“Standing On The Promises” is a favorite old time hymn we used to sing with regularity many years ago. The last stanza goes this way: [Standing on the promises I cannot fall /Listening every moment to the Spirit's call / Resting in my Savior as my all in all / Standing on the promises of God] In reality, it is the personal testimony of the man who wrote it, Russell K. Carter. (1849-1928) Though he was an ordained Methodist minister, it wasn’t until suffering a medical crisis in his life at the age of 31 that he really began to believe and trust in the promises of God’s Word. When doctors gave him no hope for his heart condition, Carter turned to God for health and healing. [ He knelt and made a promise that healing or no, his life was finally and forever, fully consecrated to the service of the Lord. It was from that moment that the written Word of God became alive to him. He began to stand upon the promises of healing, determining to believe no matter what his physical condition, no matter how he felt. Over the course of the next several months his strength returned, and his physical heart was completely healed. Carter lived another 49 years after that. ](Source:sharefaith.com)
Even before I read Russell Carter’s bio last Friday, I was thinking in the wee hours of the previous night about my purpose in life. I suppose that anybody past the 3/4 century mark will ask himself from time to time, as I did, “why am I still here?” Well, the Lord reminded me then that one of my main purposes is to do whatever I can to encourage others while I’m still here, especially by way of these daily blogs. I’m not sure how well I’m doing in that regard because there are times when I just don’t have the time, energy, frame of mind, or inspiration I need in order to do it on a daily basis. The Lord reminded me that night that I was doing what I vowed I would not do a long time ago, namely putting too much pressure on myself. He also reminded me that it is by way of the promises in His Word that His children find, healing, grace, comfort, and encouragement, not by my words.
With that in mind, I will make a renewed effort to write on topics that will encourage our readers, and should I fall short of that goal, I will include a promise from the Word of God for the day to replace the “memory verse for the week” format. This way, I can rest assured that our readers will truly be encouraged on a daily basis. In fact, the next time I suffer from brain freeze or have nothing to write about, the promise of God for the day will be enough for all our readers to stand upon. Those who stand on God’s Word never fall. Be encouraged!
God’s promise for today: (Psalm 71:6) “I have cared for you from the moment you were born.”