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  1. Several historical came to mind, Abraham was told after four generations the Israelites will be free, Adam and Eve after sin entered the world and the coming of Jesus.

  2. "I declare the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Isaiah 46:10).
    I declare - I am that I am - He is forever is the same. Time does not change Him. Circumstances cannot bend him.
    End from the beginning - He declares the end and then unfolds the story from the beginning. Before the thought of sin entered the thought of satan, God had made provision and sacrifice.
    From ancient times - When Babylon was in height of it's rule, God revealed there will be an another king.
    Things are not yet done - Things that seem impossible comes to pass because He who had spoken is true and faithful.
    My counsel shall stand - Abraham tried to walk away from the counsel, yet God reiterated this is my promise and I will visit you again you will be with a child of promise. .
    I will do all my pleasure - God is saying, notwithstanding the circumstances, I will do all my pleasure.

    This gives us to trust the impossible, This gives us the strength to propel forward. This gives us the power to love the unlovable. It's like reading a novel knowing the end in spite of all that unfolds in the story.

  3. We can trust the LORD's promises, so long as we understand them.
    Many quote Jer 29:11, without realizing that the plans for a future would only happen after 70 years of captivity.
    The good news is the LORD promised deliverance after 70 years and it happened, and it was linked to the 1st coming of the Messiah and to the second coming for which we eagerly wait.
    What can we learn from the 3 stage return of the Exiles?

    • What can we learn?

      On the way to the bright future, we may be made to lie down in green pastures at times. At other times we may be led beside still waters where our soul is restored. But we will also at times walk through the valley of the shadow of death and it is in those times that our faith and perseverance/endurance will be stretched - unfortunately even severely. This is where our faith and our character are 'forged'. Not at all pleasant - but an unfortunately inescapable reality along the road to restoration while we are in a sin-infected world. However, we are never alone or abandoned by God - no matter how alone and abandoned we may feel at times! (Psalm 23:2-4; James 1:2-4; Psalm 22:1,24).

    • So how do we understand the promises of God? 1. Read. 2. Recite. 3. Reflect.

      As we read the promises, if we ask, the Holy Spirit, He gives us understanding.

      Reciting to God in prayer what we have read, gives God information of what to help us with in understanding His promises. If there is dificulty reciting just read His promises to Him.

      Reflecting like a mirror to others Gods promises, is one aspect of letting Gods light shine before men.

      We have nothing of ourselves, but the light of His love shines upon us, and we are to reflect its brightness.

      By the way the 3 R's also help in a better relationship with the One who is giving the promises.


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