Thinking back to childhood I remember those statement we made to a friend ending with ďI promise you, cross my heart and hope to die!Ē Sometimes we werenít able to keep those childish commitments no matter how strong our intent had been.
Today, I try not to promise. I try to say if it is at all possible I will do thus and so. Or I might say, I canít promise you that circumstances will not come up where I could keep this quiet. I have found, over the years, that sometimes things need to be told or shared in order for accounts to be cleared and healing or forgiveness take place.
There are other things we can promise with a clarity of heart knowing that with Godís help we can stick with our commitment.
Are there promises we can hold on to? Youíd better believe there are and they are found in the Word of God. There are many, many that should be an encouragement to us each and every day. We need to read His Word and apply it to our life and walk and even use the Word as a basis for our prayers. God said it and we can pray it. Why not leave the demons trembling? They cannot argue with Godís Word. He is whispering to us even now:
Lift up my Son. Sing to Him your new song. Be faithful to my Word and the promises are yours.
Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. (NIV)
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD. (NIV)
So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. (NIV)
But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." (NIV)
2 Corinthians 1:20
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ. And so through him the "Amen" is spoken by us to the glory of God. (NIV)
2 Corinthians 7:1
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (NIV)
Prayer: Oh, dear Jesus, help us to grasp what You have promised and know that You are ever so true to Your Word. AMEN
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Very good article. I would like to have seen a few more of the promises. "I will never leave you or forsake you""Where two or three are gathered together...."I will uphold you with my right hand" "Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more" Well those are just a few of my favorites! No way to list them all. That is the beauty of His promises. They cover every aspect of our lives.