Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 John - Study 3

The Book of First John is so full of instruction and promises and I don't want to leave anything out that will be a promise that you and I can hang on to.  We may have one or two more studies on it.

1 John 3:14  "We know that we have passed from death to life because we love the brethren.  He who does not love his brother abides in death."

God thinks it is very important that we love others because He has said that we should love our enemies.  I know that is hard to do, it is hard for me, it takes constant prayer to be able to love your enemies.  I mean every time a thought that is not loving, we need to ask God to remove it.  He will answer a prayer like that.  I know because I have asked Him to give me love some people and He has.  He has caused me to be kind when I didn't think I could so don't be afraid to ask Him for His help.

1 John 3:21,22  "Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God.  And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight."

This is a beautiful promise.  It tells me that if my heart does not condemn me, I will have confidence toward God and when I ask anything from Him I will receive it because I keep His commandments and do what is pleasing in His sight.  God is so merciful that He will point out our sins and cause us to ponder on what He is impressing us within our hearts what we should forsake or what we should do.  If we ask Him to reveal our sins to us, He is more than happy to do that, because He knows that we are sincere and want to please Him.

1 John 4:2  "By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God."

There are some people that do not believe in Christ at all and then there are some that believe He was just a good man or a prophet.  But we know that He is the Son of God and came in the flesh to die for us that we may be saved.

1 John 4:4  last part "He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."

1 John 4:7  "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who  loves is born of God and knows God."  Loving others is so important to God.

1 John 4:12,13  "No one has seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.  By this, we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit."

It would be wonderful to have His love perfected in us, wouldn't it?  I must pray more for His kind of love, I truly want His love perfected in me.  I hope you do too.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 John - 2nd study

Did you enjoy the promises from 1 John yesterday?  I thought they were very beneficial.  I am all for improving my life in any way I can, spiritually, that is.   I hope you are catching some of my enthusiasm, and are enjoying the promises that I have found throughout the Bible.  May God bless you with them.

1 John 2:10  "He who loves His brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him."  An amazing promise, but loving our brother, high or low in life is not always easy and is never easy without God's help.

1 John 2:17  (last part)  "He who does the will of God abides forever."

1 John 2:20  "But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and know all things."

Anointing means 'set apart', the promise says that we have an anointing from the Holy One, and that we know all things.  Also, he who does the will of God abides forever.  We know that God cannot pour out His Spirit on a sinful person, only as a means of drawing him to Him.  But if we are abiding in Him than we can claim these promises.  I love them.

1 John 2:27  "But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.  Very self -explained.

1 John 2:28,29  "And now little children, abide in Him, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.   If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him."  I am sure that we all know that.

1 John 3:1-3  "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God' and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure."

What kind of love is this that we should be called children of God?  We don't know what we will be but we do know that when He is revealed, we will be like Him and see Him just as He is.  If we have this hope, we will purify ourselves just as He is pure.  God does the purifying because we are abiding in Him.

1 John 3:6,7  "Whoever abides in Him does not sin.  Whoever sins has neither seen Him or known Him.  Little children, let no one deceive you.  He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous."

I am very sure from my study of the sin problem that it is talking about practicing KNOWN sin.  If we know something is sin and do it anyway, to him it is a known sin.  Just like he who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.  

This has been a very good and special study.  It is wonderful to be called a child of God.  We are admonished to purify ourselves and we can only do that if we abide in Him and let Him do the purifying.  We are told that the hardest thing for us to do is to surrender our lives to God and let Him live in us, and I believe that with all my heart because it has been hard for me to let Him have control of my whole being, my actions, words, thoughts and anything else that I need to surrender.  With His strength I am able to let Him do that but there are times I want to do what I want to do and He has to subdue my heart back into surrender.  So don't give up, hang in there and let God do for you what you cannot do for yourself.  Grandma Joan

Monday, July 17, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 John

I know that 1 John is full of hope and promises and I want to give you all the hope that is possible to have concerning our life of victory.

1 John 1:4  "These things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Fullness of joy, can you comprehend that, it is hard isn't it?  But it is a promise from God.  Maybe the next verses tell us how to have that fullness of joy.

1 John 1:7  "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses from all sin."  That could bring fullness of joy, couldn't it?

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  Another reason to have fullness of joy, cleansed from all unrighteousness.

1 John 2:1-3  "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  Now we  know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments."

It is wonderful to know that we have an Advocate with the Father when we sin, isn't it?  Another reason for joy.  Propitiation means forgiveness, and He not only forgives our sins but for the whole world, He is not selfish with His forgiveness but He does have conditions and one of them is that we keep His commandments.  There is fullness of joy in being obedient to God, definitely fullness of joy.

1 John 2:5,6  "Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."

If we walk as Jesus walked, it might be hard to do if we didn't have the promises in His word that He does the work in us when we commit our ways to Him.  It is not for us to worry ourselves over if we should do this or that, it is Christ's work in us when we give ourselves to Him unreservedly in all things pertaining to life.  He has only our good in sight, and if something other than good happens He will take care of that too.  He doesn't want our walk with Him to be painful and full of thorns and thistles.  If we stay in His path and follow His leading, we will be saved at last, and have fullness of joy.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Promises from the Book of 2 Peter

The second chapter of Peter relates to the promises of God and what they will do for us and also a ladder to take us to the kingdom if we accept this as our goal.  I think we will dissect these verses as best we can to get the real meaning.  Most people just read it over and go on but it is full of meaning.  And we need to know what truths are here for us to trust in.  So let's begin.

2 Peter 1:2-11  "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.  Let's stop there for a minute. 

First, grace and peace is multiplied to us in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.  The knowledge of God and of Jesus is what gives us grace and peace and it will be multiplied to us and His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who has called us by glory and virtue, and He has given us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these we may become partakers of His divine nature and we will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.  Are we ready to receive His grace and peace through the study of His word?  Are we ready to partake of His divine nature through His promises so that we may escape the corruption in this world?  Let's what the rest of the verses say.

"But also for this very reason giving all diligence add to you faith, virtue (behavior showing high moral standards), to virtue, add knowledge, and to knowledge, self-control, and to self-control, perseverance (Steadfastness in doing something despite difficult or delay in achieving success.) and to perseverance, godliness ( the quality of being devoutly religious)  and to godliness, brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love."  I call this Peter's ladder and it is a ladder of success in our Christian walk.  Let's go on to the rest of these verses.

"For if these things be in you and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins."  These things, is speaking of Peter's ladder.

"Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

If you do these things, your will never stumble, and an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Again, these things is speaking of Peter's ladder.

2 Peter 1:12  "For this reason I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things..."  there are these things again, that Peter is not negligent to remind us of them.

2 Peter 1:13  "Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you."
Another reminder.

2 Peter 1:15  "Moreover I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder of these things after my decease."

I think Peter did a good job of reminding us of these things that are so important to our walk with Jesus.  Will you accept his reminders.  I want to.  I think he was very sincere in trying to help us in our Christian walk, don't you?

2 Peter 2:9  "The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment."

God knows how to deliver us from temptation, it is up to us if we want Him to.

2 Peter 3:9  "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is long-suffering toward us, not willing  that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."

I love this one, God is not slack concerning His promise, like some of us are but is long-suffering toward us because He is unwilling that any of us should perish, but that all should  repent of their sins and be saved.

This study could have been two studies but I didn't want to break the train of thought, so put it all in one study.  I do hope this has helped you in your walk with God.  We need all the help that we can get and no one is more capable of helping us than God is and He has given us plenty of reasons to walk with Him.  Will you give your heart to Him today.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Promises from the Book 1 Peter - 2nd study

We learned from the last study that it is God's grace that is brought to us  when Christ is revealed to us.  And we are born again when we spend time in His word which lives and abides forever.  I am sure that Peter has some more to add to these verses in this study.  Let's see what they are.

1 Peter 2:9,10  "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called our of darkness into His marvelous light: who once were not a people but are "now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy."

Mercy means that when Christ died on the cross that He paid the price for our sins and when we repent of our sins, He pours out His mercy on our behalf and covers our sins and we are justified, just as if we had never sinned.  I think that is a marvelous thing that happens when we repent of our sins sincerely, don't you?  What more could He have done to save sinners like me?  I believe He paid it all.

1 Peter 2:24,25  "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed."  Self explained.

1 Peter 3:14  "But even if you should suffer for righteousness sake, you are blessed.  And do not be afraid of their threats, not be troubled."  Another self explained verse.

1 Peter 4:1,2  "Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God."

A beautiful promise that if we arm ourselves with the mind of Christ and suffer in the flesh as Christ did, we have ceased from sin and are living for the will of God to be done in our lives.  That doesn't mean that we go around bragging that we no longer can sin, even that is sin, but we are living for God to do His will.

1 Peter 4:14  "If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you.  On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified."  Another self explained verse.

1 Peter 5:10  "But may the God of all grace, who called us to this eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen and settle you."

Would you like to be perfected, established, strengthened and settled in Christ?  I would it would be so wonderful to have the closest possible relationship with Him that it is possible to have.  I am not sure that I even know what that could be and I doubt that we would know it even if we did.  The reason being that the closer we come to Christ, the worse we appear to our own selves.  We see the beauty of His character and His sinless life and we know that without Him there is no possible way for us to be like Him. No possible way without a close connection to Him.  So let's draw near to God and resist the devil so he will flee from us and draw near to God who loves us with an everlasting love.  Grandma Joan

Friday, July 14, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 Peter

This book was written by Peter the Disciple that denied he even knew Jesus at His trial.  But repented with deep sorrow when he realized what he had done to the One that gave His life for him.  I can imagine the feelings that Peter had even though he was warned, he still denied him because he didn't know his real heart feelings and who he really was.  Sometimes we don't know our own hearts and we can deny our Lord, by our words, actions and even a look.  I realized yesterday how vunerable I really am when it comes to my feelings towards other people.  I pray that God will make me like Jesus and I will love everyone regardless of their station in life.

1 Peter `:6-8  "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen you love.  Though now you do not see Him yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory."

I know how hard it is to believe in something that we cannot see, but when we surrender our hearts to Christ, we receive abundant blessings that we can see and know from whom they come.  This is the joy inexpressible thats full of glory.  We can know that He is there and loves us because of the blessings He bestows upon us.  We probably don't realize the blessings come from God but even when we don't love Him, He still sends the rain and the sunshine which causes our gardens to flourish and the beautiful flowers that bloom in our yards. Our health that many times we take for granted. I could name hundreds of blessings that we receive even when our hearts are not with Him.  But there are so many more when our hearts are right with Him.

1 Peter 1:13  "Therefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ."

One of the greatest blessings that we receive is the power to overcome the sins in our life.  He gives us the power that is called grace and He forgives us because of His great mercy.

1 Peter 1:23  "Having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God  which lives and abides forever."

This is how we are born again, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD, that lives and abides forever.

This lesson has been so good for me.  With God's help, I will spend more time in His word and pray for the born again experience.  How about you? These promises are so powerful, I hope you see the power in them. To love God and receive His power, we must spend time in His word.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Promises from the Book of James - 2nd study

The first study on James was a wonderful study and this 2nd one will be just as good.  I hope you are enjoying them.

James 4:6-8  "But He gives more grace.  Therefore He says; God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.  Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.  cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded."

God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.  Humility is a godly trait of character we know, and if we resist the devil he will flee from us and if we draw nigh to God, He will draw night to us if we cleanse our hands and purify our hearts.  A double minded person is an unstable person and should pray for stability.

James 4:10  "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up."  If we humble ourselves in His sight, He will lift us up.  Again, humility is mentioned.

James 5:14,15  "Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.  And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."

God has been very good and faithful to me to bring me through my last heart valve surgery and I was home in two days.  I am so thankful for His loving care over me.  I know He used the skill of the doctor that did the procedure and blessed his hands as he worked on me.  I am so grateful, so very grateful.  You can have the same results when prayer is offered in your behalf.  If you belong to a church and they have elders, ask them to pray over you and the prayer of faith will save the sick and you will be forgiven of all your sins.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Promises from the Book of James

James was a brother of Christ, Joseph's son.  I love the book of James, he has great insight into the life of what it takes to walk with Christ.  I believe you will enjoy this study.

James 1:12  "Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him."

I don't know for sure, but I believe without proof, that the crown of life is the first reward the righteous receive from Jesus.  I may be wrong, but it really doesn't matter it's just a good thought.

James 1:21  "Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls."

Receiving with meekness (humility) the implanted word is what will save our souls.

James 2:5  "Listen my beloved brethren: has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him."

He has promised that those who love Him will be heirs of His kingdom.  Let's do all we can to learn to love Him by studying His life and character.

James 3:2  "For we all stumble in many things.  If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body."

Do you believe that our tongue gets us into more trouble than any other part of our body?  I believe thats why James says if anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, and able to bridle his whole body. So if we can bridle our tongue, we will have the victory over every other sin.  That's what it sounds like to me.  So why not give our tongue to Christ to control for us.  We would probably save ourselves a lot of grief.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Promises from the Book of Hebrews - 3rd study

There is so much in the book of Hebrews, I don't want to overlook anything pertinent to our salvation.  Please bear with me as we go through these next verses.

Hebrews 9:12  "Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption."  For us.

Hebrews 9:14  "(speaking of the blood of bulls and goats.)  "how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

In Israel's time, it was the command of God to offer living sacrifices for their sins.  Like bulls, goats, pigeons.  The birds were for poor people who couldn't offer up an expensive animal like sheep, bulls and goats.  Then Christ came to change all that by offering His own spotless life to God for our redemption.  How much more costly was this sacrifice than bulls and goats etc!! This is what will cleanse our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

Hebrews 12:1,2  "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside ever weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

I can't elaborate on the above verse, it explains itself very clearly, read it over and over if you need to.

Hebrews 13:5  (last part)  "I will never leave you nor forsake you." An excellent promise.

Hebrews 13:20,21  "Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  Amen."

He will make us complete in every good work to do His will, working in us what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.  If we are surrendered to Christ we will do His works that He gives us to do and it will be well pleasing to Him if we honor Him by our obedience.  A very good verse to end our study on Hebrews.  May God bless you through His word.  Grandma Joan

Monday, July 10, 2017

Promises from the book of Hebrews - 2

The book of Hebrews is a book full of detail and also instruction as well as promises and you will love these promises as we continue to study what is on Paul's mind.

Hebrews 6:17-19  "Thus God determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it with an oath.  That by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil." 

 We should know if we don't that it is impossible for God to lie.  So that means that His promises are sure, what ever He says He will do.  I know, it is hard for us earthlings to understand that, because we are use to people breaking their promises and not living up to their word, we have learned not to trust people and then it is hard to trust God who is more than willing to help us out of our difficulties.  We can flee for refuge and lay hold of the hope set before us.  This hope is an anchor to the soul, both sure and steadfast which enter the Presence which is Christ behind the veil.

Hebrews 7:25  "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for us."

This verse tells us that He is able to save to the uttermost, meaning no matter how far down we have fallen, He can still save if we come to God through our intercessor, Christ, who always lives to make intercession for us.

Hebrews 8:12  "For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more."

Do you like these promises.  They are something to think about and ponder as you go through your day.  So encouraging and uplifting. I pray that these promises are helping you as you travel life's road and bump up against troubles and trials.  Just turn to Jesus, He will help you, I promise.  If you surrender to Him, He definitely will help you in all circumstances.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Promises from the Book of Hebrews

It's understood that Paul wrote the book of Hebrews and I believe he did because of his close connection with Christ after his conversion on the road to Damascus.  He had a real encounter with Christ on that road and kept his connection until his death.

Hebrews 2:17,18  "Therefore in all He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted."  Jesus was made like us, so that He could be a merciful and faith High Priest to His Father so that He could forgive us for out sins.  Because He suffered and was tempted, He is able to help us who also are tempted.  That is wonderful to know that we do have a faithful and merciful High Priest in heaven interceding for us.

Hebrews 3:14,15  "For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, while it is said: Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion."  If we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end we have become a partaker of Christ, 2 Peter 2:4 also says that if we believe His promises we will be a partaker of His nature.  Harden not your hearts as in the rebellion, is speaking of how the Israelites hardened their hearts and rebelled against God when He wanted them to enter Canaan and they said there were giants in the land and refused to obey God's direction.

Hebrews 4:9-16  "There remains therefore a rest for the people of God, for he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his work as God did from His.  Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.  For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division osoul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.  And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.  Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne o grace,  may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need."  Here is some verses in Hebrews that you may have never noticed before.  'There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.'  What is that rest?  'For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his work as God did from His'.  When did God rest from His work?  Check out Exodus 20:8 and see if you can come up with the answer.  All things are open to the eyes of God to whom we must give account.

I know this was probably a hard set of promises to understand and some might not believe them but the Word of God is sure and steadfast and we can believe every word.  This is where our power to overcome sin comes in.  Without believing, we have no power.  Please be assured that what God says He will do or has already done.  It is so important!!!  Grandma Joan.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Promises from the Book of Titus

These small books are loaded with a few pertinent promises but loaded with instruction which is vital to our faithfulness to Him, and the promises assure us that He will indeed reward us with eternal life.

Titus 2:11-14  "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people zealous for good works."

Titus 3:4-7  "But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."

We are saved by grace not of works which we have done is a very important thing for us to know.  He does the work in us, it is not us doing the work in ourselves.  This is one lesson that I had to learn in my walk with Christ.  He is the One who fills us with His Spirit, He is the One that works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure, it is not us or our job to try and obey, He gives us the strength to obey and do His will.  He also puts in our minds what we should do, if we are surrendered to Him.  If we are not surrendered to Him, then the devil can put things in our mind that are evil and cause us great harm.  So lets surrender our hearts to Him and be safe in the things that God wants us to do.  I wish I had known this all my life, what a world of peace, love and victories I would have had.  I just wish I had known.  I found the verses that taught that but didn't understand until a few years ago just what was expected of me.  Such a difference, a world of difference.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Promises from the Book of 2 Timothy

I love these promises and the two following promises from 2 Timothy are so good.  We must believe them and God will do for you what He has done for me and more. I am a tool in God's hand and I pray that I will be a worthy tool, not half hearted and faint.

2 Timothy 1:7  "For God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind."  Do you want a sound mind, so do I.  Fear does not come from God, but power and love and a sound mind do come from Him.  If you have fear, it does not come from God, so who is it coming from.  The evil one, of course, so don't allow him to enter your mind and create fear in you.  There is so much fear these days from all kinds of sources but God is on His throne and if we commit our lives to Him, He will take away all the fear that has built up in us and replace it with power, and love and a sound mind. "Thank you Jesus for such a wonderful promise.  I just experienced your peace last week when I had a new valve put in my heart, it was a peace that passes all understanding."

2 Timothy 4:18  "And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom.  To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen."  This is telling us what God is willing to do for us, if we surrender our lives to Him.  To accept all His promises for our lives is a wonderful thing but He does have one condition which is such a small thing compared to ALL His wonderful promises and that is a complete surrender of our lives to Him and to keep all His commandments. He even gives us the power to do this too so there is no excuse is there.  I don't think so.  Look at all the power and love and a sound mind and delivering us from every evil work and preserve us for His heavenly kingdom.  So wonderful, let us do as He has asked us to do and see how great His work is in us and how wonderful our life will be with His peace in our hearts.

I know this has been a short study but a powerful one if we apply it to our hearts personally.  If we are willing He is willing and He is willing to make us willing, so let us do what is necessary for us to do to be able to claim all His promises for our lives.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Promises from the book of 1 Timothy

I am so grateful to be here today to share God's word with you.  I just want you to know from my point of view, 'God is a great God and in Him is no variableness and we can trust Him with our lives and even in death. I didn't know whether my surgery on my heart valve would be a success other than God had impressed me that I would come through it and I would be around for a while yet.  He has something for me to do.  I think one of the somethings is blogging and I know He is blessing my blog and will bless it more.'  I hope you are enjoying the promises from the Bible, there are lots more to come, but since through His promises we will become partakers of His Divine Nature I thought I should share His promises to us so that we could become sharers of His promises and let others know what He has done for us.  That is my desire.

1 Timothy1:14-16  "And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into this the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.  However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long=suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life."  Do any of you remember what Paul's life was like before His conversion? He was killing the Christians hauling them off to prison and to death.  He was on His way to Damascus to do His job there when He was struck down on the road and a bright light blinded him and Jesus asked him why he was persecuting Him and he said, 'who are you lord?' and Jesus said, 'I am Jesus of Nazareth whom you are persecuting.' He gave him instructions of what to do and Paul who was Saul obeyed.  Now if Jesus can save a murderer, can He save you?  Of course He can.  He is more than willing to save us, whoever we are, that is why He came to this world, to save sinners like me, like you and like Paul.

1 Timothy 3:16  "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness:  God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit. seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, received up in glory."  Yes, great is the mystery of godliness.  It is a wonderful mystery, how it happens, I don't know, but I do know I have been filled with love for my fellow man and I never had love like this before.  Of course I loved my family, but I really didn't know what true love of Jesus was. It indeed is a mystery, how He plants His love in our hearts and we let it shine to others all around us, how it permeates the atmosphere around us is absolutely a mystery, but it does happen.  I can testify to that abundantly."

1 Timothy 6:12  "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."  I believe we have to fight the good fight of faith, because the devil is out there wanting to destroy our faith but we can cling to Christ who is our strength and will keep us in His care.  I believe this with all my heart.  He has certainly proved that to me and I love Him more and more because of what He has done for me in claiming His promises.  He will do the same for you. I know He will.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Promises from the Book of First Thessalonians

Here are the promises that you have been waiting for.  So many people don't believe these next verses but the Bible's promises surround this event.  Check it out.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18  "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of an archangel, and with the trump of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And thus we shall always be with the Lord.  Therefore comfort one another with these words."
Does that sound like a secret rapture, which is being taught by some churches.  Doesn't sound like anything quiet to me. A shout, a voice of an archangel, and a trumpet?  The promise is that He is coming back to claim His people who have made Him a priority in their lives, I want to be one of those don't you.  I have buried parents, grand baby, daughter, husband and all my relatives are gone and I hope by the grace and love of God that I will see them on that great day.  If they were faithful I know I will see them because I plan to be faithful with God's help which we will see in the next verses.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24  "Rejoice always.  Pray without ceasing.  In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Do not quench the Spirit.  Do not despise prophecies.  Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil.  Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  He who calls you is faithful who also will do it.  Did you get this last sentence.  "He who calls you is faithful who also will do it."  I pray that God will bless the reading and the studying of His promises so that we might be a partaker of His divine nature.  

PS.  I am adding two promises from 2 Thessalonians because it is a little short study and will help fill this one in. 

2 Thessalonians 3:3  But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one."

2 Thessalonians 3:16  "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.  The Lord be with you all."

The Lord is faithful who will establish you and guard you from evil and give you peace always in every way.  The Lord be with you all.  A good way to end this study today.  More next time.  Grandma Joan.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Promises from the Book of Colossians

Colossians also has some awesome promises for our daily walk with Christ.  Let them sink into our minds and hearts for a wonderful walk in our Christian life.

Colossians 1:13,14  "He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins."  Did you notice that He has delivered us from the power of satan's darkness.  I guess you would say that He has sent us into the kingdom of the  Son of His love, who has redeemed us through His blood and forgiven us of our sins.  How powerful is that?  Think of the power in this verse.

Colossians 2:6,7  "As you have therefore received Christ Jesus, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving."  Be ever so thankful that He loves you this much and don't forget to let Him know you are thankful."

Colossians 2:10-13  "And you are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power.  In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses."  We are complete in Him who is the head of everything.
After we have been buried with Him in baptism and raised with Him through faith in the working of God and He has made us alive together with Him and He has forgiven us all our sins.  Think of the power here also.  It is hard to imagine, that is why we have to take God at His word and believe what He says.  We have to have faith in the unseen, for some that is hard to do, that is why we are studying the promises, because it produces faith and trust in God.

Colossians 3:10  "And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created Him."  When we accept Christ as our Savior, we have put on newness of life through the knowledge of Him, by studying His promises which we are doing now.

As I said above, Colossians has some awesome promises for us and they are very powerful promises.
Let's practice what we are learning and grow in the grace and love of our Lord Jesus every day.
These lessons on promises are so powerful all of them and remember that is how we become partakers of His divine nature, by believing His promises.  So ask for more faith each day so you may become a partaker of His divine nature.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Promises from 2nd Thessalonians

These two promises I can relate to very well.  I was so unnerved when I went to the hospital this last week, but the pastor and my two children and a friend came to be with me and they all laid hands on me and the Pastor prayed for me and a peace came over me that I am not sure if I ever felt a peace like that before.  It was wonderful.  When they rolled me into the operating room, I was happy and peaceful and looking around and they didn't put me out, just made me sleepy and the Doctor talked to me through it all.  I'm so thankful to have a new valve and will feel better in a couple of weeks.  Praise the Lord, He is faithful and does guard us from the evil one.

2 Thessalonians 3:3-5  "But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.  And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and in to the patient waiting for Christ."  He never fails us.

2 Thessalonians 3:16  "Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way.  The Lord be with you all."  A peace that passes all understanding.

Most of 2 Thessalonians is instruction rather than promises but I found these and they are good.  This is a short study but a good one for me because of what I have gone through. He has never failed me and never will, I know.  Please trust Him and see what He will do for you.  Remember these promises are on condition that we spend time in His presence and surrender our will to Him.  Grandma Joan

Promises from the Book of Philippians

If only we would believe His promises and trust Him with our lives, it is impossible to comprehend what God would be able to do for us and through us.  Just sit back and concentrate on the following verses and try to imagine what God is trying to tell us.  Ask Him for more faith.  Ask Him to help you trust Him more.  That's the only way that I know to increase our faith is to ask Him for that increase.
Philippians has several pertinent promises that if believed would make our life a lot better and more useful to God and to our fellowman.  Let's check them out.

Philippians 1:6  "Being confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."  Is this saying that Christ will complete the work He has started in us?  If so, what are we waiting for?  I hope I don't wait too long, I almost feel that it is an emergency to get on with our life with Christ.

Philippians 3:20,21  "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself."
He will do whatever we need done according to His working in us.  Our home is in heaven waiting for us and we eagerly wait for Jesus to come and get us. It is Christ who will transform our lowly body to be conformed to His glorious body when He comes.  What a beautiful thought!

Philippians 4:6,7  "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."  Don't be anxious about things, but in everything by prayer and pleading, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Don't worry about anything or be anxious.  Yesterday, I received some startling news from my doctor's office saying that I should stick close to the hospital because my heart was acting up on my night monitor.  We had planned on going out of town for ten days and they told me it was risky.  The call put me in a very anxious state, which I have been very contented knowing I am getting a new heart valve soon.  But right now I am in a risky state.  My anxiety level zoomed upward.  Now I am trying to bring it back to the trust and believe state that God wants me in.  Be anxious for nothing.  The date is just two weeks away and I know God can protect me and keep me in a good frame of mind for that long and much longer in fact.

Philippians 4:13  "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  See I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:19  "And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  See, He will strengthen me to do all things and supply all my need according to His riches in glory.  What else could I ask for?  I can't think of anything else, can you?  Grandma Joan

PS.  I had a heart Aorta Valve transplant and it is working fine and was home the third day.  Thank you all who prayed for my transplant success.  I'm still tired, just had it Wednesday so it will take a couple of weeks to feel better.

More on the Book of Ephesians

The promises in Ephesians is worth spending time on, most are self explanatory but I will probably help if I can.  I don't know a lot but I count on God to help me with my thoughts and really I guess you would say they are His thoughts in my language.  I always pray before I type and I expect God to come through with the thoughts He wants expressed.  I pray they are not my thoughts at all.

Ephesians 2:13  "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ."

Ephesians 2:14-21  "Fo this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith: that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen."

We should bow our knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, unless we are not able.  He will grant us according to His riches in glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in our inner self, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith and we being rooted and grounded in love that we may be able to know the full extent of the love of Christ which passes all our knowledge and that we may be filled with the fullness of God.  How many want to be filled with the fullness of God?  I do.  Then he says, 'Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or even think, according to the power that works in us, the power working in us should be the Holy Spirit's power if we are in Christ and we will glorify Christ because it will be Him doing it in us.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Promises from the Book of Ephesians

Are you enjoying these promises day by day?  Are they building up your faith in Christ?  Are you learning to trust Him and His promises?  As you study these promises, your faith will increase, and so will your trust and and your joy will increase as you claim these promises for a better life and trust Him to do as He says He will do.  Remember our walk with Him must increase hour by hour and day by day as we continue to walk in His presence.  We don't become perfect overnight, it would be nice if we did, but it is a surrendering of our life day by day and sometimes hour by hour and minute by minute, and asking Him to 'create in me a clean heart O God and renew a right Spirit within me'.  When you are tempted to do wrong, just say 'Jesus help me' and He will be there to aid you.

The following verses are pretty long and I will try to point out the high parts by highlighting them. 

Ephesians 1:3-14  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ , just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.  In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.  In him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.  In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory."
I think the above verses more or less explain them selves if you read them carefully and absorb what God is telling us.

Ephesians 2:1  "And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins."

Ephesians 2:4-10  "But God who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved) and raised us up together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.  For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

Christ loved us even when we were dead in trespasses and sin and we have been saved by His grace not because of any works that we have done, it is His gift to us who have surrendered to His work-manship created in Him for good works so that we would not have anything to boast about.  He does the works in us which He has prepared for us to walk in them.  Doesn't that sound quite easy, letting Him do His works in us?  I think we have covered some good promises today, and we will continue with Ephesians the next time.  Read it over and over if you have to and absorb what God is saying through Paul.  One thing I am sure of is that Paul practiced what he preached.  His life is a good example of what Christ can do in our life if we let Him.  Grandma Joan

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Promises from the Book of Luke

I want to remind you that these promises are for those seeking the divine nature of Christ.  It is very important that we know that God loves sinners as much as He loves us but His blessings are bestowed upon those who are seeking Him.  He does know the end from the beginning and does lead those whom He knows are seeking Him, even if it is a small manner but He cares and wants to help them find Him, so you will see His promises fulfilled in your life, sometimes even before you have found Him, you will remember how He led you to seek Him first.  I love Him and have seen this very thing in my life and my children's lives.  So let's look at some promises from the book of Luke.

Luke 11:9,10  "So I say to you, 'ask, and it will be given you; seek,and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened."  We must be willing to seek Him and we will find Him.

Luke 11:13  "If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him." We need this special gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives in order to be filled with the divine nature of Christ.  And He is more willing to give us His gift of His Spirit than we are to give good gifts to our children.  What a promise!

Luke 12:8  "Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men,  him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God." We must live what we believe before men and not be afraid to give God the glory for the change in our lives and then He can share our names before His Angels.

Luke 12:11,12  "Now when they bring you to the synagogue and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say.  For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say."  Amazing! isn't it?  What God will do for us, even when we think we don't know what we ought to say or answer.  Always keep this in mind, and don't worry if we are asked about what we believe, we will have the right things to answer.

Luke 12:29-31  "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.  For all these the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added to you."  We just read this promise in Matthew, so it must be an important message for us today.  Seek first His kingdom and He will add these other things to our life.

Luke 12:32  "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
No need to be afraid, is there?

Luke 21:12-15  "But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons.  You will be brought before kings and rulers for My names sake.  But it will turn out for you as an occasion for testimony.  Therefore settle it in your hearts not to meditate before hand on what you will answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist."  Isn't this a wonderful promise, no need to be afraid of anything when we follow Jesus.

Luke 21:33  "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." A promise to guarantee that His word will always be, and nothing can change that.  Isn't it a miracle of God that we still have our Bibles after all these many years and it is still in tact bringing this verse into reality for sure.

Luke 21:36  "Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escaped all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man."  Watch and pray is our admonition so we can be found faithful when Christ's comes.  I want to be ready, don't you?  Grandma Joan

A Great and Precious Promise in Mark

If you have not read the first Promise study on Mathew, you need to read it before you go on.  I am going to repeat this each time as it is important to know how and when we can expect to receive the promises in the Bible.  So please go back and read the ones from Mathew.

Mark 11:22-24  "Have faith in God.  For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.  Therefore I say to you whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them."

A lot of people think that the mountain is a literal mountain, but when studying it, I believe it is speaking of mountains of sin, because He does say that He will cast our sins in the depths of the sea and remember them no more.  That is a wonderful promise.  We must confess them and repent with sorrow over them because we have wounded our Savior, when He has done so much for us, and He has promised whatever we ask when we pray, we must believe that we receive our request and He will do it.  We can start over each day with a clean slate and leave our past in the depths of the sea.  You will find that promise in Micah :1:9 and Hebrews 8:12.

Have you every thought that you can start with a new life, tomorrow?  If God doesn't want to remember our sins, then why should we dwell upon them and let Satan keep hammering us with them.  It's his way of discouraging us and God doesn't want us to listen to him and become overwhelmed by our past. So let's start a new life tomorrow and if we do fall He has the answer for that too, in 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

So dear Friend, take God at His word and believe His precious promises and start your life anew each day and God will see you through.  Grandma Joan

Friday, June 16, 2017

Promises in Mathew

 I am going to share some promises with you from the Bible and there is a reason for this.  God has told us in  2 Peter 1:4 "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

God has told US that He has given us exceeding great and precious promises so that we can be partakers of His divine nature and by accepting His precious promises we will escape the corruption that is in this world.  So because of this I want to help you and while I am helping you I will be helping myself to have more faith and more trust in Him and in His promises.  It might be a good idea when you are reading these promises, to list them under headings.  I haven't been able to do that yet but I think its a good idea, that way when a problem comes up you will have several promises under that heading to depend on, don't forget they are exceeding great and precious promises and they will cause us to become partakers of His divine nature, which is what I want most of all.

God has given me a heart full of love for most all people, He is still helping me to love everyone and I am anxious to His full love to fill me.  This is just one thing He has done for me.  There are many and maybe I can share some as we go along in our studies.

Mathew 6:31-33  "Therefore take no thought, saying.  What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or Where withal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)  For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things.  But seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you."

I would like to add in here that the last sentence of those verses is the condition on all God's promises.  In other words, why would He make promises to us like this if we were living in sin and didn't want to live any better?  It just makes sense that His promises are for those that want to be a partaker of His divine nature, just like 2 Peter says.  We must take God's word just as it reads if we want to be able to partake of His promises.

Mathew 11:28-30 "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and My burden is light."

Yoke up to Jesus, He wants to give you rest and His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  It takes all your worries away because He has the solutions that you are needing and He wants to share them with you.  It is the only way to live, I want to learn more about these promises that He has given us, don't you?  We need His presence in our lives so that we can become partakers of His great and precious  promises and become a partaker of His divine nature.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Genuine Conversion

Everyone should be genuinely truthful in all that we do.  We need to be genuinely God's and our conversion to Him should be genuine, shouldn't it.  God knows our hearts and He knows whether we are fake or not, whether we are really repenting of our past or faking it, He knows and we need to remember that He knows our hearts, it will help us to be genuinely His.

The following quotation is from the Review and Herald July 22, 1890.

"Sin then appears in its true hideousness, and his self-esteem was gone.  He became humble.  He no longer ascribed goodness and merit to himself.  He ceased to think more highly of himself that he ought, and be ascribed all the glory to God. He was no longer ambitious  for greatness.  He ceased to want to avenge himself and was no longer sensitive to reproach, neglect, or contempt.  He no longer sought earthly alliance, station or honor.  He did not pull others down to uplift himself.  He became gentle, condescending, meek and lowly of heart, because he had learned his lesson in the school of Christ.  He talked of Jesus and His matchless love, and grew more and more into His image.  He bent his whole energy to win souls to Christ.  When trial came upon him because of his unselfish labor for souls, he bowed in prayer, and his love for them increased.  His life was hid with Christ in God, and he loved Jesus with all the ardor of his nature.  Every church was dear to him , every church member was a person of interest to him.  For he looked on every soul as the purchase of the blood of Christ."

This was talking about Genuine Conversion, I couldn't pass up such a beautiful example of what a disciple of Christ would be like.  It could have been talking about any one of the disciples, they all experienced genuine conversion one way or another.  It should be talking about us individually.  If we are a genuine convert to Christ, this will be said of us by our God.  I want this said of me, don't you?
We don't want a big ego or lots of praise, or money because we love and bless others with our caring  spirit.  Let's just be like Jesus in our conduct and in our relationship with others.  We in turn will be blessed beyond our comprehension.  Also we will be numbered among the saved at last.  Grandma

PS  I know this was short but it was so powerful, I just had to share it.