God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19.
Our God stands by his Word and he is never slack concerning his promises. As individuals, we tend to sometimes make promises that we do not keep or even say things that we do not mean. God is not like that; he follows through with his promises and he does what he says he will do. With God’s promises, we can be sure of victory and we can be confident that he will fulfill them. The Holy Bible is filled with the promises of God and it reminds us of how faithful he is. We humans can sometimes be so forgetful as we quickly forget God’s promises as soon as we fall into diverse situations. We tend to go back and forth like a tree the wind tosses to and fro but God wants us to be firm, he wants us to be confident, he wants us to trust him, to take him at his word. At times we can be so double-minded and easily swayed. James 1:8 tells us that A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
A double-minded man finds it hard to see the promises of God being fulfilled in their lives, It is a fact that when you are double-minded, you become blind to what God has done for you, is doing for you and will do for you. To be double-minded stifles the trust and confidence that the Lord requires us to have in him. James 1:6-7 says, But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. With that one shortcoming of being double-minded we miss out on things that God has in store for us, we miss out on his promises because when we go to Him asking Him to fulfil a promise in our lives, we must ask believing we have already received, and not wavering.
2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. To reap the promises of God in its fulness, we have to first have faith in God, believe that His promises are true and have confidence in the fact that He cannot lie. There are two kinds of promises in the Word of God, conditional and unconditional. The conditional promises are those that require some action on the recipient’s part as Isaiah 43:26 states, Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified. It is not that God does not remember his promises but He wants to know if we are aware of them. Before we can claim a promise, we have to know that it exists. A perfect example is Matthew 11: 28-29 that says, Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. As the scripture clearly states if we want rest we must first go to the Lord.
On the other hand, unconditional promises are those that do not require any action from the recipient as it is freely bestowed upon them. One such example is John 3:16, For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. God in His love gave His only son to die for our sins, it was promised that the Messiah would come to take away the sins of the world, and so it was, he came, He died and He rose again. It was promised and it was fulfilled. God keeps his word, and he will never stop doing so. His Word has He magnified above his name. Sadly, many individuals lose their peace because they are unaware of the promises of God.
Are you tempted and struggling to flee from temptation? Claim the promise in 1 Corinthians 10:13-There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Are you worried about your future, about tomorrow or about what is happening around you? Claim the promise in John 14:27 that says; Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Will God ever forgive me? Take a look at what he promised in 1 John 1:9 where he said; If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Do you wonder where will your next meal come from? Didn’t Paul remind us in Philippians 4:19, that, But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Do you need wisdom, guidance and direction? In James 1:5 God tells us, that If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
What are you afraid of? Didn’t God say in Deuteronomy 31:6, Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
Do you feel alone? Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
The Bible is filled with God’s promises from cover to cover, let’s get familiar with them and claim them so we can live a life of victory and not defeat. May God bless you in Jesus Christ mighty name.