Monday, July 31, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm - 5

Continuing with:

Psalm 41:1-3  "Blessed is he who considers the poor; the Lord will deliver him in the time of trouble.  The Lord will preserve him and keep him alive, and he will be blessed on the earth.  You will not not deliver him to the will of his enemies.  The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sick bed."

Our great enemy is Satan and He has promised He will not deliver us to the will of our enemies and that includes Satan.  This also encourages me because Satan has been harassing me with discourage-ments telling me there is no hope for me, anything to make me feel bad.  I am so glad to know that God gives me so much hope.  Also, Satan has caused my health to deteriorate, I was feeling so good after my heart valve replacement and then was hit with a very stressful week and it raised my blood pressure but today its much better.  On my bed of illness, He will sustain me.

Psalm 46:1-3  "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be remove and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters rear and be troubled, though the mountains shake with it's swelling."

Psalm 46:10,11  "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge."

Psalm 50:15  "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me."

Psalm 55:22  "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."

Psalm 60:12  "Through God we will do valiantly, for it is He who shall tread down our enemies."

Psalm 66:18  "If I regard iniquity in my heart, The Lord will not hear; But certainly God has heard me; Blessed be God, who has not turned away my prayer, nor His mercy from me."

Psalm 73:23-26  "Nevertheless I am continually with You:  You hold me by my right hand.  You will guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory.  Whom have I in heaven but You?  And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You.  My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever."

There are lots of promises of deliverance in this Book, so what do we have to fear?  The only thing I 
see to fear is if I regard iniquity in my heart and I pray that I don't do that.  I am falling out of  love with sin and I am so grateful for that.  How about you?  Are you encouraged?  Grandma Joan

PS If you have time, read the whole chapter 91 of Psalm.  It is all about deliverance.  Very good.  Consider Satan as something to be delivered from.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm - Study 4

Don't you just love these promises? I do, they mean so much to me.  How can we go wrong with the instructions that God has given us?  I actually didn't realize all the help we have, but I have been told recently that there is an answer to every problem that we might have and I believe that.  A lot of the answers are right here in the Psalm, so let's dig in and find some more.

Psalm 40: 1-4  "I waited patiently for the Lord, and He inclined to me and heard my cry.  He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.  He has put a new song in my mouth praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.  Blessed is that man who makes the Lord his trust, and does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies."

Have you been in a horrible pit of sin?  I have been bogged down with just loneliness, and discouragement after my husband's death.  I didn't seem to understand how to cope with it after sixty- three years of being together and we also dated for two years before that.  But time has a way of healing and mending and I know that is God's way of coping.  So glad I had Him to lean on through it all.  I didn't do a very good job of leaning but God is merciful and forgiving and we always come through stronger and firmer in our faith.

Psalm 41:1-3  "Blessed is he who considers the poor; The Lord will deliver him in the time of trouble  The Lord will preserve him and keep him, alive, and he will be blessed on the earth.  You will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.  The Lord will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sick bed."

My son and I and another family go once a week and feed the homeless and I love to do it.  I have made some special friends down there and they are really nice people.  Most have had hard times but they are happy and they call me mama.  I am old enough to be some of them's grandma or maybe even a great grandma.  It is a special time for all of us.

Psalm 50:15  "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify Me."

Psalm 55:22  "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved."

Psalm 60:12  "Through God, we will do valiantly, for  it is He who shall tread down our enemies."

When we are in trouble we can call upon God to help us and deliver us.  When our burdens are too heavy for us to carry, we can cast them upon the Lord and He will take care of us.  Through Him, we will do valiantly because He will tread down our enemies.

It's time to close this study.  There is so many promises in the Psalm and so much instruction, I hate to close, but I promised to keep them as short as possible so it wouldn't take up a lot of your time and you could still get some study in.  Love to do these studies and hope you are enjoying them too.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm - Study 3

The Promises in Psalm are wonderful I believe.  I hope you find them wonderful as well.  

Psalm 32:8  "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you withMy eye."

He is a counselor, a teacher and a guide.  That's the best we can have.  No error with God.  He is always right in His counsel, instuction and guidance.

Psalm 32:10,11  "He who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him, be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; and shout for joy, all you upright in heart."

Mercy is God's forgiveness poured out upon us in abundance when we really don't deserve it.  It will surround us and we can rejoice because He cares that much.

Psalm 33:18-22  "Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear (reverence) Him, on those who hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.  For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name.  Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us, just as we hope in you."

Psalm 34:18  "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."

Contrite means, remorseful, repentant, sorry.

Psalm 37:3-6  "Trust in the Lord, and do good:  Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.  He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday."

Psalm 37:11  "The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace."

Psalm 37:23,24  The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in His ways. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholds him with His hand."

Psalm 37:25,26  "I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken not is descendants begging bread.  He is ever merciful and lends; and his descendants are blessed."

Don't you just love these promises, so much excellent instruction for our life's journey.  I have been extremely blessed with these promises.  Grandma Joan

Friday, July 28, 2017

Promises from the gook of Psalm - Study 2

I am going to include some of David's prayers since they are so meaningful and also for the fact that He pleads with God in such a practical manner.  These verses are one of David's prayers and also include praise too, which I think we lack in our prayers.  I know I do, but I try to remember to thank Him for the blessings He pours out in my life.  There are so many.  

Psalm 18:1-3  "I will love You, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.  My God, my strength in Whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies."

This is a prayer full of praise, a good thing for us to follow when we are talking to God.

Psalm 19:7-11  "The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.  More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.  Moreover, by them, your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is a great reward."

If we read these verses and really believed them, how different our life would be!  We would be converted, we would be wise, we would be rejoicing, we would have our minds enlightened, we would reverence God more because He is clean, enduring forever and His judgments are true and righteous altogether.  We should desire them more than gold and they are sweeter than honey and we are warned by them and there is a great reward.

Psalm 20:6  "Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand."

Psalm 25:9  "The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way."

He will guide the humble in justice and also teach the humble His way.  What wonderful ways to receive His guidance and counsel.  Just be humble in the sight of the Lord and treat all people with kindness and humility.

Psalm 32:1  "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit."

Do you want to be blessed?  I'm sure you do and this verse tells us when we repent of our sin is, it's covered by His blood.  That's what makes being forgiven so special because He gave His life to be able to do that.  That's what I have learned by my studies.  May you be blessed with forgiveness too.  It is a great and wonderful experience.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm -1

We are going to delve into the book of Psalms for a while.  I love the Psalm and Proverbs.  So much instruction and so very many promises, I hope you will enjoy them as much as I do and even more.  Because the book of Psalm was written by David who had sinned greatly before the Lord, it should  give us hope for the forgiveness of our sin, not deliberate sin, but when we get caught by the devil unaware of what he is up to.  I have tried to stress that deliberate sin is a sin that was thought out before you did it.  They are forgiven too if we repent and are truly sorry that we did it but it's best not to presume upon God's forgiveness. He is a loving God and wants everyone in His kingdom but sadly it isn't going to be that way because we live in a selfish and crime infested world and to have peace we need to prepare for our future home in heaven and nothing sinful will enter there.

Psalm 1:1-3  "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law,  he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper."

This promise means so much to me and is such good direction for our life too.  We are blessed if we do not take counsel from the ungodly, or walk in the way of sinners, nor be scornful of others.  Our delight should be in God's law and we would do well to meditate on it day and night and we will be like a tree planted by rivers of water, you know how a tree grows that has lots of water, it's amazing, and whatever we do will prosper.  That is quite a promise, isn't it?

Psalm 4:8  "I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety."

Psalm 9:9,10  "The Lord also will be a refuge in times of trouble.  And those who know your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you."

He is always our refuge when we seek Him with all our heart.

Psalm 9:12  last part.  "He does not forget the cry of the humble."

 Humility is very important to God. It was the attribute of Jesus and He wants His followers to follow in His footsteps.

Psalm 10:17  "Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart;  You will cause Your ear to hear."

This is a great promise for the humble in heart.  Lord, please help me to have a humble heart that You would be pleased with.

Psalm 16:7,8  "I will bless the Lord who has given me counsel; My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.  I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved."

What strikes me here with this verse is the fact that the Bible is full of instruction which is counsel and if we spend time in it and even in the night I have received counsel.  If we make God our priority He will be at our right hand and we will not be moved away from His hand.  It would be good for us to find His counsel and follow it, wouldn't it?  I wonder why it is so hard to grasp His counsel and follow it?  I guess our life interferes with what is important and what will make our life here much easier.

Psalm 16:11  "You will show me the path of life; Your presence is the fullness of joy;  At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."

I think this is a good place to stop this study.  If we follow His path of life, we will have His presence with us and will have the fullness of joy and also have pleasures forevermore at our right hand.
What more could we ask for?  These promises are so beautiful and we could have them fulfilled in our life if we but wanted to. I truly do want them fulfilled in my life.  I know what I need to do, do you?
Grandma Joan

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Promises from the books of 2nd and 3rd John and Jude

These are short books and good instruction but not very many promises in them so I am combining them together.  Be blessed today.

2 John 1:9  "He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son."

If we abide in the doctrine of Christ we have both the Father and the Son.  How blessed we would be if we had both of them dwelling in our hearts today.  I want to abide in His doctrine, don't you?

3 John 1:2  "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers."  I want my soul to prosper, don't you?  Our health would improve dramatically, I'm sure.

3 John 1: 11  "He who does good is of God."

Jude 20-25  "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh.  Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.  Amen."

We build ourselves up in our most Holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping ourselves in the love of God, looking forward to God's mercy unto eternal life.  The 24th verse is especially good,
not that the others aren't good, they are the best but this one tells us that God is able to keep us from stumbling and present us faultless before the presence of  His glory with exceeding joy.  To God be the glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever. Amen

I love the fact that God is able to keep us from stumbling, King James says, falling and I am so thankful for that.  If we surrender to Him He will keep us from falling or stumbling.  That's how much He loves us and we need to love Him with all our heart because of His love to us.  Grandma Joan

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 John - Study 4

I will try to wind up the studies on 1 John today.  Don't know if I can, the verses are so good and practical for our Christian walk, but I will try to give you the best of whats left.

1 John 4:15-19  "Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God abides in Him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God has for us, God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in Him.  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment.  But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  We love Him because He first loved us."

These are great and wonderful verses full of promise,  It tells us how to abide in Him , and we know and believe the love that God has for us, if we abide in love, God abides in us.  Easy to understand.  If love has been perfected in us, we may be able to stand before God in the judgment without fear.  Perfect love casts out fear, because fear causes torment and he who fears has not been made perfect in love.  Remember, we love Him because He first loved us.

1 John 5:1-3  "Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.  By this we know that we love God and keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome."  This verse is self-explanatory.

1 John 5:10-12  "He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son.  And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life." I believe these verses are very plain too.

1 John 5: 13-15  "Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him."

We know that we can have confidence in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  We can ask for forgiveness, for salvation, for souls for the kingdom, if anything furthers His kingdom when we ask we can know that He will answer.  There are lots of selfish prayers that ascend to heaven out of mere greed.  I am so glad that God can read our hearts and differentiate between selfish prayers and not selfish prayers.  It is important that whatever we ask for that it is in the will of God.  Or we can always say, 'Thy will be done' and we will always be safe.

1 John 5:20,21  "And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life.  Little children keep yourselves from idols."

First John was written by John the Beloved, and I believe that is why he speaks about love so much.  He dearly loved His Lord and we should follow His example.  If we are filled with Christ's love, we will not have fear in our hearts about anything because there is no room in our hearts when they are filled with God's love.  This study finishes First John, I so hope you enjoyed these studies as much as I have in doing them.  Love is of God, God is love, if we love Him we will obey Him.  It's pretty simple but hard for some to give up to His pleading, but the reward is eternal life with Him, forever and ever.
Grandma Joan

Monday, July 24, 2017

Promises from the book Revelation - Study 3

Continuing with:

Revelation 21:1-4  "NowI saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.  Also there was no more sea.  Then I John , saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes there shall be no more death, nor sorrow nor crying.  There shall be no more pain for the former things have passed away."

These verses pretty much explain themselves. all this takes place after Christ comes to claim His people and the part that I love is that there will be no more pain, or sorrow, or tears, or death, or crying because all of this will pass away and we will be dwelling with Christ and His Father forever.  

Revelation 21:6,7  "And He said to me, 'It is done', I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.  He who overcomes shall inherit all things and I will be his God and He shall be My son."

Revelation 22:14  "Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city."

Revelation 22:16  "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."

Revelation 22:20,21  "He who testifies to these things says, ' Surely I am coming quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come Lord Jesus!  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen."

Revelation gives us so very much hope.  It is full of promises for the future and life after this one or if we are still alive when Jesus comes, that is all the better.  Even so, come Lord Jesus soon.  We are tired of the heartache here in this world and we want to be home with you forever.  Thank you, Lord, for all these promises and for loving us so very much that you would give your life in exchange for ours if need be.  Please help us to be ready I pray.  Grandma Joan

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Promises from the book of Psalm - Study - 8

More from Psalm:

Psalm 119:11  "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee."  His word keeps us from sinning.  That's why it is so important for us to study His word.

Psalm 119:49,50  "Remember the word to Your servant, upon which You have caused me to hope.  This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life."

His word has given me life and I am so thankful for His blessings upon me.  He can give you life through His word too, just read His word and allow it to counsel you and direct your path.

Psalm 119:130 "The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple."

Do you need light on God's word, He has promised that when we enter into His word it gives light and gives understanding to the simple.  So no matter how simple you are or how smart you are, His word gives light and understanding.

Psalm 119:165  "Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Love God's law and you will have peace, that's a pretty simple solution, isn't it?

Psalm 126:1-8  "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help?  My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth.  He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper;  The Lord is your shade at your right hand.  The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;  He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore." 

Psalm 126:5  "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy."

Psalm 138:7,8  "Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;  You will stretch out Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, Your right hand will save me.  The Lord will perfect that which concerns me:  Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the work of your hands."

Psalm 145:17-21  "The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works,  The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.  He will fulfill the desires of those who fear Him(reverence Him);  He also will hear their cry and save them.  The Lord preserves all who love Him, but all the wicked He will destroy.  My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh shall bless His holy name forever and ever."

Psalm 149:4  "For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation."

Have you learned anything from the Psalm that has helped your walk with Him.  I have, it has really encouraged me a lot.  Please allow His word to enter your life and encourage you.  You will never be sorry.  He is such a wonderful Father, we can't do any better than having God as our Father.  It really means a lot to me because my step father was not very nice to me and I didn't have a very good picture of God because of that but I have a wonderful picture of Him now, smiling down on me with the love of a God that's love is enduring forever.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Promises from the book of Revelation - study 2

The first verse in this study has an important word at the first part.  A very important word that we need to give heed to.  See if you can spot it.

Revelation 3:10-12  "Because you have kept My command to persevere I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.  Behold, I am coming quickly!  Hold fast what you have, that no one takes your crown.  He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.  I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem which comes down out of heaven from My God.  And I will write on him M new name."

Did you catch the important word above?  The word is, persevere, which means to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little prospect of success.  We do have promises of success if we allow God to work in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.  But we must persevere until Christ comes and let Him have His way in our life.  Let Him do His works in us.

Revelation 3:20,21  "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come to him and dine with him and he with Me.  To him, that overcomes I will grant to sit with me on My throne, as I also overcame and set down with My Father on His throne."

Christ is knocking at the door of your heart, He doesn't want anyone to be lost, He wants to come to you and dwell in your heart so that He can save you.  His love is that great, He doesn't want anyone to be lost, but he knows that some hearts are hard and unwilling to let go of this world but He is longing to save them just the same.

Revelation 12:10  "Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, now salvation and strength and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down."

Who is the accuser of the brethren?  Satan of course and when Christ died on the cross, Satan lost this world to Christ to save all those who would be saved according to His plan.  It is so sad to know that the majority of the population turns against Him and chooses rather be lost than saved to His heavenly kingdom.  I hope I am doing my share of warning.  I love people and want as many saved as is possible.

Revelation 16:15  "Behold, I am coming as a thief.  Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame."

Christ is coming, if we are ready or not!  Let us watch for the signs of his coming and let's be clothed in the garment of His righteousness so that we won't be taking His name in vain by calling ourselves Christians and then live like a hypocrite denying what He can do in and for us if we allow Him access to our hearts.  Please listen to His pleading to your hearts.  Time is short but we can give our hearts to Him even now and start a new life in Christ.  Grandma Joan

Friday, July 21, 2017

Promises from the book of Revelation

The book of Revelation is just what it means, a revelation of things to come and is a very important book of the Bible.  So let's see what we can learn from the promises in Revelation.

Revelation 1:3  "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near."

There is a blessing for those who read and those who hear the words of Revelation, and also keep the things that are written in it.

Revelation 1:7  "Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him.  And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.  Even so, Amen."

Isn't that interesting, every eye will see Him coming and those also who pierced Him and all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him.  Every eye will see Him coming in the clouds of heaven and they will mourn because they are lost because they didn't keep His word or even read it and listen to it spoken to them.

Revelation 2:7  "To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God."

Revelation 2:10  "Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life."

Revelation 2:11 "He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death"

The first death is when we die here on this earth.  The second death is the death of the lost when the earth is destroyed by fire and he, who overcomes will not be destroyed by the second death.

 Revelation 2:17  "He who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat.  And I will give him a white stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."

Revelation 3:5  "He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels."

This is a good spot to end this lesson, there are lots of promises but the condition is the same, 'he who overcomes'.  I pray that we will all overcome and be ready when Jesus comes in the clouds of heaven.  We can't do it ourselves but we can surrender so God can do it for us and in us.  Our duty is to yield ourselves to Him and allow Him to work in our lives.  Grandma Joan

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.