The Promises of God
THE PROMISES OF GOD
[God's Declaration of Intent]
As we begin our walk with God one of the things you hear us mention often is that God has given us promises and that you are to live these promises out in your daily life.
We state that you cannot fully live out what God said if you do not know what He said and you also cannot experience them if you don't do what God requires of you.
I have found that most Christians who are apathetic or uninterested towards the promises of God are part of one of three groups of people:
Many Christians are comfortable giving God their time, talent, resources and even attending services when they feel it's necessary but have not fully grasped the fact that God wants to bring so much more into their lives. Because of this, they look at Scripture and God's promises as historical fact that is not relevant or pertinent for us today.
Other's think that they can receive all that God has for them by doing what they want to do and just do enough to get by in their daily lives. They have more passion for doing their own thing than for God and His Kingdom and therefore always find themselves falling short in their Christian endeavors wondering why they can't get their breakthrough.
- Then you have those who just don't care either way. For them this walk is a religious formality their parents told them about and they really don't understand that God wants to use them greatly to affect this generation they are in while establishing parameters around their lives for their children and grandchildren for generations to come.
However, I believe that God is causing our human spirits to have the ascendency over our minds and bodies and is raising a generation of Believers that are going to see the promises of God lived out in their lives.
My desire today is awaken that part of you deep in your heart to the fact that God is calling you higher and deeper in Him so you can live in a manner that will set the course for your life and establish your descendant's for generations to come.
When God gives you a promise, He does so with the intent that we will experience what He said. He will not show you something in the Bible without the intent of bringing these things to pass.
Affirming this fact Jesus said in Luke 11:
11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!
Although this example reflects God's desire to give us the Holy Ghost if we desire Him, the principle is that God knows what is needed and when someone asks in faith, God will give the good gifts that he promised to us.
Yes, there are some elements that we must come to grips with insomuch as:
He is Sovereign and can do what He wants, when He wants to and how He wants to do it.
As God, He also reserves the right to not do anything at all and still require every bit of obedience from us in spite of that fact. He is God!
- There are timings in God, yet we have the example in Scripture of the fact that there is a "fullness of times period where what God decreed must not only be commanded in the spirit, but be manifested in the earth.
I believe that this is the season God has ushered His True Church into. Through the tests and trials that many of us have faced, He has been bringing each of us into alignment with His will.
Because you have not given up on God, through your unwavering faith and obedience to the greater will of God, you are on the cusp [the edge or the border] of seeing God do in your life what other Believer's only talk about.
Some things are going to be so obvious that God will be glorified through your unwavering faith and persistence. You will have demonstrated that the promises of God are fulfilled through extending both faith and patience.
This reality will set you up to do even greater things for God in the coming days as God uses your past experiences to reveal "His ways to you. Hebrews 3:
- 7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, and saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, and said, ˜They always go astray in their heart, and they have not known My ways.' 11 So I swore in My wrath, ˜They shall not enter My rest.'
The days of wanting to see only God's works are over and God is moving His people to know and understand His very heart.
When speaking of the promises of God and the desire of God to cause these promises to find fulfillment in the earth, the first thing God needs is "Someone who will believe Him and through their obedience, position themselves so they can enjoy them.
This is why God chose Abraham initially as the person in the earth that He made promises of physical and spiritual blessings to and then God bound Himself to an oath that He could not renege on.
- 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness.
- 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed [credited] to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.
This is a powerful example of how we are to live out our lives in the earth. This promise of eternal life through Christ's sacrifice is something we cannot fully understand.
This is not a New Testament principle, but a principle that was set in motion from the foundations of the world¦ even as John referred to Christ in Revelation 13:8 as "¦the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
A promise is "A declaration of intent to perform a certain task or give a certain thing. There are times when something is not required on the part of the beneficiary and other times when a specific act of obedience is required.
With this said, when God made the promise to Abraham that he would be blessed, receiving houses and lands and that he would also be used to bring a spiritual Seed into the earth that was going to redeem all mankind, God swore by Himself because he knew he could not trust Abraham.
Therefore there was nothing else required on Abraham's part except to believe that God would do what God said He would do.
Hebrews 6 says:
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, 14 saying, "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
Therefore we have to determine what these promises are so we can extend faith to get them into our lives.
Concerning "God's declaration of intent [promise] to Abraham, Romans 4:20 again says, Abraham "did not waver at that promise through unbelief.
The word waver as used here means, "To be in strife with oneself, i.e., to doubt, hesitate. This is the exact opposite of what Abraham did where he believed what God said. Once God's promise was made, without hesitating and with confidence Abraham knew that God was going to do what He said.
This does not mean that everything went off without a hitch. We know that Abraham had to experience the "process of time and in this period he and Sarah tried to bring the promise to pass themselves and produced a son that was not God's intention. This was not an indictment against Abraham believing God, but Abraham coming to progressively know what true faith was.
When we approach the Word of God we must do so knowing that this is God speaking to us. When we see a promise, we must not let our understanding of things, our education or our experiences to elevate themselves above what God says.
This is where we grow in the things of God and learns what spiritual warfare actually is because when a promise is given it is often accompanied by an attack from the devil as he tries to steal what God said from our hearts.
satans intent is to frustrate us in our walk with God and try to get us to believe that God lied to us and will not do what He said He is going to do. This is where we take control of our thoughts and minds and give God His proper place in our lives.
Second Corinthians 10 says:
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, 6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
It's our own thoughts that become the stumbling block between us and the fulfillment of God's promises in our lives.
We must learn to fight with the Word of God against not only negative thoughts but carnal thoughts and experiential thoughts [thoughts based on our past experiences].
These are things that are trying to exalt themselves above the knowledge of God and keep you from experiencing God's best.
So for us "God's declaration of Intent must be met with faith and patience. We must have a heart that takes God at His Word and understand that Second Corinthians 1:20 is God's desire for His people.
For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, 22 who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.
For the promises of God to be fulfilled in our lives, we must have hearts that are opposed to sin and sinning while being repentant when we do miss it.
We must know that sinning is more than committing a sexual sin, lying, cheating, stealing, and abusing the body as the Temple of God.
"Sin is any and all acts of disobedience to God that we allow to go on in an unrepentant fashion. When you know better, you're required by God to do better.
The reality is that you don't need a preacher to tell you what sin is. Long before you came to church and gave your life over to Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost was convicting you of sin and drew you to Himself through a heart that was tired of living in opposition to His will.
Once we're saved it's not "the act of sin that keeps you separated from God, but allowing those thoughts, words and actions to go unchecked without a desire to rid them from your life.
Understanding that Romans 2:4 says "The goodness of God leads us to repentance we see that having a life of repentance is an indication that God is working in your heart. The conviction of the Holy Ghost when you do something wrong is God shedding more of His love and affirmation on you.
Therefore the habits and sins that we really want to get rid of cannot stand because "Greater is He that's in you than he that's in the world.
The promise from God I want to leave you with today is that Jesus was manifested [unveiled or revealed] to destroy the works of the devil.
In First John 3, we have a vital command from God for His people to align their daily lives with Him.
No matter what satan's trying to keep you in, no matter what lie he told you, no matter how long he's been at his mission in your life, it cannot stand when the child of God realizes they no longer belong to satan and he was and remains defeated because of Jesus Christ.
But thank God for Jesus¦ First John 3 says:
- Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.
These works of the devil are obvious being, "Deception, bondage, sickness, fear, oppression and poverty. However, there is also the fact that his works include everything that stands in opposition to what God promised you as a Believer.
When our families are not saved, it's one of the works, when our minds are tormented, it's one of his works, when God promised you His peace and your mind is racing, it's one of his works.
We must identify God's promises and use the victory of Christ on Calvary to enforce them in our lives.
These promises are going to be identified going forward and we will believe with you for the fulfillment of them.