May 13, 2008

God Always Does What He Says or Promises

Do you know God well enough that you know for certain that He will always do what He has told you or promised you ? God needs to teach us about His perfect character and about His perfect faithfulness. One of the best lessons that He teaches us is to know that He will do whatever He has said or promised. This is His nature, to keep His promises. He cannot do otherwise. He does not lie, and He is always the same and will never change, and He will always keep His word.

Isaiah 14:24 says "The Lord Almighty has sworn: Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand." Isaiah 46:11 says "What I have said that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do." And Numbers 23:19 is another great verse: "God is not a man, that he should lie; nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act ? Does he promise and not fulfill ?" These verses are telling us that whatever God says He will do - it is guaranteed to happen. And whatever God has promised us - it is guaranteed, because of God's perfect character. What an awesome God we serve.

During a mission trip here in July 2005 we saw 201 people come to Christ in 1 week, and we were amazed. God called us to come back and join Him permanently in His work on that trip, and He started speaking about how He was going to make that 1 week in 2005 seem small, compared to what He was going to do. Because God, by His grace, had taught us in many ways that He always will do what he says, we took the leap of faith and moved to Brazil to join Him. We have been seeing and experiencing what God was promising - that He would do "immeasurably more" than all that we ask & imagine, and indeed God is turning the hundreds that came to Christ that week in 2005 into thousands and even tens of thousands that are coming to Christ. All of this is for His glory and for His name sake. He will always do what He says or promises - for His glory & for His name.

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