• “There are those who insist that it is a very bad thing to question God. To them, ‘why?’ is a rude question. That depends, I believe, on whether it is an honest search, in faith, for His meaning, or whether it is the challenge of unbelief and rebellion.” – Elisabeth Elliot



I spoke (once) on the reality of the promises of God.Often we do not understand
these promises.They seem too lofty and beyond our comprehension, and so we lay
them aside without really giving them serious thought.But that is not God’s
intention.He is back of every promise with His love and His omnipotence, and He
was in great earnest when He made them.Therefore I believe that we are sinning
when we ignore them or perhaps evade them by theologising them away. (Amazing

PRAYER – Hold me safe above the heads of all my enemies.(Ps. 119:117)
PROMISE – I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.(Is, 46:10)
PRAYER – Make me walk along the right paths. (Ps 119:133)
PROMISE – The steps of good men are directed by the Lord. (Ps. 37:23)

PRAYER – If you aren’t going with us, don’t let us move a step from
this place.(Ex. 33:15)
PROMISE – I myself will go with you and give you success. (Ex 33:14)


PRAYER – Don’t just condemn me – tell me why you are doing it! (Job. 10:2.)
PROMISE – There is now no condemnation awaiting those who belong
to Christ Jesus.(Rom. 8:1)

PRAYER – Come, O Lord, and make me well.In your kindness save me.(Ps. 6:4)
PROMISE – Your faith has healed you.Go in peace. (Luke 8:48)

PRAYER – Lord, lead me as you promised me you would … tell me clearly what to
do, which way to turn. (Ps. 5:8)
PROMISE – I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me, guarding, guiding all the way. (Ps. 23:4)

PRAYER – Don’t forsake me, O God of my salvation.(Ps. 27:9)
PROMISE – I will never, never fail you or forsake you.(Heb. 13:5)

There was to be a dinner party in a beautiful home beside a river.I had spoken the
night before on the subject, “The problem of sin has been solved on the Cross of Jesus
Christ.”And I was glad to see that Jack was present tonight, because I had seen a
look of obvious distaste on his face during my talk the night before.
And now Jack said, “I believe that there is remission of sins through Jesus Christ, but
redemption? No, I can’t see that.We have to carry the consequences of our sins as
long as we live.”
After dinner we continued our talk in the garden.There were only three of us now;
John, with whom I had been working for the past two weeks, and Jack, who was
relating his experiences to us.It was a sad story.
“We were not very good boys in high school.I dated a lot of different girls, and one
time things went wrong.I had to marry the girl; and four months later the baby came.
I want to become a minister; but if people hear about this my whole career will be
gone.I am living a lie, and don’t know what to do about it.I’ll have to bear the
consequences of my sin as long as I live.” As he spoke I continued praying for
wisdom.Then John began to speak.
“Nevertheless there is redemption.Jesus does not patch things up.He renews.If you
will ask Him to go back with you to that dark spot in your life, He will change its
darkness into light.”

“But what must I do?” asked Jack.“I have been converted, as people call it, and I
have accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour.”
“You still have to surrender your life completely to Him.Turn over all the keys of
your life to Him.’
“I am willing to do it, but I don’t know how to express it,” said he.
“Just ask the Spirit of God to give you the right words.”
All three of us then prayed, and Jack said, “I don’t understand these things, but here I
am, Lord, I know that You have said “Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast
out”, and “A broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”
Just then I was called into the house.An hour later as I was leaving, Jack said to me,
“Corrie, I can laugh again; I haven’t been able to laugh for a year. But now I am free.”
And I knew that it was true.(Amazing Love.)


PRAYER – But Lord, my sins!How many they are.Oh, pardon them for the honour
of your name.(Ps. 25:11)
PROMISE – If we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us, and
to cleanse us from every wrong. (1 John 1:9)


PRAYER – Help me to prefer obedience to making money! (Ps. 119:36)
PROMISE – I will inscribe my laws upon their hearts, so that they shall want to
honour me.(Jer. 31:33)

PRAYER – Search me, O God, and know my heart; test my thoughts. (Ps 139:23)
PROMISE – He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives. (Jer. 17:10)

PRAYER – My problems go from bad to worse.Oh, save me from them
all! (Ps 25:17)
PROMISE – Be really glad – because these trials will make you partners with Christ in
his suffering.(1 Pet. 4:13)


PRAYER – Don’t let the floods overwhelm me, or the ocean swallow me; save me
from the pit that threatens me. (Ps 69: 15)
PROMISE – When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! (Is. 43:2)

PRAYER – I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me. (Ps. 119:176)
PROMISE – The Lord God says:I will search and find my sheep. (Ezek. 34:11)

PRAYER – Rescue me!Bend down your ear and listen to my plea and
save me.(Ps 71:2)
PROMISE – Yes, He will save the humble. (Job 22:29)

At a conference of Bible school students it is necessary to have somebody to interpret
for me, and this is done by a girl who finds it difficult to understand my English.
When I use an illustration involving radar in ships she becomes quite mixed up, as she
has never heard of radar before.
“It doesn’t matter; we will try something else.A captain of a ship stood on the
bridge ..” but she has never heard of the bridge of a ship, and does not say a word.
She bursts into tears.A Japanese who loses face is lost; you cannot do anything with
him.I ask the leader of the conference if there is another interpreter, but he tells me
there is not.
Here is the devil at work.The first step on the way to victory is to recognise the
enemy.I turn to the girland say;
“Dark power that hinders this girl from interpreting God’s message – I command you
in the name of the Lord Jesus to leave her alone.She is meant to be a temple of the
Holy Spirit, not your temple.”
As I speak, the girl is set free.She is able to interpret fluently, and we have a meeting
that is greatly blessed.So what the devil has meant to be an illustration of his victory
becomes a boomerang and shows the power of Jesus Christ and His name. (Not Good
If Detached,)


PRAYER – Keep me from all evil and disaster! (1 Chron. 4:10)
PROMISE – But the Lord is faithful;He will make you strong and guard you from
satanic attacks of every kind.(2 Thess. 3:3)


PRAYER – Come from the four winds, O Spirit, and breathe upon these slain bodies,
that they may live again.(Ezek. 37:9)
PROMISE – The time is coming, in fact, it is here, when the dead shall hear my voice
– the voice of the Son of God – and those who listen shall live (John 5:25)


PRAYER – Oh, that you would wonderfully bless me! (1 Chron. 4:10)
PROMISE – The Lord will give you an abundance of good things … He will bless
everything you do. (Deut. 28:11, 12)


PRAYER – O Lord, don’t stay away.O God, my strength, hurry to my aid. (Ps 22:19)
PROMISE – I still love him.I long for him and surely will have mercy on him.


PRAYER – Remember me too, O Lord, while you are blessing and saving your people.
(Ps 106:4)
PROMISE – I will satisfy him with a full life and give him my salvation.(Ps. 91:16)


PRAYER – O Lord, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me!My only hope is in
your love and faithfulness. (Ps 40:11)
PROMISE – He protects all those who love Him. (Ps. 145:20)


PRAYER – My God, how I search for You!How I thirst for You in this parched land
where there is no water. (Ps 63:1)
PROMISE – I will give you abundant water for your thirst and for your parched

fields. (Is. 44:3)

A solitary cell awaited me.I was pushed inside ant the door closed after me.I was
alone.Everything was empty and grey.In the other cell there had been at least the
colours of my cell mate’ dresses.Here there was nothing, only an emptiness, a cold
grey void.I was chilled to the bone.The wind shrieked, and I felt an icy draught
through the cell.
“O Saviour, you are with me.Help me; hold me fast and comfort me.O Saviour,
take away this anxiety, this desolation.”
I felt very ill.My fingers and arm throbbed with pain.I could not find a comfortable
“Safe in the arms of Jesus.O my Saviour, take met into your arms and comfort me,” I
prayed.And peace stole into my heart.The weird noises still surrounded me, but I

fell quietly asleep.(A Prisoner And Yet.)

PRAYER – Don’t keep looking at my sins – erase them from your sight. (Ps. 51:9)
PROMISE – I’ve blotted out your sins; they are gone like morning mist at noon! (Is.


PRAYER – Tell me where you want me to go and I will go there.(Ps 86:11)
PROMISE – He will teach the ways that are right and best to those who humbly turn to
him. (Ps. 25:9)

PRAYER – We keep on praying for you that our God will make you the kind of
children He wants to have – will make you as you wish you could be! (2 Thess. 1:11)
PROMISE – God who began the good work within you will keep right on helping you
grow in His grace until His task within you is finally finished.(Phil. 1:6)
PRAYER – We need more faith;tell us how to get it.(Luke 17:5)
PROMISE – Ask anything, using My name, and I will do it! (John 14:14)

PRAYER – Lord, help us against our enemies, for man’s help is useless.(Ps. 60:11)
PROMISE – God has promised to help us.He has vowed it by His holiness.
(Ps 60:6, 7)


PRAYER – Do not disgrace Yourself and the throne of Your glory by forsaking Your
promise to bless us! (Jer. 14:21)
PROMISE – No, I will not break My covenant;I will not take back one word of what I
said. (Ps. 89:34)


PRAYER – Now bring us back to loving you, O Lord, so that your anger will never
need rise against us again. (Ps. 85:4)
PROMISE – I will take from you your hearts of stone and give you tender hearts of
love for God, so that you can obey my laws and be my people.(Ezek. 11:19 20)


PRAYER – Oh, please remember that I’m made of dust. (Job 19:9)
PROMISE – He is like a father to us, tender and sympathetic … for He knows we are
but dust. (Ps. 103:13, 14)

I was making my way carefully through the mass of people when a young woman
bumped into me.She was an acquaintance, and I asked, “How are you?
“I cannot stand it any longer. If I have to stay in this hell for one more week I shall go
to pieces.”
“You must not despair, Annie. Jesus is Victor, even if you cannot see it. If you are
His, you will be given strength to go on. He will make you see things from God’s
point of view, and then you will be strong.”
“But what can I do?”
“Surrender yourself to Him. Don’t you see that He is standing with arms
outstretched; don’t you hear Him say, “Come unto Me?”
Then we prayed. We held each other’s hands and had our eyes open. No one who
saw us standing there could see that we were praying. All around us was the milling
crowd of hundreds of people. When Annie moved on there was an expression of
peace on her face. The Lord had heard our prayer.(A Prisoner And Yet.)


PRAYER – Send us around the world with the news of your saving power and your
eternal plan for all mankind.(Ps. 67:2)
PROMISE – Go and make disciples in all the nations … and be sure of this, that I am
with you always. (Matt. 28:19, 20)


PRAYER – Correct me , Lord;but please be gentle. Don’t do it in your anger, for I
would die. (Jer. 10:24)
PROMISE – Fear not, O Jacob, my servant, says the Lord, for I am with you.I will
punish you, but only enough to correct you. (Jer. 46:28)

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