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Our God of Promise - Part 1

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May 11, 2022 12:00 am

Our God of Promise - Part 1

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May 11, 2022 12:00 am

Align your requests with God's will so His promises for you can be fulfilled.

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Welcome to the back catheter family for Wednesday, May 11. People often fail and that God never will. Today we begin a series of messages pointing you to the trustworthiness and our heavenly father. Here's part one of the promises of God. We all make promises in life. Some of them we keep some of them we don't.

We may intend to keep everyone up, but we don't for some circumstantial reason of the other. So, would you not make promises we should think first before you make because usually if we do not fulfill our promises in his what happens. It is a reflection on us and our character. For example, and it's also hurt to someone else so this is just something that happens is something to happen.

So someone else and I think about how promises just fly the day. For example, when people get married they stand at the altar and they say are promised to do lesson so and they're all kind of promises and weddings of people make and then I think about politicians who make promises and the Lord help us on that whole area because seemingly they don't have any idea whatsoever that a promise is a commitment and it's a commitment. Sometimes demands diligence and sacrifice on our part in order to keep that promise. And, for example, in a person signs a contract you sign a contract that's really a written promise that you intend to do best and so so promises a valuable and promises should be meaningful. In fact, if you will think about it the whole Christian life is centered on a group of promises in that group of promises come from the word of God. How do you know that you have eternal life because Jesus promised that if you place your trust in him as your Savior. You have the gift of eternal life. The reason you believe it is because of a promise he made a what about when you die a lot about that. How do you know where you going to be well on reason you know where you going to be is because the Bible says absent from the body present with the Lord. How do you know after that.

This can be a resurrection, because Jesus said it you believe it is something about him that made you believe the promise he gave you, so your whole life after promises and the purpose of this message is very simple. I want you to understand why you can trust the promises of Almighty God and many people say will you know I've trusted him. It didn't work well why didn't it work.

Is it because God failed you.

Did he break his promise. One thing for certain. He did not break his promise if you look just for a moment, in the attempt. Chapter of Hebrews, I want to read this passage but I really just want to deal with one verse but I really because he is with this verse is really saying. And I'll tell you ahead of time he's talking about the fact that we have access to God the father. Beginning in 19 verse of this 10th chapter, we have a relationship with him through his son Jesus Christ, which he called a new and living way, which is what we have and we trust him as our Savior, and the Jesus is our great high priest and we have absolute assurance because of what is done in their life.

And then he says in verse 23. Let us hold fast that is the grip strongly the confession of our hope without wavering. And for what reason, for he listened for he who promised is faithful.

So we're talking about in this message. The whole issue here is the issue of why we should believe the promises of God.

You could ask a lot of Christians do you have a favorite promise in the Bible how many you have a favorite France was think about if a favorite promise in the Bible was limited to read the Bible, but that's okay probably if you thought about what you think when there is one that I go to.

More often than the rest and that so when you think about it.

Some people want to count on and I've heard these counts. I've heard 40,000 promises in the Bible and I'm of the first, I heard that Apple I'm going to count. I got about halfway through Genesis and quit after each 40,000 promises. Second, that alludes to a not in there. Those people who say that their 30,000 promises in the Bible and the people who say their 8000 the bottleneck until you have in the Old Testament and in the New Testament finally concluded this.

It's not a matter of how many promises there on the Bible. The issue is does God keep them or does he not do.

I believe them or do I not that's important thing.

So having promises in the Bible is what I was saying somebody asked me. I sent it exactly how many they are enough there enough serve somebody asked you how many it's not thousands is one word and that is there enough promises. When I think about that.

I want to give you a simple definition of a promising its words either said or written. For example, binding a person to do something or not to do something just that simple amount promise and binding myself to do this thing or to perform the say or not to do. Then when you think about a divine promise with think about this way. It's an assurance given by God that he will or will not perform a certain act, that is, he will or will not do something and the question becomes will Hagood is a promise if somebody promise to give you $5000. If you would just come the church next Sunday. Two things you'd ask first of all, who is this person and secondly they even got $5000. So the two things character and ability when it comes the promise character and ability. Will they keep their word and can they keep their word very important.

Sometimes for people will complain about that what God is not doing so let's understand something very, very important. That is, the two kinds of promises. God gives one of them is an unconditional promise and what is a conditional promise an unconditional promise is a promise made by God in which whatever he says he will do he will do, and that no exceptions, no exceptions whatsoever of what is an example of that will back in Genesis chapter 12, when Nygard was dealing with Abraham. This is a perfect example of an unconditional promise and I want you to notice the difference in this in a conditional promise is what he says first verse of chapter 12 now the Lord said to Abram, go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from the father's house to the land which I will show you watch these will the land which I will show you and I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you and I will make your name great, so as you shall ever be a blessing and I will bless those who bless you and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

That's one unconditional promise after the other. There's not a single time God said, except if but when, where he just said this is what I'm gonna do look at the life of Abraham.

That's an unconditional promise God made of what he would do. He says I'm gonna take you to certain land I'm going bless you there. I'm going to make your name great amino bless those who bless you curse those who curse you and all the families of the earth will be blessed.

Is that true yes from Abraham through his son Isaac, Jacob and his 12 sons, one of them, Judah, through whom the Lord Jesus Christ came through the genealogical line and all the earth has and is continually hearing about the name that is above every name, so that God did exactly what he said on another occasion God said to him you can I have a son and you and Jerry don't have a son, and they talked about their age and so forth. And he said it's going to happen did it happen 25 years later, it happened exactly like God said an unconditional promise is a commitment on the part of God of something he will will not do no exception. Not you can search this Bible from cover to cover their notebook unconditional promises made in the word of God that God has either not fulfill orders in the process of doing so or will when he says one day I'm coming back to receive you to myself, and so forth, which is a promise that he's made so that's an unconditional promise, but Leslie Kelly at a conditional promise. For example, in a conditional promise is one that a person makes that a person is willing to do under certain circumstances. If this happens is what I'll do if you do this is what I'll do. And so there many of those. For example Scripture, but let's just take one. In Romans chapter 10 verse 910. He says watch this if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and if you believe your your heart that God raised him from the dead UBC if that's a conditional promise. So when somebody says Rhonda Robin Sable how well I just been good on the lightened. That's not what God said. God said, your salvation is conditioned upon your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and your Lord. So God makes unconditional promises and he makes conditional promises we make conditional promises.

Only God can make promises that nothing can alter because there are people who will say what I've asked God the lessons on his foot.

God promised me he is going to do that. Watch this just because I want him to do something very strongly a strong desire for him to do something doesn't mean because I believe he will.

Doesn't mean he's promise me that you not going to find God making you many unconditional promises in life, so people say things like this will I don't know why hasn't kept his promise to me about what is unity will sometimes we make requests. That's not the will of God and so is not going to do that or sometime the sin of the person's life and that you said with his what God said. He says are asking that you be given you seek and you shall find Nokia should be open and therefore God has done it. God keeps his promise, but his he what he also says your sins have separated you from me. This is why you can't take a verse pocket of the Bible say is what God promised by God. Though we have to look at the whole law of God. But remember this, you can bet you are. If I may use the term bit." You can bet arrest your whole eternal future are one thing, not anything that you and I do.

Having trusted Jesus Christ as our Savior.

The only absolute certainty.

You have is to believe that you are going to heaven on the basis of what God said through his son in the word of God. That's the only real absolute assurance you have entered so when people say I know I'm going to heaven. On what basis.

Well, I've done this and I've done that now done the other there projecting their future on their activity.

Having rejected Jesus Christ the son of God, which is the sin above all sins. And so when it comes to why people are disabled. I believe God's promise me that when his he promised you that, or did you want something so badly you labeled it promise and use have prayed and prayed and prayed. I believe God's promise me, don't do this, I would not question the fact that God would not promise you something.

But remember this, you have to look at the conditions God will do what he says he will do that event, but 99.9% of the time it's conditioned upon something in our life never conditioned upon him now and that light. Let's look at this whole issue of character and ability.

So let's just look at God for a moment and I want to silicate for attributes of God that is four characteristics of God.

I want to salute you for the many others. For example, is the holiness of God the justice of God, the righteous of God in all these but just full of his attributes and because I want you to see when you understand who he is and what his character is and what that character means and his ability. You have no reason to doubt the word of God. When Paul said, my God will supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ. That's through my relationship to him. Will he keep his promise. Absolutely, there have been responsibility yes I do, he will supply my needs, but if I'm lazy and disobedient and don't care and don't give him what he requires of me and when he says in Christ Jesus is through my relationship to him and Jesus does not overlook sin. He's going to keep his promise. So let's look at him for just a moment and the first attribute that I want us to look at is the simple fact number one God is truthful.

That's one of his attributes. That means.

Listen he's truthful all the time. He is the essence of truth. He only tells the truth, and he knows the truth about every single solitary thing, there is the know in life Jesus that I am the way the truth and the life no man comes the thought of me all truth is to be found in him.

So one of the reasons I can believe his promises is simply this, because he only tells the truth so I can believe if I were lost in unsaved if I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal savior, that upon doing so, my sins are forgiven, my name is written in the Lamb's book of life and I'm on my way to heaven if I believe in Jesus Christ only tells the truth. I have a basis for believing that I'm saving. What is it that the truth teller who all details truth told me the truth and said the truth that if I trusted him as my Savior. I'd be safe and and there are many things we can say about that. At the second of those qualities is faithful God is faithful and in first Corinthians chapter 1 and Paul is just beginning as a person is what he said. He said God is faithful, through whom you were called in the fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our Lord. He's a faithful God, which means he's trustworthy that he will do what he says he will do, and at no point in your life. A man has God ever proven to be unfaithful that he's a faithful God. That's an attribute of his. And if you go to the Scriptures and think how many times and I think, for example, in the back in first Corinthians 10 for just a moment and listen to this passage that all of us have read many many times and thank God for he says no temptation of trial has overtaken you watch this now, but such as is common to man, which means that every single one of us has been tempted and tried in different ways, but other people have also and so he says no temptation of travelers overtaken you but such as is common to man. What's this next phrase, but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted and tried beyond what you're able, but will with the temptation of the trial provide a way of escape also, so that you able to endure it and you hear people say will you know God just tempted me and and this is what happens guards from London on the what he meant about his garden so faithful to you that he put what's this, he puts a limitation on your trial and we all probably been through things at some point in your life that seemingly it was more than we can bear.

His head promise God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted and tried more than you can bear. He's a faithful God.

So when you get difficult and hardship and you think will God what's going on these promises of yours and have you not told the truth. Yes he still the truth.

We hear I'm in the midst of this trial in my life and you said it would be more than I could manage more than argument and listen. He puts a limitation on that you not listen. We have the fateful word of God to put limitations on what you and I can stand in life and you see if you don't understand technology you don't believe that God is has the character to keep his word. Then what happens you can make all kind excuses for all, things, and I think about Abraham and Sarah, for example, listen, God made him a promise 25 years went by before that became a fulfilled promise and ever causing the know we finally she laughed and know what he felt he felt all, crazy things. I'm sure yet God did exactly what he promise. Here's the problem we don't trust we don't trust what the reasons we don't trust him.

Is this because he doesn't do it on our schedule and he doesn't do it the way we think it ought to be done and he doesn't do it through the person we think it ought to be done through with this particular situation and so we doubt and I preach a whole series on faith and I felt very led to come back to say let's undergird that with this whole issue of what's is all based on the promises of God. And when God makes a promise. Listen watch this if God breaks a promise with you, you can forget the Christian life because there's something eternally wrong and something theologically incorrect. If God makes promises and breaks his promises. He cannot because he cannot lie, and therefore he's going to be faithful at whatever he promises is listen. You can live with joy, peace and happiness in your life in confidence and assurance about anything if you say will God keeps most of his promises. Well, which wants will, God keeps his promises for certain people will which certain people listen.

He is who he says he is or is not, and if he is not.

We are all hopeless and helpless and thank you for the same category that positive Jesus Christ didn't rise from the dead, then what we have we have insurance about anything he promised that he would and he did. Undeniably, he did and he says he's coming back and here's how I know is because all the Scriptures from beginning to end. There's not a single time he failed to keep his promise under any circumstance. Thank you for listening to the promises of God like to invite you to join us in celebrating 45 years that God's faithfulness by intense data YG/45 years to learn more after the presentation of ministry in Atlanta, Georgia