Archive for February 2014

Lesson 366 People of Promise 9 Do All Things

God has things for His children to do. All of us are expected to work on our resume—RSMMA. That is to read, study, meditate, memorize, and act on God’s Word. It seems like such a tough thing. After all, we have to go and haul out that Bible. Then, reading it, well that’s something yet [...]

Lesson 365 People of Promise 8 Resist

One of the truly great promises in Scripture concerns God’s help with driving Satan away from us. But He gives us more and more grace (power of the Holy Spirit, to meet this evil tendency and all others fully). That is why He says, God sets Himself against the proud and haughty, but gives grace [...]

Lesson 364 People of Promise 7 Humble Yourself

Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant] (James 4:10). Now there’s a promise. I like the idea of being exalted (lifted up) by God. No one else will every be able to exalt us the way [...]

Lesson 362 People of Promise 6 Seek First

As we have noted, salvation is a three-part process. (1) Justification is the cleansing that occurs when we accept Christ as or Lord and Savior. In this process, God wipes away all trace of our rebellion against Him (our sin), and makes us the righteousness of Christ, Himself (Heb. 10:17, Gal. 3:24). (2) Sanctification is [...]

Lesson 362 People of Promise 5 Salvation

Addendum to Lesson 361: before we look at today’s topic, let me made a couple of notes about “Once Saved, Always Saved.” First, one has to be saved. Really saved. Mumbling a few words to God about your life condition, or praying a half-hearted confession because someone pressured you to do so, is not being [...]

Lesson 361 People of Promise 4 Once Saved

There is a belief in some churches that God can and might withdraw His saving grace from anyone at anytime. This is a foolish legalistic, man-made regulation intended by an unscrupulous person to control other people, it is not God’s plan. He did not send Jesus to die on the cross so that those who [...]

Lesson 360 People of Promise 3 Trust Him

Legalism is a human approach to God, which holds that we have to try to please Him with what we do. If we can manage to “keep God happy” then we will get into Heaven. But God has very precisely told us that we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a [...]

Lesson 359 People of Promise 2 Choose Life

God has made it very clear that He has given us the absolute right to choose—anything and everything. He will not interfere in our choices unless we ask for His help and guidance. He encourages us to choose life (Deut. 30:19), and has made provision for every person that wants life and not death. This [...]

Lesson 358 People of Promise 1 It All Begins

        A promise is a pledge of assurance of some future occurrence. For example, when someone says, “I promise that I’ll take you to the movies on Saturday,” a pledge (going to the movies on Saturday) is being made. The only real assurance that one has of the fulfillment of the promise [...]