A Shared Promise: The Covenant with Abraham – Genesis 12:1-3

Unity, Diversity and Our Identity in Christdiversity
Part 3 of 14

God announces and begins to unfold his plan of redemption for the world.

A Shared Promise Gen 12.1-3.pdf                

A Shared Promise Gen 12.1-3.mp3

 

 

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39 Books: Hosea – Spiritual Adultery

39 Bks Torah Scroll WhiteHosea – Spiritual Adultery

The prophet Hosea’s life looked a lot like his message.  His failed marriage ultimately points us to the faithfulness of God.

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Simple Trust

Truth does not have to be complicated to be deep.  Our relationship with the Lord is often made strongest by the simplest, most straightforward concepts.  The Psalms are full of them.  Take the following:

Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart,
All you who hope in the Lord.
                       – Psalms 31:24 (NKJV)
 

The first portion is something of a command: “Be of good courage.”  In any time of trouble or need, in the midst of any difficulty, this is what we have to remember.  It’s a decision not to fear, but to trust.  We can remain confident that our God is there, is watching, understands, and will give us all the grace and help that our specific situation requires.

Then comes the Lord’s part: “He shall strengthen your heart.”  This is a promise.  He is committed to strengthen your heart, to build your faith, to increase whatever courage was there to begin with.  The first step to “be of good courage” may have seemed difficult, but now the Lord supernaturally gives it momentum.

And to whom is this promise given?  “All you who hope in the Lord.”  No exceptions, no asterisks.  If we hope in Him we have access to the promise. 

Trust Him, simply trust Him.  Place your hope, your expectations, upon Him.  Our own resources will inevitably prove to be inadequate.  Let’s take advantage of all of His resources this day by exercising simple trust.