LIFELINES

With my whole heart ...

Faith brings obedience

Bettie Marlowe
Posted 5/19/17

Everything about a believer’s life is anchored in the promises of God. And the greatest expression of the love of God is Christ.

Through Christ, God gives us everything to live a life of glory …

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LIFELINES

With my whole heart ...

Faith brings obedience

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Everything about a believer’s life is anchored in the promises of God. And the greatest expression of the love of God is Christ.

Through Christ, God gives us everything to live a life of glory and righteousness. He answers prayer because He loves us.

God’s promises reach all the way to us in the 21st century. The Bible is full of the promises of God — I’ve been told more than 32,000. But he never exacts promises from us — we don’t strike a bargain with God.

His promises are given in love and we receive them by faith and faith brings out obedience in our love for him.

David was called a “man after mine own heart” by God in Acts 13:22. I can understand why. The Psalmist said in Psalm 119:10, “With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”

The Children of Israel experienced God’s promise to Abraham. They had been in Egyptian bondage for some 400 years.

The king’s dying didn’t improve their circumstances. They “sighed,” and “they cried.” And their cries touched God.

Exodus 2:24 (KJV) “And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.”

Now get this — God heard and God saw. And God remembered his covenant. How beautiful! How awesome! How overwhelming!

God remembered the promise he made to Abraham — the man who obeyed God so completely that it was counted to him for righteousness.

And look at how Jeremiah felt as he was told by God what to do before their capture. “Lord, I know nothing is too hard for you” ... but, in other words, “What’s the use?”

Don’t we always get in the same mentality when things go wrong — our plans don’t exactly “pan out,” as we want them to or as we anticipated, so discouragement takes over.

Then there was Habakkuk, who complained to God as if He wouldn’t know of his problems if Habakkuk didn’t tell Him.

His prayer began with fear and trembling ... and questions:

“Lord, don’t you know what is going on?”

Why are you letting this happen?”

When are you going to stop it?”

God gave Habakkuk the most comprehensive answer that could be delivered to mankind.

He told him no matter what he had to go through; no matter what he had to suffer; and no matter how long he had to wait for an answer ... in the meantime, “The just shall live by his faith,” Habakkuk 2:4 (KJV).

Habakkuk’s prayer began with complaints and questions but it ended with joy and victory. He found his answer.

“Whereby are given unto exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4).

All the promises of God are given freely of grace. It’s up to us to receive them. Believing God gives us access to every one of them. We can stand on the promises of God.

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