

John 12:35,36  "Then Jesus said to them, 'A little while longer the light is with you.  Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light."  When we turn our backs on God, darkness does overtake us, but it doesn't have to be permanent, we should repent and turn around, God loves us and is a gracious, forgiving God.  Don't forget that.

John 14:1-3  "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father's house are many mansions; If it were not so I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."  There you have it, He is coming to get His children and is preparing a place for them while He is absent from us. So let's not be troubled, let's believe God's promise to return for us, if we are faithful.  I want to be one of those, don't you?

John 14:12-18  "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.  And whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.  If you love Me keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.  The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him or knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you."

These are the most wonderful promises, if we want to be partakers of them we must seek the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding.  It is dangerous and I mean dangerous to interpret scripture to our own understanding if we don't like what it says.  Satan is ready to interpret it for us if we have that mindset.  Take the Bible as it reads, I cannot emphasize that enough. Also be careful how you put it together.  It is the best to let the Holy Spirit lead you in your study, then there will be no mistake.  God loves you and wants you to understand His will for you, so seek him daily and you will come off victorious in Him.  Grandma Joan