GOD, PROMISES OF
Judson’s Six-Year Faith
labored diligently for six years in Burma before he baptized a convert.
At the end of three years he was asked what evidence he had of ultimate
success. He replied, “As much as there is a God who will fulfill all
His promises.” A hundred churches and thousands of converts answered
Luther’s Fourteen Consolations
Due to an
alleged vision to a Franconian shepherd, a superstition arose during the
Middle Ages that fourteen of their saints were to be regarded as the
“defenders from all evils.” They were called The Fourteen of
Consolation and their images were placed above church altars.
the Wise was bedridden with a serious illness in 1519, his intercessor
Martin Luther prepared a little treatise of spiritual comfort which he
called The Fourteen of Consolation. Instead of using the medieval
saints’ names, Luther substituted fourteen portions from the Word of
God to comfort the ruler.
Thus, in the
area of pastoral care, Luther used the promises of God in the
God Never Forgets Promises
Christian was in much distress as he lay dying. “Oh, Pastor,” he
said, “for years I have relied upon the promises of God, but now in
the hour of death I can’t remember a single one to comfort me.”
Knowing that Satan was disturbing him, the preacher said, “My brother,
do you think that GOD will forget any of His promises?” A smile came
over the face of the dying believer as he exclaimed joyfully. “No, no!
He won’t! Praise the Lord, now I can fall asleep in Jesus and trust
Him to remember them all and bring me safely to Heaven.” Peace flooded
his soul, and a short time later he was ushered by the angels into the
light of God’s eternal day.
—Our Daily Bread
Moody’s Favorite Verse
Turning over a
volume of valuable autographs, I came across the bold, manly signature
of my old friend of many years, Dwight L. Moody. Underneath was his
favorite text, which he calls up in an emergency. The text was Isaiah
1:7: “For the Lord God will help me. Therefore shall I not be
confounded; therefore have I set my face like a flint; and I know that I
shall not be ashamed.”
The Key Called Promise
great allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, the incident is related of
how Christian decides to leave the Main Highway and follow another Path
which seemed easier. But this Path leads him into the territory of Giant
Despair who owns Doubting Castle.
is captured by Giant Despair and kept in a dungeon. He is advised to
kill himself. The Giant said there was no use trying to keep on with his
journey. For the time, it seemed as if Despair had really conquered
Christian. But then, Hope, Christian’s companion, reminds him of
previous victories. So it came about that on Saturday about midnight
they began to pray, and continued in prayer until almost morning.
Now a little
before it was day, good Christian, as one half- amazed, broke out in
passionate speech, “What a fool am I thus to lie in a stinking
Dungeon, when I may as well be at liberty. I have a Key in my bosom
called Promise that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting
Castle.” Then said Hopeful, “That’s good news. Good Brother, pluck
it out of thy bosom and try.” And the prison gates flew open.
Signs In Nile’s Floating Chaff
There is an
old rabbinical legend, and it runs thus: “When Joseph was Prime
Minister to Pharaoh, during the period of the famine, he emptied the
chaff of his granaries into the river Nile. It floated far away on the
moving current, and the people on the banks at a great distance below
saw it. It was only chaff, but it meant that there was corn in plenty
When they saw
the floating chaff they were sure that if their strength held out, and
that if they could only reach the point at which the chaff had been
thrown into the river they would find plenty to nourish their life.
$5,000 In Bible
Some time ago
an elderly man living in New Jersey made an unusual discovery as he
leafed through an old family Bible. Many years earlier, his aunt had
died and left it to him. Part of her will read: “To my beloved Steven
Marsh I bequeath my family Bible and all it contains, along with the
residue of my estate after my funeral expenses and just and lawful debts
are paid.” When everything had been settled the nephew got a few
hundred dollars plus the old volume mentioned in the will.
money was used up, his only support was a small pension, and for more
than 30 years he lived in poverty. Then one day he cleaned out his attic
in preparation for a move to his son’s home where he hoped to spend
his old age. There in a trunk was the family Bible he had inherited.
Opening it, he was amazed to find banknotes scattered throughout its
pages. He counted over $5000 in cash. Within his reach were riches he
could have been enjoying all along.
Unclaimed Funds Build Building
magnificent 19th-century 10-story bank building, known as the “Society
of Savings,” located in Cleveland, Ohio, was built from unclaimed
funds of people.
Much of this
money was deposited by poor people who died. The directors of the bank,
after waiting for years for these depositors to claim that which was
theirs, turned the money over to the building of this beautiful bank
promises in God’s Word are sufficient, and over to build spiritual
edifices in life.
Lifetime Rail Pass Goes Unused
that when Crowfoot, the great chief of the Blackfoot confederacy in
southern Alberta, gave the Canadian Pacific Railway permission to cross
the Blackfoot land from Medicine Hat to Calgary, he was given in return
a lifetime pass. Crowfoot put it in a leather case and carried it around
his neck for the rest of his life. There is no record, however, that he
availed himself of the right to travel anywhere on the CPR trains.
promises are not for decoration.
Napoleon: “Thank You, Captain”
Napoleon’s horse ran away and a lowly soldier caught him, Napoleon
said, “Thank you, Captain.” The man at once packed his belongings,
moved to the officers’ quarters, and went to mess with them. The
emperor had called him captain, and he was therefore an officer.
We are all
miserable sinners, but when we receive Jesus Christ, He calls us sons of
God (John 1:12). Let us then promptly pack our belongings and move into
the higher life to which He has appointed us!
Alexander Honors Big Request
philosopher at the court of Alexander sought relief at the hand of that
sovereign, and received an order on his treasurer for any sum he should
ask. He immediately demanded ten thousand pounds. The treasurer demurred
at the extravagant amount; but Alexander replied, “Let the money be
instantly paid. I am delighted with this philosopher’s way of
thinking. He has done me a singular honor. By the largeness of his
request, he shows the high idea he has conceived of my wealth and
munificence.” God is honored in like manner.
His Life On Undrunk Water
criminal stood before an Eastern monarch, trembling for his life. A
moment later his head was to be severed from his body. He asked for a
drink of water. They brought it, but his hand trembled so that he could
not drink. The king cried to him, “Do not be so alarmed; your life is
safe till you drink that water.”
In an instant
the glass was shivered on the pavement and the water untasted, and
looking boldly up to the king, the condemned man claimed the royal word.
The monarch smiled bitterly, and said, “You have fairly won your life:
I cannot break my word even to you. You are saved.”
Pension For Life—And Starving
Indian, half naked and famished, wandered into one of our Western
settlements, begging for food to keep him from starving. While eagerly
devouring the bread bestowed by the hand of charity, a bright colored
ribbon, from which was suspended a small dirty pouch, was seen around
his neck. On being questioned, he said it was a charm given him in his
younger days; and opening it, displayed a faded, greasy paper, which he
handed to the investigator for inspection. It proved to be a regular
discharge from the Federal Army, entitling him to a pension for life and
signed by General Washington Himself.
Wills Should Be Written
A man in
England wrote his will on an empty eggshell! It read, “To Mag.
Everything I possess. J. B.” It was probated. Wills have been written
on leather, old pictures, shells, cloth, pieces of furniture, stone and
glass. One man had his will tattooed on his back! The important thing is
that the will be WRITTEN, and duly witnessed. So is God’s Word in the
Legislator Promising Too Much
Jelinek, newly-elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives,
distributed handbills during the campaign which promised: “I will work
farmer,” says the new representative, “told me he voted for me and
now he needed some help putting up alfalfa. By jiminy, I did it. But
I’m going to have to watch what I say.”
Epigram On God (Promises of)
I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity
—G. Campbell Morgan
If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would
not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference. He is
praying for me: “He ever liveth to make intercession.”
—Robert Murray McCheyne
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