A handshake and someone's word isn't good enough anymore. Maybe it never was. We're told it doesn't mean much unless you "put it in writing." Guess a promise isn't what it used to be. Or is it? God didn't need to put His promises in writing - His are always true. But fortunately, He did anyway. And He did it so you can always read, study, and keep them close at hand. God's promises aren't cheap and they aren't empty. See how these life-giving promises can change the way you live your life and trust God more.
Who can you trust?
Everybodys making promises these days: Buy this car-youll be _______. Wear these jeans-people will think youre ______. Drink thisyoull feel _______. But who really lives up to their word? God does. And then some. He never backs off his huge claimsthat He alone saves and gives you a real life, an everlasting real life. Best of all, He never exaggerates or includes fine print as escape clauses.
Looking into verses taken from The Message, check out His promisespromises that will help you handle whatever comes up in your life. So read, know, and memorize them. Because God always lives up to His Word.
EUGENE H. PETERSON is a pastor, scholar, writer, and poet. He spent ten years working on The Message --a paraphrase of the Bible--translating it from the original Greek and Hebrew. Eugene lives with his wife, Jan, in Montana. They have three children and six grandchildren.
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