When God promises a thing….
Do I believe I will receive it?
Or do I put the lukewarm phrase “Lord if it be your will!” behind it.
I think it is an insult to God to put an IF in his promises…
to make God out to be fickle or waving in his intentions.
A promise is a promise. If God says he will do something then it is a promise and to fail to pray that way is to make god out to be insincere.
Some might think this a rather simplistic way of putting things. I hear the argument that God is not to be pushed or prodded with our own will or way.
Yes this is true that we often assume that God has to do this or that for us.
That is an entirely different matter to a promise straight from the word of God to each and every believer.
When God says he will never leave you or forsake you that’s what he means and when he says that you can do all things through Christ who gives you strength then you had better believe that it means ALL things.
Maybe the challenge is to see how many of the promises we can appropriate and really take on board as belief and then having the faith to walk in them.
Charles Finney said this on the subject..
“To put an IF in God’s promises when God has put none there, is tantamount to charging God with being insincere. It is like saying “O God, IF thou art in earnest in making these promises, grant us the blessing we pray for.”