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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Weasel Words

A TV commercial offers a CD that explains how to gather stored items around the house and list them on eBay. The promoter uses the words, “and probably put money in your pocket.” “Probably” is a weasel word. Like other weasel words—“may,” “likely,” “possibly,” and “could”—“probably” conveniently enables a promoter to weasel his way out of an outright promise. If the consumer does not obtain the results he expects, the seller is off the hook.

The promises in God’s Word do not include weasel words. They are ironclad, foolproof, and irrevocable. Here are just a few examples of biblical promises you and I can rely on. Do not let yourself or anyone else insert a weasel word like “probably” in any of them.

• “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

• “ . . . I will come again and receive you to Myself . . . “ (John 14:3).

• “You will keep him in perfect peace. Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

• “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).

• “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

• “ . . . I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Banks may fail, but we can always bank on God’s promises!

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