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Monday, October 1, 2012

We Are A People Seen: Promises From God To Live By - A Guest Post by Ken Mafli

Hagar is seen by God from Heaven
:: Welcome To Our Roller Coaster World ::
Our Christian life can feel like a roller-coaster sometimes. One minute we can be on top of the world, the next minute we hit rock bottom. And with the economy the way it is, many of us have been at the bottom for some time. If you want to get off the extreme highs and lows of this life, you need to grab onto something that does not move - God's Word. Below we will look at some promises that God has given us and how they apply to our lives. We need these promises because even though our circumstances may change, His promises never will. So I invite you to take a look at these promises and ingrain them in your heart. They may just be the anchor you need to make it through your day. But first, a story:

Hagar - The Woman Who Was Seen From Heaven:

Hagar was a woman caught in the middle. She had been given to her master, Abraham, to bear him a son since her mistress, Sarah, was barren. Once she was pregnant, she was despised by Sarah. Things got so bad between her and Sarah that she ran away. She went into the desert and stayed by a stream. Once there, an angel of God came and spoke comfort to her and it was there that she named God - El Roi, "The God That Sees." The ancient Hebrew conception of the heavens and earth are different from our own. We know that Heaven is in a different realm from our own entirely. But in her mind, God was looking down from Heaven and dispatched His angel to protect and care for her. But that is not the touching part of the story. Hagar did what no one else in the Bible had done, before or since - she named God. Her exclamation of love by naming Him so affectionately - was let to stand as an example of a God that cares and a people that respond with love and surprise.

God's Word of Love and Care:

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:29-31

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." Jeremiah 29:11  

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:28-29  

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Finishing Thoughts

God worked tirelessly in generations past to make sure that we have the great promises of the Bible. And it is these promises that are spoken through the generations to our hearts. Listen to them, they are from a God in Heaven that is near to you. Reach out to Him and listen to His encouragement, mercy, and counsel as you walk through your day. And make sure to follow the example of Hagar and respond to Him with love, surprise, and affection.

Disclaimer:  Occasionally, I will allow a fellow author to provide a guest post for my blog.  The purpose of this allowance is to help fellow authors promote their works, and while I am very particular about who and what I promote, I cannot guarantee that the beliefs and views stated in any article or enclosed links are my own. 

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