These Campaign Promises Have Been True For Thousands of Years.

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Placing your faith in what a person promises will fail you many times over in this life. This truth is fresh in our minds from presidential elections filled with campaign promises that will fall well short of expectations.

Empty promises can leave us hurt, confused, unprepared and frustrated. They damage relationships and leave us unsure about who to trust.

God knows this is a problem for us.

He even goes as far as telling us not to swear we  will do something.

“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”‭‭ (Matthew‬ ‭5:37‬)

After all, we are just a bunch of dustballs (Gen. 3:19), who knows if we will even be around to fulfill our promises? “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (‭‭James‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

How is that for some sobering perspective? This is why we should say, ““If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”” (‭‭James‬ ‭4:15‬)

By contrast, God makes promises that he keeps. His people can count on these promises as truths that will come to pass. It is interesting to note that while grace and forgiveness are a free gift to all accept it, no one can earn their way to heaven, these promises ask for an action before the reward is given. Almost like, “If you do this, then you will get this.”

So what are they? Hint: They’re big! You may want to bookmark the ones listed below. The best news is they are available to anyone who chooses to put God first. (Romans 3:22)

 

PROMISES

1. He will always be there for you

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

2. He has a plan specifically for you!

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11

3. He will make you stronger

So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41: 10

4. Troubles are guaranteed but through Christ we have peace

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

5. All that is good, is yours.

The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Psalm 34:10 

6. Evil will run from you

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7

7. Know peace once and for all (You know you have been searching for it)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Philippians 4:6

8. Promised benefits

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Galatians 5:22

What is your response to God’s promises?

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Listen Up Kids; Santa Is Not Real. Seriously.

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Every year about this time I blog about the real meaning of Christmas. It’s certainly a well-covered topic by many authors but I always feel the need for my own spin.  I usually reference a Ben Stein letter.  See it here.

This year there has been a disturbing theme that has really caught me off guard.   It seems that this year, people really got into Christmas early. Whether it was shopping earlier, hanging up the decorations or the stores outdoing themselves yet again, things were moving in a hurry.  Because of this, people also began speaking about Christmas earlier.  I’ve had many conversations this year about Santa versus Jesus.  It wasn’t until the third conversation that it REALLY hit me.  I even remember pointing my finger at the person I was talking to.   “You are willing to defend Santa more than Jesus!” I said with eyes wide open like someone had just slapped my on my back.

Before you roll your eyes and move on to the next post consider how most of these conversations go.

PERSON: Are your kids excited about seeing Santa this year?

MATT: Well, we really don’t do the whole Santa thing.

PERSON: You mean you aren’t telling your kids about Santa?

MATT: Well, our children are young (3 and 9 months) but I’m not going to lie to them about a tale that overshadows the real reason we have Christmas.

PERSON: But it’s just for fun, how can you do that to your kids?

MATT: You mean, how can I decide to NOT lie to my kids.  Well, I am just a horrible father.

See, I have yet to hear anyone use the “J” word in these conversations (Jesus). For some reason, it makes people uncomfortable when I say to them “I really want my kids to know that during Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus who is our Lord and Savior.  It is the message of Emmanuel (God With Us) and the beginning of the greatest life that the people on earth have ever known.  It is because of Him that we are saved and for this we celebrate this miraculous event.”

If you are uncomfortable with this message or think that there is more to Christmas then this, then maybe this particular Christian holiday is not for you. Maybe you should sit this one out.

Instead of ‘sitting it out,’ what we see instead is people making their own holiday.  Maybe these people should instead celebrate Seinfeld’s Festivus.

So if anyone asks me again, how I can deprive my kids of believing in Santa, from now on my answer is this.  I tell my kid’s about Jesus and not about Santa because I love them and I want them to know where they can turn to, to learn the truth.  After all, they will have enough lies and confusion handed to them throughout their lives.  I do this because it is my job as a father to train them in the way they should go.  (Proverbs 22:6)  It is my job and privilege to honor these celebrations such as Christmas and Easter for the amazing pieces of history that they are.  I do this because I want them to know about the Grace that God has given us through his son, Jesus the Christ.

Merry Christmas kids.