“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” – Philippians 1:27
God’s word is like a treasure chest buried underground full of gold coins worth of billions of dollars; but instead of gold coins the bible offers something better; God’s promises. Sadly many Christians don’t know God’s promises. It’s like gives us a treasure chest full of gold coins, and we never open it to see what’s inside; we lack the faith to see these amazing fruits.
Today, I am here to tell you that when we come to God in a manner of high faith we can discovery these promises, promises that will be able to lead a peaceful life and understand God’s calling in our lives.
God promises to satisfy us fully and forever in Jesus Christ.
We all long for heart-satisfaction. We all crave joy, pleasure, and beauty. And we can find some joy, pleasure, and beauty in things of the world. But none of these gives us full joy. Or lasting joy.
But God has good news. God promises that full and lasting joy is found in himself; in knowing him as he is revealed in Jesus Christ. That’s what David says in Psalm 16:11 (he’s speaking to God) –
“In your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
We can also see this promise in verses like Psalm 36:7-9; Psalm 63:1-2; Psalm 73:25-26; John 6:35; Philippians 3:8; 1 Peter 1:8.
God promises to forgive us through faith in Christ so you can experience his heart-satisfying presence now and forever.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
We have all sinned and faced God’s punishment. But on the Cross, Jesus was punished in our place. So when we turn from whatever else we’ve been trusting to satisfy us, and trust Jesus Christ to forgive us, change us, and satisfy us in himself — everything changes:
God forgives all our sin — so we will never be punished by him (1John 1:9; Romans 8:1).
God covers us with Jesus’ perfect righteousness, and welcomes us as if we were perfectly righteous (2Corinthians 5:21). This complete forgiveness, and all of God’s promises, are ours by faith alone in Christ alone, as Paul tells us in Ephesians 2:8-9.
God promises to keep us strong in faith so we can experience his heart-satisfying presence forever.
This will ensure that we don’t turn from our faith in Christ because God promises that if we are truly trusting him now then he will never let you fall away. We won’t be sinless. But he will keep you persevering in faith until you enter heaven.
That’s what Paul says in Philippians 1:6 – “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Christ, God mercifully promises to reward our undeserving faith with even more heart-satisfaction in him now and forever.
So the more we trust and obey Christ now, the more joy we will have in Christ now, and forever. Here’s how Jesus puts this promise in John 14:21 – “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
But please don’t misunderstand this idea of reward. It’s not that we deserve rewards from God. It’s that – because of Jesus’ death on the Cross — God mercifully rewards our undeserving faith and obedience with more of himself.
“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith” – Hebrews 13:7
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