I have known Jesus as my Savior since age 12 and have tried (trusted) to serve Him as Lord up to this 77th year in my life. I'm sure that I have disappointed Him at times, but He has never disappointed me! I received many phone calls, cards and e-mails for my birthday this week and I feel led to share 2 of them with you.
One is by Roy Lessin:
"The One Who leads you makes no mistakes
The One Who guides you has the right directions
The One Who counsels you has the wisest answers
The One Who provides for you has the greatest resources
The One Who blesses you, brings the greatest joys!"
Another card called attention to the center of the Bible which is Psalms 118:8:
"It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
I noticed also verse 1:
"Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good...and His mercy endures forever."
Verse 24 is good for birthdays (and EVERY day):
"This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!"
After my Dad's death at 62 yrs. of age in 1968, I preached the following Sunday on "There is no disappointment in Jesus". I found it to be true at that time....and I still do!
Others may disappoint you (or you may disappoint yourself), but Jesus will NEVER disappoint you!
Mark it down and live by it!
There is NO disappointment in Jesus.
Hebrews 13:5-8 "He is the same yesterday, today and forever."
He may not give you all that you want, but He will give you what you NEED and what is BEST for you!
His vision for us is FAR-SIGHTED, more than NEAR-SIGHTED!
Please take time to read Romans 9:30-10:11.
Verse 32: "Israel stumbled at the stumbling stone (salvation by faith alone in Christ) but whosoever believes in Him, shall not be disappointed."
The apostle Paul goes on to write in 10:2-3:
"Israel has a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (revelation)....for they are ignorant of God's way of righteousness and have gone about to establish their own way....and have NOT submitted to God's way.
He further states, "Christ is the end of your search, to anyone who believes" (vs. 4).
Verse 9: "If you will confess Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
In verse 13, I love it where he uses a favorite word of God, "WHOSOEVER shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved".
This poem was arranged by C. H. Spurgeon:
What the hand is to the lute,
What the breath is to the flute,
What is fragrance to the smell,
What the spring is to the well,
What the flower is to the bee,
That is Jesus Christ to me.
What's the mother to the child,
What the guide in pathless wild,
What is oil to troubled wave,
What is ransom to the slave,
What is water to the sea,
That is Jesus Christ to me.
In other words, Jesus is my all in all. I am complete in Him and He is my sufficiency for the past, present and future and Eternity!
I like these words, "I've tried in vain a thousand ways, my fears to quell, my hopes to raise, but what I need my Bible says, is 'Jesus, only Jesus'."
Also, "Back to the old life I can not go for I've had a glimpse of Jesus."
Of course there must be a lot more than just a 'glimpse' of Jesus!
Romans 5 tells of the 'much mores now' and Revelation 21 tells of the 'no mores then'.
In other words, Jesus is MORE than enough!
His grace is greater than our sin;
His strength is greater than our temptations;
His peace is greater than our fears;
His comfort is greater than our sorrows;
His blessings are greater than our sacrifices
and His life, greater than our death!
Jesus truly is SATISFACTION guaranteed, but also SACRIFICE guaranteed! This is where many people miss the blessings for they want all He gives, but don't want to give all that He asks!
They need to 'alter their altars' and 'sacrifice their sacrifices'.
II Timothy 1:12 in the amplified version says it well:
"No one who believes (adheres to, relies on, trusts in) Jesus will ever be disappointed."
This does not mean that you will never have any disappointments,
but that DISAPPOINTMENTS equal HIS APPOINTMENTS.
He saved you and that is the greatest miracle in your life, now trust Him for lesser miracles!
I like the hymn: "On Christ the solid rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand."
See also Matthew 7:24-27 on the use of the word 'rock' and thus, "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness."
We can sing, "I am satisfied with Jesus"....but we must ask the question.....
"Is my Master satisfied with me?"
While serving as Interim Pastor in Hilo, Hawaii, we had two visitors attend our morning worship service who were from La Moyne's hometown of Hobart, Oklahoma.
I used the following by Helen Mallicoat and they still let us know via e-mail how much it meant to them.
I'd like to share it here:
"My Name is I Am"
I was regretting the past and fearing the future.
Suddenly my Lord was speaking.
"My name is I am"
He paused. I waited. He continued.
"When you live in the past with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.
When you live in the future with its problems and fears, it is hard.
My name is not I WILL BE.
When you live in this moment it is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM."
For your further study on this, here are the "I Am's of Jesus".
(All of these are from John's Gospel except the last 2 which are from Revelations)
1) Messiah (John 4:26)
2) Bread of Life (6:35)
3) From Above (8:23)
4) Eternal One (8:58)
5) Light of the World (9:5)
6) The Door (10:7)
7) The Resurrection and the Life (11:25)
8) Lord and Master (13:13)
9) The Way, the Truth and the Life (14:6)
10) True Vine (15:1)
11) Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8)
12) The First and the Last (Rev. 1:17)
Truly we are not disappointed in Jesus, so live a committed life for Him so that He will not be disappointed in YOU!
I truly loved this article Travis! I especially liked what you shared about, "I Am," that is something to keep in mind. It also brings to mind that we sure don't want to be a disppointment to Him, not after all He has done for us! Many blessings, Sharon