God has made us many promises. All of His promises are good and for our benefit.
God’s promises began with Abraham. By faith, we are Abraham’s heirs – and joint-heirs with Jesus – therefore, we are the recipients of all God’s promises!
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. (Romans 4:20-22)
Abraham is a great example for us – he didn’t stagger at or question God’s promises to him. He was fully persuaded that God and His Word are one and that God was not only fully capable but fully willing to do what He said.
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (Romans 4:13-16)
In the aforementioned passage of Scripture, the word “seed” is singular. That is because The Seed is Jesus – Jesus is The Seed of Abraham through which all nations would be blessed. Indeed, The Seed is the Word of God – and Jesus is The Word Made Flesh!
There is no promise to which God has made that He says “no” to!
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Everything we ask according to His will, when we believe, we can expect to receive it (Mark 11:23).
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
This passage brings up an interesting question: What is the Will of God? Ephesians 5:17 tells us that we are unwise if we do not know the Will of God. The Will of God can be found in the Greek word, “sozo,” which means “salvation from sin,” “deliverance from demonic oppression,” “bodily healing,” and “material blessing” (or “prosperity”). Therefore, if we ask for any of these things, we should have the complete confidence that it is already done!
One of God’s most awesome promises it that He gives us His Holy Spirit!
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; (John 14:16)
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39)
Think about that – the Spirit of the living God will not only be given to you but will dwell inside you. God is never more than a heartbeat away!
All the promises made to Abraham are ours!
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. (Galatians 3:16)
That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: (Ephesians 3:6)
We have been made joint-heirs with jesus (Romans 8:17) and heirs to all that Abraham was promised by God. Here’s some of the things we know about Abraham:
- He was rich (Genesis 13:2)
- He lived a long time (Genesis 25:7-8)
- He had favor with his enemies (Genesis 20:14-15)
The promises are ours by faith! We appropriate the promises of God by confidence in His Word and His ability. Just like we appropriate things from Walmart by the confidence we have in the dollars in our pocket, so can we similarly withdraw from the treasury of heaven – as faith is the currency of the Kingdom of God!
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:17-21)
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. (Hebrews 6:12-15)
We need to always remember that God is faithful to do what He said He will do!
Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:24)
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us- ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
When we appropriate God’s Promises we demonstrate we are partakers of His divine nature!
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2 Peter 1:4)
God promises us long life with salvation!
With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. (Psalms 91:16)
God promises to heal and deliver us!
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalms 103:1-5)
He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. (Psalms 107:20)
God promises to prosper us!
Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:
yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. (Psalms 35:27)
And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. (Genesis 13:2)
God will deliver, heal, and bless us along with our salvation. However, when we understand how to appropriate His promises, we walk in the fullness of all He has for us…not just “pie-in-the-sky-in-the-sweet-by-and-by” but to take away the sour from the “here-and-now.” God’s promises are the forensic evidence of His grace!
© 2015 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)