Old Promises Still Stand

As I am reading through the Bible, I am struck multiple times at the Lord’s faithfulness. Especially his promises. When God makes a promise to us it stands period! All the responsibility rests on God. He promised to help Moses bring the Israelites out of the land of Egypt and he did just that. Even in their rebellion, he kept them in the desert providing all they had need of. He promised Abraham that his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky and they do. Noah and his family were saved from the flood and to this day God’s rainbow shows itself in the sky after rain and God remembers that he said he would never flood the entire earth again, and he has not.

All throughout scripture we see that God keeps his word even when others do not. The Bible is full of liars, cheaters, murders, adulterers etc. You name it, it happened. We are not different today than those who have gone before us. Where would we be if God had not kept his word to his people?
Sometimes they had to wait a very long time for the promise to come to pass, but it did not change anything. At God’s perfect timing it all happened just how he intended it to.

We have been promised that Jesus will return for us. His word tells us that there is a day when the last person to be saved will come into the family of God. We certainly do not know the hour or the day, but God does. Knowing that God keeps his word should make us people living expectantly. Awaiting his return at any time. Yes, it has been said for thousands of years that he will return and he has not (yet,) but we can follow along in scripture and see that the times and seasons are begging for it. Prophecies are being fulfilled every day.

(Hebrews 9:28) “So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.”

(Corinthians 15:52 ) “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” Any goosebumps yet:)

Every day we read or hear about another war, another earthquake, floods, famine, droughts, nation against nation. Everything is affected all the way to our economy, travel etc. We are to be paying attention to these things knowing that the hour is coming and we will see him in the clouds. Isn’t that exciting my friends, just think about it, your doing your everyday things and suddenly you are seeing Jesus face to face. So we ought to live holy lives, fully surrendered to the Lord. We need to be salt and light to those around us. Our lives should reflect the inner working of the Holy Spirit and the fruits of the spirit that we are told the believers should display when walking in relationship and communion with the Lord. (Galatians 5:22-23) “But the fruits of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”
So, as you wait on this promise that Jesus made to us how are you living? Are you watching what is going on around you? Are you living life with the fruits of the Spirit evident in your daily life? Are you reading the Word daily taking to heart the things you read and allowing them to shape you and mold you? Are you living with expectancy? Are you living a surrendered life to the Lord? Are your conversations clean? What are you putting before your eyes, do you allow them to look at whatever they want? Are you kind? Do you love well? Are you gentle? What about self-control? These are questions we should all ask ourselves. Even typing them I am asking myself if these fruits are evident in my own life and if they are not which ones need my attention and surrender?

God will keep his word…those who belong to him will either see him in death or we will be caught away when the sky parts and he returns. Either way, it will be an awesome day! Looking at the one who died for me and you, our faith suddenly sight! I am reminded of this old hymn, maybe you know it.

“Some bright morning when this life is over I’ll fly away. To that home on God’s celestial shore, I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, oh glory, I’ll fly away in the morning. When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.

When the shadows of this life have gone, I’ll fly away. Like a bird from these prison walls, I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, oh glory, I’ll fly away in the morning. When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.

Oh, how glad and happy when we meet, I’ll fly away. No more cold iron shackles on my feet, I’ll fly away.

I’ll fly away, oh glory, I’ll fly away in the morning. When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.

Just a few more weary days and then, I’ll fly away. To a land where joys will never end, I’ll fly away. I’ll fly away, oh glory, I’ll fly away in the morning. When I die, Hallelujah by and by, I’ll fly away.

I pray you are ready, waiting with expectancy to see Jesus. I pray that the fruits of the Spirit are evident in your life. He is coming…oh what a day!

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