A Lesson on Promises (Bible Tag Prompt 7)

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God is wholly holy. He never changes. Because He is faithful, we can trust Him and His promises without wavering. We all need the comfort of God's promises as reminders that God is with us, ready to meet our needs with His love, provision, and direction. 

Promises in the Bible are significant because they serve as the foundation for many biblical stories. Consider God's promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:2: "I will make you into a mighty nation." This promise begins to be fulfilled during Abraham's lifetime and continues throughout much of the Hebrew Bible. 

A covenant is a promise. God's covenants are present throughout salvation history. Divine covenants reflect God's saving purpose for creating communion with Israel and the nations, finally accomplished by Christ's death and resurrection. 

When we study the Bible, we learn of beautiful promises to the people in Bible times. We learn we can depend on HIm.  He is the assurance we require for every storm and every assault on our peace of mind.

Only through eternity in Heaven would be enough to grasp all of God's promises (there are over 7,000!)

God expects us to depend on His promises. Not as  "spiritual aspirin" to overcome all difficulties. God's promises are made for us to get to know the God of the promises. They are there to show us more of who he is and what he is like; to seize our hearts and minds and draw us to himself and his way of thinking and acting; to become so familiar with him that it becomes second nature to us to call on his promises in the ordinary everyday events of life, just as Jesus did, and to see our lives transformed as we do so. 

If we can grasp God's promises about who he is and what he is like, we will have a different perspective on life. We'll be able to rely on him and witness His work. 

God has control over nations and nature. His dominance over viruses, diseases,  our spouses, children, careers, and everything else. God is personally and actively involved in everything that happens on Earth. He rules over every tear, scar, crisis, and trial. That doesn't mean we won't face difficulties, but we can find solace by looking up and allowing His calm to prevail in our hearts.

When we rely on Him, we will have “chosen that good part, which will not be taken away” (Luke 10:42). Absolutely nothing—neither problems nor circumstances—can take away the incredible peace and assurance that results from trusting God. Lift your sails to the winds of God’s wisdom and power and watch the great and mighty things He will provide.  

Once you chose a promise to stitch.  read the verses surrounding the promise. The passages following a promise from God often offer light on its meaning.  

The Rainbow & Noachide Laws

God’s rainbow was put in the clouds as the sign of His covenant with Noah and was His pledge that never again would He destroy all flesh by a flood. The “Noachide laws” were given after the Flood to Noah for all mankind.

The rainbow and its seven colors serve as a visual reminder of the Seven Laws of Noah:

  1. Do not worship idols.
  2. Do not blaspheme.
  3. Do not murder.
  4. Do not have immoral relations.
  5. Do not steal.
  6. Properly respect all living animals.
  7. Set up courts of law.

The Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15 was held because certain men from Judea had come to Antioch and maintained that circumcision and conformity to Moses' law were required for salvation. They debated the topic with Paul and Barnabas. The outcome was Gentiles were not expected to be circumcised, but they would do good to keep the Noachide Laws.

As you stitch your tag this week, pray to develop the confidence in God to see you through the worst of times and be a source of joy in the best. The rainbow is symbolic of God's promise. Do not let the prevention of the rainbow symbol make you think of anything but God's promises when you see it. 

Week 7 prompt is a verse about one of God's Promises (there are many!) and includes the colors of the rainbow or a rainbow. The rainbow colors are Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. 

Helpful Links

Rainbow Ideas

  • Freehand a rainbow on your tag with a heat disappearing pen, then chain stitch over it. 
  • Make a rainbow with fabric.
  • Make any type of background with strips of fabric in rainbow colors.

Click here for a rainbow pattern

How to do a Chain Stitch 

 

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