Monday, February 15, 2016

Sarah: Claiming God's Promises

There's a lot to learn from Sarah and you can find out what lessons she teaches us the next few Fridays on this blog. These devotions are from The One Year Devotions for Girls Starring Women of the Bible with some bonus features added.
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Sarah: Claiming God's Promises
     Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Genesis 15:5
     God promised Abraham and Sarah that their family would be like the stars in the sky—it would be so big they wouldn’t be able to count everyone. The problem with that? They didn't have any children, So there was no chance of grandchildren, let alone future generations.
     Did you ever wonder what was going through Sarah's mind? God gave her a promise, but no babies had arrived. Years had gone by, and now she was long past the age of having children. Did she think God had forgotten? Or did she just wonder when and how God would send them a baby?
     Sarah knew that God had made a promise to Abraham and to herself. But she didn’t know how he would keep it. She knew this promise was from the same God who created the world, the moon, sun, and stars, all the animals and people. Certainly the God who did all this could cause Sarah to have a child, even in her old age. But still it seemed impossible.
     Do things in your life seem confusing right now? Are there situations that make you wonder if God is really listening and if he really cares? The God of Sarah and Abraham is the same God who is watching over you. He has given you his message in his Word, the Bible. He has promises for you in the Bible that are as true today as they were when the Bible was first written. You just need to claim them for your own and believe them as though they were written for you.
Thinking it through
     Do you have a favorite promise from God?
     If you don't have a favorite promise from the Bible, maybe one of these will become your favorite. Look up each Scripture given to read the promise right from the Bible.

God promises eternal life to everyone who believe on Jesus. 
John 3:16
God promises his followers an eternal mansion.                     
John 14:2-3
God promises that things work out for good for those who faithfully serve him.
Romans 8:28
God promises a way out of all our temptations.                     
1 Corinthians 10:13
God promises that his grace is sufficient for us.                     
2 Corinthians 12:9
God promises peace to those who take their worries to him. 
Philippians 4:6-7
God promises you can do all things through him.                  
Philippians 4:13
God promises to supply all you need.                                     
Philippians 4:19
God promises wisdom to those who ask him.                                    
James 1:5

     Choose one promise from God, then write it down and place it where you'll see it every day.   

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Anonymous said...

My favorite Bible promise is Philippians 4:13


Laura said...

I love God's promise of protection from harm and danger. Psalms 91:4-6, HCSB. He will cover you with His feathers; you will take refuge under His wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield. You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon.

Jasmine Rose said...

Jeremiah 29:11
Isaiah 40:31

Jayden Collins said...

Isaiah 40:31