"Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear (literally, 'be terrified') lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it
(Hebrews 4:1, NKJV & ESV)."
Many have, "failed to reach it," i.e., "desert, abandon, forsake." Yet, there always has been and always will be, "a promise remains," or, "still stands." No matter the depth of the struggle, the promises of God have mocked Satan and his demon forces who have tried to discourage and defeat the Follower of Jesus Christ down through the ages. Jesus, "in His cross," and Most Precious Blood, destroyed all our sin, opened the gates to Glory, and brought us into fellowship in the Godhead, "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."
Whether you or I avail ourselves of the promises, still------- "a promise remains." This is not a dispassionate statement, nor is it a, "Well, if you don't avail yourself of the promises, God doesn't care." Of course He cares. But the "caring" does not change, "a promise remains." Even when we think we are not "worthy" of the promises, even when I am immersed in self pity and may forget the promises------"a promise remains." The reason is that Jesus Christ remains, "the same yesterday, today, and forever, literally, through 'a series of ages, stretching to infinity.'"
Don't ever doubt this, my friend. Any proud among us will be offended that anyone would dare think they might have any battles with, "a promise." Yet those of us who realize just how weak and inadequate we are in this world, rejoice that, "a promise remains."
Father, in Jesus' Name, the richness of Your Words never cease to amaze me, comfort me, empower me. Thank You. Amen.
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When Peter, an 18 year old Norwegian, "heard the call to evangelize China, on that day he not only emptied his wallet into the collection plate, but included a small note with the words, 'and my life.'"
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