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Few things are more comforting than knowing and believing that God is at work in our lives. This type of comfort is the result of a confidence not in our own abilities, but in a God whose promises never fail. What He says will happen, He will accomplish. But this type of confidence comes only by faith. And faith comes by hearing God’s Word (Romans10:17). But even in our hearing and reading of God’s Word, we can wonder at times, “Is this promise really for me?” or “Will God stay to true to his promises?”
God fulfills His promises to Israel
I love how the book of Joshua puts it so pointedly: “Not a single one of all the good promises the LORD had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” (Joshua 21:45 NLT)
Joshua tells us that not even one of God’s promises were left unfulfilled, nope not even one!
It’s easy to respond – “Well, sure these promises were for Israel, but what about us today?”
We are Israel
Look at what the Apostle Paul writes in Romans:
Well then, has God failed to fulfill his promise to Israel? No, for not all who are born into the nation of Israel are truly members of God’s people! Being descendants of Abraham doesn’t make them truly Abraham’s children. For the Scriptures say, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted,” though Abraham had other children, too. This means that Abraham’s physical descendants are not necessarily children of God. Only the children of the promise are considered to be Abraham’s children. (Romans 9:6-8 NLT)
Here is what the Apostle Paul is saying:
Paul is writing that simply being born a Jew was not a guarantee of being a part of God’s family. Being a child of God meant to follow Him completely. God’s promises then were given to those who willfully committed their lives to obeying him. For believers today, God’s promises are still applied to those who place their faith in Christ.
In fact look at what Peter says in (2 Peter 1:4-5a. NLT) “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. In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises.”
Not only are God’s promises for us today, but Scripture calls us to respond to them, meaning we pray for them to be in enacted into the situations of our lives each day.
Therefore, you can trust that what God has promised, he will accomplish. So where do you begin? What promises should you know and pray for that will produce the comfort and confidence that comes from trusting in God?
10 Promises of God
1. God promises to strengthen you.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” (Ephesians 3:14-16 ESV)
2. God promises to give you rest.
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” (Matthew 11:28-30 NLT)
3. God promises to take care of all your needs.
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NLT)
4. God promises to answer your prayers.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7 ESV)
5. God promises to work everything out for your good.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28 NLT)
6. God promises to be with you
“I will not fail you or abandon you. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5, 9NLT)
7. God promises to protect you.
“This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.” (Psalm 91:2 NLT)
8. God promises freedom from sin.
“But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” (1 John 1:9 NLT)
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36 ESV)
9. God promises that nothing can separate you from Him.
“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39 ESV)
10. God promises you everlasting life.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 ESV)
This is not an endless list of the promises of God, no, in fact, there are over 3,000 promises in scripture. I encourage to take hold of the promises listed, but as well, continue to search the Word of God – meditating, memorizing and praying into existence all the promises that are tucked away and available to you as a believer. As you do, you will watch God respond to your faith by fulfilling his promises in your life.
“For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” (2 Corinthians 1: 20 NLT)