Hope for Today, the Promises of God: Standing on God’s Promises/How Great Thou Art

There are so many great promises in Scripture that give us hope for eternity and strength for each day.  Here are a couple of my favorite Scriptures:

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24:

And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Faithful is he that calleth you, who also WILL DO IT.

John 10:27-30

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.

Listen to this song by the late great tenor Tony Fontane and then give us some of your favorite promises from the Bible. [Sorry all Tony Fontane songs have now been removed from YouTube; I hope that Tony is not forgotten] Listen to world-famous Susan Boyle sing, “How Great Thou Art”:

Blessings on you all and a Happy New Year!

16 responses to “Hope for Today, the Promises of God: Standing on God’s Promises/How Great Thou Art

  1. Bruce,

    No, i never had the pleasure of knowing Tony Fontane personally. In fact, we play a lot of his music on BBN and at first I did not care for his voice, but after I read some things about him, I began to think differently! I read that he was so weak with his cancer, that about a week or 2 before he died, as he was preaching, he had to have a couple guys hold him up as he preached. I’ve appreciated his love for the Lord. God Bless y’all.

  2. Correction to my previous post:
    John 6:28-29, not John 28-29

    John,
    I am so grateful that our Lord not only released you from the bondage of Lordship Salvation, but also given you the heart to contend earnestly for the faith. We definitely need more people like you in this age of apostasy.

  3. David and Eddy,

    Thanks for the beautiful verses of assurance of faith in Christ.

    John,

    Thanks for the testimony of resting in God’s promises and the wonderful assurance you have found in Christ alone.

    David,

    Did you know Tony Fontane personally? I heard that he died tragically of cancer at the young age of 49. They’re still playing his music on YouTube after all these decades.

    Blessings to all of you guys.

  4. Eddy, great verses and great points. I once was lost (hoping I could stand on my promises) and now I’m found (standing on God’s promises).

  5. Tony was a neat guy! One of those great & precious promises that means more to me every day is Paul’s words in Acts 13:38-39. Also, the great truth of Isaiah 51:6! God Bless you all & Joyous New Year in Christ!

    [ed. note, YouTube removed the Tony Fontane video . . . sorry]

  6. Dear Bruce,
    Thanks for your post. I came across these verses yesterday, clearing showing God’s promise of eternal life:

    “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 28-29

    “An Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise hie up at the last day.” John 6:35-40

    Lordship Salvation? Commitment Salvation? Promise to God? Promise to follow Christ in order to be saved? “Godly sorrow” to show one is sincere? Pray a sinner’s prayer? Confessing to God? Repentance of sin? “Good works” as evidences to one’s “saving faith”? These are all based on one’s own works. How sad so many are being deceived into the works-based gospel.

    Eddy

  7. Dear Jack,

    What a wonderful song. I am wondering why I never heard of this song until today.

    Eddy

  8. AOW,

    Thanks again for dropping by.. I pray you and Mr. AOW will have a blessed New Year free from the physical encumbrances of the past. I appreciate your blabbing. 😎

    Pearl, Christian Lawyer, Bruce,

    Y’all have made my day.. I pray we will all have a New Year full of Joy and God’s Grace accompanied by many opportunities to share the Gospel of Salvation in Jesus Christ alone.

    Happily and contentedly and Eternally in Jesus, Jack

  9. Dear C.L. and A.O.W.,

    Thanks for those outstanding encouraging promises from the Bible! We can all cling to them for strength and assurance.

    Happy New Year to you both!

  10. Jack,
    Stopping by to wish that the Lord showers you with many blessings in 2012.

    Now, what promises do I want to list? Let’s see. Second only to the gift of free salvation, I claim the promise that Romans 8:28 states: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

    Of course, many times we can’t see that things are working together for good — at least, not immediately. We just trust that God, as ever, knows what He is doing! He knows “the big picture,” and we never fully can have that knowledge in this life. Also, God’s concept of time is quite different from our.

    I’m blabbing on. Sorry.

    Once again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  11. “…the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)

    “Every sin.” Big sins. Little sins. Sins of commission. Sins of omission. Conscious sins. Unconscious sins. Sins remembered and sins forgotten. Amazing, comprehensive grace to the glory of God!

  12. Thanks John, Jack and Pearl.

    Pearl, thanks for the quotation from Romans 8:26. I, too, consider that verse to be a wonderful promise. In fact, I have rested on that promise many times when I couldn’t find the right words to say to God.

    Blessings all!

    Bruce

  13. You already posted one of my favorite verses, Bruce:

    IThess:5:24 “Faithful is He which calleth you, Who also will do it.” Especially now, this promise resounds all the louder as I contemplate the utter impossibility LS theology suggests, which is that the believer must commit to clean up his own life, simultaneous to his profession of faith. A serious head-scratcher in light of Jesus saying “Without Me, you can do NOTHING!” John 15:5.

    As for my contribution, it’s not necessarily a promise, but a marvelous fact which I add merely because of the deep impact it had upon me when I first realized the enormity of it:

    Rom 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

    I, too, enjoyed the music clip. I wish I knew the names of the many similar old-time groups I’ve enjoyed over the years via BBN radio, only they aren’t in the habit of advertising the artists, but rather simply offering traditional, peaceful music giving God the glory.

    Happy New Year to each and every one of you. I am most blessed to be among your good, sound and gracious company.

  14. Thanks Bruce..

    The Statesmen were a different breed from what we see in “Gospel” groups today.. Wonderful!!! [ed. note, YouTube removed “The Statesmen” video . . . sorry]

    Promises?? Too many to detail — but:
    Ephesians 1:13
    In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
    1 John 2:25
    And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
    John 10:28
    And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    That pretty well sums it all up.. He GIVES Eternal Life and we grow in Grace from there.

    In Jesus Christ eternally.Jack

  15. Wow Bruce! As I was laying in bed last night, I kept thinking about the song “Standing on the Promises of God”. What a coincidence.

  16. I hope that you enjoy the song. Please share your favorite scriptural promises with us.

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