January 29th, 2019
Standing on the Promises (II Peter 1:4)
II Peter 1:4, Whereby are 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.
Do you ever feel inadequate for the demands of the day? I do every day! The longer I serve the Lord, the more I recognize my need for His power. Also, the longer I serve Him, the more I recognize my need to trust His power. Through God’s Word, He has given us “exceeding great and precious promises” (II Peter 1:4). But we often trust our fears and our feelings more than we trust His Word. In many cases, our thinking runs directly opposite God’s promises.
We say: It's impossible.
God says: All things are possible with Me. (Matthew 19:26)
We say: I can’t do it.
God says: You can do all things through Me. (Philippians 4:13)
We say: I’m too tired.
God says: I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28–30)
We say: I’m always worried.
God says: Cast your cares upon Me. (I Peter 5:7; Philippians 4:6)
We say: I can’t go on.
God says: My grace is sufficient for you. (II Corinthians 12:9)
We say: I can’t figure things out.
God says: I will direct your steps. (Proverbs 3:6)
We say:I’m not able
God says: I am able. (II Timothy 1:12)
We say:It’s not worth it.
God says: It will be worth it. (Galatians 6:9; Titus 2:13)
We say: I can’t manage.
God says: I will supply all your needs. (Philippians 4:19)
We say: I’m afraid.
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear. (II Timothy 1:7)
We say:I don’t have enough faith.
God says: I have given everyone a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3)
We say: I’m not smart enough.
God says: I give you wisdom. (James 1:5)
We say: I feel all alone.
God says: I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Hebrews 13:5)
This chart is not original with me. I don’t even remember where I first saw it, but I have filed it and shared it with others because it is a good reminder that our thoughts are not the final answer. If you feel overwhelmed or insufficient today, I encourage you to identify a promise from God’s Word and claim it! When we stand on the promises of God, we stand on solid ground.
Which of God’s promises are precious to you? Which ones are you storing up in your heart and mind to carry with you into the future? Consider starting a list of God’s promises as you read His Word. Make it your intention to believe His promises are precious and very great. Then commit to start knowing them by heart. Then you'll be ready to hang on to them through whatever challenge comes next. What five promises of God can you write down right now? How did each of them become memorable to you? Where are you tracking how God is keeping His promises? If you aren’t, how will you put that into practice?
Prayer: Father, I thank You already for what You are going to do for me. For Your Son’s promise to always be with me. Thank You for the confidence to face the uncertainties of the year ahead because I can have confidence in You. I commit myself anew to believe Your Word and to listen to Your Spirit’s prompting. Your promises are precious and I thank You for making them available so I can lean on them and rest in them every day. Once Your presence and Your promises are presented to us our lives cannot be the same. Without You we can do nothing. LORD, abide in us. In the power of Jesus name, Amen.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.