God has promised to Bless You

‘The Lord your God will bless you as he has promised.’ Deuteronomy 15:6 NLT

Sometimes life beats you down so much that you give up hoping and believing that anything good will ever happen for you. If that’s where you are today, read these words: ‘I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord… ‘plans for good… to give you a future and a hope’. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT). God has a good plan for each of us, but not all of us experience it. Why? Two reasons:

1 We don’t realise we have rights and privileges. We believe God can save us and take us to heaven when we die, but we don’t think He can do anything about our past, present, or future.

2 We live far below the level He intended because we see ourselves in the wrong light. We believe He can bless anybody – except us – because we’re not worthy. God has clothed you in the righteousness of Christ so you’re worthy in His sight and He has plans to ‘bless you as He has promised’. In Bible days when a new king came to the throne, he made sure the old king and his family were put to death; that way nobody could rise up against him. So when David replaced King Saul, Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, fled to the wilderness in fear. But David was a different kind of king. Instead of seeking to wipe out his predecessor’s family, he asked, ‘Is there still anyone…left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?’ (2 Samuel 9:1 NKJV). ‘Why would God bless me?’ you ask. The answer is simple but clear: for Christ’s sake!

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God will Provide ‘all’ you Need

‘How shall He not with Him also freely give us all things’ Romans 8:32 NIV

George Muller is considered to be one of the spiritual giants of the church. Do yourself a favour and read his life-story. Faced time and time again with overwhelming needs, he turned to God in prayer, claiming His promises and experiencing amazing miracles. But great faith does not come overnight; it comes over a lifetime of walking with God. Muller said: ‘My faith is the same faith which is found in every believer. It has been increased little by little for the last twenty-six years.  Many times when I would have gone insane from worry. I was at peace because my soul believed the truth of God’s promises. God’s Word, together with the whole character of God as He has revealed Himself, settles all questions. His unchangeable love and His infinite wisdom calmed me. I knew, “God is able and willing to deliver me.” It is written, “He who would not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” You say, ‘How do I get this kind of faith?’ The Bible says, ‘Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God’ (Romans 10:17 KJV). Just as a daily diet of good nutrition strengthens you physically, so do reading, meditating, studying, verbalising, and standing on God’s Word each day strengthen you spiritually. The ‘secret’ of successful Christian living is not a secret at all – just get into God’s Word and get God’s Word into you. You can’t avoid anxiety-producing situations in life, but when your faith is strong you can overcome them.

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