God's Promises: Jesus Is... Part 1

God's Promises:
Jesus is...Part 1
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
June 26th, 2016
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When someone makes you a promise, how confident are you that they will actually keep that promise?   Chances are, our confidences range from very low to very high…And, if we are honest, we are probably never 100% sure than someone will keep their promise.  We may be 100% sure they intend to, but are never 100% they will be able to.  For that matter, confidence that we will keep the promises we make is probably not 100% either.

But here is the thing, we can have 100% confidence in God’s promises.  We can be more sure His promises are going to happen than if we made the promise ourselves.  In fact, I’ve already broken some of the promises I made to myself this year.  I promised myself I would go for nice country drives this year and I promised I would do a lot of fishing this year…I haven’t kept either one of those I am sorry to say.

Fortunately for us, God is more reliable to us, than even we are to ourselves and we can be sure that the promises he has made to us, will come true.  We can trust them, rely on them, hope in them 100%.

But why is it important to realize this?
It is important to us for the same reason Kids eat Broccoli!  Why do kids eat broccoli?  Because usually there is a promise that if they eat their vegetables, they will get dessert.  The promise of something good, helps them through the stuff they don’t like.  And it is the promises of God…the promise of things to come, that help us through the hurdles of today.

So, starting this week and throughout the summer we are going to talk about some of those promises that God has made to us.  Before we jump right in with the promises we have in Jesus, there are a couple of things we need to remember about God’s promise.  

1) God’s promises are often conditional. Look for the word “if” in the context (“If we believe in Him”…”If we confess our Sins”…”If we Draw close to him”…etc).

2) God gives us promises to help us better submit to His will and trust Him. A promise does not make God bend to our will.  A child can’t go and eat a vegetable anytime he wants just to get some dessert.  In this case, the child is using the promise to bend the parents to his own will. Instead the intention of the promise is to encourage the child to do something that is healthy…eat vegetables.
And the same is true for us.  For instance, scripture tells us “if we confess our sins, He if faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” The promise is given to us, to encourage us to ask for forgiveness…not so we can do whatever we want, and then God “has” to forgive us.

3) We cannot assume to know precisely when, where, or how God’s promises will be fulfilled in your life.  The most obvious example of this is when Jesus will return to establish his kingdom…

So as we look at these promises keep these three things in the back of your minds…

Promise #1. Jesus is Your Savior

John 6:47
“I assure you: Anyone who believes has eternal life.”

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

John 3:16-18
“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God."

The promise is, if we believe in Him and Confess He is Lord then He will save us.  But we only have the hope of this promise IF and Only IF we accept his help.  But if we do, then this promise cannot be taken away from us.  He will deliver on His promise.  No matter how many times we slip up, no matter how much our world comes crashing down around us.

No one can steal our salvation from us.  We cannot accidentally lose it.  There is zero chance that when we die, if we have believed in Jesus, that He will look at us and say well, you missed the fine print.  A promise from God is a Promise from God…Period…If we Believe in Him, we will have ever lasting life.

Again why is knowing this important?
We can make it through some pretty tough stuff if we know there is a promised outcome.  And we can endure anything life throws at us if we know ultimately we will be rescued from this dying life and this dying world.

So when, life falls apart and you cannot pay your bills, or your significant other isn’t so faithful, or your house burns down, or you lose your job, or you can’t find a job…through all of this remember we still have salvation.

So when, our government fails us and laws are written that we don’t agree with, when they tax us to death, when they take our homes, take our dignity, or they take our freedoms…Just remember the government cannot take our salvation…it is a promise from God!

And when, our family and those closest to us let us down, lie to us, run from us, and don’t keep their promises or can’t keep their promises and even when we can’t even keep our promises to ourselves….Our God will never let us down and will always keep His promise of Salvation.

At the end of the day, no matter what happens, no matter how bad it gets, no matter how much milk is spilled, we are going to be rescued from all of this.

Promise #2: Jesus is your deliverer 
(I John 1:9, Romans 8:2, II Timothy 4:16-18)

I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Here is the promise: If we confess our sins…Jesus will deliver us from our past, and from our future mistakes.  This is guaranteed and this promise is not good only until you mess up again.  Remember, Peter asked “How many times must I forgive my brother?” and Jesus responded, “I tell you not, 7 times but 70 times 7.”  Imagine how much more Jesus, with a perfect love for us, will forgive us our sins?  I tell you not, 7 times…but 70 times 7…as many as it takes…and this is a promise from God.  Jesus is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from unrighteousness!

Promise #3. Jesus is your companion
 (Joshua 1:9, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5)

Joshua 1:9
Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

God promises us that We are never alone.  We may feel alone, and the feeling of loneliness, for some, has all but won out in their lives but the promise we have from God as His children is that we are never alone.  Jesus is our companion.

I think many of us imagine God, “up there” and he looks down when we call from a distance.  But this is not how it works.  He is here with us, meaning nothing gets by him.  He sees what we see, He hears what we hear, and the Holy Spirit who lives within us, feels what we feel.

This is our promise from God and knowing He is there is important because it give us the strength to step out on faith. Just like a child, knowing his father has his hand on the bicycle as he learns to ride gives him confidence, knowing our God is with us give us confidence to step out on faith and do those things he asks us to do.

Here we have three promises about Jesus Christ that will help us through the tough times…
1. Jesus is our savior
2. Jesus is our deliverer
3. Jesus is our companion

Never forget these things…remember them in your times of trouble…lean on them in your times of need.

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