God’s Promises: He is our Friend

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I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. (Psalm 146:1)

When you thank Me for the many pleasures I provide, you affirm that I am God, from whom all blessings flow. When adversity strikes and you thank Me anyway, your trust in My sovereignty is a showpiece in invisible realms. Fill up the spare moments of your life with praise and thanksgiving. This joyous discipline will help you live in the intimacy of My Presence.

Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.
In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.                                To you they cried out and were saved;in you they trusted and were not put to shame. (Psalm 22:3)

In Genesis 22:2 God said to Abraham “Take your son, your only son, whom you love- Isaac-and…sacrifice him.” Abraham climbs Mount Moriah with a heavy heart and yearning, yet humbly obedient.

Abraham’s actions are a lesson to us when we question God’s dealings in our lives! Rebuke all explanations that try to cast doubt on this staggering scene, for this was an object lessons for all ages! Angels also looked on in awe. Will Abraham’s faith not stand forever as a strength and a help to all God’s people? Will his trial not be a witness to the fact that unwavering faith will always prove the faithfulness of God? The answer is a resounding- Yes! And once Abraham’s faith had victoriously endured its greatest test, the angel of the Lord…spoke to him and said, “Now that I know you fear God” (Genesis 22:12). The Lord said to him, in effect, “Because you have trusted me through this great trial, I will trust you and you will be forever “my friend. (Isaiah 41:9) -Adapted from Streams in the Desert

Rejoice always,  pray continually,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

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