by Thomas Hume
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Psalm 25:14 (NIV)
‘The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.’
God will show his promises to those who are close to him and to those who depend on him completely. God has already promised his people many things through the bible, so if you are born again these apply to you. God says he will never fail nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6), he ensures us that he will be with us to the very ends of the age (Matthew 28:20), he promises us eternal life through his son Jesus (John 3:16) and also, he promises his Holy Spirit to all those who are his followers (Acts 1:4-5). These are just few of the many promises that apply to all of his people on Earth. God’s word is true so all of these promises in the bible should give you encouragement and you should therefore trust fully in him.
Isaiah 25:1 (NIV)
‘LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.’
Although Satan likes to distract us and tell us otherwise, God is ever true to his word and if he has said something to you, it will be fulfilled no matter the circumstance or situation. The promises I have given are simply ones that apply to all of God’s people, however God also will speak on a personal level about promises, just listen to him and I can assure you that god will speak promises to you and they will give you strength when Satan does attack, because whatever happens, if you are following Jesus Satan will attack you and say God’s word is false at some time, but if you are close to God and know all he promises then you can overcome the devil with the word of God. Let us remember that no matter what the devil says, the promises of God remain! For example if he says “God will abandon you!” we know this is not true because God’s word says he will never fail or forsake us. Knowing God’s promises will not only encourage you and give you strength but they will make you look forward to all that God has in store for you!
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
‘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.’
Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT)
‘So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.’
When God promises us something, whatever it may be, our first step should be to accept what he has said in faith, though we in our own eyes might not see how God will fulfil what he has said we must trust him for all things are possible in him. In the life of Abraham and his wife Sarah we see God promise things that almost seem impossible. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and that his wife Sarah would give birth to a son, but to them this seemed highly unlikely.
Genesis 18:11 (NIV)
‘Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing.’
But Abraham did the right thing and trusted God and God, despite the difficult situation, gave Sarah a son.
Genesis 21:1 (NIV)
‘Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised.’
Whatever God may have said to you or all that he will say to you is true, so trust in all that he says!
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Thanks Thomas, for this freshly written, simple and well thought out article. And for its encouraging message.