Today’s devotional in the Love Expressed series is about GOD’s promises.
A promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one who makes it to carry through. It also includes willingness to do so. The promises of GOD are trustworthy, because the GOD who promised them is faithful!
The Scriptural promises are words from God, sent to give comfort to those who seek to live as God leads them to live. They weren't given an expiration date, nor are they just for the pious few.
1. He has promised to supply every need we have. The Bible says: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus". (Phillipians 4:19). Consider the definiteness of the promise. The word “shall” is too definite for us to ever be let down. It is not possible for us to have a need that is too great for God to supply What a promise!
2. God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us. (II Corinthians 12:9). in fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8. It is through an obedient faith that we have access into the grace of God according to Romans 5:2.
3. God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation.( I Corinthians 10:13). GOD will not allow any difficulty to come into our lives that we are not capable of bearing. When you are tried and tempted — don’t lose HOPE. Jesus did not promise that we would never be persecuted, tried, and abused, but He did promise to never leave us, never forsake us, and to bear our burden.
4. God has promised us victory over death. We don’t have to worry that our victory over death is a guarantee which might be good for others but not good for you or for me. We don’t have to worry that God has somehow placed “loopholes” in the message of resurrection joy that is ours today, loopholes relieving Him of what He has promised to do for us in Christ, our risen Savior. Not at all! OUR VICTORY OVER DEATH IS 100% GUARANTEED by Christ’s resurrection! Paul wrote to the Corinthians: "For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures" (I Corinthians 15:3,4). Later on he adds: "but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Corinthians 15:57).
5. God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28). It may be difficult for us to see and understand how this is accomplished at times, but God has promised it, and He will deliver.
6. God has promised that those who believe in Jesus and are baptized for the forgiveness of sins will be saved. (Read Mark 16:16 and Acts 2:38).
7. God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28). God has PROMISED eternal security to all who BELIEVE on His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.The promises of God are powerful to grasp. You can stand upon these promises because GOD speaks the truth in all that He does. He lives the truth. He is bound by His truth. His truth and His fidelity will keep that going where it needs to go.