God’s promises should be our expectation.
Say this with me. . .
God’s promises are my expectation.
God’s promises are my expectation for every new day.
All God’s promises are in written form in His Word, the Bible, which is the divine authentic revelation of the divine mind and purpose.
The written form of the promises becomes a promissory note. . .a written promise to fulfill a declared benefit for each one of God’s children.
One scholar says the Scripture contains 30,000 promises related to every believer.
But, truthfully, knowing the Bible holds thousands of promises is not enough.
Here’s the real question. . .
How do we, as believer’s, take possession and ownership of these promises?
If you’ve watched crime shows on TV then you know that a failure to fulfill a solemn pledge, such as a promissory note, means you’re guilty of breach of contract.
Because of who God is. . .He can never be guilty of breach of contract.
God cannot and thus, will not violate His promises. If He says something, then He must by His very nature fulfill that promise.
Throughout the Bible God reveals Himself as the great promise-maker and He ALWAYS keeps His Word.
Numbers 23:19 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“God is not a man, that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man, that He should feel repentance or compunction [for what He has promised]. Has He said and shall He not do it? Or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?”
Let’s examine several other confirming verses.
First, 1 Kings 8:56 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“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 which He promised through Moses His servant.”
Second, Joshua 23:14 also says:
“And behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth. And ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you: all have come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Third, Hebrews 6:18:20 in the New Living Translation says:
“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. 19 This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.”
Fourth, Hebrews 10:23 in the King James Version says:
‘Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)”
Finally, Isaiah 55:10-11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For as the rain and snow come down from the heavens, and return not there again, but water the earth and make it bring forth and sprout, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
So here’s the bottom line. . .if God has spoken something it will happen because God cannot and does not lie.
Here’s more great news.
As we move in faith, we learn that God’s Word applies to every area of our lives.
We can possess every promise God has spoken if we will learn to reach out and claim what the Lord has given to us.
In Galatians 3:22 in the Classic Amplified Bible, the Apostle Paul told the Galatians:
“But the Scriptures [picture all mankind as sinners] shut up and imprisoned by sin, so that [the inheritance, blessing] which was promised through faith in Jesus Christ (the Messiah) might be given (released, delivered, and committed) to [all] those who believe [who adhere to and trust in and rely on Him].”
The New Living Translation of Galatians 3:22 says it this way.
“But the Scriptures declare that we are all prisoners of sin, so we receive God’s promise of freedom only by believing in Jesus Christ.”
Paul confirmed that all, not some, of the promises of God have been fulfilled in Christ and are now available to all of us.
Sometimes we’re like the woman in 2 Kings 4:8-16. Here’s what the Prophet said to her in verse 16 in the New Living Translation:
“Next year at this time you will be holding a son in your arms!”
Her response to the Prophet was one of disbelief. Verse 16 concludes by saying:
“No, my lord!” she cried. “O man of God, don’t deceive me and get my hopes up like that.”
Have you ever responded to a promise like the woman did. . .in unbelief because it was something you could hardly believe?
The Bible says you can prosper.
The Bible says you can have peace of mind.
The Bible says you can walk in divine health.
The Bible says that you can have the kind of life where you will withstand the storms and adversities of life.
But, we must remain steadfast in believing His promises.
“Heavenly Father, I thank you that every precious promises you have made to us will manifest if we have faith and do not doubt. At this very moment, Lord I’m rebuking doubt out of my life forever. Thank you that I have the title-deed to every promise you’ve made in your Holy Word. Glory, Hallelujah, Amen.”
So the question is. . .how do we overcome unbelief?
Romans 4 lists four factors that tell us how to possess the promises of God.
First, verse 20 says:
“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;”
In this verse we see where Abraham did not “waver” or “stagger” in unbelief.
Instead, the scripture says that Abraham was “strong in faith, giving glory to God.”
According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for stagger is G1252 and it means:
“make a distinction, discriminate, to prefer; to determine, give judgment, decide a dispute.”
The same Greek word G1252 is used in Mark 11:23 in the King James Version which says:
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall G1252 ➔ not doubt G1252 in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
To stagger at the promise is to take into consideration the difficulties that lie in the way of seeing the promises fulfilled.
As you receive the promises of God, you too will have to deal with unbelief. . .with staggering. Sometimes the promises might seem absolutely impossible BUT GOD.
You might be asking yourself. . .how can this happen? The only answer is God said it would happen. Even when you see no natural way it can come about, you must still stand on the promise and refuse to stagger in unbelief.
Please let this next statement sink in.
When you doubt, you focus on your own power to accomplish. But that just magnifies the problem. Unbelief is strengthened when you focus on the natural, the physical or the temporal.
Does it matter how God does it? Then, quit leaning into your own understanding and lean into God.
As you remember, Peter started out walking on the water. Then he took a closer look at the waves, and when he doubted he began to sink.
Matthew 14:30 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]!”
Unbelief is the end result of focusing on your own power.
Second, Romans 4:20 says that Abraham “grew strong in faith.”
The more difficult the fulfillment the more wonderful Abraham’s faith. His life is a beautiful testimony of someone who was able to endure trials and grow in his faith instead of allowing unbelief to grow.
Faith is developed by learning that those in ages gone by had to also learn faithfulness while waiting for the promises God made to them.
We strongly encourage you to read the faith chapter Hebrews 11. It lists thirty-seven people who were able to grow their faith and receive the promises God made to them. Sometimes it is not the way we imagine but God will never disappoint you in the end.
The people listed in Hebrews 11 grew strong in faith and accomplished great things for God.
Strong faith produces desirable results. It honors God and judges Him as faithful to do what He has promised in our lives.
Third, we also read in Romans 4:20 where Abraham gave glory to God.
With the same kind of tenacious confidence in all God’s promises you too can bring glory to God.
We glorify God when we trust Him. You become a witness to His faithfulness and goodness when we proclaim His promises and our trust in Him.
Finally, Abraham was fully assured that what He [God] promised He was able to perform.
Here’s how the Abraham’s assurance of God’s promises is said in Romans 4:21 in the Classic Amplified Bible.
“Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.”
Isaiah 46:11 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Calling a ravenous bird from the east—the man [Cyrus] who executes My counsel from a far country. Yes, I have spoken, and I will bring it to pass; I have purposed it, and I will do it.”
The last two sentences in Romans 4:21 in the Message Bible says:
“I’ve said it, and I’ll most certainly do it. I’ve planned it, so it’s as good as done.”
God confirms His promises in Malachi 3:6 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“For I am the Lord, I do not change. . .”
One more scripture. . .Isaiah 40:8 in the King James Version says:
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”
With all this scriptural evidence you can never question or doubt we can be assured that what God has promised, He is able to make happen. . .for you and every other believing person on planet earth.
Now let’s go a little deeper. . .
Faith in God’s promises is the key that unlocks the door to doubt in your mental and spiritual house.
However, it’s important to remember God is never ahead of His time and never behind it. He always works on His timetable, not ours. We can see how that’s truth Romans 4, which tells us about Abraham pursuing the promises of God.
It’s important to remember that God gave Abraham these precious promises when Abraham was eighty-six years old, but he didn’t see the fulfillment of the promises until he was 100 years of age.
For fourteen years Abraham stood steadfast on the promises of God.
Here’s a rhetorical question. . .can you do the same?
Here are just five of the thousands of promises you can manifest in your life.
1. God’s grace is sufficient.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!”
One of the names of God’s revealed in the Old Testament was El Shaddai, meaning the almighty God, the all-sufficient one. We can’t explain the sufficiency of grace. But as we pursue God He becomes our strength and His grace lifts us above all the circumstances and causes to be overcomers in Christ.
2. God’s healing is available.
Exodus 15:26 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Saying, If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.”
There are five keys in this verse.
First, if you diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord.
Second, do what’s right in His sight.
Third, listen to and obey his commandments.
Fourth, He will put none of these diseases on you.
Fifth, He will heal you.
Psalm 103:2-2 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits—3 Who forgives [every one of] all your iniquities, Who heals [each one of] all your diseases.”
There are so many other uses we could quote like Matthew 12:15 but let’s move on.
The point is the Bible proclaims repeatedly that God is our healer. Another Old Testament name for God was Jehovah-Rophe, meaning “the God who is able to heal all our disease at any time.”
Make no mistake healing is available and promised to us all. We should always contend for healing because God is no respecter of persons.
3. God’s supply is adequate.
Philippians 4:19 in the King James Version says:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Another Old Testament name for God is Jehovah-Jireh, “the God who provides.”
We must stand on the promise that the Lord is our provider and that His provision is abundant. He is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think. (Ephesians 3:20).
You’ve gotta know that the Lord is your provider and He will not fail you.
Romans 4 tells us to walk in the steps of Abraham’s faith so that we might experience the same things Abraham did. . .the provision of God.
If you have a need in your life right now. . .at this very moment. . .stop whatever you’re doing and pray. . .effectively standing on this promise of God.
Read scripture verses in the areas where you need to strengthen your faith . . .personalize them and confess them out loud.
Let your own ears hear the word of the Lord and build faith in your heart.
4. God’s presence is sure.
God’s promise in Genesis 28:15 in the New Living Translation says:
“What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
The really great news is that we can apply any of these scriptural verses to our lives RIGHT NOW.
2 Peter 1:4 in the New Living Translation says:
“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.”
No doubt, everyone hearing our voice or reading this teaching in its subsequent email format has experienced times of trial and distress. Times when we’ve felt the presence of the Lord was no long in our lives. Times when we’ve felt rejected. BUT GOD’S presence is certain and constant. God says He will never reject or leave us. He’s always there, always available to us even when we don’t feel Him.
5. God’s faithfulness is reliable.
1 Corinthians 10:13 in the New Living Translation says:
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.”
Talk about something you can take to the bank. . .even when we are unfaithful, God remains faithful. Even when we do wrong. God still does right. God’s faithfulness endures forever.
We’ve shared just a few of the thousands of promises God has given to us. It’s our hope that these promises have whet your appetite and spurred you to dig into the Word yourself.
As you do, write down the promises that apply to your own life.. You’ll be surprised how many of His promises apply to your life right now.
The promises of God are meant to be effective in your life, both materially and spiritually. But you must posses them by faith, prove them by obedience and inherit them through prayer.
You can do this. . .let your daily confession me.
“Yes, I can possess God’s promises.”
A.W. Tozier, the renown theologian, once said:
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