“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
-Through baptism we partake in the promise of peace & eternal life through faith in God & calls us each one of us to remain anchored on Him. God calls us to repent in the renewal of our minds that He may purify us from all unrighteousness by His mercy. Through the gifts & fruit of the Holy Spirit Who dwells in us in righteousness, for the promise of peace, love & eternity for us & our descendants according to His everlasting mercy & love.
-Promise in Hebrew is written as omer & is a declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will come to pass. A promise is normally a consequence of a covenant which makes it legal or executable, otherwise becomes null & void.
-God gave the Israelites hope of bringing them back to the promised land when they were faced by 70 years of captivity in Babylon under king Nebuchadnezzar II. He assured them that He had good plans for their future. God speaks to us the same message; that He knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us & not to harm us, plans to give us hope & a future, therefore we should not grow weary of seeking Him. Further, when we pray & trust in Him with all our hearts, He will answer our petitions (Jer 29:10-13). When the Israelites grew in number & dwelt close to the Moabites, their king was threatened. King Balak then asked Balaam to curse them so that he could prevail over them. God had good plans for the Israelites for when Balaam prayed; he was instructed to prophecy a blessing to them (Num 23:8). Jesus broke all curses on the cross so that we may inherit an eternal blessing through His grace. By His death & resurrection, Christ united us to Himself reconstituting the church & liberated us from slavery & bondage of sin that causes death. He also brought life to our hopes in Him that we remain triumphant in all things. He has made us kings & priests that we may dwell in dominion on the earth (Rev 5:10). Some of us believe that when we have power, wealth & success we are complete without God. This notion makes even those who seek first these things to fully rely on those who have them. Others loose hope in God & totally rely on other people for a better future. Their hopes & those who entirely rely on them are totally crushed when they are faced by death. God reminds us that hope placed in mortals die with them & all the promises of their power come to nothing ( Prov 11:7). God raises powerful people & manifests Himself through divine connections with those in authority so that with strategic partnerships we may prosper in love for one another for the glory of His name. God calls us to totally rely on Him in everything we plan & do for He is our Father. God is not a man that He should lie nor a son of man that He should repent (Num 23:19). His promise of giving us His Son & the Holy Spirit as prophesied came to pass that we may remain liberated from evil snares & bondage; & live long in love, joy, peace & many other graces now until we inherit life everlasting with Him.
Holy Spirit our Lord fill us with Your love that we may partake of every good gift according to the promise. Purify our hearts & minds by Your merciful love we humbly ask You Lord. Remain in us Holy Spirt for without You we are without favour. Bestow unto us Your gifts & fruit Father; & strengthen us, that we may live as Your true sons here on earth. We call on You Father, hear us & answer all our prayers & petitions in our hearts according to Your will. We pray this believing & trusting in Jesus might name. Amen
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