Throughout the bible God gave his people some promises that is still accessible to us today. These promises are sure and we can have faith that God will stand by his word as he regards his word high above his name (Psalms 138:2). Jesus said “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away “- Mark 13:31. We can feel confident that whatever he promise us that he will honor his word because his words “shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the things whereto I sent it”-Isaiah 55:11
Promises of God
- I Am That I Am (Exodus 3:14) – This promise was made to Israel when they were slaves in Egypt. God wanted them to know that the Egyptians serve hundreds of gods but he was the one God that encompasses all the gods of the Egyptians. Moreover, by using these terms the Children of Israel understood that God was telling them that He will become whatever they perceive him to be. When the children of Israel needed a provider, he provided for them (e.g. Ex 17:2-6), when they were sick he became their doctor (e.g. Numbers 21:6-9; 1 King 17:17-22), when their enemies came upon them he became their warrior and protector (e.g. 1 Samuel 17; 2 Kings 19), when they were trapped between Pharaohs army and the Red Sea he became their ‘way maker’ by causing the Red Sea to divide in half so they could walk on dry land while their enemies were destroyed (Exodus 14:21-29; Isaiah 43:16,19), when they needed a deliver from their enemies, he delivered them (e.g. Exodus 3:16-17; Joshua 6: 20-21,24; Judges 10:1-18 etc), when they and the world needed a savior he died on the cross and deliver us from sin and hell, thus giving us freedom and a kingdom (Isaiah 9:6; 43:11; 47:4; Romans 8:17-18).
This promise is assessable to each one of us today. Whatever you need God to be for you now that is what He will be. Do you need a lawyer, doctor, teacher, guidance counselor, psychologist, provider, protector, way maker etc? Then why not call upon him today? “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear”-Isaiah 59:1. So therefore “Seek ye the Lord while HE MAY BE FOUND, call ye upon him WHILE HE IS NEAR.”-Isaiah 55:6
- I will be your God (Isaiah 41:10) – The Lord promised the Children of Israel that he will be their God once they did not forsake him by going after other gods. Today the Lord is beseeching each one of us to forsake all others and he will be a father unto us and we’ll be a son to him; this can only be done if you forsake all other gods (gods of money, sex etc.) and serve him (Romans 6:16-18).
- I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5) – Who better in the bible to know this great truth than the children of Israel? Whenever the children of Israel obeyed the commandments of God they experience the presence of God; God is not a God to dwell where he is not welcome. They experienced his protection from their enemies and were the greatest and wealthiest nation upon the face of the earth and they experienced peace. Today God is making each one of us this promise, a promise that he will never leave us nor forsake us.
- He will never allow you to be tempted or tested above that you are able to bear (1 Corinthians 10:13)- Although sometimes we may feel that we are not able to handle situations that may come our way, God has promise us that he will never allow us to face any situation that we are not able to bear. Yes sometime it is very rough and we may feel like throwing in the towel, but God says that “…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”-1 Corinthians 12:9. When we are at our lowest that is the time we will experience the strength of our God who loves us with an everlasting love. I don’t know what kind of day, week, month or year you have been having, but God wants you to know that, “…as thy days, so shall thy strength be”- Deuteronomy 33:25
- Jesus will never allow us to walk on a road he has never walked on (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15: 12:3) – The Bible told us that he was tempted like we through his humanity and so able to help us with our test and trials (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). We fail at times because we do not rely and wait upon him to take us through our situations (Deuteronomy 33:25).
His hand is always out stretch waiting for us to cast our cares upon him because he cares for us (1 Peter 5:7), so by going boldly before the throne of God we may find grace in times of need (Hebrews 4:16). Are you hungry and finding it hard to manage your everyday demands, perhaps homeless and jobless? He has been their (Luke 9:58; Luke 17:27; Matthew 21:18-19). Are you despise and spit upon, lied on, mocked and beaten; even by persons who call you friend? He experienced all of these, but seeing the joy of our salvation before him, he endured the pain and the suffering (Hebrews 12:2-3; Luke 17:25; Matthew 26:59-60; 27:18, 28-31,41-41). Have you ever been betrayed by someone close to you? He was betrayed by one of his disciple who walk, eat, slept and even suffered with him, to the point that he was crucified (Luke 22:47-48). Are you struggling with the temptations to sin in your body? The bible says that he was in ALL point tempted as we are, yet he did not sin, he did not give in to the desires of the flesh; in fact, he did paid more attention to the spiritual aspect of his life and not his flesh (Hebrews 4:15; Romans 8: 5-8). Have you been belittled by others and made to feel unimportant; perhaps you are suffering from low self-esteem because of what you have been through. Bible Scholars let us know that because of Jesus birth he was probably looked down at and treated as a bastard child because he was not Joseph biological son. Jesus did not allow his experiences to deter him from accomplishing his purpose and believing in himself. Yes he felt hurt and probably he did not have many friends at school.
Whatever you have been through or going through, Jesus had been through it. You can go boldly before him and share your problems with him. He’ll give you strength to endure, and probably move the stumbling block(s) out of your way.
- He will strengthen and help you (Isaiah 41:10) – Sometimes along life’s journey we become weak, and even sometimes feel very helpless. Life’s burdens sometimes can become so overwhelming that we feel like we can’t make another step on this journey. However, God is promising you today that he is your God and being your God he will strengthen you when you get weak and help you each day to go further than you could ever imagine. We can’t make it on our own, and we weren’t expected or created to make it on our own; we are instead expected to depend on God for strength and help in time of need.
- He will carry you (Isaiah 46:3-4)- It is very normal for us at times to think that we are not able to go another mile on life’s journey; the truth is God did not expect us to make it on our own. It is for this reason God is telling us that he is the one that have carried us from we were in our mother’s womb and will continue to carry us even unto our old age; he is a God that will carry and deliver us out of EVERY situation we may face. Haven’t he brought you this far? You did not make it this far by your own strength, but it was God that has carried you. He will always fulfill his promises.
- He is your refuge and fortress (Psalms 91:2) – Fortress is a safe place where people in trouble can run to for refuge. In the Old Testament the children of Israel had cities of refuge where they could run to for refuge if they found themselves in trouble. Once they abide in that city for a certain period no one could touch or kill them (Joshua 20:1-9). Today God is making a promise to us that if we choose him, then he will be our refuge and fortress, he will be our strong tower. Once we abide in him and OBEY his Words then he will not allow anything to harm us, unless he permits it for his purpose (like he did with Job, Job 1, 2, 3).
- He will be your guide (Psalms 32: 18)- From careful study of the bible we get to understand that Israel and the people of ancient civilization would not have made it without the counsel and guidance of God (e.g. Exodus 15:13; 1 Samuel 30:8). Today God is making each one of the promise of being our guide “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”-Psalms 32:14. God sees the end from the beginning and thus is the right person to guide us as he is able to see the pitfalls of our lives beforehand. With whatever decision you make in life, you can put your trust in God. Because God sees the end from the beginning it is therefore advisable that before we make an important decision we should first seek the Lord for guidance and or council. He is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19), and he has promise you even unto your very lost breath; he will be your guide (Psalms 48:14). This promise of God is for you, your children, and grandchildren until God returns; accept and wait upon his guidance and you shall never fail.
- No evil shall harm you (2 Timothy 4:18)- Did you know that every day you could have lost your life or something terrible could have happen to you and only because of the mercies of God why your still breathing now, and without much or any harm? Do you know even half of the things that God have kept you from? The love that God has for each of us opens the doors for new mercies each and every day. Even sometimes when we reject or walk away from him he is still merciful unto us because he knows that we could not catch our breath even driving the fastest car. Nothing happens or can ever happen to you unless God allows it. Today this promise is being made to you. The apostle Paul in the bible could have said “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”-2 Timothy 4:18, because he put his trust and confidence, not in man, but in God. No doubt throughout his ministry Paul witnesses the power of God working in his life. This promise is also for you today.
The promises of God was made available to men and women who passed on before us; and these same promises of God, and a lot more, are available to each one of us today. For these promises of God to be activated in your life you must accept and have faith in the spoken word and power of the All Power and All Seeing God (Hebrews 11:6; Isaiah 55:10-11).
Although I have just discusses Ten Promises of God, they are many more promises of God that you can access by faith.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon”-Isaiah 55:6-7
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”-Acts2: 39
God is making you these promises today, believe and accept them and your soul shall prosper. I hope that these Ten (10) Promises of God To Man will help you to accept the Lord if you haven’t or help you to know and realize the love that God has for you.
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