Tag: Faithful Promises

Day Four

40 Days of Promises

How His Promises Work

God is good, and His mercy endures forever. He is so good that many people take Him for granted; they feel He does everything for them and there’s nothing they need to do.

Well, it’s true; without Him we couldn’t do anything. Yet many times there are things we must do in order for His promises to be fulfilled. Many, I’d say most, of His promises are conditional.

For instance:

“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 ESV)

Notice, we are to “work out” that which God “works in”. It’s called obedience. God speaks to our heart, either through His Word or an intuition, a thought, or a perceived notion generated by His Spirit, and our responsibility is to obey as quickly and precisely as possible.

A good example of this principle is found in Malachi 3:8-12.

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” (Malachi 3:10 ESV)

“Bring (or obey)” and the Lord will fulfill His promise. That’s typically how His promises work.

“I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty. Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 7:1 ESV)

Who wouldn’t want the promise of God as their Father, dwelling in their midst, treating them as Sons and Daughters?

So, for anyone really desiring His promises, the condition is established: cleanse yourself of any and every defilement, and be holy, walking in the fear of God.

Another important aspect of how His promises work: we must mix faith with the promises.

“Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it. For good news came to us just as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened.” (Hebrews 4:1-2 ESV)

Hebrews gives the example of the Israelites hearing the promises of the rich and fertile land, over and over, yet never mixing faith in the promises. To them, either God was a liar or the promises were too good to be true.

Look at the following verse. Paul wrote in regards to the work God did through Jesus’ death and resurrection. Notice God’s part in the work, AND our part.

“…having been buried with him in baptism, in which YOU WERE ALSO RAISED WITH HIM THROUGH FAITH in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:12 ESV)

God did His part.

And if His promises aren’t realized, it’s not because He changed His mind. He isn’t a liar. However, as in the case of the Israelites, it COULD be that we didn’t mix faith with the promise or we didn’t obey the promise giver.

Yes, there are a few times we don’t have to do anything; His will is going to happen. But more times than not, if His promise didn’t happen it’s because we didn’t understand how they work, or we didn’t care.

But now we know.

We know we need to obey the conditions.

We know we must mix our faith with His promises.

That’s how His promises work.

Day One

40 Days of PromisesFaithful Promises

In a world filled with unkept promises and broken trust, people sometimes find it hard to trust in the faithful God.

But God can be trusted. To Him, a promise is exactly that; a promise. A promise which He will never break.

In fact, for His promise to fail, He would have to fail. And that, dear friend, will never happen.

“Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise…” (1 Kings 8:56 ESV)

“According to ALL that He promised…” He promised rest, and rest they received. He promised hope, and they were filled with hope. His promises sustained them in the wilderness and gave them victory in their new land.

“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” (Joshua 23:14 ESV)

Joshua’s testimony: “I’ve watched and listened to God all my life. Not once has He ever failed me. In fact, you’ve noticed the same thing.”

“God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

If He said it, He meant it.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV)

If it’s a promise, let your “Amen” join His. Say it with Him, “Let it be so.”

God made the promise, and Jesus did the hard part through His act of obedience; even obedience on the cross.

As we believe and receive His promises, God receives glory.

Imagine the Father’s joy, as He sees His children take Him at His word.

Faithful Promises. God’s good news for Day One.

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