IS GOD A UNIVERSAL
By Bill Ellis
SCOTT DEPOT, WV (ANS) -- You
can be sure of one thing, God is a promise keeper. He is the original
promise maker. He is the first promise keeper.
Dr. Herbert Lockyer, one of the most gifted of teachers and writers of
the last century, born in London 118 years ago, wrote a book which he
titled, ALL THE PROMISES OF THE BIBLE. There are approximately 7,457
promises by God to man.
God’s first promise to man appears in Genesis 2:17: “But of the tree of
the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that
you eat of it you shall surely die” (NKJ). Adam and Eve died
spiritually that day.
Dr. Lockyer suggests that the first promise and prophecy of redemption
God made was to Satan. God said “I will put enmity between you and the
woman and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise His heel” (Genesis 32:15).
Whether it be a promise of heaven or hell, if made by God, you can
count on it. God is not a promise breaker. He is a promise keeper.
On Friday and Saturday, July 9-10, 2004, 8,000 men from throughout West
Virginia and surrounding states, including 12 football players with the
Miami Dolphins, met in the Civic Center at Charleston, to sing, pray,
repent, forgive and listen as the Word of God was taught and preached.
They made commitments to Christ that will produce changes in their
lives, their families, communities, and churches.
They met to bring themselves to the place where they could be the
recipients of one of God’s promises as revealed in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and
pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will
hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”
(NKJ). That is God’s promise and He is a promise keeper.
There are the critics, but most of them do not have the slightest idea
of what is going on or what Promise Keepers are trying to accomplish.
Here are “The Seven Promises of a Promise Keeper”.
1. “A Promise Keeper is committed to honoring Jesus
Christ through worship, prayers, and obedience to God’s Word through
the power of the Holy Spirit.
is a process, vitally connected to a man’s relationship with Jesus
Christ. Attending one or many rallies does not complete the process.
Those who seek to be Promise Keepers are not perfect. They are
“becoming” what God wants them to be. The process involves being a
promise seeker, a promise receiver, a promise maker and a promise
2. A Promise
Keeper is committed to pursuing vital relationships with a few other
men, understanding that he needs brothers to help him keep his promises.
3. A Promise
Keeper is committed to practicing spiritual, moral, ethical, and sexual
4. A Promise
Keeper is committed to building strong marriages and families through
love, protection, and biblical values.
5. A Promise
Keeper is committed to supporting the mission of his church by honoring
and praying for his pastor and by actively giving his time and
6. A Promise
Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational
barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.
7. A Promise
Keeper is committed to influencing his world, being obedient to the
Great Commandment (Mark 12:30-31) and the Great Commission (Matthew
St. Paul wrote, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him
Amen, to the glory of God through us” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJ).
Not one of the thousands of promises made by God will ever fail. You
can count on that. God is a promise keeper! And men who love God can
also be promise keepers.
Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist, and convention and conference
speaker on every continent. He is the writer of more than 1600 columns
and widely known as a motivator utilizing enjoyment of life and just
plain fun and laughter while speaking to high school, university and
professional sports teams as well as to business and professional
groups of all kinds. His keen understanding of human problems make him
a favorite speaker for youth, parent, and senior adult meetings. He is
accompanied by Kitty, his wife, favorite singer, editor and publisher.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2004