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GROWING IN CHRIST

"I Believe in Promises"

Date published: 07/21/2014
Psalm 145:19 “He fulfills the desires of those who fear Him; He hears their cry and saves them.” (NIV) 

   What an incredible verse filled with rich promises from God. God will fulfill your desires; He will hear you when you cry to Him and save you from distress. How much better can it get than this? As a Christian, I have learned that these promises can both frustrate me and reassure me at the same time. From my size 13 shoes, I often feel God could do a little better with these promises, yet my heart gets hung up on the three words in the middle of this verse – “who fear Him.” Over the years I have come to learn a funny thing happens in your quest to know Christ better – you grow in fear of the Lord. His presence in your life becomes bigger with each life incident and each step of faith, until your awe and reverence for God absorbs any questions on obedience as you grow more in love with Him.  As you see and experience God as in Psalm 145:17, “The LORD is righteous in all His ways,” your desires change from conforming to the world to conforming to Jesus.  

   The Christian life is composed of oxymorons: You are made righteous, but live unrighteously; you want to live righteously, but are incapable in the flesh; you are told to sanctify yourself, but cannot do it yourself. Paul unlocks this mystery in Romans 6:22, “But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” (NIV) The question is not whether you have been set free from sin, but whether you are willing to be a slave to God? Who will you love more - your ways or God’s ways…the world’s ways or God’s ways…your desires or God’s desires?  

   God’s promises are all true, but do you love God enough to embrace them? Jesus loved you enough to pay the price of your sins with His blood. Are you willing to passionately seek Him above anything else, so that His transforming grace can fulfill every promise in your life? 

John 17:17-19 “Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify Myself, that they too may be truly sanctified.” (NIV) 

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