Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Watered Down Promises


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Thinking back when I was a young child; I can remember enjoying my glass of milk with my dinner, and it was SOooo good. I wanted more, but half of the milk in my glass was gone.

Half full
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In my childish thinking I believed I could stretch the milk; so I went to the kitchen sink and added water to my milk.

Ugh what an awful taste. I had ruined the good milk by adding water to it.

At first my mother said I must not waste the milk, and to drink it anyway. However when she saw my tears of repentance, she relented and allowed me to pour the ugly tasting milk down the drain.

Sometimes, I am guilty of watering down the promises of God.  He gives us His Word with assurance that he will perform - - if we believe.

Abraham believed God and His promises. He moved into agreement with God and "He called those things which did not exist as though they did."

One major way Abraham called God’s promises into being was by giving God glory. Abraham must have had a mouth filled with praise, thanksgiving, adoration, and blessing to and for the Lord, and for His answer.

God counted Abraham’s request as already done, even though Abraham did not see the answer in the natural for many years.

The Apostle Paul was a man who had the "spirit of faith" and saw supernatural results in and through his life, everywhere he went!

Do you know that God wants us to have that same spirit of faith?

Are we guilty of watering down the promises of God and making excuses as to why it will not work for “me?” I have heard people tell me that they can have faith for others, but not for themselves.

 I wonder where these thoughts of doubt came from. Do you want to guess?

Yet some have also believed what I would describe as a watered-down version of the gospel, a gospel that promises forgiveness but rarely mentions the need to repent of your sin. “Join our church but it is OK to continue to live your sinful lifestyle.”

A gospel that promises peace but never warns of persecution, a gospel that says God wants you to be healthy and wealthy and never have any problems to speak of, is not the gospel of the New Testament.

As I think on this I remember that watered down milk does not taste good.

With that thought in mind, I must also understand that God’s word should be sweet to the taste and accepted at full value with all the cream and natural flavor left intact.

Linked today with “A Pause on the Path” Do visit Shanda’s site to view some good words at: http://www.shandaoakleyinspires.com/2011/10/satans-tactics.html

3 comments:

  1. Love this Hazel...and you're so right...we need to believe 100% in ALL the promises! Love you.

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  2. Well said, and I love the analogy. I too loved cold milk with dinner.

    The watered down gospel of the people who want to have her ear tickled. "In this world you will have trouble, but take heart for I have overcome the world"! I'm not sure what part of English translated from Greek they don't understand?

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  3. Oh so right Hazel...
    Thanks, Vicki K

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