Sunday, August 15, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010
Verse for Today
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.

Our God has given us innumerable promises which are recorded in the Bible. There are specific promises for specific occasions and situations and at the same time those that cover every occasion and need. Every promise carries with it a great responsibility on our part to believe in it so that we can be led by them to go forward in our daily walk. God expects us to walk by faith, believing in Him and His might to lead us. He wants us to claim His promises and leave our future in His hands. Such a life will be governed by absolute and unconditional faith in Him. As God is truth, all that He promises are also true and they will definitely be fulfilled. But if we do not believe in it, we would take our lives in our own hands and go as we feel best and as led by human intelligence, capacity and strategies. Such a life, managed by the self, does not bring glory to God because it keeps Goad outside. God expects His children to crucify their self and allow Jesus to be made the King of their lives. Once Jesus is the Lord of our lives, He will run our lives on the basis of the promises of the Father and will give us the strength to believe in the Father. When we believe Him, we will not take our lives in our own hands, but will simply say, 'Amen' to all the promises of God irrespective of what happens. As we wait upon God to keep His promises to us, His Spirit will bring the continuous message of reassurance that all His promises are a divine 'yes' from Heaven. This reassurance makes us keep a strong grip on the promises and develop the confidence to wait until the promises are fulfilled, no matter how much time it takes to fulfill it.

When we read and meditate on these promises in the Bible, the Word of Truth, the Holy Spirit who is the writer of these promises will work in us to generate faith and enable us to believe it without any doubt or question. This is the faith which surrenders our will to the Father which is a mark of our love to Him. Even when waiting for these promises seem tough and tedious, the Spirit gives us patience and joy, the fruit of the Spirit, and strengthens us to keep holding on to His promises and rest in Him. This kind of faith is seen in the lives of Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Daniel and other heroes of faith, and the same faith has been governing the poor unknown saints all over the world for their daily needs. The Spirit says, 'yes' His promises will be fulfilled, and expects us to say, "Amen, Lord, I believe". While we wait, He says to us that He is behind the scene for it to work out at His perfect timing. Remember, there is no disappointment with waiting for the Lord to fulfill His promises. If we have patience which the Spirit will give us provided we allow Him to take full control of our minds, hearts and emotions, we will continue to trust Him. When we thus dwell in the Spirit, Word and the Lord, we sometimes encounter situations where we need to wait for a long time for the promises to be fulfilled, for which we are equipped continually by His Spirit. Waiting in hope is a joy and experiencing the fulfillment of the promises is a greater joy. Let us today keep a stronger grip on Him and His promises. Let us demonstrate to Him that we love Him for what He is which includes all His promises to us.

Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Thought for Today
Promises of God carry His signature and seal and so are definitely fulfilled at His schedule.
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