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Sunday, March 31, 2019

God Keeps His Promises!

Notes: God Keeps His Promises!
by Greg Laurie on Mar 31, 2019
Event:
Sunday morning
Scripture:
Romans 11
Series:
Relentless Grace: Paul


Promises, easily made, not easily kept.

1. God has promised you will never be alone in life.

Isaiah 41:10 NLT
[10] Don't be afraid, for I am with you. Don't be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.

Hebrews 13:5 NLT
[5] Don't love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail you. I will never abandon you."

2. God promises to get us through whatever we’re facing.

Isaiah 43:2 NLT
[2] When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.

Psalm 23:4 NLT
[4] Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

3. Jesus promises he will come again

John 14:1 NLT
[1] "Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

John 14:3 NLT
[3] When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.

He keeps His promises. He shows it with the Jewish people. In Romans 9-11 God shows this relationship with the Jews.

Genesis 12:3 NKJV
[3] I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."

Genesis 12:7 NKJV
[7] Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him.

There is a new theology that’s tries to says the church has replaced the Jews, that is wrong.

1. If God could reach a Jewish man like Paul, there is hope for everyone!

Romans 11:1-2 NKJV
[1] I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. [2] God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying,

Paul could of been considered “a Jews, Jew” he has a real resume that was very impressive. Everything changed when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus.

Acts 9:4-6 NKJV
[4] Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" [5] And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" Then the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads." [6] So he, trembling and astonished, said, "Lord, what do You want me to do?" Then the Lord said to him, "Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Elijah the prophet was another example.

2. Sometimes you May feel you are the only one, who stands for God but you aren’t.

Romans 11:2-4 NKJV
[2] God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, [3] "LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life"? [4] But what does the divine response say to him? "I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal."

3. As gentiles, we have been brought into the promises of God.

Romans 11:17 NKJV
[17] And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

Many Jews in our times feel like we as Christians are against them. We aren’t and should not be.

I am thankful our government has recognized Jerusalem as the true capital of Israel. Also, that the Golan Heights belong to Israel.

4. God uses us to bless the people who have blesses us.

Romans 11:14 NKJV
[14] if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them.

When a Christian walks with God it should be the most attractive thing ever to a nonbeliever.

Watching someone in a blessed life should make others want a blessed life.

Israel is the “epicenter” for the world.

Romans 11:22-32 NKJV
[22] Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. [23] And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. [24] For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? [25] For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. [26] And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; [27] For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins." [28] Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. [29] For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. [30] For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, [31] even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. [32] For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all.

Ezekiel 5:5 NKJV
[5] "Thus says the Lord GOD: 'This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations and the countries all around her.

Ezekiel 38:14 NKJV
[14] "Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say to Gog, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "On that day when My people Israel dwell safely, will you not know it?

5. Israel plays a key role in the last days.

Romans 11:25-26 NKJV
[25] For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. [26] And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;

Messianic Jews believe in Jesus.

Many young people today do not even know what the holocaust is.

May 14, 1948 Israel miraculously became a nation again.

Ezekiel 37:11-12 NKJV
[11] Then He said to me, "Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, 'Our bones are dry, our hope is lost, and we ourselves are cut off!' [12] Therefore prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.

That is a very specific prediction. Never has an ancient nation been able to do that. The Jewish people did!

Ezekiel 38:18 NKJV
[18] "And it will come to pass at the same time, when Gog comes against the land of Israel," says the Lord GOD, "that My fury will show in My face.

Ezekiel 39:29 NKJV
[29] And I will not hide My face from them anymore; for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel,' says the Lord GOD."

Romans 11:25 NKJV
[25] For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.

God’s not done with Israel. He is working on His people. Before God pours His spirit out on the Jewish people, He is going to finish His work with the Gentiles.

1 Thessalonians 4:17 NKJV
[17] Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.

If Jesus came today, would you be one of us caught up in the air?

If you are not ready, you can get ready right now!

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