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No. 151
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
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Getting to know God together.

Marie had an Uncle Clive who was very rich. He came from England one Christmas to stay with her family for six weeks. He got tired of their little house, and went to an expense hotel. But he came almost every day to have coffee and cake with them. Marie thought he looked a lot like her Dad, they were brothers. Her Dad was a Christian, a Bible study leader and a loving father. He always meant what he said, and he never broke any of his promises - never!

One Saturday Uncle Clive said over a cup of coffee, “I am flying to Darwin in a few days. Would you like to come too, Marie? Just to stay over night and come back the next day.”  Marie asked Dad, and she was allowed to go. So she spent a lot of time deciding what she would wear, and what pyjamas she would take. That sort of thing! She told her best friends she was going, and could hardly sleep at night because she was so excited. The day before the plane trip Uncle Clive rang and told Mum that he was going to Western Australia on business instead. He didn’t even talk to Marie, and never even said he was sorry he had disappointed her! Marie was heart-broken!
 “But Dad he promised! Why did he do that?
He could have gone on business another time.” Dad spoke really gently,
“Uncle Clive is not a believer in God, and he is selfish, sorry to say. Just don’t depend on him again, and pray for him. Will you do that?”
So Marie forgave her uncle and prayed for him every night.

Marie could trust her Dad, she could not trust her Uncle.
Her Dad could not take her to Darwin on the plane, because he didn’t have the money to pay for it.
When a person promises something his or her promise is only as strong as their own character. If they have a poor character, then their promise doesn’t mean much.
God is perfect, He has no sin in Him and is Love.
Therefore His promises can be totally relied upon. You can trust every promise He makes. There are 7,000 promises in the Bible that are for Christian believers on earth. That means they are for YOU, if you are born-again in Jesus.
How many can you trust? Every one, for God cannot lie.
And God owns everything everywhere so He never has to say “no” because He hasn’t got the riches in Heaven to stand by His own promises.

Here are just a few of the lovely promises of your Heavenly Father,
Who can be trusted to answer your prayers:

1) When you are lonely  or frightened God promises this:
“...for he has said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (go away and leave you without help and comfort).
So we may boldly say, The Lord if my helper, and I will not fear what man shall  do unto me.” ( Hebrews 13:5,6).
2) If you are worried about things:
“Casting [ throwing] all your care [worries and troubles] upon Him; for he careth for you [God is looking after you all the time, and loves you so very much.]” (I Peter 5:7).

3) When you feel weak and little and unable to cope:
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me [ He makes you strong and handles things for you].” (Philippians 4:13).

4) If you are unhappy and broken hearted:
“ He [God] healeth [heals] the broken in heart, and bindeth [bandages] up their wounds [inside in their feelings].” (Psalm 147:3).


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