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Did you make any New Year resolutions? There must be a resolution to be made there somewhere! Most peoples' resolutions seem to be about improving their bodies, cutting down on alcohol, stop smoking. The car park at the gym is overcrowded, on Saturday mornings, the streets are full of breathless people running for the first time in twenty years. It is “new year, new you” time. Every now and again it is helpful for us to stop and take stock of every aspect of our lives and I suppose that January the time of new beginnings is as good as any other. Wesley, who was an astute judge of human nature, recognized that a regular spiritual health check was also vital to the well-being of every member of the church. Today being the covenant Sunday we take a look at the topic; God promises to satisfy our needs. Our text being Joshua 21:43-45

First, God made a Promise to Israel, in Joshua 21:43a, “So the LORD gave to Israel all the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers”. God gave the nation Israel promises to develop within them the realization that they must be dependent upon Him and Him alone. Having no other God's before them, but casting all their energy into following through on the direction God gave them through His promises. God told them that he was leading them to a land flowing with milk and honey and that he would deliver their enemies into their hands.
Why Does God Make Promises to us? He makes promises to us so as to demonstrate His sovereignty and raise our level of reverence towards Him. He makes promises to help us grow in our faith and to see the reality that God is Almighty. He's more than able, He's more than trustworthy, He's impeccable, He's perfect, Holy, and Righteous.

Secondly God not only made the promise, He kept His Promise to Israel. In Joshua 21:45 “Not a word failed of any good thing which the LORD had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” Time and again the Lord placed before the Israelites His plan for their success. He gave them a promise and all He asked was that they would be faithful enough to follow through. He provided for all their needs, He gave them the direction and the leadership that was required and yet often times they turned away from the Lord of Lords. Thankfully, during this period in Israel's history it is a time to rejoice for the nation. They could reflect on God's Word and the
guidance that He provided for the nation and praise His name for the great things He had done.

How can we trust God? Because God keeps His promises, God doesn't let His people down. He will never leave us nor forsake us. His Word is unshakable and we can rest assured when we live our lives by the Word of God our lives are going to be fulfilling. Will there be trials and tribulations? Yes, of course there will be it's promised in His Word and yet we can take comfort in knowing He's in control and all that He has said will come to pass. The ultimate victory will be the glorifying of our heavenly Father and if we have trusted in the Lord we will rejoice in his victory


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