Ozark Christian Living

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Mine Promise

March 4

"... according to the promise of life which is in CHRIST JESUS,"  2 Timothy 1:1





"... true, eternal motivation is not found in the stream of man's empty words, but in the mine of CHRIST'S empty tomb."






What has GOD promised you?  The Bible is a veritable gold mine of promise for the Christian, holding an inexhaustible reserve of real eternal richness.  How many of us though, are surface miners, panning our little stake, and never risking the deep walk with GOD to where HIS veins supply.  As a result, we become adopted paupers, paddling in our stream, and boasting of the nugget or two we have stumbled upon ... resisting even their redemption, for fear of never finding another.  "And this is the promise that HE hath promised us, even eternal life."  Fret not though lil' Forty-Niner, for HE stands at the entrance to an endless shaft of excessive wealth: "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the DIVINE nature ... That in the ages to come HE might shew the exceeding riches of HIS grace in HIS kindness toward us through CHRIST JESUS."

What motivates you?  Paul states here that he was an apostle "according to the promise of life" ... and these were not empty words, for they came from CHRIST JESUS, Who had bested death.  Dear friend, true, eternal motivation is not found in the stream of man's empty words, but in the mine of CHRIST'S empty tomb.

Who is your guarantor?  Promises are inextricably linked to the one who makes them and are worth no more or no less than the character of the promise-er: "For when GOD made promise to Abraham, because HE could swear by no greater, HE sware by HIMSELF,"  Have you found man's promises of liberty to be less than tenable?  "While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: ..."

Paul claimed a promise from GOD: "... for he is a chosen vessel unto ME, to bear MY name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for MY name's sake." ... and he discovered the glorious fulfillment that: "there hath not failed one word of all HIS good promise"  ...and thus he went to his grave, motivated and ensured: "In hope of eternal life, which GOD, that cannot lie, promised before the world began"

For all the promises of GOD in HIM are yea, and in HIM Amen, unto the glory of GOD by us."

For Love of Country
John Locke (1632-1704)
(English Philosopher whose writings greatly influenced America's founders)
"The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by GOD on the children of men.  It has GOD for its AUTHOR; salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter.  It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting."

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