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The Keys to Unlock your Blessings in 2013 (Part One)

Posted on January 2, 2013 at 5:57 PM Comments comments (262)
“And now these remain: faith, hope and love.  But the greatest of these is love."                                                                                      I Corinthians 13: 13

In my final Journal for the year 2012, I would like to present three keys that will unlock your blessings for 2013.  Probably, there are those who were blessed in 2012 and are wishing for God’s continual blessings in 2013.  These keys are yours.  There are some who may have had it tough in 2012 and are praying for open doors in this New Year. Run with these keys.  Having discussed, in-depth, the importance and definition of charity, the Apostle Paul points out three key words in concluding his chapter. The pivotal themes are faith, hope, and love. “But the greatest of these [Paul said] is love.”  I am calling on all Christians to focus on these major themes in 2013.  The blessings that God has for us in the New Year will be realized when we have unwavering faith and hope in God and love for God and our fellowman.  As you may know, God calls Paul and sends him as a missionary to the Gentiles (Gal 2:8) with the Gospel of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:17-20). These three themes mentioned above are a major part of Pauline theology.  Now, let’s discuss the themes separately to bring forth Paul’s concept of Faith, Hope, and Love in the service of God in Christ. 

There are varieties of definitions out there for faith; however, one of the best definitions is believing in the promises of God.  The writer of Hebrews nails this when he writes, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (11:1 NIV).  I am excited each time I read Hebrews 11:3, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” The Bible is replete with the promises of God for His people.  The only condition to receiving these blessings is faith in God and His promises, that God will accomplish what He said He would! There are several books written with God’s promises arranged in alphabetical order according to subjects. Let’s look at a few of God’s promises. I’ll give you some Bible references with regard to God’s promise of protection, provision, and salvation to those who accept His Son, Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior:

A.  God promised us protection once we are in Christ:

  • “The Lord will keep you from all harm―he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore" (Ps 121:7, 8 italics mine). 
  • If you make the Most High your dwelling─ even the Lord, who is my refuge ― [this promise is conditional to one making the Most High his dwelling] then no harm will befall you; no disaster will come near your tent" (Ps 91:9, 10 italics mine).    

B.  God promised to provide for His children: 

  • “But remember the Lord your God [conditional to financial blessings], for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today" (Dt 8:18).
  • Paul writes, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:19). ·          

C.  God promised us salvation through Christ: 

  • “And she [the Virgin Mary] shall bring forth a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins" (Mt 1:21 italics mine). 
  • “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and give us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ…And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Cor. 5:18-19).

Faith is the condition to receiving God’s promises. Joshua and Caleb believed in God’s promise of the Promised Land. However, the negative report from the other ten explorers that the giants they had seen in the land caused them to see themselves as grasshoppers (Nm 13:26ff).  But Joshua and Caleb reported that Israel would possess the Land because God had promised to give it to them (Nm 14: 6-8).  That is faith – believing in God’s promises.  Do you believe that God will protect you from “all harm," and not just some?  Do you believe that God will provide all your needs, and that salvation is only in Christ Jesus alone?  This is the first key to unlocking God’s blessings in this life … believing in His promises. The next key that Paul mentioned is hope. To be continued.

Happy New Year!

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One of the books is titled: The Bible Promise Book: One Thousand Promises from God’s Word (published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.: Uhrichsville, Ohio, 1984).