Dispensation of Time Series

Promise (Abraham)

Part 4—When promises are made only to be broken, we are talking about human promises. Politicians are a good example of this. Many of them, while campaigning for positions, promise almost everything. They speak the best words to voters to get their attention and get their votes. They will even use God’s name to be believable, using their bad or good experience and accepting their misjudgments to grab sympathy from the voters. These politicians are indirectly buying the votes of the citizens through promises.

There is no way in this world that a politician will face the voting public without promising something. Most of the time, it turns into disappointment for the public because these promises were broken after they were elected. These are all acts of a person to manipulate our mind, a deceitful performance by a lying tongue; we are deceived and fall victim to their ugly motive. “The world is like a stage,” as Williams Shakespeare’s most quoted passages, could mean that humans play a specific role; some play a heroic act, some are criminal, cruel, and wicked, and the weak are always the victim.

Promises sometimes become a part of our daily play. A man can promise the world to his woman to prove how much he cares for her. Of course, the woman is not clueless that this line is impossible without hearing what the man means. We heard a lot of promises being mentioned inside the church, and sometimes, they were included in the preaching. How will we disagree with the Pastors when they refer to the word of God? We can express a different opinion with interpretations or illustrations but never argue about the spoken word of God in reverence of God.

This world also assigned people to a role as travelers, though they still needed more time to stay with their families. A family man knows his responsibilities and obligations at home. He is responsible for continuing the journey to fulfill his promises: giving his family a good future, better education, food, clothing, and shelter. When we promise, we have to fulfill that Promise or, better, not promise at all because the expectation of a result is so high that sometimes fulfilling a promise is way beyond your means.

When we loan money to a friend with a promise that it will be paid back in time but fails, that friend may avoid seeing us apologize or make renewed promises. You can set this play differently; either you lend the money and forget about it or give it, considering that the borrower sincerely needs help, which forces him to make reckless promises. This lesson tells us not to lend money to a friend unless we are ready to forgive and avoid unhealthy friendships or borrow from a friend if we know we cannot repay it.

The Bible is also very clear about promises: “*It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.”**It is a snare for a man to rashly devote something as holy and to reconsider his vows afterward. *Ecclesiastes 5:5 NIV; **Proverbs 20:25 .

What do we feel when somebody promises us something only to be broken? Do we foolishly injure their dignity to get even or disgrace them? What if we made a promise to God and not fulfill it? What will God feel? We can feel anger and hatred and humiliate those who broke their promises, but what good will it bring us? Nothing but harming ourselves. On the other hand, when we vow to God and do not do it, this Promise is missing the mark; it is a sin. When we follow our vow, we are worthy of trust in human standards and the eyes of God, and it is His delight.

The Bible says: “If you make a vow to the LORD your God, do not be slow to keep it, because He will surely require it of you, and you will be guilty of sin.”Deuteronomy 23:21 in Jonah says, “But I, with the voice of thanksgiving, will sacrifice to you. I will fulfill what I have vowed. Salvation is from the LORD!” Jonah 2:9

We have to be very careful when handling the Truth of God. It will not please Him when using His word without sincerity or dividing the truth. We cannot form an opinion regarding the servants of God that will divide the body unless he is selfishly serving his self-interest, which will cause the faithful to walk away from the truth. We can deal with the circumstances by asking for a meeting to address the questionable behavior and, in the end, to settle it with the body of believers and make a vow or covenant to the congregation.

We already heard this ubiquitous phrase in the church, “the more you give, the more you receive.” It sounds like a promise, and indeed, it is a promise. Some may say that when you give, you lose; people do not know that when you give, you gain the Spirit, but we also have to be careful in giving to poor or rich churches. We must be aware of how their leaders live their lives, how they walk and talk about their behavior and attitude, and their maturity towards handling the struggles that their members are experiencing.

Leaders below or above the level of a luxury lifestyle are successful using their talents, not their spiritual gifts. They are more concerned about their performance in the pulpit rather than the growth of their members’ spiritual enlightenment. Likewise, the members should always be aware that their leaders are not performers to entertain them, but instead, expect them to lead them to be equipped to have a close relationship with God. We have to check ourselves if our joy is from our emotions or if it is from the Spirit that gives us joy. As it is written, we have a warning that giving to the rich leads to poverty.

Do not be afraid that you will lose by giving. The Law of the Spirit is different from the Law of man. Jesus said, “*Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Many ministers only use this scripture to enrich themselves and employ their families. We are not talking about living in pennies but living in mansions.

Why did God allow this to happen? Sometimes, God uses these people for us to see or experience the truth of His word. There are ministers in sheep’s clothing preaching the Promise of prosperity and sometimes putting fear in our minds so we can dig deeper into our pockets, and yet a wolf is ravenous, hunting for prey. God gave us wisdom not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed with the renewal of our minds. Using the word of God, we can discern the actual motive of ungodly deeds by using flattering words to gain your pocket rather than equipping you with the words against those kinds of ungodly people like them.

As God’s sons and daughters, we must build our lives on the core message of Jesus and then continue getting in touch with Him through prayer, live in peace by obeying the commandments of love, and follow through with our promises. Staying faithful to God includes moral living. When we bless others, God will bless us. “I bless those who bless you,” He said. Giving is sharing, and sharing is caring; there are many forms of blessing others; through financial gifts, which matters to most recipients, material things can be a blessing too; we can bless them by letting them feel our concern and compliments, blessing them with the word of God, recite prayers to uplift someone in need of spiritual strength, or greeting them well with the love of the Lord. “Do not judge others on what they can afford or what kind of gift they gave, for it will return to you.”*Luke 6:38 NIV.

As it is written, God made promises to individual persons. God promised Noah that every living creature on earth and those living on it would never be destroyed again by a flood. This happened after the universal flood that perished mankind and every living creature not in the Ark of Promise. Eight people and their livestock were saved. They were told to be fruitful and multiply, and they obeyed God’s will.

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God made a covenant with Abraham and said, “To your descendants, I give this land” Genesis 15:18-21. God also promised Abraham that he would make him the Father of many nations and that his name would greatly bless all the people on earth. Genesis 12:2-3. Promises were also made to Isaac, son of Abraham: “Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and bless you. For you and your descendants, I will give all these lands and confirm the oath I swore to your Father Abraham”-Genesis 26:3, and then to Abraham’s grandson Jacob, “I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.”Genesis 28:13.

    God promised Moses the land of Promise. Due to disobedience,  Moses was not allowed to enter the land of Promise. God who keeps His promises never changes, but His mercy and grace can change the circumstances. As to  Moses, God allowed him to see the whole land of Promise from the top of a mountain but was never allowed to set foot into the promised land.

    God promises David that He will establish his son’s kingdom and build a house in His name forever, and His faithful love will never leave him. “I will be his father, and he will be my son.” His kingdom will be established forever, 2 Samuel 7:11–16. The Promised Land can be found in Exodus 23:31.

God is present in human lives from the Old to the New Testament. He loves us, but at the same time, he chastises us when we do wrong. Whether sinners or saints, we need God to guide and protect us from this violent world. It doesn’t mean that we are sinless. We do not need God; how can we claim to be sinless or a saint? Does our mind tell us or our hearts? We cannot judge others as sinless, and we are not! Our conscience can testify, but God looks into our hearts. Solomon, the man who received wisdom from God during his advanced age, questioned why he had to accumulate all the wealth and leave it to somebody who had nothing to do with his hard work and that life was meaningless. Still, in the end, he realized life was only worthless without God. God will never leave us nor forsake us. It was a promise then and remains until the end of the ages.

 In the New Covenant, Christians believe the Promise is about the relationship between God and humans reconciled by Jesus through his sacrifice on the cross. Jews and Gentile believers will be saved upon profession of faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior by a promise of eternal life in John 3:16. Our salvation is a gift from God through believing in His Son Jesus. Still, it does not mean we can continue living in sin. Salvation is by grace, but grace only comes to those who obey God’s Law. Jesus, who is blameless, should be our model in righteousness, and to be like Him will be God’s delight. Joshua reminded us to be careful; *But be very careful to keep the commandment and the Law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” *Joshua 22:5

“When the Gentiles, who do not know the Law, act by it by the light of nature, they show that they have a law in themselves, for they demonstrate the effect of a law operating in their hearts. Their conscience endorsed such a law, for there was something which condemns or commends their actions.” “God’s judgment is just.”  “All who have sinned without knowledge of the Law will die without reference to the Law, and all who have sinned knowing the Law shall be judged according to the Law. It is not a familiarity with the Law that justifies a man in the sight of God, but obedience to it.” Romans 2:12-15 J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Paul has written in Romans, “While we were “in the flesh” the Law stimulated our sinful passions and so worked in our nature that we became productive—for death! But now that we stand clear of the Law, the claims which existed are dissolved by our “death,” and we are free to serve God not in the old obedience to the letter of the Law, but in a new way, in the Spirit.” Romans 7:5-6 (PHILLIPS)

God promised that when we trust Him with all our heart, He will guide us and we will never be lost- After all that being said and asked, the Bible says that Jesus has a tattoo on His thigh, “On his robe at his thigh was written this title: King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Revelation 19:16 (NLT). It’s either literal or symbolic; I tend to lean not to the understanding of men but rather submit to God, whose thoughts are higher than our thoughts and ways higher than our ways.

Let God adorn us with what is pleasing to His sight. His work will never fail us; He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to be blameless one more time. He will reform us to perfection. He wants us to be as perfect as Adam before the fall. He will erase the old and give us a renewed Spirit. He will proclaim us wholly and entirely sanctified and ready to receive His blessing of the glorified body, and the throne of righteousness will be delivered to those whom He glorified, who will be Sons and Daughters of the Almighty.

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 6:18, “ I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” We, whom the Holy Spirit dwells, are sons and daughters of the LORD Almighty. Isn’t it great to be sons and daughters of the Almighty God? We cannot have a relationship higher than that.

   Jesus Christ, who will rule the earth forever with His saints and the kingdom of God, will be free from the dust of the earth, free from pain and sorrow, free from slavery under religion made by man, and with no possessions to fight for. There is no more past to look back on and no worries about savings and preparing for the future, what we will eat and wear; there is no need for the sun to shine the day and the moon to light the night. God will outshine the sun and the moon. God will be the light, and the lamb will be the lamp. No more countries that divide the kingdom; the land will be one as before and one language, the language of God.

Everything will be good as God’s purpose, and all will be loved as the Will of God. God is good, and God is love. Therefore, God wants us to be good and love and be loved. Jesus said not to say that He is suitable, but only the Father is good. Jesus replied to the accuser, claiming to be God, “Isn’t it written in your Law? “I have said you are gods; the accusers themselves are gods and the name to whom the word of God came.” If this is not true, Jesus will not say it, and whatever is written cannot be broken, especially if it is a promise. If you claim this today,  some fundamentalist Christians will write a conclusion – perhaps an adverse judgment.

The Promises: God will cover your naked body with a promise that you belong to Him, adorn us with jewelry and beautiful crowns on your heads, adorn you with gold and silver, clothing with fine linen, and become very beautiful and rose to be a queen made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign Lord – Ezekiel 16:8-14  (NIV); we enter the world naked and we will leave this world naked, everything will be left behind, no material or possessions can be brought to an eternal destination. Buried bodies or cremated all go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust, all return.

“*For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” *2 Corinthians 1:20 (ESV): God kept His promises; when he said it, He will do it. God is the only way, and to be fooled by deceivers is wrong. God gave us free will, but if we constantly communicate with Him, God’s Spirit will guide our free will without interfering with our daily decisions. We must be aware that when the Spirit prods us, we must double-check what we are doing.    God promised that if we search for Him with all our heart and soul, we will find him-Deuteronomy 4:29. When you ask God, you will hear His response; when you seek Him, you may see His face shine upon you, and when you knock, He will open His heart to welcome you.

Likewise, when you open your heart to Him, He will accept your invitation, and your body will become His temple. We should remember that God looks into our hearts. It is His delight that our body is His temple. God is near to us whenever we call on Him—Deuteronomy 4:7—The enemy of the faith cannot be near you nor harm you; when God is in you, no one can be against you.

God promised prosperity to all who delight in His Word-Psalm 1:1-3. God will prosper in anything we do. Many who will hear or work with you for us will appreciate and accept us. Prosperity is not all about money. It could be a wealth of knowledge and a healthy body; everything we do is for His glory. Money can buy many things but not everything, so don’t let money separate you from God, who gave it. Money is temporal – you can have it today and gone tomorrow. Stay blessed and submit to Him in all your ways, and let Him do His ways. His Spirit will guide you in every decision and direction.  

    “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”- Jeremiah 29:11-13 ESV.

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“Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” 2 Peter 1:2-4; our behavior and attitude reflect the character of God and it impacts the very purpose of our existence.

Human beings are still in the image and likeness of God (James 3:9; 1 Corinthians 11:7). Jesus Himself is the image of the invisible God. Through Him, we attained the gift of salvation. (Colossians 1:15; compare 2 Corinthians 4:4). Now that the word has been revealed to us, that we are partakers of the Divine Nature of God, His Holy Temple, what more could we ask when He gave us more than enough? We are part of the I AM of God- The TrinityPromises of God in the New Testament.

God promised salvation to all who believe in His Son (Romans 1:16–17). God promised that all things would work out for the good of His children (Romans 8:28). God promised comfort in times of trials (2 Corinthians 1:3–4). God promised new creation in Christ, and the old has gone (2 Corinthians 5:17). God promised to be blessed in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ  (Ephesians 1:3). Whereas, in the Old Testament, inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4).

 God promised to complete a good work He began on the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6). God promised to guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus and not to be anxious about anything. (Philippians 4:6–7). God promised to give us the things we need when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness(Matthew 6:33); God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus(Philippians 4:19). Our Heavenly Father values us more than the birds He feeds (Matthew 6:26).

       Jesus’ promises in the Gospels. Jesus promised He would give rest to our souls (Matthew 11:28–30). Jesus promised not just life but abundant life to those who believe (John 10:10). Jesus promised a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14). “Jesus promised to give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. (John 10:28). Jesus promised power when the Holy Spirit comes on you. (Acts 1:8). The Jews, in a fury of jealousy, accused the believers who turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Jesus promised to come back and take you to be with Him that you also may be where He will be (John 14:2–3).

    There are thousands of God’s promises available in the written Word of God, the Bible, to help us in every need. Some were fulfilled in ancient times, and some find their ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, “the exact representation of His being” (Hebrews 1:3). No matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him, the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
    Promises can be good and dangerous, too. When promises are not followed through, they may disappoint the person to whom they are made and may harm them. Our imperfections can cause us to break a promise and can cause a person to be less patient. When we make promises and do not keep them, it turns out to be a lie, and lying is a sin. We should only make promises with care and respect the other person’s trust.

Promises are vital because they identify trustworthiness. When we make a promise to God, we better fulfill it. The Bible is clear: “W: When you vow to God, do not delay fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it. Do not let your mouth lead you into sin” (Ecclesiastes 5:4–5).

A willful sin is like a promise with the intention not to fulfill; Scripture states – “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” Hebrews 10:26. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9: “Forgiveness is available to all, but we leave it to God’s sovereign grace to cause the transgressor to repent to be pardoned” Ephesians 2:4.

The apportioned time of Promise ended at Mt. Sinai, where God gave Abraham’s people the Law to Moses.

1)Innocence 2)Conscience 3)Human Government 4)Promise 5)Law 6)Grace 7)Kingdom

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