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Recently I had an opportunity to visit the Holy Land. I had a chance to walk where Jesus may have walked. One of the places we stayed was situated right on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.  Early in the morning, my wife and I would walk down to the water’s edge. I allowed my imagination to take me back to the time of Jesus; to see Him strolling down to a similar place – who knows, maybe  the same spot –  preaching to and teaching the multitude. Those early morning walks were  moments that were the most memorable in the trip. What would I give to have been like the disciples or those two men on the road to Emmaus, walking with Jesus? But until we get to glory and see Him face to face we will not have such an experience. What we do have however, are the promises of Jesus to hold on to.When the Apostle Paul declared , the ‘promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen,’ he used the Greek words
‘nai’ (nahee), which, according to Strong’s concordance, is a primary particle of strong affirmation –  even so, surely, truth –  and ‘amane’ (amen), so be it. Paul made this statement in the context of a broken promise that he had made. He had promised the Corinthians that on his way from Macedonia he would pass by so that they could help him on his way to Judea. But things did not go as planned and Paul did not pass through Corinth.
 
Paul explained to the church,  that in planning to come to them, he did not do so lightly; he did not plan according to the flesh so that there will be ‘yes, yes’ or ‘no, no.’  In other words, when men make promises, it can go either way; yes or no! No man can guarantee that promises made will be kept; even Paul, planning in the Spirit, was unable to keep his promise to visit the Corinthian church. However, he wanted them to know that his intent was ‘yes, yes, because ‘as God is faithful, our word to you was not “Yes and No.”
 
Paul went on to say that the preaching of Jesus Christ, the Son of God to them, by himself, Silvanus and Timothy, was not yes and no, but in Him (Jesus), it was
yes! These words of Paul may seem a bit convoluted, at least as I explain them, but  it brings us to the point that God’s promises in Christ, will always be yes, since He is truth, amen since you will agree and say ‘let it be so.’
 
As you walk with Jesus for the next ten days (and beyond), hold on tightly to the promises of God. They were made by Him to give you hope. When the children of Israel were held captive in Egypt, the one thing that kept them going was the promise of a deliverer. God kept His promise, and with the help of Moses, took them out of Egypt, and into a ‘promised land.’ But the story did not end in Canaan. It would not be long before the Israelites would  suffer again under the oppressive hands of a variety of nations. This time the promise of a Messiah would be their hope.
 

DAY 40: Maranatha!

Congratulations You Have Made it to Day 40!!!!

VERSE OF THE DAY:
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” (Revelation 22:12-13)
In the King James’ Version of the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 16:22 reads: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” The same verse in the New International Version, says: “If anyone does not love the Lord, let that person be cursed! Come, Lord!” The term ‘maranatha’ is a two word construction which means ‘come Lord’ and implies the coming judgement of Christ. It is used only one time in the New Testament.
 
Jesus is coming again, and He’s coming soon! One of the many words of comfort that He left His disciples is found in John 14:1-5: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”
 
The first part of that prophecy has already been fulfilled. Jesus did indeed go to ‘prepare a place.’ On the mount of Olives, after His resurrection, as they watched Him ascend into heaven, two angels stood next to them and said: “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven”  (Acts 1:11). This has been the hope of the church, not yet realized but it will be.
 
Years later one of the youngest disciples, John, would be exiled to a deserted island for preaching Christ. On that island (Patmos) he would receive a vision of the glorified Christ, who would commission him to write the last book of the Bible (Revelation). In this book Jesus tells John to write about the things “you have seen, what is now and what will take place later” (Revelation 1:19). This book is John’s vision of the end of times. As John closes the book of Revelation, he writes these words: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Revelation 22:12-13)
    You have been walking with Christ for forty days now and I hope that a new habit has been developed in your life. Remember that He has promised to never leave or forsake you.  Keep on walking with Him until He comes. Maranatha!!

PRAY

Lord, my desire is to keep walking with You until I see you face to face. I have enjoyed these past 40 days, and I want to continue walking in your footsteps. I pray also for the contents of this devotional, its author and readers. May it be used to lead others into a walk with you. Amen

1. Do you believe that Jesus is coming again? If you do, what makes you so sure?
2. On a scale of one to ten – with 1 being ‘I wish He did not come’ to 10 being ‘come now Lord,’ how expectant are you for the coming of Jesus?
1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10
3.Now that you have completed this 40 day journey, write a few things that stood out for you along the way.

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For further study: Revelation 1 & 22; Acts 1:1-8

 

DAY 39

The “Un-Funeral”

VERSE OF THE DAY:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.  And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
I am sure you have been to funerals in your life time. People live and people die. But it is unlikely that you have been to a funeral like this one. That’s why I call it ‘the un-funeral.’
 
Jesus had a personal friend whose name was Lazarus. He was the brother of Mary and Martha. Jesus often stayed at their home when He was in Bethany.  Jesus loved this family, but when He heard that Lazarus was sick, Jesus delayed in going to Him; He stayed two more days in the place where He was. By way of explanation, Jesus said to His disciples: “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
When He finally decided to make the trip to Bethany, His disciples objected because previously the Jews had tried to stone Him in that area. Once again Jesus makes a reference to working in the day. He said: “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. But if one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”  Besides, “Our friend Lazarus sleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.” Confused the disciples might have scratched their heads, “Lord if he sleeps he will get well.” Jesus said plainly: “Lazarus is dead…let us go to him.”
 
Arriving in Bethany, Jesus is greeted by Martha who chides Him: “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” When Jesus responds: “Your brother will live again,”  Mary thinks about the future resurrection, but Jesus is also concerned about the present. He had said to the disciples that God would be glorified in Lazarus’ death; He had come to Bethany for just that reason. To make a long story short, Jesus goes to the cemetery and performs an ‘un-funeral.’ At the tomb of Lazarus, He calls the man, and as Lazarus makes his way out of the tomb, Jesus instructs them: “Loose him and let him go.”
 
Though the events of that day were remarkable, and caused quite a stir among the people, Jesus’ statement to Martha constitutes one of the greatest promises of the Bible; the promise of eternal life. Jesus said: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.”

PRAY

Dear Lord, thank you for the promise of eternal life. I look forward to the time when I will see you face to face.  Amen
1. Have you ever been to a funeral of an unbeliever where there seemed to be no hope?
2. What does the Apostle Paul say about death? (1 Corinthians 15)

3. What is the expressed promise of John 3:16?

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For further study: John 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15
 

DAY 38

The Pastoral Life

VERSE OF THE DAY:
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9-10)
“The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” was a popular television show of the eighties. Every episode featured the extravagant living of movie stars, sports celebrities and business moguls. It was an opportunity for most people to see how the fabulously wealthy lived, and for some, to envy them! Sad to say, there are Christians today who strongly believe that God has promised them that  type of living. Who knows, we may very well see a Born Again edition of the Lifestyles of Rich and Famous.
 
In John chapter 10, Jesus speaks about being the ‘Good Shepherd,’ the One who cares for, and tends to the needs of the sheep. The sheep “know His voice’ and so they ‘follow Him.’ They will not follow a stranger; they do not know the voice of strangers, for strangers are ‘thieves and robbers’ who come ‘to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.’ Jesus said: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” I believe that what Jesus offers in abundant living is more of a pastoral life, rather  than lifestyles of the rich and famous.
 
The pastoral life is a life defined as one removed from the cares of this world;  removed from the pursuit of money, fortune and fame; removed from the tedium of life’s existence. Believers are called to ‘know’ the voice of the ‘Good Shepherd,’ and to follow Him. He says that He is the door, “If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.”
 
David the Psalmist and King of Israel was first a shepherd. As a young boy he tended his father’s sheep and spent countless hours with them. He wrote many songs (psalms), the most famous of which is Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd. This psalm clearly outlines pastoral living. David tells us that since “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” Jesus reminds us that as the door, the sheep can go ‘in and out and find pasture.’ Isn’t this all that sheep require? Good grass and water; a shepherd to take care of health needs; a staff to chastise and comfort?
 
Many Christians become despondent and lack joy in their lives because they listen to charlatans who deceitfully use the word of God for their own purposes. They buy the heresy that Christians are supposed to live like the rich and famous, without understanding the dynamics that goes with acquiring such a lifestyle, and when it fails to materialize, they somehow think God is displeased with them. Jesus wants to meet your needs but He will do it on His terms!

PRAY

Dear Lord, teach me to live humbly before you and to listen for Your voice. Amen

1. Write a few lines on your understanding of the phrase ‘abundant life.’
2. Do you feel that you are (or not) living the ‘abundant life’ at the present time? Explain.
3. If you were to lose everything that you spent your life acquiring, how would it make you feel?
4. Read Paul’s words in Philippians 4-11-13. What did the apostle say about being content?
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For further study: Psalm 23; Philippians 4:11-13
 

DAY 37

Know the Truth

VERSE OF THE DAY:
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32)
The search for truth seems to be a never-ending quest.
 
When Jesus stood before Pontius Pilate the Roman governor, Jesus said to him: “For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” Pilate responds: “What is truth?” But he never waits for an answer. Could it be that Pilate couldn’t handle the truth? For a long  time people have been asking the same question, What is truth?  Pilate’s turning away from Jesus might indicate he thinks  ‘truth’ is unknowable. This is a position that many people have taken because of the multitude of conflicting ideas that are available today, especially as it pertains to religious ideas.
 
But there is truth.  It is both knowable and  has the power to make men free.  Jesus said: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)  When Jesus said these words, He was speaking in the context of defending His witness. The Jews had said to Him: “You bear witness of your self. Your witness is not true.” Jesus answered: “Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going.” Then using the “two witness” principle which was discussed in a previous lesson, Jesus said to them: It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me” (John 8:13-18).
 

There are many religions that lay claim to ‘truth.’ However, none can claim to be “the truth.” Most would say that such a claim is presumptuous. Jesus on the other hand, makes just such a claim He said: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Here is what C.S Lewis had to say about such a claim: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” (C.S. Lewis – Mere Christianity)

PRAY

 
Dear Lord,  teach me to ‘abide’ in Your word for Your word is truth. Amen
 
1. What  two virtues come through Jesus Christ ( John 1:17 )?
2. What does Jesus say about Himself in John 14:6?
 
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For further study mark 11:12-26; Matthew 17:14-21; Hebrews 11: 1 & 6
 

DAY 36

Be a Mountain Mover

VERSE OF THE DAY:
“Have faith in God…Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:22 & 24)
The San Fernando Hill (Trinidad, West Indies), is a landmark that can be seen for miles. It is not quite a mountain, but it has become even less  so over the years. In fact it might  have eventually disappeared,  had the  quarrying that went on for years, not been stopped. Thankfully, someone saw the destruction of the hill as being bad for the city of San Fernando. Today the hill has been turned into a  park but the damage to this natural beauty is still visible and irreparable.  
 
Jesus called on His disciples to be ‘mountain movers,’ but not in the way that the San Fernando hill has been moved. Mountains of worry, despair, personal crises, sickness – you name it, can be moved – if one has “faith in God.” Anything that is unnatural, or that which is against the  order that God has established can be removed by faith God. How much faith? “Faith as a mustard seed.”
 
In Mark’s account Jesus said those words in the context of an event involving a dried up fig tree (Mark 11:12-14 & 20 -21). According to Mark, Jesus was hungry, and when He saw a fig tree in the distance, He approached it looking for some figs. But there were none; the tree had only leaves “for it was not the season for figs.” Jesus said to tree: “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.”
 
The next day Jesus and His disciples passed by and the tree had dried up from it’s roots. Amazed at this, the disciples commented on it. Jesus said: “Have faith in God. For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
 
Doubtless, there are scores of sermons preached on the theological implications of a dried up fig tree, but I believe the real point here is the ability of those who believe in God to affect their individual circumstances through faith in God. Sickness, disease and assorted troubles that invariably come the way of the believer can be “cast into the sea” if one truly believes, and does not doubt.
 
Jesus’ words are, in reality, a preface to prayer; it is how the believer should always pray. Prayer is not just random requests made   to some impersonal deity in the hope that something sticks. it is rather, an intentional exercise directed to a Heavenly Father, who loves, who hears and who will answer those who call on Him in faith. Be a mountain mover!!

PRAY

Dear Lord, help my unbelief. Teach me to have faith in You O Lord, to move the mountains that stand in my way.  Amen 
1. What are situations in your life (if any) that can be considered mountains?
2. Do you think you have the faith to be a mountain mover?
3. On a scale of one to ten – ten being great faith – how much faith do you think you have?
1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10
4. Faith is not a static component but is given in measures. One can have  great faith, little faith or even no faith. Are you willing to believe God to increase your measure of faith? YES  / NO
5. Faith is also requires the believer to ‘step -out,’ meaning it is based on actions. Read Hebrews 11: 1, what does it say?
 

DAY 35

Three Is A Crowd

VERSE OF THE DAY:
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 5:1-3)
According to  our judicial system, eyewitnesses are important in a criminal case. If a crime is committed, and someone can testify as to what happened, it may be a boon to either the prosecution or defense. Two or three witnesses are even better. Where there is one witness, it may come down to one person’s word against another. Where more than one witness is testifying to an event, the case may  be considered – in some instances – as a “open and shut.”
 
In the Old Testament, long before the advent of  our judicial system, God built into His laws a witness clause. In Numbers 35:30 God said that if someone killed another person, he “shall be put to death on the testimony of witnesses.” However, the law made it clear that one accusing voice was not enough; you needed more witnesses before such a penalty could be administered. This principle is repeated in Deuteronomy 17:16, but here it says that the “testimony of two or three witnesses” is required. This idea is further reinforced in Deuteronomy 19:15, which states: “by the mouth of two or three witnesses the matter shall be established.”
 
This principle of “two or three” does not cover only legal matters, but is also applicable in other situations. For example, the apostle Paul  tells the Corinthian church: This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established” (2 Cor. 13:1-2). It is a  principle that can also be  applied in prayer. In an earlier lesson we covered the importance of persistence in prayer. This persistence can also be expressed in multiple partners coming together to petition God on a particular matter.
 
In speaking about church discipline regarding a brother who sins against you, Jesus said the right way to handle it is by going to him directly to address it. If he refuses to listen then applying the two or three witnesses principle, address it again. If he still refuses, bring it to the attention of the church. If at that point he still refuses to listen there is not much more you can do except pray. This is where Jesus says: “if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
 
You have heard it said that two is a company, three is a crowd. When two or more people get together for the purpose of calling upon God in any matter, there is a another person in the midst. His name is Jesus!

PRAY

Dear Lord, teach me to be persistent and prayer, and to be able to get together with others to bring my petitions before you. Amen

1. What do you think is meant by the phrase, “if two of you agree”?
2. Do you have a prayer partner – someone that you can agree with in prayer? If not why not get one?
3. Tips for selecting a prayer partner:
Someone you can agree with and who will agree with you.
Someone in whom you can confide and vice-versa.
Someone who is serious about prayer as you are.
Someone who has a measure of faith.|

 

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For further study read Matthew 18:15-19; 2 Corinthians 13:1-2; Numbers 35:30;Deuteronomy 17:16 & 19:15


 

 

 

DAY 34

Kingdom Promises

VERSE OF THE DAY:
And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven…” (Matt. 5:1-3)
When Jesus started His public ministry, He began with the words: “Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). He offered Himself as the king, and His message was a message of the kingdom. Soon many people would follow Him because they heeded the message, and  believed that He was indeed their prophesied king. When first He sent His disciples out to preach, He said to them: “Do not go to the Gentiles…but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go preach, saying, ‘the kingdom of heaven is at hand.’” Same message!
Every kingdom, must have it’s own constitution, and rules under which its subjects must abide. God’s kingdom is no different. What is different, however, is that Jesus did not come to establish a kingdom of brick and mortar, but a kingdom in which God rules, sovereign, in the hearts of men. The people of Jesus’ day did not understand fully, so they crucified Him on a cross. Ironically, over His head were the words: Jesus of Nazareth, king of the Jews.
 
Recently, in a discussion 0n  the state of the church, and the propensity for Christians to fall for erroneous teachings, the question was asked: What happened to people’s understanding of the words of Jesus, and why can’t we live according to Jesus’ words in the sermon on the mount? I opened my Bible to Matthew’s gospel and  began to read the words of Jesus in this powerful sermon on kingdom principles. How different it is from what is presented from our pulpits today? For example, Jesus begins by saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” There are only three Greek words used in the new testament to denote poverty. The one used in this verse ‘ptochos,’ conveys the idea of crouching or cringing; of becoming poor. The Psalmist David said: “The sacrifices of God are a broken and a contrite spirit.”  Jesus is alluding to the kingdom belonging to those who will come before Him in humble penitence, surrendering all – including worldly wealth – to Him.
 
But who else stands to inherit the kingdom of heaven? According to Jesus, those who mourn…shall be comforted; the meek…will inherit the earth; those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…shall be filled; the merciful…shall obtain mercy; the pure in heart…shall see God; the peacemakers…shall be called the sons of God, and those persecuted for righteousness…theirs is the kingdom of heaven!
The kingdom of God is His sovereign rule upon this earth. Though the church is not the kingdom, it  falls under the purview of God’s rule on this earth. We are kingdom people!
 
 

PRAY

 
Dear Lord, I pray that I will learn to live according to the precepts of the Kingdom. Amen
1. What is your understanding of the term ‘Kingdom of God / heaven?
2. Have you ever felt persecuted in any way because of your faith? What were the circumstances and how did it make you feel?
3. What did Jesus say, should be our perspective when we are persecuted for His sake? (Matthew 5:11-12)
4. Read the sermon on the mount in Matthew chapters 5 – 7. Take note that the “beatitudes” (5:1-11) are only a small portion of the sermon. Make a list of the topics that Jesus covers in this sermon. Do you think that as a Christian, you can live according to these principles? 
 

DAY 33

 

I AM With You Always

VERSE OF THE DAY
 
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19)
On day three of module one in this 40 day walk with Jesus, the lesson was taken from Matthew 1:23 – “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” Joseph, the troubled soon-to-be husband of Mary,  found comfort in the words of Isaiah the prophet (Isaiah 7:14). The following verse of scripture records that Joseph “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him.”  Is it by coincidence then, that the last verse of scripture in Matthew’s gospel – the verse that immediately follows a command of Jesus – states: “I am with you always”?
 
I think not! There are no coincidences in the plan of God! Everything that is said, or everything that happens, God knows. In response to the lesson of Day 31 (The Promises of God), Vicki Sookram writes: “I have had many promises made to me, broken! The promise that I now hold on to is: Hebrews 13:5 ‘I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you.’ I hold on to that verse for dear life. Whenever I’m having a rough day, God always reminds me that He is right there with me.”
 
Very often believers adopt the attitude that somehow God has left them when they face difficulties in life. This attitude is reflected in the poem, Footprints in the Sand,which Vicki references. But if God’s promises are to be believed, it must be in its entirety, and in every situation. The Psalmist David once said: “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there” (Psalm 139:7-8).
 
In theological terms God is described as omnipresent, meaning that He is everywhere at the same time. However, in His promise to the disciples as He gave the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20), Jesus made it personal: “I am with you, always.” It was a guarantee through His word, that in carrying out His command, He will be there to strengthen and support.
 
When Jesus was getting ready to conclude His earthly mission, He promised His disciples that He would send ‘another comforter’ (the Holy Spirit). He reminded them: “I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). This promise was submitted to me by Abraham Abdul, one of our young men in the church. Abraham says: “I like this promise because it always reminds me that I am not alone, even when I go through problems in my life, [it] reminds me that Jesus is with me and He will never leave me alone.”
 
 

Day 32

Heaven Is Where We Belong!

 
VERSE OF THE DAY
 
 
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:2-3)
My mother died in 1990. Several months before her death, my wife and I had migrated to the US from Trinidad. One Thursday morning, I received a call from my sister saying she wanted to talk to me. We talked for a long time that day. She told me about  health problems she was having, and of her concern that her  heart might be bad. I reassured her as best as I could, and I reminded her that God promises to strengthen her heart. But that was not to be.
On Saturday morning while at work, I received a frantic call from my wife to come home right away. I could sense that the news wasn’t good. My mother had been admitted to the hospital  on Friday evening, and sometime during the night she passed away. It was the first time I had experienced the passing of someone so close to me, and I was inconsolable.
It has been more than twenty five years since my mother died, but I still miss her. She was faithful to the Lord up until her death and I know without a doubt that I will see her again. During my period of grief, I was  comforted by the promise of Jesus: “In My Father’s house are many mansions;if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” Not only will I see my Lord ‘in the sweet by and by,’ I will also see my mother as well as everyone whom I love and who died knowing Jesus.
 

PRAY

 
Dear Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on You at all times. I pray that You will send laborers into Your harvest field, even as You hasten Your coming O, Lord. Amen
1. Do you have a loved one that has gone to be with the Lord? Are you confident that you will see that person again?
2. State one reason why we can believe that what Jesus said, is indeed the truth (see John 14:6)
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul is describing what is referred to at ‘the rapture’ of the church. Though the word itself is not mentioned in scripture, do you or do you not believe in the concept of the rapture.
 

DAY 31

The Promises of God

VERSE OF THE DAY
 
“I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John. 14:12-14)
When I was a little boy my favorite TV show was Batman and Robin. I’m talking about the 1966-68 series starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Those were the days when cliffhanger serials were popular. I remember watching the first part, which climaxed with my heroes in the clutches of one of the assorted villains in the show,  on a Monday evening, then waiting anxiously to see how they would escape in part two the next day. Of course Batman always had something in his trusty utility belt to save the day.
 When the show was made into a big screen movie, I wanted to see it. I could not go by myself so my older brother promised to take me. On the day of the showing, I waited, and waited but he never came. I was devastated! He broke his promise to me! I have since forgiven him for this, but the memory of that disappointment has remained with me for my whole life.
 
Most people make promises intending  to keep them. When a promise is not kept, one hardly thinks of it as a lie. However, a broken promise is a lie!  A promise, by virtue of it’s character can only be true when it is kept. The dictionary defines a promise as: A declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that guarantees that a particular thing will happen. Used as a verb,  the one making a promise is assuring “someone that one will definitely do, give, or arrange something; undertake or declare that something will happen.”  According to the definition then, a promise is a serious thing.
 
In this fourth module, we will look at the promises of God through Jesus Christ. If you have been walking with His so far, you want to hear Him whisper His promises to you. Rest assured that the promises that He makes will be fulfilled in Him. As human beings we are prone to promise breaking. It’s in our nature to sometimes be untrue to our word, but our Lord Jesus can never be untrue to His word. That is why the apostle Peter said: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise” (1 Peter 3:9). The Apostle Paul says it this way: “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20)

PRAY

 
Dear Lord, teach me to hold on to Your promises. May I not waver with unbelief in the face of earthly circumstances. Keep me hoping and trusting  in the coming of Your Son. Amen
1. State the words to your “precious promise,” one that you hold on to, and write a few lines explaining what it means to you.
2. Write a short description of a time in your life when you were helped in a particular situation by a biblical promise.
3. Do you believe that God will always keep His promise to You? 
 

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For further study read  2 Corinthians 1:15-22; 2 Peter 1:1-4; 2 Peter 3:9; John 14:12-18

 

 
 

PRAY

 
Dear Lord, help me to keep my eyes focused on You at all times. I pray that You will send laborers into Your harvest field, even as You hasten Your coming O, Lord. Amen
31. Do you have a loved one that has gone to be with the Lord? Are you confident that you will see that person again?
2. State one reason why we can believe that what Jesus said, is indeed the truth (see John 14:6)
In 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Paul is describing what is referred to at ‘the rapture’ of the church. Though the word itself is not mentioned in scripture, do you or do you not believe in the concept of the rapture.