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Believing God's Promises

Diana Hagee

At a time when society doubts the veracity of politicians, the news media, corporate giants, national leaders, ad infinitum, it is vital that we, as believers in Jesus Christ, acknowledge that the promises of God are true.

It is also important that we prove the Scriptures with the Scriptures. I encourage you to take the time to read the biblical references regarding God’s promises so that you may believe that the declarations made by God to His children are unfailing.

Biblical scholars believe that there are more than 30,000 promises recorded in Scripture and most of them are made by the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to mankind. Promises are important to God. W. E. Vine says that a promise is “a gift graciously bestowed, not a pledge secured by negotiation.” Our God is not a negotiator when it comes to His Word. He is loving, gracious, merciful, and His promises are simple and sure and because of who He is, they are unfailing.

Remember this truth—God’s Word is the same as His promise. Friedreich Wilhelm Krummacher said, “God’s promises are, virtually, obligations that He imposes upon Himself.” God’s promises are sustained by His oath as declared by Saint Paul in Hebrews 6:13-19,

"For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he could swear by none greater, he swore by himself, saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.’ And thus, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men swear by the greater: and in every dispute of theirs the oath is final for confirmation. Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: which we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and entering into that which is within the veil..."

The scriptures declare that, “God is not a man, that he should lie, Neither the son of man, that he should repent: Hath he said, and will he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and will he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19) What comes out of God’s mouth, as recorded in His Word, is “Yes” and “Amen”! (1Corinthians 1:20) A promise is a pledge to fulfill a specific act. Some promises found in the Word are by God to us, His children (John 14:13); by God to Jesus (John 13:3); by one person to another (Nehemiah 5:12), and finally, by a believer to God (Ecclesiastes 5:4-10). It is important to note that God’s promises are centered and confirmed in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20; Romans 15:8). Jesus Christ is the underlying theme of the Law, the prophets, and the Psalms—He is at the center of the Word because He is the Word made flesh! (John 1:14) The promises originally belonged to Israel (Romans 9:4) to include the land (Acts 7:5), the Davidic kingship (2 Chronicles 6:10-16), the Messiah (Acts 13:23), and a promise of a new heart (Jeremiah 31:33). Joshua and Solomon concur that God’s promises are unfailing (Joshua 23:14; I King 8:56) and Paul taught that both Jew and gentile, could share together in the promises in Christ.

“this mystery is that through the gospel the gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus”

(Ephesians 3:6 NIV).

Some of the promises of the believer include, the promise of forgiveness of sins (Acts 10:43); the promise of the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49); the promise of eternal life to believers in Christ (John 3:15,16); an abundant life (John 10:10) and answered prayer (1 John 5: 14). God has also promised His glorious kingdom to those who are rich in faith (James 2:5) and a beautiful home in heaven (John 14:1-3). Jesus personally made this promise to every believer, “If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you?” (John 14:2).

While the promises of God are afforded to all believers, they do carry conditions. God’s promises are obtained through obedience, faith, and patience (Deuteronomy 28:1-2; Hebrews 6:12,15). As God’s children, we must humble ourselves, repent, pray, seek His will and turn from our wicked ways in order to receive His promises. God’s promises are not merely a reward for righteous living—they are a gift from a loving Father. God’s fulfilled promises in our lives are not a measure of who we are but a testimony of who God is.

God is a faithful Promise Keeper. God’s faithfulness is a commitment on His part and is as dependable as the scheduled rising and setting of the sun and the moon (Psalms 89:2,5, 36, 37). God, our Father, is the ultimate Being—He is a living, speaking, loving and seeking God. Yet as perfect as God is, one of the prominent themes in Scripture is His desire for a personal relationship with the man and woman whom He created in His image.

The most important promise in Scripture is that of God’s presence. When we wake in the morning— God is there. Family and friends may disappoint, those you trusted and looked up to may fail to live up to your expectations, but God is ever faithful. God cannot be unfaithful to His promises because He cannot deny Himself—He is steadfast and trustworthy, and He keeps His promises (2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23) Our Father vows to be with us even when we are unaware of it (Matthew 28:20).

God’s presence is felt through His protection (2 Thessalonians 3:3); His mercy (Psalms 89:2); His preservation (I Thessalonians 5:23-24); His love (Romans 8:35-39) and even in His discipline (Psalms 89:32-33). Ultimately God’s presence is revealed in His promises (Joshua 23:14).

In these uncertain times in history it is crucial to anchor our hope in the eternal promises of God that never fail.

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