Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stubbornness Iced in GRACE

Isaiah 48 (selected)
Stubborn Israel
3 I foretold the former things long ago,
My mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
4 For I knew how stubborn you were;
the sinews of your neck were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
5 Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
'My idols did them;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.'
6 You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them?
8 You have neither heard nor understood;
from of old your ear has not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous you are;
you were called a rebel from birth.
9 For My own name's sake I delay My wrath;
for the sake of My praise I hold it back from you,
so as not to cut you off.
10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For My own sake, for My own sake, I do this.
How can I let Myself be defamed?
I will not yield My glory to another.
12 "Listen to Me, O Jacob,
Israel, whom I have called: I am He;
I am the First and I am the Last.
20 Leave Babylon,
flee from the Babylonians!
Announce this with shouts of joy
and proclaim it.
Send it out to the ends of the earth;
say, "The LORD has redeemed His servant Jacob."
21 They did not thirst when He led them through the deserts;
He made water flow for them from the rock;
He split the rock and water gushed out.
22 "There is no peace," says the LORD,
"for the wicked."

John 15:5
[Jesus speaking]
"I am the Vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. [all emphasis mine]
Both then and now - it's still about....
Choosing JOY,

[Taking Possession of the Land]

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