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Just As He Said
7/5/2011

Just As He Said
The Promises of God

Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me. Acts 27:25 (NKJV)

Have you ever had someone tell you something was going to take place only to find out it didn't come to pass?  I think we all have.  It could have been as simple as trying to plan to get together for a meal, or a meeting, or it could have been someone making a commitment to us and failing.  

There is a trust factor being built when someone tells us something and they will either follow through or fail in their promises.  And this trust will be a big factor for the future of the relationship as well.  A broken promise can have us doubting others and we can become skeptical of any future promises from them.   But when a person is faithful to their word we can find ourselves responding by building faith in them.

In the 27th chapter of the Book of Acts we can see this type of faith in the Apostle Paul.  He was told the night before by an Angel of the Lord, "Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you" (Acts 27:24).

Paul believed God at His word.  This seems so easy to say and yet I believe this is probably the root temptation from Satan for every human being - to not believe God or trust in His Word.  When we read the Word of God we can see so many promises contained within it.  These promises should give us a great sense of peace and comfort.  And yet we tend to doubt God and instead we suffer with anxiety, worry and fear.  We are told in Philippians not to do this, and right after we are given yet another promise from our Heavenly Father who loves us.

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. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

There will be people, even some we care deeply about, who will let us down at some point.  And truth be told, we will probably let others down as well.  We must not be dissuaded in placing our faith in God because someone has failed in his or her promise or commitment to us.  We must remain faithful in our commitment and walk regardless of the actions of others.  We can do this because we have been told God has a plan for each and every one of us and He will work everything for good, for those who love Him and who have been called according to His purpose (Rom. 8:28). 

I want to encourage you today to believe in God's plan for your life, and never doubt His promises.  Make it your goal to imitate Him in being faithful to your word.  If someone let's you down be swift to forgive them and immediately allow for an opportunity for them to build trust again.  As you do this you will be free from the bitterness and bondage of unforgiveness and skepticism.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 27:25 how did Paul encourage those who were afraid and beginning to doubt?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you believe God's promises contained within His Word?

APPLICATION: Choose to believe God rather than any situation.  Seek Him and look to His Word for comfort and direction.

Father, Thank You for Your Word and the promises contained within it.  Thank You for being faithful when I am faithless.  Help me to remember these promises when the enemy tempts me to doubt, or when others fail in their commitments and promises to me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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