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Presidential politics has become a full-time job.  As I read John 6 this morning, I pondered how odd the scene would be if Jesus were suddenly launched into the fray of our Presidential campaign.  But first, the backstory of John 6.

Jesus feeds 5000 men, using 5 small loaves and 2 small fish.  I think it’s funny that John uses the adjective small. Seems comically incongruent next to the number 5000.  When the crowd realizes the miracle, they attempt to launch Jesus’ presidential campaign on the spot.  But Jesus’ reaction is counterintuitive. When no one is looking, he slips away, climbing a nearby mountain to be alone with His Father.

From my journal this morning:

The Galilee Gazette, An Analysis, August 30.

The politically opportune moment has come for Jesus to announce His candidacy for the Presidency.  The crowds are greatly aroused, a movement about to be birthed.  The Press is poised.  Satellite trucks from every News Network are enroute.  Photographers scramble to document the furor.  Happy pandemonium is in the air.

But Jesus slipped away in the crowd, when no one was paying attention.

This won’t be his entry into this year’s Presidential campaign.

From this tempting moment, Jesus decided to cut off all other voices except His Father’s.  He went alone, to a mountain, to meet the only Audience that matters to Him.

When such an alluring moment of popularity, press, power, and position pushes me to the podium, moves me to the microphone before an adoring crowd, what choice will I make?  Will I soak in the adulation and privilege, or will I run to the only Audience who knows my heart and soul, who Alone deserves the praise of all people?

Will I run to the Microphone or the Mountain?

O great and loving God, help me see reality with Your eyes, and never erroneously compare the size of my audience to the Glory of the One and Only.  Time alone with You is superior — every time — compared to the adulation of the crowd.

Jesus, You model for me what is primary: the company of your Father. No rivals.”

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“Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to the house of Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”   Joshua 21:45

While reading through the OT book of Joshua, I ran across the verse above.  I asked myself, “What precise promises has God made to me?”  I pondered that, and began a list (initially from my memory, then flipping through the pages of His Word).  In one sitting, I came up with 54.  May these bless your heart, today, as they are blessing mine.  I’ve taken the liberty with (nearly) each promise to write it in “the 1st Person,” so that the promise more effectually penetrates my heart.  Here we go, 54 Promises, just the tip of the iceberg.

1.  … for the Lord my God will be with me, wherever I go.   Joshua 1:9

2.    God will keep me in perfect peace if my mind is ‘stayed’ on Him.  Isaiah 26:3

3.   “Dan, I (the Lord) will never leave you or forsake you.”  Hebrews 13:5

4.   “Dan, I am with you, always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

5.    The peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:7

6.    He cares for me.  1 Peter 5:7

7.    I will do even greater things than Jesus did, because He went to the Father.  John 14:12

8.    If I remain in Him and His words remain in me, whatever I ask will be given to me.  John 15:7

9.    The Holy Spirit will guide me into all truth.  John 16:3

10.  The Holy Spirit will give me the right words when I need them.  Mark 13:11

11.  In this world I will have trouble.  John 16:33

12.  If I seek to live godly in Christ Jesus, I will be persecuted.  2 Timothy 3:12

13.  I am justified by Him, freely, by His grace.  Romans 3:24

14.  I have peace with God because I’ve been justified by faith in Jesus.  Romans 5:1

15.  I have access into this grace.  Romans 5:2

16.  There is no condemnation on me because I am in Christ Jesus.  Romans 8:1

17.  The Holy Spirit will help me to pray.  Romans 8:26-27

18.  All things work together for my good.  Romans 8:28

19.  Nothing will separate me from the love of Christ.  Romans 8:35

20.  I shall bear the likeness (and resurrection body) of Jesus, the ‘man from heaven.’  1 Corinthians 15:49

21.  My labor in the Lord is not in vain.  1 Corinthians 15:58

22.  God has created good works for me to walk in, today.  Ephesians 2:10

23.  I am being transformed into His likeness.  2 Corinthians 3:17

24.  God won’t let me be tried or tempted beyond what I can endure.  1 Corinthians 10:13

25.  God comforts the downcast, including me.  2 Corinthians 7:6

26.  God is able to make all grace abound to me, so all my needs will be met.  2 Corinthians 9:8

27.  I am worth (to God) more than the birds that He feeds.  Matthew 6:26

28.  God will supply all my needs.  Philippians 4:19

29.  God won’t forsake me (the righteous in Christ) nor have my children become beggars.  Psalm 37:25

30.  God’s grace will be sufficient for me.  2 Corinthians 12:9

31.  I will reap what I sow.  Galatians 6:7

32.  I have an inheritance.  Ephesians 1:14

33.  I have been brought near by the blood of Jesus.  Ephesians 2:13

34.  I may approach God with freedom and confidence.  Ephesians 3:12

35.  The Father has qualified me to share in the inheritance of the saints.  Colossians 1:12

36.  Christ now is in me!  Colossians 1:27

37.  God is faithful and will sanctify me.  1 Thessalonians 5:24

38.  God will repay with trouble those who trouble me.  2 Thessalonians 1:6

39.  God has given me a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline.  2 Timothy 1:7

40.  I have a crown of righteousness awaiting me, because I long for His appearing.  2 Timothy 4:8

41.  God won’t lie to me, because God cannot lie.  Titus 1:2

42.  Jesus will help me if I’m tempted.  Hebrews 2:18

43.  Varied trials will lead to my maturity.  James 1:2

44.  If I ask for wisdom from God, He will give it to me.  James 1:5

45.  If I ask, God will provide it.  James 4:2

46.  If I resist the devil, he will take a hike.  James 4:7

47.  If I draw near to God, He will draw near to me.  James 4:8

48.  Prayer is effective (note: my organization values effectiveness).  James 5:16

49.  After I have suffered for a little while, He will strengthen, confirm and establish me.  1 Peter 5:10

50.  A new heaven and earth await me, called the ‘home of righteousness’.  2 Peter 3:13

51.  He forgives and cleanses me as I confess my sins to Him.  1 John 1:9

52.  When Jesus re-appears, I’ll be made like Him.  1 John 3:2

53.  God has given me eternal life.  1 John 5:11

54.  I am a present possessor of eternal life, which is mine in the present tense verb “have.”  1 John 5:13

If you are in Christ, and He is in you, these staggering promises are all yours!  You have inestimable wealth — not the silly kind of mansions and money, yachts and luxury cars — but the wealth of the presence, power, purpose, and promises of the eternal God, made known to us in Jesus, and sealed with the comforting Holy Spirit.  You and I are wealthy, indeed!

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