If you’re in need of a ‘promise’ fix, you can catch up on some past promises here.
Promises aren’t ‘self-help’. They’re not feel-good thoughts I send out into the universe to try to encourage myself.
They’re truths I desperately need to believe in order to persevere. They have been purchased for me by nothing less than the blood of Jesus Christ.
The faith of a believer is faith not just in what happened on the Cross 2000 years ago. Faith of a believer is faith in what that act purchased for those who would believe; faith in the promises of God.
Here are five promises that I pray will unite with faith in my heart this week through the Spirit to provide me with unspeakable joy in the midst of the trials of this life:
1. Promise that God will make everything new. Guys, these words are trustworthy and true. They are written down so that you can bank on them today:
Revelation 21:3-7 “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, ‘write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.'”
2. Promise that God gives grace to the humble. Most of my life is spent trying to figure out how to get ahead. Let me tell you, that’s an exhausting way to live. When I read this text I feel peace flow over me. God’s call on my life is for me to pursue humility trusting Him to work out all the rest.
James 4:6 God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.
1 Peter 5:5-7 “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.”
3. Promise that I will bear abiding fruit. God chose me and appointed me for a purpose and that purpose was to bear fruit for His name.
This week I need some fruit bearing, but I feel useless. I am unsure how He can use someone as distracted as me, but I have this great promise. He’s going to bear fruit through me. It’s guaranteed. He’s going to make sure my fruit abides. He’s going to let me be a part of that through prayer.
John 15:16 “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.”
4. Promise that I will not be condemned. I’ve made choices in my life that mean I have to wrestle with fear of condemnation a lot. I don’t want to deal with that by talking myself out of the darkness of my heart. I know who I am. I want to be able to grasp my depravity and still live in peace and freedom. The key to that lies in believing this promise:
Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
5. Promise that maximum joy and pleasure are to be found with God. I’m built the same way as everyone else in this world. I want to be happy. The call of the Bible isn’t to get me to try to kill that desire, but instead to believe that God alone can meet that desire. That’s where this promise helps:
Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
In moments of pain and struggle I can feel myself looking for some way to escape. The world is hard on my heels, holding out offers to me; promising me that if I trust in temporal things I will find rest for my soul.
But I have this great and glorious promise.
He makes known to me the path of life. Every other path leads to death.
In His presence there is fullness of joy. There’s no joy hiding somewhere else. Every ounce of joy we’re capable of experiencing will be found in His presence.
At His right hand are pleasures forevermore. Make me your best offer, world. Offer me the most pleasure you have. All the fleeting promises you have to hold out are nothing compared to the strength of God’s promises.