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His Precious Promises
In this month’s newsletter, I want to share a word concerning the Promises of God. It is God’s will for His people to not only know about His promises, but know how to walk in the fullness of them.
Let’s take a look at 2 Peter 1:3-4, According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 4 Whereby hare given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
First of all, we must settle in our hearts that He has already given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness. Not going to but has already done it. He gave us things pertinent to both our natural and our spiritual well being. He never left anything out!
Now that’s great news! When God’s people get this in their hearts and not just their heads, they are going to walk in His fullness and enjoy life like never before. So, how do we know what these promises are? Once we find them, how do we obtain them? What kind of work is it going to take to obtain them? You know, we are very busy and don’t have much time. I know time is what everyone wants, but it’s what most people waste. There is one thing I found out, when a person gets desperate enough, they will find the time to get it done.
Every promise of God can be found in His Word, which is filled with promises from cover to cover. Many of the promises of God go untapped due to the fact that many don’t take time in the Word to discover what is theirs. But, once we get into the Word and find out what is ours, then we must take God at His Word knowing that He can’t lie or fail. Anyone who simply trusts in God and has child-like faith can receive from the promise of that Word.
Now, with what has been said, one must take time and dedicate themselves to God’s Word and allow that Word to be saturated into their heart. When this is done, all things are possible to them that believe! To those who don’t take time and do what it takes to receive will be like the Children of Israel.
One of the saddest stories in the Bible is related to the children of Israel. The children of Israel were in bondage in the country of Egypt and constantly cried out to God. God heard their cry and raised up one to be a deliverer for His people. Before His people ever landed in Egypt, He already had a plan to bring them out and to place them into a land flowing with milk and honey (which represents wealth). The Bible refers to this land as the Promised Land. It’s exactly what the Word meant, a land that He promised them.
So, this brings me to an important point. Just because it is promised doesn’t mean it just automatically happens. You can read the story and find that out. The promises of God are conditional. The land was theirs, but they had to possess it by faith. Faith simply believes what He said is true and it will come to pass; however, they couldn’t (or wouldn’t) do that. They murmured and complained about everything that took place, which kept them out of the promises of God. This is why I say that it’s one of the saddest stories in the Bible.
There is one thing you will find out when reading the Word – murmuring and complaining will always keep you out of the promises of God. Did they know the promise? Yes. Did they automatically receive? No. They disqualified themselves with their doubt, unbelief, murmuring and complaining.
The Word says in Hebrews 10:23, Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised. We must hold onto the promise with tenacity and when we do, we will see His faithfulness and His promises fulfilled in our lives. In other words, we will enjoy what He has promised!
So, allow me to admonish you with these last words. Whatever you do, make sure that you feed your spirit with the Word of God. As you know, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. As you do, make every effort to stay out of murmuring and complaining. Let’s not allow any of His promises to slip from us. Keep a positive confession and agreement with God’s Word even in the midst of challenging situations. Let’s take hold of His promises and allow them to manifest in our lives.
Kenneth E. Harbaum, President