Standing On The Promises (4 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Standing On The Promises (4 of 4)
Series: Building On Christ
Jeff Strite
Acts 1:4-11

OPEN: I'd like you to stand with me as we sing this great Hymn: "Standing on the Promises."
Sing with me:

"Standing on the promises that cannot fail
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail
Standing on the promises of God.

(Chorus)
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I'm standing on the promises of God.

Standing on the promises I cannot fall
List'ning every moment to the Spirit's call,
Resting in my Savior as my all in all,
Standing on the promises of God.

(Chorus)
Standing, standing,
Standing on the promises of God my Savior;
Standing, standing,
I'm standing on the promises of God."

(Speak to the audience)...
Standing on the Promises.
Promises that cannot fail.
Promises that will help me not to fall.

ILLUS: You know - as mortals - we have trouble standing on OUR promises. As my kids were growing up I learned to be very careful about what kind of promises I made. I learned that if I told them that:
• I was going to do something for them
• I was going to take them someplace
• I was going get something for them…
And then (for whatever reason) I didn't do that, you know what they'd say to me?

(wait for audience to respond)
That's right: "BUT YOU PROMISED!"

Now why would they say that to me?
They'd say this because they were counting on me to stand on MY promises.

Now the problem for me was… I am mortal.
I'd forget things. Have you ever forgotten things?
I'd get busy. Have you ever gotten busy?
I'd get distracted. Have you gotten distracted?

We all have.
So I learned, early on, to be very careful what I would tell my children I'd do for them, because I am frail and faulty enough to fall short. And I knew they'd hold me responsible to do what I said I would do.
And sometimes… I couldn't.

But, that's becaus ...


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