Have you ever stared a situation in the face and wondered how you came to stand where you were? It is times like these that we need the promises of God. We need to not just read them, but recite them, pray them, and believe them.
The one truth I am constantly reminding myself of when I am standing on the unconditional promises of God is that He does not change like people do. God does not promise something and then remove it because we displease Him. God’s promises are not reliant on our actions or the condition of the world around us.
You can stand firm in your faith because God is immovable.
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Praying the Promises of God
I hear people talk a lot about praying Bible verses. This is something I just recently embraced and now I understand why this is practice is helpful. With this in mind, I began to wonder what about praying the promises of God?
One warm afternoon while dealing with my rising anxiety, I began praying “ I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13). Breathe in, pray out, breathe in, pray out.
I could feel myself calming down with each prayer. Standing on God’s promise that day prevented an emotional breakdown and the unpleasant aftershocks that were sure to follow.
The Promises of God are Yes and Amen
Are the promises of God really for me?
Absolutely! As believers in Christ, we are covered in the blood, wrapped in grace, and are inscribed in the palm of His hand.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV
The definition of amen is “so be it”. That should be our attitude when standing firm on the promises of God. God will come through. So be it. God has not forsaken me. So be it. God has forgiven me, I am clean. So be it.
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What Are the 7 Promises of God?
How many promises are there from God? The Bible is full of God’s promises! So many, in fact, that I thought I should narrow it down and focus on 7. It was hard to choose only 7!
Promise #1 – I Have Forgiven You
From the moment sin entered the world and all of creation was plunged into separation from God, mankind has sought to reconnect with his sovereign Creator.
Sin separates us from God. Sometimes we feel too dirty to come before Him. Sometimes pride prevents it. In any case, when we are ready to accept this promise of God, He is ready to give it.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”1 John 1:9
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake and remembers your sins no more”Isaiah 43:25
God remembers your sin no more. It is finished. You have been washed clean by the blood of the lamb.
Stand on this promise.
Promise #2 – I Love You
When we are raised in an unloving home or experience a loveless marriage, we often doubt God’s love for us. We don’t believe we are worthy of love or we hold God in the same light as the one who hurt us.
God’s promises are not human. Paul says in Hebrews 6:13 “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself”.
God is not at the same level that we are. He is so much greater than we can imagine.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.Romans 8:38-39
Isn’t this a beautiful thought? Nothing can separate us from God’s love. It is for us, through every painful experience we endure. We are loved.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,Isaiah 54:10
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Promise #3 – I Will Never Leave You
Have you ever felt alone? Have you struggled through feelings of depression or anxiety, unable to bear the next obstacle?
God was sitting beside you every second. I am reminded of the old Footprints in the Sand poem.
And of course, God’s word confirms this over and over!
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”Deuteronomy 31:8
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”Isaiah 43:1-2
Promise #4 – I Will Fight For You
Life can be hard, but God never intended for us to do it alone. Throughout Scripture we read about God delivering the Children of Israel from slavery, a young teen fighting a giant, the walls of a massive city crumbling to the ground, and numerous other examples of a God who fights for His people.
When Moses is leading His people to their Promised Land, he reminds them,
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”Exodus 14:14
God will come through for you! We already talked about God’s promise to never leave us, but He doesn’t just stand by and watch our life unfold. He is actively involved and He fights for us.
Paul says it the best, “If God is for us, who can be against us?”Romans 8:31
Ask yourself, if God is for me, why am I afraid (or anxious or worried)?
Promise #5 – I Hear Your Prayers
We can stand on the promise that God hears us when we pray.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:12-13
Whether we are seeking Him for salvation or in desperate need of His help and guidance, He hears us.
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”1 John 5:14-15
Promise #6 – I Am Your Safe Place
Isn’t it a comfort to know that we serve a God who not only loves us, but provides us with peace, strength, and protection?
Psalm 91 is a beautiful expression of a God who is a place of refuge.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”Psalm 91:1-2
He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.Psalm 91:4
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent.Psalm 91:9-10
God is our safe place, our shelter from the storm. He does not crumble nor does He fail. When the world around us feel uncertain, we have a strong tower.
Promise #7 – I Have an Eternal Home for You
God’s promises do not end when our life does. He has promised us eternal life, a heavenly home, life after death. He wants to dwell with His children for all eternity.
Doesn’t that make you smile? He wants to dwell with you for all eternity!
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”John 14:1-3
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”Revelations 21:3-4
What Does it Mean to Stand on the Promises of God?
While God’s promises to us remain true no matter what we do or believe, it is necessary to actively pursue those promises. In order to fully take hold of what God has for us, we must do our part.
We actively pursue God’s promises by:
- Seeking them out and studying them
- Holding them as truth
- Using them against the enemy
- Praying them
- Believing them even when it appears God has broken His promise
Where does this leave you, my friend? Are you standing on the promises of God or wavering a bit? What promises of God do you find yourself clinging to? I’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comments below.
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