Placing your faith in what a person promises will fail you many times over in this life. This truth is fresh in our minds from presidential elections filled with campaign promises that will fall well short of expectations.
Empty promises can leave us hurt, confused, unprepared and frustrated. They damage relationships and leave us unsure about who to trust.
God knows this is a problem for us.
He even goes as far as telling us not to swear we will do something.
“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.” (Matthew 5:37)
After all, we are just a bunch of dustballs (Gen. 3:19), who knows if we will even be around to fulfill our promises? “You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” (James 4:14 NIV)
By contrast, God makes promises that he keeps. His people can count on these promises as truths that will come to pass. It is interesting to note that while grace and forgiveness are a free gift to all accept it, no one can earn their way to heaven, these promises ask for an action before the reward is given. Almost like, “If you do this, then you will get this.”
So what are they? Hint: They’re big! You may want to bookmark the ones listed below. The best news is they are available to anyone who chooses to put God first. (Romans 3:22)
1. He will always be there for you
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
2. He has a plan specifically for you!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
3. He will make you stronger
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
4. Troubles are guaranteed but through Christ we have peace
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
5. All that is good, is yours.
The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
6. Evil will run from you
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
7. Know peace once and for all (You know you have been searching for it)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
8. Promised benefits
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
What is your response to God’s promises?