12 March, 2023
LIVING AND CLAIMING THE PROMISES OF GOD
(Christian Living 15)
The Bible gives a great assurance regarding God’s promises that we can trust: “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “YES” in Christ. And through Him the “AMEN” is spoken by us to the glory of God” (2 Cor.1:20). So all the promises of God are trustworthy and we can claim them for our life as God speaks to us. Our Lord Himself said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but MY Words will never pass away…"I am watching to see that My Word is fulfilled." (Matt.24:35; Jer.1:2). So let us believe and trust God in claiming His promises each day as He speaks to us in our Devotional Time with Him.
The Lyrics of the Hymn are so true:
Standing on the promises, I cannot fall
Listening every moment to the Spirit's call
Standing on the promises of Christ my Saviour
Resting in my Saviour as my all in all
Standing on the promises of God
I’m standing on the promises of God.
To stand on the promises of God means to be sure and steadfast in believing and claiming them. That is because we believe that God is Faithful and He will fulfil every promise He has made. As Paul said, “Faithful is He Who promised; He also will do it” (1 Thess.5:24).
The Christian Life begins with faith in the promises of God and His Word. When we first heard the Gospel concerning the Lord Jesus Christ – that He is the Son of God Who died for our sins and rose again from the dead the third day - we believed and acknowledged Him as Lord, and we are saved and became a child of God and He became our Father (Rom.10:9-10; John 1:12-13). So, with that initial faith, we begin to “walk” with Jesus and grow spiritually: “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord (by faith), so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving". (Col.2:6-7- NKJV).
The OT saints walked with God by trusting His Word in the same way as us NT believers. However, we have one advantage over them: we have the Holy Spirit living in us and He makes God’s Word real to us by reminding us and teaching us. As Jesus said, “He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I said to you” (Jn 14:26). In our time of need or trial, the Holy Spirit will remind us of the promises of God and Christ and bring us comfort and assurance so that we can walk in victory all the time. Hallelujah!
In our Prayer Life we worship and seek God by trusting in His promises. We ask Him for His forgiveness and favour all because we believe and claim His promises. That is because He said, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matt.21:22). We become His witnesses and preach the Gospel because we believe His promise to empower us by His Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). In sharing the Gospel, we believe that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of sin and that Jesus Christ is Lord (Jn 16:8; 1 Cor.12:3). Praise the Lord!
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