2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV – Yes and Amen

For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Jesus Christ fulfills all the promises of God to us, and all our confidence in God’s promises must come from our trust in Jesus Christ; whom we know and can rely on.  Jesus is the ultimate evidence of God faithfulness.

God is the essence of truth.  Truth originates with God.  “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.” (Psalm 25:5 NKJV)  Truth is demonstrated in His faithfulness and reliability.  “For the word of the Lord is right, and all His work is done in truth.” (Psalm 33:4 NKJV)  A life of faith that believes the promises of God is derived from a reliance upon God and His promises alone, and results in boldness and steadfastness in service and in the face of difficulties.  And leads us to a prayer life that stands on the promises of God and will not be moved.

The confidence of believers is grounded in God and His character rather than human accomplishments or achievements.   I’ve said this before, “It’s not about us, folks.”  It’s not about our abilities or our knowledge or our strength.  It’s all about God.  Listen, when we rely on our own efforts, I promise, we will fail.  I was an example of that life.  I thought at one time that I could do it all, say it all, know it all, and survive it all.  I was wrong.  I was kicked and defeated so badly that there was nothing left except one choice; accepting I needed a Savior in Jesus Christ or die.

Well, you might say, “I can handle it.  That won’t happen to me.  I have too many people around me that would see to it that I was taken care of.”  Well, my friend, no condemnation here.  I’m being as compassionate as I possibly can.  You won’t make it.  You can’t handle the world.  The dominion of the world does not belong to you.  It belongs to the enemy.  The devil.  Satan is his name.  And your protectors will only be around as long as they are safe.  How do I know?  I was there.  I lived it.  I did it.  I thought it.  I spoke it.  I thought I was safe.

The promises of God (not the world) reveal His specific and eternal purposes to which He is unchangeably committed and we can depend on that.  Did you get this?  Unchangeably committed!  God desires to spend eternity with you and that has never changed.  And He is committed.  “The Lord has sworn and will not relent” (Psalm 110:4 NKJV) God’s promises in Him are Yes!  Not maybe, but Yes!  It’s God who made the promise and He can be trusted.  And God’s promises are in Him AMEN!  Or “So be it!”  It’s a declaration.  And we can place our trust in the promises of God.  All of God’s promises are guaranteed in and through Jesus Christ.

Friend, you can try and do this on your own.  You can believe the promises of this world to love you, to care for you, and even give you hope.  But I would have to tell you, that it’s simply not possible for the world to do this.  There is only one way for love, for care, and for hope.  It’s in Jesus.  The Name above every name.  “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Dear Lord, thank You that Your promises are YES and AMEN.  Thank You that we can place our complete trust in You and the truth of Your Word.  It’s not about what the world would have us to believe, but rather Lord, it’s what You have to say about it.  May we seek You and the truth through Your Word.  May it be a guide for our lives.  For the glory of God the Father, and in Your Name, Jesus.  AMEN

Now friend, if you feel any of this was the truth and possibly it might have been meant for you to read, you might be right.  Jesus is the truth.  Jesus is alive.  And Jesus is ready to pour out His grace and mercy and forgive your past and bring you into His everlasting care and eternal life.  But it’s up to you.  You have to make the choice.  Will you accept Jesus today?  If your answer is Yes, than humbly go before God and pray.

Dear Jesus, I can’t do this on my own.  The world is too much for me to bear.  I thought I could do it, but I was misguided.  Forgive me Jesus.  I come to You humbly and seek Your forgiveness.  I believe that You died for me and my sins and rose from the grave so that I could spend eternity with You.  I need You Jesus and I desire to give You my life.  Be my Lord and my Savior.  In Jesus Name.  AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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