Before I understood what God’s Promises meant, I knew I didn’t deserve them. I didn’t attend church regularly, I was often inpatient with people, I constantly found unhappiness in my appearance and most of all I didn’t pray every day. This had to eliminate me from what was promised by God because I wasn’t “following the rules” to receive them. I was so wrong.
The very first thing I had to get into my head was Psalm 89:34.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
Wow, this is powerful! God’s covenant (His promise) stands and He will never lie or break a promise to me. If He has offered it, it is mine to have no matter where I am in my life. Did you know there are over 7,000 promises from God to us in the Bible? The average Bible has 1,200 pages so the promises far exceed the number of pages. Many of the promises come in multiples in one verse. Here is one of my favorite examples.
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.
When you look at this verse you will see five promises. God is with you! He is our God! He will strengthen us! He will help us! He will uphold us! If you only memorized this verse you would have 5 strong and confident promises to live by.
God does offer us two types of promises, conditional and unconditional. A conditional promise means we have to perform an action to receive the promise. An unconditional promise means God loves us and blesses us with the promise and no action required.
I would like to share some conditional promises from the Bible with you so you can see the difference between conditional and unconditional promises.
1 Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
This verse shows us that if we give thanks to God His love will be forever. We are to thank Our Father constantly for the blessings He bestows on us. When you receive a call from a long lost friend or your child makes it home safely from a trip, thank God. These may seem like mundane things that are just part of life but it is God’s blessing that reconnected you to that friend and made safe travels for your child. Thank Him! Receive His Promise!
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
“Be still, and know that I am God.” This promise tells me to just trust and have faith in God and He will do all the work. I know it is difficult to sit silently and be patient but I also have experienced God handling my problems when I allow Him to. Try it once. Your patience and stillness will be rewarded by God.
I now would like to show you some unconditional promises that God just shares with us because we are His children.
And Jesus looking upon [them] said to them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Another beautiful promise from the Bible. “With God all things are possible”. This is another one of my daily go to Bible verses. When I am frustrated that something just isn’t going right I believe in God’s power to make it right. I know now as I walk in my faith that Satan will always be trying to trip me up. I have a journal I write in as I listen to sermons and teaching videos so I can remember the words I want to teach to others. I always find my pen will quit writing when I am noting the Bible verses in the journal. It doesn’t stop when I an writing general notes but as soon as I attempt to write down a Bible verse to remember, it stops and I have to scribble on the side of my journal to restart it. I have placed a picture below to show you what I mean. Pardon my messy handwriting.
As you can see the scribbles coincide with with the number of verses written down. When this happens I begin to say , “My God is POWERFUL, LOVING, SUPREME and ABOVE ALL OTHERS!” until the ink begins to flow again. I know God is with me and nothing shall stop me from spreading His Word. You too may be having something happen like electronic devices freeze when you are doing good but don’t realize it may be someone trying you halt your goodness. Same if you are constantly arguing with your spouse. The enemy doesn’t want us happy and will do what he can to cause unrest. Remember God kicked him out of Heaven for being ungrateful and greedy.
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit will never change. The Holy Trinity’s love is faithful, unending, unconditional, and so,so good. His consistency can always be relied on. God is not like a mortal that can back out of something or break a promise. He will never lie or not stand behind His Promises. Trust in Him always!
If you are in a place where you don’t feel deserving of God’s Love and Promises then I would ask you to stop and get silent. God immediately forgives and forget and so should you. Whatever is burdening you release it and tell God you are sorry. He will forgive you and He forgets it so you can move on. Also remember that you are a child of God. He loves His children unconditionally without judgement. He knows you will make mistakes and sin so it’s OK it happens and you can seek forgiveness. He created you exactly how He wanted you so love yourself and know you are worthy of His Promises and a beautiful life. Lastly, NO ONE is isolated from God’s gifts He shares with us in the Bible. Everyone gets everything offered by Him all you have to do is turn to Him and ask for these blessings. He will never say no to you.
As I end this blog I want to leave you with one more verse of always being able to trust in God’s Promises. That verse is Isaiah 40:8.
The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever
All my love and gratitude for you, LoLo