Why God Promises and What Those Promises Means to You

God’s promises are like the stars: the darker the night the brighter they shine. ~ David Nicholas

“I promise.” Have you ever said that to someone, and sincerely meant it at the time, but life and circumstances changed that promise into disappointment and regret? “I promise I’ll love you forever.” “I promise I’ll wash the car … or take out the trash … or pay back that debt.” People use the word so loosely, that the word ‘promise’ has lost much of its impact.

A promise is defined as a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing. It’s a verbal or written guarantee of performance: a pledge, vow or contract. Yet, so many times, you’ve been disappointed by other people’s ‘promises’. And (if you’re honest), you’ve disappointed others the same way.

The Bible goes to great lengths to explain the power of God’s Word. Why? Because He wanted to give you the assurance or guarantee that He will do what He has says. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips (Ps. 89:34). God places high value and commitment on the Words He speaks. Psalm 138 says that He magnifies His Word even above His Name! In other words, fulfilling His promise is more important to Him than His reputation.

Actually, the fulfillment of His promises IS His reputation. Jeremiah noted that God is alert and active, watching over [His] Word to perform it(Jer. 1:12 AMP). The Apostle Paul explained that Jesus made himself of no reputation to become more servant than Son (Phil. 2:7), yet every word He spoke manifested itself in blessing, healing, deliverance and abundance.

God’s Word has power – creative power – to successfully fulfill whatever He says. So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Is. 55:11). By speaking Words, God created the heavens and the earth, plus everything on the earth. He upholds all of creation by the Word of His power (Heb. 1:3). Notice The Word is the power. Words rained manna from the sky and poured water from a rock to fulfill His promise to care for the Israelites in the wilderness. Words raised Lazarus, stopped storms and fed multitudes. Hebrews explains that Words raised Jesus out of the pit of hell and restored life into His beaten body.

Why, then, does God make so many promises in the Bible? Not because he wants something from you, because he wants to give something to you. God’s promises are His pledge of performance. They demonstrate His desire to bless and care for His people. And now, O Lord God, You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant (2 Sam. 7:28).

The Bible says God is Love, and Love gives. It listens, helps, strengthens supports, blesses, edifies, and builds up. Consider the names of Jesus. Comforter, Counselor, Advocate. Love, God, wants the best for you. Love wants you to be your best.

Don’t misunderstand. The ‘IF’s in the Bible are huge. If you hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God … if you keep My commandments … if you walk in love, faith, obedience. But, there’s a reason for those IF’s.

Think about it. His commandments don’t do anything for Him. You can’t do anything for Him either, not really. He is Almighty God! Whatever He wants, He simply speaks and it is. His instructions are designed to keep the Blessing flowing in your direction; they’re for your good.

One of the most powerful verses in the Bible is found in Romans. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed (Rom. 4:16). God wants His promises to be sure for everyone, so He promised them by His grace – His loving favor. They cannot be earned by anything you do. Your performance, income level, education or any other differentiation makes no difference to God. He promised because He loves you and wants you to have His best. The only requirement is faith to believe Him without doubting.

That verse affirms that you don’t have to DO anything to receive the benefit of God’s promises; you just have to BELIEVE His Word. His Word works anywhere, anytime, anyplace. Your situation has no impact; neither do your tears or pleas. The channel that receives God’s grace and favor is ‘of faith’.

Abraham believed God, and God credited him as righteous. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Rom. 4:20-21). Abraham’s faith connected with God’s promise, and Isaac was born.

Repeatedly, Jesus asked those who petitioned Him, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” He told them, “Be not afraid, only believe.” In other words, you don’t have to do anything except develop your faith to the point where you can only believe. Doubt and fear have no place in the heart of a believer!

You develop that faith the same way that God instructed Joshua when he was preparing to take Moses’ place as leader of the Israelite nation. He faced a daunting task, but God told him how to overcome the doubts and fears that must have tried to overwhelm his mind. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, … for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Josh. 1:8).

Proverbs 4:20-23 affirms that instruction. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Faith doesn’t watch the clock. Time in the heavenlies isn’t measured in minutes and hours. Faith simply trusts God’s timing and continues to believe only. Faith steps outside the constraints of human limitations. Time and circumstances should have no effect or influence on your faith.

If you will train yourself to seek Him first, to trust His Word, to say what He says, you can have anything He promised. Let us hold fast the profession (confession) of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised) (Heb. 10:23).

  • For the LORD thy God blesseth thee just as He promised thee; thou shalt lend to many nations, but thou shalt not borrow ~ Deut. 15:6
  • You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. ~ I Kings 8:24
  • For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call. ~Acts 2:39
  • And f ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. ~ Gal. 3:29
  • Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. ~ 2 Peter 1:4
  • And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. ~ I John 2:25
  • The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time: and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied ~ Ps. 37:18-19

God’s promises are for your benefit. The Word has answers for any situation you face – healing, finances, relationships, anxiety or stress, whatever you need. God is not trying to hold anything back from you. It’s His heart’s desire that all be saved … and blessed. He is not trying to keep people out of heaven. He’s trying to get them in! God wants you to experience heaven on earth. Why? So that you can be his living epistle, living proof of how He wants to bless and protect His people.

So the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke: (I Kings 8:20). If you will believe only, and take your stand on His Word without wavering, you can receive anything He promised. Guaranteed.

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