One Promise Keeper in a World of Broken Promises

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

I practiced hard. Arms lifted high, I leaped around the house. Repeating angel thoughts and words, I twirled in the white dress, watching the silver tinsel garland on the hem sparkle. The grandest promise of my young years. In a few short days, I was going to dance across the stage with other little angels in celebration of the birth of Jesus.

I have to dance, I’m an angel,” I pleaded with my Mama.

“But you’re sick.”

“Please, please, please.”

Devastated, I felt betrayed. Yes, I was sick. Yes, Mama made the right decision. Yes, a promise that she couldn’t keep.

Friend, do you remember unkept promises, the failed promises that broke your heart? Perhaps they are searing your soul right now. Promises you couldn’t keep. Promises that others broke.

The world is heartbroken over the unkept promises today. Lives shattered. Lives lost. Lives searching for answers. Fearful lives.

We live in a world of promise makers whose decisions ignore their promises. But there is one Promise Keeper. His promises always come to pass … God Almighty.

The Promise

Our Creator knows the beginning from the end. His promises do not fail. Although we have rejected His commands and have sinned against Him, He offers us forgiveness and an everlasting home with Him. We can trust this promise.

“By his death, Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:20-22 (NLT)

The promise of eternal life with God.

But we must possess the promise.

Possess God’s Promise. Go Into His Presence.

The Israelites could not enter the Holy of Holies (the Most Holy Place) that kept the Ark of the Covenant. Only the High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies once a year (Hebrews 9). Although Jesus knew no sin, He took your sins and my sins upon Himself and became the Perfect Sacrifice to pay for our sins. He provided the way into the very throne room of God. To possess His promise of salvation, we must walk into God’s presence. That takes trust, friend.

Jesus has cleansed us of our sins so that we can spend eternity with Him.

Our Promise Keeper, You are the great I AM, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You know all things. You are all-powerful. Your promises stand forever. We trust Your Word and cling to Your promises. Cause a great awakening, Lord. Bring a revival to Your people. Cause us to trust in You and Your life-giving way. Turn weeping into joy. Bring wisdom and courage to our world’s leaders. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

Please pray for God’s people to humble ourselves, seek the Lord’s face, confess our sins and turn from them. Ask God to heal our nations.

A Prayer for Afghanistan & America

A nation in trouble. Afghanistan. America.

Threatened by evil. Held hostage. Promised peace if …

King Hezekiah was threatened by evil. After he learned that giving King Sennacherib gold and silver didn’t work, Hezekiah took the threat to God.

America’s and Afghanistan’s Christians need to take this Taliban threat to God, spreading out the blunders we’ve made, and the evil threats to Christians, Americans, Afghanistan citizens, women, and children, and ask God to save.

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Freedom cost everything

WashingtonDC NotesFrom Valley Forge to Gettysburg, from Berlin to Versailles, from Pearl Harbor to Normandy, from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan, American soldiers and their families sacrificed their lives, limbs, physicial and mental health, and relationships for the freedom of others.

Today, we remember their sacrifices and celebrate the freedom that they fought so valiantly for.

Freedom cost everything, and they were willing to sacrifice it for us. Some died, so that we could live freely in America.

When Keith and I returned from three years at Clark AB in the Philippines, we were struck by how different America had become. We stopped at a gas station to fill up my Mom and Dad’s car, and we didn’t know how to put gas in the car. In that short three years, gas stations had gone digital!

In that short three years, we had changed and my family had remained the same, except Softsoap was now in their bathroom. We tried to tell them about the monsoons, typhoons, fear of Keith being deployed to Iran, and fear for safety. They could not understand.

Our service men and women have sacrificed much, and we can only see glimpses of how much those sacrifices cost them.

I can only imagine the sacrifices that Jesus made for me. I can recite those sacrifices, but how can I understand them fully? God died for me. God died for you. For freedom!

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For in Him (Jesus) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. Colossians 1:19-20

That freedom cost Jesus everything. More than death. Jesus suffered the humiliation of being beaten and scourged so horribly that He was too weak to carry His cross to Golgotha. Then, He was nailed to the cross and died. A Roman soldier pierced Him with a sword. The Divine Son of God, God Himself, took the sin of the past, the present, and the future upon Him. He became sin, and because of that sin, He agonized as God turned away from Him for a time.

Our freedom from sin cost Jesus everything. But He was the Victor. He rose and took His place at the right hand of God to speak on our behalf!

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galations 5:1

For freedom, our soldiers and their families sacrificed everything.

For freedom, our Savior sacrificed everything.

My Prayer

Father in heaven, thank You for our military service men and women, our veterans, and their families. Bless them, we pray, with the knowledge of You and with the satisfaction that they have made a difference in America. We are privileged to live in freedom in America. Thank You for placing us here. We are privileged to know Jesus as our Savior. Thank You for giving us the gift of freedom in Jesus. May we bring glory to America and to You. God, bless America richly and turn her back to You!