“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses. (1 Kings 8:56 NLT)
God, your Father in Heaven, can be trusted to keep his promises. Maybe you doubt this because you didn’t receive what prayed for in the past. Friend, God is right by all standards. His Word is truth. The problem isn’t with God but with us. We ask with wrong motives. That is sometimes we allow our feelings to override the will of God for our lives.
For instance Elijah was a great man of God. He prayed for rain to stop for three and half years. He prayed for rain to water the earth after those years. He prayed for fire. He killed all the prophets of Baal. He outran Ahab who was on a chariot. He brought the dead back to life. God used him to do so many miracles yet when Jezebel threatened to kill him, he ran away and prayed that God should take his life.
Couldn’t he have prayed for God to protect him? Couldn’t he have faced Jezebel?
He prayed for death because of Jezebel’s message. But God kept His promise. He didn’t grant Elijah’s request because his mission on earth wasn’t over.
God knows the best for you and He wouldn’t give you something that would destroy your life in the end.
God will do what he has said.
If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. (Psalms 91:9-11 NLT).
God is protecting you.
He is your shepherd. Jesus said And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (Matthew 6:30 NLT).
God is caring for you
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. (Hebrews 10:23 NLT)
But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3 NLT)
God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9 NLT)
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
Don’t be afraid of the storms of life you see because your Father is with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He has engrave your name in the palm of His hand. He neither sleep nor slumber. He is watching over you. God is a covenant keeping God.
Do you know what God has promised concerning your life?
If no, then get to the Word. Study the Word and Pray so that the Holy Spirit will help you know and understand what God has for you in His Word.
HAS BELIEVED WHAT?
Jesus said “He who has believed and and has been baptized shall be saved.” (Mark 16:16) The question remains. Has believed what?
John 20:31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.
1. You have to believe the Scriptures.
2. You have to believe Jesus is the Christ.
3. You have to believe Jesus is the Son of God.
Galatians 3:26-27 For you are Sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.
1. You have to believe you are Sons of God through faith.
2. You have to believe you were baptized into Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace
1. We must believe that it is only because of Jesus shedding His blood that we can have forgiveness from our sins.
Acts 8:12 But when they believed Philip preaching the good new about the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were being baptized, men and women alike.
1. You have to believe the good news about Jesus Christ and the kingdom of God before you are baptized, not at some future time. There is no record of unbelieving infants being baptized.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ,
1. You must believe there is one God.
2. You must believe Jesus Christ is mans only mediator.
John 8:24 ‘Therefore I said you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you will die in your sins.”
1. You must believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
John 4:41-42…..42….this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”
1. You have to believe that Jesus is the Savior of all who will accept Him.
Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
1. You must acknowledge Jesus as Lord.
2. You must believe God resurrected Jesus from the grave.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through
1. You must believe Jesus is the truth.
2. You must believe He is the only way to the Father.
Acts 15:11 But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”
1. You must believe you are saved because of God’s grace and not because of keeping the Law of Moses or your good deeds.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and is a rewarder of the those who seek Him.
1. You must believe that God exists.
2. You must believe that God rewards those who seek Him.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus.
1. You must believe in the resurrection of Jesus.
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation is no one else; for there is no name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.
1. You must believe that Jesus is the only Savior.
Acts 2:40-41 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation!”41 So then, those who had received the his word were baptized; and that day there added about three thousand souls.
1. They believe Peter’s word. Peter’s word was, that Jesus was Lord and Christ and that God raised Him from the grave. Peter told the believers to repent and be baptized in water so their sins could be forgiven. (Acts 2:22-38)
Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved…
Why do men not believe what Jesus said?
Why do men not believe teaching of the apostles?
Jesus said this to some Jews. John 8:45 But because I speak the truth, you do not believe Me……47 He who is of God hears the words of God; for this reason you do not hear them, because you are not of God.”
When Jesus said “He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved, was He telling the truth? Why do men not believe that?
The words of Jesus was that of the Father. The words of the apostles were the words of Jesus. To reject the words of Jesus and the words of the apostles is to reject the word of God the Father.
John 14:24 He who does nor love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
The words of the apostles, including the apostle Paul’s, came from Jesus.
John 14:25-26 “These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you. . 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to remembrance all that I said to you.
Galatians 1:1-12 1 Paul, an apostle…..12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.
They believed Jesus when He said “Who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved”
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