Promises Kept (Psalm 146:1-10)

I was so encouraged by Psalm 146:1-10. God makes promises to us in His word.  Anywhere you see “will” in the Bible is a promise.  God cannot lie.  God cannot break His word.

When I read God’s promises I feel like a little child hanging on the words of a parent.  You know how you believe everything your parents tell you?  You take their word as true, and you just know that they know EVERYTHING.  That’s the way I feel about reading God’s word.  And I love that when I get older, I won’t realize it’s not really that way.  In fact, I’ll know for sure that God’s word is absolutely the truth.

People can, and do break promises, and it’s disappointing and hurtful.  I love His word because regardless of what is going on in the world and in our lives, His word never changes and He always keeps His promises.  I stand on His word.  I’ve experienced His power in my own life.  God is real and so is His word.

*I will praise the Lord as long as I live.

*Don’t put your faith in powerful people.  They are people, just like anyone else.  Their situation can change, just like anyone else’s.

* God is our helper, and our hope is in Him.

*He is all powerful, because He made everything and everyone.

*He keeps every promise forever.

*He gives justice to the oppressed.

*He gives food to the hungry.

*He frees the prisoners.

*God opens the eyes of the blind.

*He lifts up those who are weighed down.

*He loves the godly.

*God protects the foreigners among us.

*He cares for the orphans and widows.

*He frustrates the plans of the wicked.

*The Lord will reign forever.  He will be our God forever.

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Forgive – 2 Corintihians 2

(2:1-10)  When we (or someone else) commits a sin, they should be held accountable for their actions, but we are also to forgive and let it go, just as Christ forgave us and washed us clean of our sins when we were saved.

(2:11)  When we don’t forgive AND let it go, it gives the enemy a chance to distract us and lead us into more sin.

(2:14)  We always have victory in Christ.

(2:14)  God uses us to spread the knowledge of him everywhere.  So, it’s very important that we represent Him well.  

(2:15) For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.  (NIV)

Jesus, Our Comforter – 2 Corinthians 1

I love this blessing from 2 Corinthians 1:2 – ” May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you His grace and peace.”

1:3 EVERY mercy we receive is from Jesus.

1:4 Jesus comforts us in ALL of our troubles.

1:4 Jesus comforts us so that we can comfort others, so we can relate to others’ experiences, and we can give them the same comfort and encouragement that God gave us.

1:5 The more we suffer for Christ, the more God will comfort us.

1:6 “So when we are weighed down with troubles, it is for your benefit and salvation!”   It doesn’t feel like it when we are going through, but in the end, suffering makes us better.

1:7 Comforting others makes our own suffering easier to endure.

1:9 When you are going through trials, do not rely on yourself, but instead rely on God, who can raise the dead (It’s so awesome to know that we don’t have to rely on ourselves.  God has us!)

1:10-11 God delivers and rescues those who are suffering.

1:11 We are to pray for those who are suffering.

1:11 As a result, God will get the glory and praise because He answered prayers and brought us through our suffering.

1:12 Depend on God’s grace and not your earthly wisdom.

1:13 When talking about Jesus, speak plainly, so everyone can understand.  Be honest.

1:19 Jesus NEVER changes or wavers.

1:20 ALL of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Jesus.

1:21-22 “It is God who gives us, along with you, the ability to stand firm for Christ.  He has commissioned us, and He has identified us as His own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment of everything He will give us.”

Help The Church – 1 Corinthians 16

16:1-2 Be good stewards of the church’s resources.

16:10-11 Be hospitable to those who work for the church.

16:13 Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong.

16:14 Do everything with love.

16:16-18 Respect those who work for the church.

16:22 “If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come!” NLT

16:23 “May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you.” NLT

Death – 1 Corinthians 15

15:3 Christ died for our sins.

15:4 He was buried and raised from the dead on the third day.

15:10 Whatever we are now is because of God’s special favor on us.
15:10 God works through us by His grace.

15:20-21 “But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.” NLT

15:22 “Everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.” NLT

15:23 Christ was raised from the dead first, then all who belong to Christ will be raised when He returns.

15:24-28 “After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) Then, when all things are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.” NLT

15:33 “…bad company corrupts good character.” NLT

15:34 “Think carefully about what is right and stop sinning…” NLT

15:36-37 We don’t grow unless we go through dark times and some part of us dies first, just like seeds that are planted.

15:38 After we’ve gone through the dark and death, God renews us in His way.

42-44 “It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength. They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.” NLT

45 Jesus is a life-giving spirit.

46 “What comes first is the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later.” NLT

50 Our physical bodies cannot inherit the kingdom of God.

51-55 When the last trumpet sounds, we will be transformed into immortal bodies.

54-58 “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” NLT

Prophecy and Speaking In Tongues – 1 Corinthians 14

14:1 Love should be your highest goal.
14:1 Prophecy is one of God’s greatest gifts.

Speaking in tongues:
14:2 is talking only to God.
14:2 people won’t understand what you’re saying.
14:2 you speak by the power of the Holy Spirit.
14:3 strengthens others.
14:3 encourages others.
14:3 comforts others.
14:4 strengthens the person who is speaking in tongues.

14:4 Prophecy strengthens the church.

14:5-11 Prophecy is a greater gift than speaking in tongues because we can understand words in our own language. Speaking in tongue is a mystery to people and therefore its benefits to people are limited. It doesn’t mean it’s bad, it’s not. It just means that we can’t utilize the message from someone speaking in tongues as readily as we can a message of prophecy.

14:12 Use your abilities to strengthen the church. Develop the talents you have so they will strengthen the church.

14:13 “So anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.” NLT

14:22 “So you see that speaking in tongues is a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers. Prophecy, however, is for the benefit of believers, not unbelievers.” NLT

14:23-25 Prophecying and speaking in tongues are gifts that help people become believers and give God glory.

14:26 Music, teaching, revelation, interpretation all have a place in worship.
14:26 Everything that is done in worship must strengthen us.

14:33 God is a God of order and peace.

14:39 “…Be eager to prophecy.” NLT
14:39 “…Don’t forbid speaking in tongues.” NLT

14:40 “Be sure that everything is done properly and in order.” NLT