Standing On the Promises

As we go through this amazing ride we call life, we often focus more on the drops and turns on this rollercoaster. We worry about our bills, relationships, friends, family, health and many other things. We do our best to prepare and control every aspect of the tedious workload we have daily. As we do this it robs us of our joy and peace. Have we ever sat back and thought why we allow this to happen?

This happens when we allow fear, stress and worry to distract us from God's promises. God has promised us so much in His word. Does that mean that everything always goes according to our own plans? Absolutely not, and that is because either our plans didn't line up with God's plans or we didn't obey the instructions He gave us to complete those plans. We must fully put our trust in the Lord to know what's best for us, even when we don't agree.

We must plant our feet firmly, put on the armor of God and stand in His promises. We must never doubt Him, because when we do it lets fear in. God's promises are highly important to our peace. Let's look at some scripture and see why we can trust the Lord to do all things for us. Let's look at the reasons we can trust what He has told us and even look at just a handful of the promises He has made us.

We must understand a very important truth. It is not an opinion or thought. It is an undeniable fact that will never change. God never lies or breaks a promise. He is simply incapable of it. He is perfect in all His ways. Many think there is absolutely nothing God can't do and that's simply not true. He cannot lie or break a promise. He is righteous, holy and perfect which makes Him simply unable to be anything but those things. Lying is just not an option for Him. He also cannot go against a person's freewill. Freewill is a promise He made and therefore He can't violate that word. To go against anyone's freewill would make Him a liar and He just isn't able to lie. This is also why God is not quick to make a promise. He only makes a promise He knows will never be broken. He also will not change His mind once a promise has been made. In order to repent of a promise, He would have to break it.

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Numbers 23:19

And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. Joshua 23:14

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; Titus 1:2

For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. 2 Corinthians 1:19

You can also see 1 Samuel 15:29; Psalm 89:34; John 3:33, 7:28, 17:17 to read more on this and I highly encourage you to do so. Let's move on to the next point.

What does God change His mind about or repent of? We have seen in scripture that the Lord does change His mind, but it is never about His promises. When you see note of Father repenting of something we see it as forestalling judgement on His people for disobedience. He has repented of destroying all of Israel, nations, cities etc. He changed His mind about destroying Nineveh when they listened to Jonah and repented. He chose not to destroy all of Israel when Moses stood in the gap and begged for mercy. There are numerous occasions in scripture when God changes His mind, but it is always an act of mercy in judgement upon the people. He doesn't change His mind concerning a promise He has made. You can read Exodus 32:14, Jeremiah 26:19, Amos 7:3-6, and Jonah 3:9-10 for just a few examples of this. These are just a few verses in the bigger story of each part. I would advise you go back and read the chapters surrounding it to get a full understanding of each situation.

When we go through trials, tribulations, hard times and rough emotions, we always need to remember to stand on the promises of God. They are yes and amen. He has promised that He will protect us, provide for our needs (not luxuries), heal us, defend us, teach us, guide us, comfort us and so much more. He will never leave us or forsake us. He is quick to forgive and we have grace and mercy in the name of Jesus Christ. Weapons will most certainly form against us but they will never prosper. People will most certainly talk bad about us but every tongue shall be condemned. We will be given gifts of the Spirit when we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and those gifts did not stop with the old church. We will walk in joy and peace because the yoke of Jesus is a burden that is light not heavy. We surrender everything to Him and trust Him fully. Our sins are washed away and forgiven by the blood of the Lamb. He will counsel us and guide us. He will give us wisdom, knowledge, revelation, a renewed mind, the mind of Christ, good gifts, strength, prosperity (which doesn't mean wealth of money), and so much more. There is no condemnation for us. He will never destroy the earth again with a flood. I could turn this into a book to list them all but that's already been done. It's called the Bible. Read it, and believe it. Then plant your sword in the ground and stand on it. When the enemy whispers God has left you scream back "He promised He will never leave me!" When the enemy tells you that you aren't loved, yell "I am a child of God and He calls me beloved. I am loved so much He died for me!" Stand on the promises of God and don't forget them.

For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Corinthians 1:20

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:8-12

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2-3

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:12-18

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit Romans 8:1

He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation. Psalm 91

You will have to read the whole Bible to see all the promises, but you can find more in Isaiah 57:18, John 3:15-21, 8:12,29,31-32 and look in 1 John 2:25, Ezekiel 36:26, Isaiah 49:25, Psalm 34:4, Philippians 4:19, James 1:5, 1 Corinthian 10:13, and Revelation 21:4. There is a promise of God we can look back to for every situation in our life. God's word is unchanging and unbreakable. His promises never end and can't be challenged. You just have to stand in them having done all to stand. Be encouraged and never be afraid or worry. Place your trust in God, your problems on the altar at His feet and STAND! Make your mind up today that from now on you will stand on His promises and the Rock and not be moved. God bless you all and may the Lord Jesus keep you.

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