by Danna Appleby
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. . . He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
2 Peter 1:4
What are you believing God to do in your life? Are you waiting for Him to do some great things in the lives of your family and friends? Are you waiting for fulfillment of a certain promise? Have there been a number of years since a promise was made and youíre finding yourself still waiting? Iíll tell you this, if God truly said it, you can take Him at His Word and believe He will bring it to pass.
Many times we can be filled with disillusionment during the waiting process. We may feel that itís taking too long, but keep in mind that weíre looking at things from a human standpoint. God is working things out supernaturally behind the scenes in ways we donít understand. We must not give up!
Some years ago Tammy Faye Baker wrote a song entitled, ďDonít Give Up on the Brink of a Miracle.Ē Those encouraging words tell us that we should never give up because the fulfillment of a promise might be just around the bend!
There are literally thousands of promises in the Word of God. As we reflect on those promises, it can bring about an excitement just knowing that God has great plans in store. Every day will be filled with peace and joy knowing that His promises will back us in whatever we endeavor to do. You can believe that every promise God has made and every prophesy He has given, will come to pass.
God began to show me about His great and precious promises several years ago. I found that they covered a myriad of subjects. There was everything from salvation to healing, and many more. The Word of God says that no matter how many promises God has made, they are ďyesĒ in Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20) His promises are for every one of us and we can accept them by faith.
We need the promises of God so we can be equipped for the work God calls us to. (2 Tim. 3:17) Without His promises, we would be weak and powerless; unable to do what needs to be done for the Kingdom.
One promise we can be sure of is Godís great love for us. He says that there is no width, no length, no height or depth to His love. (Eph. 3:18) Weíre also told that there is nothing, no nothing that can separate us from His love. (Rom. 8:35) The promise of Godís love will sustain us day after day and year after year.
The promise of the Holy Spirit is one we donít want to overlook for where would we be without the Spirit to comfort, lead and guide us? The Apostle Peter stood up on the day of Pentecost and told all who were listening to repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and they would receive the gift of the promised Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:39) He also said that the promise was for them and their children and for all who were far off Ė for all whom the Lord would call. (Acts 2:1-41) Three thousand people were added to the church that day all because Peter told of the precious promise of the Holy Spirit. That same promise is just as valid for us today as it was for those who listened and believed back then.
Jesus made a promise that He would never leave us. (Heb. 13:5) How many times have you wondered if He was actually there at all? Have you felt His presence when you were alone? I can tell you that I have felt His hand upon me in some of the darkest days of my life. He was there to reassure me that He was indeed with me. Heíll be with you in sad times, in times of mourning, and in times you feel no one cares.
One promise I have grown to love is Godís power to restore. We can have our worlds torn apart through circumstances beyond our control, but God in His infinite mercy will mend and restore those things. Our God loves to repair what is broken. Has your heart been shattered lately? Trust Him today that He will restore and give you joy unspeakable. He will pour on the oil of gladness instead of mourning. (Is. 61:3) He will take your broken heart, mold it into shape and restore it in a way that only He can.
And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10
Father, thank You for your beautiful promises which are true and bring life. Your promises bring healing to the brokenhearted. Your promise restores hearts in times of sadness and mourning. Your promise sends the precious Holy Spirit to aid, comfort and guide us but will also give us power to do the work you have called us to. We want to honor You for Your faithfulness in times of need and desperation. Thank You for the promises that are just as good for us today as for those who lived centuries ago. I pray for each person reading this message that they will be healed, delivered and set free. Restore and heal wounded hearts. In Jesusí name. Amen.
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