Confident In The Promises Of God
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:1-5
From the time we are able to understand that promises are to be kept and to not keep them was harmful to those with whom we made the promise, we have all sought to establish relationships, circumstances, places of confidence where we can be assured they will not fail us. If we had good early childhood training we learned that when we don’t keep our word we cause harm to those who are depending on us. And when we have not been true to others then we could not expect others to be true to us. It was the guiding principle of the “Golden Rule” that fixed a wholesome expectation in us that God was fair and we should treat others the way we wanted to be treated and if we didn’t, then we deserved whatever resulted from the choices we made.
To be confident in someone was a fundamental part of growing up, and that confidence was first tested with our parents. Did they keep their promises? Did they always do what they said they would do? Could we count on them? If you had parents who did their best to do that then you are very fortunate, indeed, because they mirrored God before you not necessarily perfectly, but in spirit and intent of their hearts.
God takes His Word very seriously. In fact, He has magnified His Word above all His name.
“I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” Psalm 138:2
What does that mean? We know that Jesus’ name carries great weight in Heaven and on earth. Whatever we ask the Father in His name He will do. That is His promise.
“And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” John 16:23
Israel knew God by His many names, Jehovah Jireh, (Provider), Jehovah Rapha, (The Lord our Healer), El Shaddai (All-Sufficient One) and so forth. He was known by the deeds He had done on their behalf, and indeed all His names are associated with His power to intervene in the affairs of human life. But Jesus is God’s WORD, The Word made flesh. He has been exalted above all the names of God. We are confident, therefore, in God because of what Jesus has done for us.
“For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” 2 Corinthians 1:19-20
We can be confident in God when we pray and believe for His promises to us to be fulfilled. Jesus said it, preached it and demonstrated it over and over again to the disciples and all those who followed Him faithfully in His earthly ministry. Now He has entrusted that message to us, to be confident in Him by the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:25-26
This is no light thing but a profound truth of the Word on which we can hang our confidence with great assurance. The Holy Spirit has come and He abides in us and all that God did and imparted to Jesus is now imparted to us. On this promise we can find an anchor for our faith and for all the promises of God concerning us. God does not lie and He does not change His eternal purpose and destiny for us in His Kingdom.
“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.” John 16:12-15
The Holy Spirit is our confident assurance of eternal life to come. He has been sent as a surety (an earnest down payment, so to speak, on the greater inheritance to come) that the gifts of God are ours, the promises, the work of the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Pastors and the Teachers are ours. The gifts of the Spirit, faith, hope, love, prophesies, interpretations, the working of miracles, discerning of spirits, different kinds of tongues, the interpretation of tongues; and in the church, God has given gifts first of apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. [1 Corinthians 12,13 and14]
All these are ours, promised and given by God the Father through our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit in us. And none are to be disdained, questioned or accounted less than worthy of our Lord because of the ignorance of men or the deceiving work of the devil.
We can be confident in the work of the Holy Spirit in us and we can be confident in the promises of God that we are to be rich in all things; in love for God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, rich in wisdom, in knowledge, in understanding, in discernment, in love for one another and for our neighbor, rich in health, strength, energy and vitality, rich in faith and in hope, rich in joy and peace, rich in material, physical and spiritual things, rich in purpose and value, more than abundantly supplied for every good work and enjoying the fruits of our labors, contributing to the needs of the poor.
This then we can affirm and be confident that we are pleasing God and living out His calling on our lives.
“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion. Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord.
Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:6-21
Oh! How rich is the treasure of God’s WORD given to us to bless, to heal, to transform and to empower us to honor our Father and bring glory to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ by the gift of the Holy Spirit abiding in and with us now and forever. To God be the glory, great things He has done.