Take 5 (July 14-18, 2014)

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Pastor Robert Ballard • Director of Worship Ministries

STAND ON THE PROMISES OF GOD! In 1886, Russell Kelso Carter wrote the now famous hymn “Standing on the Promises of God.” Carter had written the hymn a couple of years prior to a major health crisis in his life. The hymn became real to Carter as he endured the trials of life. We can also stand on the promises of God in our lives today. So let’s stand on the promises of God each day this week as we claim a new promise for each new day.

Monday – PROMISE: God Forgives Sin

Psalm 103:12

Sin is disobedience to God’s commandments, either by doing what is prohibited or failing to do what is required. God tells us in His word that sin is a serious thing that disrupts our relationship with Him. But what a wonderful thought that God forgives sin! The good news is that, no matter how serious the sin, God is always pursuing us and is willing to forgive and forget our sin and to give us a new beginning. God is ready and willing to forgive you today, and He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sin if we confess them to Him (1 John 1:9). As long as we live, it is never too late to ask for forgiveness and make a new start!

For today: Confess sin to God, and stand on His promise of forgiveness.

Tuesday – PROMISE: God Gives Strength in the Face of Difficulty

John 16:33

As believers, we can rest assured that we will face difficulty at many times within our lives. The Bible tells us that we will face difficulty and trouble. Job 14:1 says that a “man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.” But as believers, we have a wonderful promise that God will give us strength in the face of our difficulty. God promises us in Isaiah 40:29-31 that “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

For today: Ask God for strength to face your difficult situation, and stand on His promise that He will provide strength in difficult times.

Wednesday – PROMISE: God Answers Prayer

John 14:13-14

D.L. Moody once said, “If when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.” God promises in His word that He will answer prayer. Sometimes, His answer may not be what we want to hear, but He will answer. It is important for each of us to stay close to Lord so we can recognize when He is answering our prayers. Sometimes, His answer may be “yes” and other times “no.” Sometimes, He may answer with “wait,” but He will give us the grace in our time of waiting. We can be assured that God hears us, wants to answer our prayers, and truly cares for us.

For today: Stand on God’s promise that in His time He will answer your prayers.

Thursday – PROMISE: God Will Comfort You

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

It is a very great thing that we have a God who can comfort us in all our times of trouble. It is one thing to have comfort when the sun is shining and when things are going well. But, what we really need is comfort in the time of trouble. He will comfort you in the hospital. He will comfort you at the funeral home when you have a loved one there. He can comfort you in any place at any time. He is the God of all comfort and He will come at our time of need. Hymn writer William J. Kirkpatrick wrote about this comfort, in his hymn “The Comforter Has Come.” The Comforter has come, the Comforter has come! The Holy Ghost from Heav’n, the Father’s promise given; Oh, spread the tidings ’round, wherever man is found; the Comforter has come!

For today: Rest in His promise that He is the Comforter and know that He will comfort you in your time of need.

Friday – PROMISE: A Home in Heaven

Philippians 3:20-21

There is a common phrase that we occasionally use that says, “all good things must come to an end.” While that popular saying has some thread of truth in it for earthly things, it is a false statement for the believer. As followers of Jesus, our spiritual lives will never end. As believers, the best is yet to come. God has promised that we have a home in heaven and that we will one day be with Him. What a reunion that will be to see loved ones who have gone before us, and better yet, what a day that will be when we see Jesus face to face! In Philippians 3:20-21, the apostle Paul writes, “But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

For Today: Thank the Lord for His promise and provision of an eternal home in heaven, and rest assured that, as believers, the best is yet to come!