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The Value of a Promise
7/29/2014

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Is. 26:3 (NKJV)

It has been rightly said, “A promise is only as good as the one who makes it…” This is a very revealing truth, because it will determine much in our life.  For instance, God has made us many promises.  And if we are to believe He is true and His word is true, then we should have great peace and joy in these promises.  Unfortunately, most of us have experienced the lies of others within our own personal life, and these lies have tempted us to doubt the promises we receive. 

This is where our faith comes in, and is strengthened in our Christian walk.  You see, walking in faith is simply trusting in the promises of God—it is believing in what He said, and allowing these promises to direct our thoughts, countenance, and ultimately our actions. 

Q:         So how should this impact us and change the way we think and act?

Well, first of all, we should remember that we have been called to imitate God (Eph. 5:1), and therefore our word should be just as God’s word—true and faithful.  When we say something, our words should have the backing of integrity, honesty, reliability, and most of all they should be trustworthy.  We don’t need to swear to bring validity to the things we are claiming or stating; when questioned, we should simply say, “Yes” or “No.”   We can see Jesus stating this very truth in His Sermon on The Mount.

Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.  Matt. 5:37 (NKJV)

Secondly, when we are facing something challenging—something causing us to doubt, fear, or worry—we should look to God’s word to find a corresponding promise.  For example, we may not feel as though anyone could possibly understand what we are facing nor could they understand our temptation to feel the way we do.   But if we read Hebrews 4:15, which tells us, that we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are”—then we would realize that our Lord does know how we feel, and He can sympathize with us.

Or perhaps we feel as though we are facing this challenge alone, and that we have no one to help us to go through a tough time.  Again, we can go to God’s word and read His promise in Heb. 13:5, which tells us, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The fact is, a promise is only as good as the value you place upon it, and the trust you place in it.   God loves us enough to give us promises to guide us and to keep us in perfect peace if we would only keep our mind fixed upon Him and trust Him (Isa. 26:3).

I want to encourage you today to think upon the promises of God.  Hold them tightly within your heart and guard them.  Believe them, and trust Him. 

STUDY QUESTION: What promise has God given us in Isaiah 26:3?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you trust God?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to keep our mind fixed upon the Lord, and to trust every promise He has given us in His word.  

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your amazing promises to me personally—promises for a future and a hope, and plans to prosper and not to harm me.  Thank You for Your promise to prune me as a branch that abides in You as the True Vine, so that I may produce more fruit and be cleansed.  Thank you for Your faithfulness when I am faithless.  I love You and need You today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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