15 Promises God Gives Us

15 Promises God Gives Us

Oh, What a beautiful blessed assurance we have

Promise. Something so simple, but can mean the world. We live in a world where people make and break promises effortlessly, and it slowly tears us apart. As Christians we have the blessed reassurance that God's promises hold true till the very end. So, take to heart what God has promised His children and truly believe it.

It's one of the greatest feelings in the world to know that God's got us, no matter how many times we fail.

1. He will fight for you

Life has a great knack for throwing lots of trials our way, and when we try to fight the battle through our own strength we fail. We need to remind our selves that no matter how hard we try, we will never win. We need to surrender all our problems to God, the ultimate conqueror of sin.

2. He gives strength to the weak and powerless

We as humans are weak, and we so easily forget that. We need to learn to humble ourselves and let God give us the strength we need when we are week.

3. He will help you

"He's Got the Whole World in His Hand" is not just a song to be sung in Sunday School. Down to the root it is filled with great biblical truth. God's got the whole world in his hand, which includes you. He will give you the strength and help you need to carry on.

4. His love for us is unshakable

We sing different variations of "His love never fails." All the time: in the car, in the shower, at youth group, and on Sundays during church. So, why don't we ever seem to really believe it? God loves us so much he sent His son to die for us. Why would he turn his back on His beloved if the love he has for us was so unsure.

5. The enemy will not prevail against us

We are children of God with an inheritance to rise up against the enemy and rebuke it in the name of God. Never do so in anger however with a spirit of condemnation for then you are no longer doing it for God, but for the flesh. Make sure your spirit is right, and let God speak through you.

6. He is faithful and just to forgive us

Through the sacrifice of His son we are given eternal life, free of sin. We need only ask for forgiveness and for Jesus to come into our hearts. Ask this of the Lord in full belief and trust and he will be faithful to forgive.

7. The Lord guides us and will never leave us

Our God is an almighty and knowing God. He knows what is to come before it happens. If you follow the Lord with all of your heart, mind, and soul he will guide you and protect you.

8. He has made plans to prosper us, give us a hope and a future

He knew you before you were born, he created you special and unique, and he loves you relentlessly. And with this he has made great plans for you. The life that we are called to live isn't always easy, but take heart in this our riches are stored in heaven!

9. He promises us eternal life

The price of our sins is high, death. God loves us so much that He sent his one and only son to die a sinners death, suffer in hell, and rise again victorious over death. Eternal life with God in paradise. Friends it doesn't get any better than this.

10. He will answer all of our prayers

The Lord is faithful and just to answer our prayers, but we need to truly believe and trust in Him. Otherwise they are just words spoken into to the air.

11. He is with us in our darkest times

We live in a cursed, and therefore imperfect world where sin runs rampant. As a child of God we have nothing to fear because he is with us through our darkest times. Sometimes he will be beside us and other times he will be carrying us, but through it all He will always be there.

12. He will give us the desires of our heart

Love the Lord and he will give what you ask of him. Like when a child innocently and spontaneously tells his parents that he loves them. God is our father who loves when we pour out our love for him.

13. All things work together for good

No matter what life throws at us God loves us, and all things will work together for good. However, don't forget the last part "of those who love Him." We must love the Lord with everything that we have.

14. He gives us peace

When chaos stirs in our soul we need the peace of God that surpasses all understanding. If we make our requests known to God he will protect us and calm the storm.

15. He will provide for us

Seek God always. No matter what. The things of this world are just things, they hold no meaning. Our riches in heaven are eternal.

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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5 Facts About Spiritual Gifts That You Need To Know

Different gifts, but from the same Spirit


1 Corinthians 12:4-5 states; "[4] There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. [5] There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord." We see that there are multiple spiritual gifts, but they all come from the same Lord.

1. We all have different gifts and that's okay


Just like a body has different parts that each has its own function, that's like the body of Christ. We all have different gifts and different purposes, but we're all part of the body of Christ. God has a plan for you and has given you certain gifts. God doesn't call the equipped, he equips the calling.

2. There are various spiritual gifts mentioned in the Bible


Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 are some of the bible passages that talk about spiritual gifts. Giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, tongue interpretation, administration, discernment, hospitality, missionary, and evangelism are some of the spiritual gifts that people can have. We can desire any gift, but it's God's choice on what gifts He gives us.

Remember, everyone can receive speaking in tongues via baptism in the Holy Spirit, but not everyone will get the gift of tongue interpretation.

3. Spiritual Gifts are supernatural abilities that are either given or enhanced via the Holy Spirit


God gave us these Spiritual gifts because God wants to invest in His church.

4. Spiritual gifts are for strengthening others


We have spiritual gifts in order to help others.

5. It does take time for gifts to mature and develop


Like with a skill that you have, it does take time for you to own said skill. You put in the work, and because of that, you grow in your skill, and you get better. That's the same way with your gifts. God gives each of us certain gifts to use, and it will take time to mature those gifts.

Spiritual gifts are important.

In Romans 12:6 states; "[6] We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; [7] if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; [8] if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."

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