The promises of God

Last night we spoke about God’s love being so perfect that it drives away all fear. The more we get to know His character, the more we will trust Him. I want to add to this tonight by saying that we can trust Him to fulfill every promise He has ever made.  As humans we may many times make promises without fulfilling them – but God does not operate like this.  He is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19).

“For I have said, Mercy and loving-kindness shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness will You establish in the very heavens [unchangeable and perceptual].” Ps 89:2

“…And your faithfulness is round about You [an essential part of You at all times}.” Ps 89:8

So, without His faithfulness God wouldn’t be God. It is an unchanging aspect of His character. That is incredible to know!  Furthermore we are told:

“For as many as are the promises of God, they all find their Yes in Him [Christ]. ” 2 Cor 1:20

This verse clearly states that every promise God made in the Bible is fulfilled in Christ.  They find their Yes (answer) in the work He did on the cross.  That means, as one of many examples,  if God swore He will never be angry at us again (Is 54:9),  this is the truth. Our righteousness and perfection in God’s eyes is made possible by the redeeming work of Jesus.  The same way every other promise of God is fulfilled in Jesus – you can trust Him.

“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it” Is 55:11

A first revelation

I received my first ‘living’ word in 1999 – a verse I read which truly stood out and spoke to my heart.  I cherish this verse, and find it wonderful that God chose to reveal His character first and foremost.  I did not hear a message of condemnation or judgement, nor one of works or service.  It was a message of reconciliation – spoken so kindly that my heart melted.

“The Lord appeared from of old to me saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.” Jer 31:3

In this verse He showed me His never-ending love – it is infinite and boundless.  There is nothing I can do to stop this love, I cannot mess it up or cause Him to change His mind.  This love is not dependent on holy living or works achieved – it moves through all boundaries and overcomes everything.

“For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rom 8:38 – 39

It is this love that will lead the world to repentance – the revelation of God’s character (Rom 2:4).

What you have inside you… (Part 3)

We have already established the following with regards to the fullness of God that lives inside us the moment we are born again:

  1. The Word of God is contained within you
  2. The presence of God is within you, and this means blessings will be around you.

The presence of God is also referred to as the ‘secret place’ (see verse below).

“In the secret place of Your presence You hide them from the plots of men;” Ps 31:20

This takes us into a whole new dimension of life.  If we dwell in this secret place (God’s presence inside of us), we are promised the following (read the whole Psalm 91 for all of the promises):

– We will remain stable and fixed under God’s protection
– His truth and faithfulness will be our shield
– Even thought ten thousand may fall at our side, no harm shall come to us
– We will be inaccessible in the secret place (presence) of God
– God Himself will deliver us
– He will answer us, be with us in trouble and honor us
– He will satisfy us with a long life and show us His salvation

Wow – that is all I can say.  All of these promises are contained within God’s presence, which now lives inside us.  Selah.