Realizing and Accessing the Promises of God III
The Bible contains so many promises. It has different conditional and guaranteed promises. We would be wise to have an understanding of what God has said to us, HIS people to be aware of God’s word. What you don’t know can
cost you. As a child of God, you have an inheritance that is precious and eternal. This is contained within the promises God has made. The Bible is the record that God has left us of what HE has promised to us. We access the promises by faith. HIS Word says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please GOD because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek HIM.” We must have faith to receive the promises of God and we must be willing to walk in obedience to God to prove our faith.
In this third exposition of the promises of God, we will look at HIS promises. We are not only going to look at the promises. We must consider the corresponding action that accompanies faith. There are requirements to receive the promises. They are found beneath the category of promises we are viewing today. We will be examining them based on these three categories: 1) God’s promises of Justice 2) God’s Promises of HIS Deliverance and 3) God’s Promises of Empowerment By the Holy Spirit. The scriptures are from the NIV (New International Version) of the Bible.
Promises of Justice
Requirements to receive these promises are patience (let God be the judge and surrender your need for revenge to Him). Faith in His ability to come through and be faithful. You must get to know the God of Justice and accept, by faith, that He is everything He says He is and He will do it in His perfect timing.
“Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
“For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people and make an everlasting covenant with them.”
“But the Lord sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for justice, and he judges the world with righteousness; he judges the peoples with uprightness.”
“For the Lord loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed; the offspring of the wicked will perish.”
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.”
“Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.”
Promises of Deliverance
Requirements to obtain these promises are: You need to be convinced only God can do the work of deliverance for enemies that are too strong for you, He fights them for you, trouble will not always last because will bring you out of them and you must believe that God wants to give you the victory!
“He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.”
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all.”
“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
Promises of Empowerment by the Holy Spirit
Requirements to believe for and receive these promises are: God can do a work in you that people cannot do, and you must be willing to tell others what God has done/is doing in your life. You must also step out of fear into faith and trust that God can pray through you in a miraculous way of speech given by our precious Holy Spirit.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”
“Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”
As we’ve looked at promises from the Bible, we’ve discovered the incredible depth and breadth of God’s promises. Each verse we’ve pondered serves as a reassurance that His word is unchanging, His promises are steadfast, and His love is boundless. Just like God’s people in distress and trouble; we too may find ourselves in places of despair, feeling enslaved to our circumstances or to sin. Yet, the promises of God, especially His promise of salvation, assure us of His perpetual presence, His abiding love, and His redeeming power.
Remember John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” This promise, more than any other, is a gift of hope, love, and eternity, freely offered to all who believe. In the face of God’s promises, let us not falter but let our hearts be strong, let them embrace His words, and allow His promises to fill our lives with hope, courage, faith, and His unfailing love.
A Prayer of Hope
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the wealth of promises You’ve given us in Your word. We stand in awe of Your faithfulness and Your unchanging love. You have promised salvation to those who believe, and You have shown us your faithfulness. Just as You led Your people from the bonds of slavery to the freedom of the Promised Land, we pray that You guide us from the chains of sin into the freedom found in Your salvation.
Lord, engrave Your promises deep within our hearts, that we may hold onto them in times of joy and in times of trial. Strengthen our faith, deepen our trust, and build up our faith. Your Son brings us eternal life. May Your promises be a light unto our paths, a comfort in our struggles, and a constant reminder of Your unfailing love. In Jesus’ Name, we pray, Amen.