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Discover the Book - Sept. 30, 2009

  • 2009 Sep 30

Grace-Energized Men Cling to the Promises of God


We should each pause and reflect upon the brevity of our life; and how God wants us to live each day.   James 4:14   "…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away."


Not long ago I was doing that very thing as I stood with a group of Bible students at one of the most sobering spots in all of the Holy Land.


We had climbed up the artificial mountain built by Herod the Great as his tomb. That spot, called the Herodion, had hidden the exact burial place of Herod for 2,000 years—until May 7th, 2007; when an Israeli archaeologist's persistent thirty-five years of diggings finally found the spot.


King Herod, infamous for his murderous reaction to Christ's birth, had gained the whole world in his day. He was a trusted and rewarded friend of Augustus Caesar; and he was a world-wonder builder, still holding world records in architectural accomplishments. He was fabulously wealthy, held absolute power of life and death over his people—and did just about anything he wanted to do for his 69 years of life on earth.


But at his death, what did he take with him? Nothing.


Death strips everything away from us except one thing—the promises of God to which we cling by faith. Nothing else stays with us. Our bodies are taken by death. All of our friends, family and possessions are left behind—and we hurtle out into eternity with nothing, except the promises of God.


I asked each of those Bible students standing on the dust and rubble of Herod's Tomb, "What promises of God are you holding onto today? What promises of God have you made your own by faith?" And, "Which ones would you cling to as you leave this life?"


You see as we get older, or when we get sick, or if we get terribly hurt in an accident and lay in a hospital bed somewhere, nearly everything is taken away. Health, strength, mobility, freedom all are gone for the moment. It is often then that we realize how frail, weak, and fragile we are. It is then, as we think through our life that we feel around for what we are really holding onto.


Don't wait for the doctor's office, or the emergency room, or the ambulance. Why not pause today and ask your self what promises of God's Word YOU are holding onto.


Here is the handful of promises that I personally cling to by faith:


*       John 3:16  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."


*       Psalm 23:4, 6  "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." 


*       Hebrews 13:5 " For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."


*       I John 1:7: "and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."


*       Psalm 16:11  "You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore."


How do you get a collection of promises to hold onto? Two ways: trust others and use theirs or find them for yourself. And that brings us to Titus 2 and the grace-energized, Word-filled life God wants each of us to live.


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