PROMISES TO COME...
6 It is not as though God’s word had failed. For not all who are descended from Israel are Israel.7 Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Romans 9:6-8
One of the very first songs I sang as as child was entitled, "I Am A Promise." Crazy after all of these years I can still hear the music in my head and have the words on my tongue. The words were, "I am a promise. I am a possibility. I am a promise with a capital P. I am a great big bundle of potentiality. I am learning to hear God's voice and I am trying to make the right choice. I am a possibility of anything God wants me to be." And as I hear the words in my head again, I fully believe that this message is just as powerful as it was the first time I sang it at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Valdese, North Carolina when I was 5 years old. I still believe that I am a promise with great potential to make a huge difference in the lives of every person that I encounter on a daily basis. They can or may not be saved. They may be a life long friend or a complete stranger, but one thing I recognize is that not only am I a promise... but so is every person that God created in this world.
So how do you see yourself in the midst of God's promises? Are you able to take the opportunity and recognize that God has made a promise to you and in you that you are able to do abundantly more in this life? Are you willing to take hold of the fact that even if you have the worst or best days of your life, God's promise is still greater than those moments? I know that I find myself in moments where I truly struggle to find purpose in a day that has
completely gone haywire. I know that there are moments where I do let satan into my head and it causes me to doubt or be confused because that is satan's job. But one thing I am constantly reminded is that I am a promise from God. When God knit me together in my mother's womb, I was created to be a promise that was dedicated back to God and baptized by the blood of the Lamb. I was created in His image so that I could live out my life in such a way that others could experience the same promise and hope that came in the form of Jesus Christ. I know that so many people live under the wrong understanding that they cannot receive the gift of God's grace unless they are a member of a certain church or denomination. But the amazing part about the grace of God is that it is a free gift to anyone who is willing to profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. They may never enter into the doors of a church, but they are capable of receiving the same promise through the blood of Jesus Christ on the side of the road.
We see Paul once again encourage us on this journey for today as it comes to seeing the greater promise of God's plan. Paul is reminding us that it is not just for Israel that Jesus came and died, but everyone who is willing to accept and believe that Jesus is Lord. We still fail to realize the greater impact that God's promise provides for all of creation. I know that sometimes we try to put that promise in a box and say that it is for the believers, and I will say yes the reward of eternal life is for believers, but the promise of God's grace, love and mercy is for EVERYONE in creation. God is laying that promise to come into a relationship with Jesus on a far broader scale than just the people that are sitting in the pews on a weekly basis. We can never truly figure out the vastness of God's promise. As believers we know the story and we understand the transformational power of God, but God's promise is provided for every person that has a connection to God... and that is EVERYONE. So I really hope and pray that we are able to live on the promises that are to come. I pray that we realize that Jesus was not the end of the journey, but that God's promise to restore His kingdom and for Jesus to return is something that we should strive to live towards every day. We have a hope that drives our conversations and a peace that carries us through the chaos. Promises from God that continue to be revealed every day of our lives.
So this week we are going to dive into some of those promises from God. We are going to break them down and remind ourselves of the true greatness that comes from His Word. I pray that the next few days will offer us a way to really think deeper and take hold of the value of God's promises in our lives. There are so many things that I believe we truly take for
granted and we need to realize that God's promises are just as fresh and new today as they were thousands of years ago. So please say a little prayer for me this week as we truly step into some of these promises that we need to rekindle in our daily walk. Help open our hearts, minds, and ears to hear God's promises in a new way. Help us to be able to take these promises and share them with the people that we encounter on a daily basis and the ones that we may only see once in our lives. We know that God is faithful and just to help us on this journey, but we have to be willing to be vessels that tell the world what they may have never seen or experienced. I look forward to the promises that are to come Father, and I pray that we will all take a few minutes to recognize just how powerful Your promises are in directing our lives. Please help us to push out the worry and the fear that steals your joy, and guide us to tell the world how Your promises continue to change the world.