Richly Blessed in Christ – My Daily Bread!
Our call to praise and thankfulness in this season of Thanksgiving is found in the words of the Apostle Paul in Romans 10: 11-13, NIV, which reads:
“As the scripture says, “Anyone who trust in Him will never be put to shame.” For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.””
This is one of those special scriptures in the Word that speaks to one of the precious truths about our God and to three promises that form the basis of our Christian faith.
First it affirms the truth of Gods sovereignty over all His creation – including the believer and the non-believer. He is Lord of all, in control of all and in all things, “For in Him we live and move and have our being”. (Acts 17: 28, NIV) Genesis 1:1, NIV tells us: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”. The Gospel of John also tells us: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made, without Him, nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1: 1 – 3, NIV) Simply, basis truths of who God is, and yet so hard for many to believe.
And next there are three promises that ignite the hearts of all who call upon His Holy name:
Promise: Salvation to everyone who call on His name – Jesus confirmed this when He said: “When a man believes in Me, he does not believe in Me only, but in the One who sent Me. When he looks at Me, he sees the One who sent Me. I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness. As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.” (John 12: 44 – 47, NIV)
Promise: He richly blesses all who call on Him – all the riches that are found in Christ Jesus are stored up for those whose are His own. We are told: “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4: 19, NIV) Our lives on this side of heaven cannot began to scratch the surface of what the Lord has in store. His blessings cover all dimensions – spiritual and physical. Oftentimes our humanness causes us to focus on the physical aspects of His gifts, but Saints pray that God opens you eyes and heart to see and treasure His spiritual gifts; for these are truly the things of God.
Promise: All who trust in Him will never be put to shame – God guides and protects us for His presence is all around; The breath of God, the Holy Spirit, seals us until the day we stand in His presence. For “those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified, those He justified, He also glorified.” (Romans 8: 30, NIV) The scriptures speak of the Saints of God being “more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. (Romans 8:37, NIV) For through the very power of God’s love Paul was able to be convinced that “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any power, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39, NIV)
Saints, What a powerful Word! We are truly richly blessed in the Lord!
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