Archive for the ‘God’s Promises’ Category


Monday, November 15th, 2010

Day 252

“Fear not, little flock, for your Father takes pleasure in giving you the kingdom”
Luke 12:32

This is the very heart of God our Father.

It reveals the tenderness of God and His pleasure in giving us gifts. He not only has freely given us grace and mercy, but now He imparts His kingdom to us. He gives of Himself so that we may rest under His kingship, rule and sovereignty.

He says to us, “Fear not.” We need not be anxious about our life. We are not to live in fear of man or the world. He takes care of the less and menial, so how much more will He care for us. We are His children, He is our Father and knows our needs and will supply them. We are free from worry to live in His kingdom, a gift to us.

We are the crown of His creation, the joy of His heart and He takes great pleasure in us. God is so pleased, joyful and happy that He sings! Yes, He sings—”He will rejoice over you with singing” [Zephaniah 3:17].

“Fear not, little flock”

“He tends His flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart;
He gently leads those that have young”
Isaiah 40:11


Monday, October 18th, 2010

Day 226

“Not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed”
Joshua 23:14

Every promise has been fulfilled.

Not one has failed.

Joshua had reached the end of his life and ministry. He now calls to mind that God has not failed in one word of what was promised to His people. He gave Israel all the land He promised, and they possessed and lived in the land. Not one of their enemies stood before them. He delivered those enemies into their hands. They had success and victory in their wars. He gave them rest on every side from the wars and their travels [Joshua 21:43-45].

We have the same promise today. Paul says that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it onto completion until the day of Christ Jesus” [Philippians 1:6]. When we become His children, there is nothing that will ever separate us and there is nothing that will ever prevent us from being glorified in Him. That is His promise, His word to us. We may have a confidence and assurance of completion in Him.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth
I will make your faithfulness known through all generations”
Psalm 89:1


Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Day 183

“I know the plans I have for you . . .
to give you a future and a hope”
Jeremiah 29:11

The Amplified Bible opens this verse up even more; “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. It cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it – a hope that reaches further and enters into the very certainty of the Presence within the veil.

You can get a glimpse of the thoughts your Father thinks about you from Isaiah 30:18. The children of Israel were rebellious children, faithless, and yet Isaiah records,-“the Lord earnestly waits – expectant, looking and longing to be gracious to you and therefore He lifts Himself up that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you; for the Lord is a God of justice.”

He has an expected end to give you. His intentions and plans for you are freedom, peace and rest in Him. Imagine – He has it already for us to appropriate in our lives. It is our full provision that keeps us secure in our walk. And God’s greatest gift to us is Christ in us, the hope of our glory. What are you expecting?

“Blessed are those who wait (who expect, look and long)
for Him to help them (for His victory, His favor,
His love, His peace, His joy and His matchless
unbroken companionship)” Isaiah 30:18


Thursday, July 8th, 2010

Day 127

“Behold, a throne”
Revelation 4:2

Our affairs rest in the hands of God. Not men, employers, government, or circumstances. God is sovereign and is in complete control. There is not one thing that happens in your life that is not permitted by God. You are His child and you belong to Him. If tribulation, trials, and travail enter your life, it is there by His permission. There is a purpose for everything in the life of a child of God.

A large segment of the Church today is suffering persecution throughout the world. From burning churches to the ground, severe beatings of brethren, imprisonment and torture, to the bold murdering of native pastors and missionaries, there are more martyrs today than in the early church. Much of the western world is insulated from these realities. But the realty is a suffering and persecuted church.

In the midst of personal and church fiery trials there stands a Throne for all to see. “God reigns; let the peoples tremble! He sits above the cherubim; let the earth be moved” [Psalm 99:1]. The Throne is the center of the universe. Almighty God rules from here. Nothing is excluded from His rule. He sits in the midst of the Holy of Holies ruling His kingdom. Look to the Throne for our God will prevail in all things and He is with us to the end.

“And the Lamb shall overcome them”
Revelation 17:14


Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Day 104

“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery”
Romans 11:25a

God’s plan was and is to have a people who are his. This was his plan from the beginning and it didn’t change because Adam and Eve broke fellowship through disobedience. Through Abraham he established a race to be His own. He loved His people, nurtured them and continually sent leaders to help them. He set them free when they got into bondage. He delivered them from their enemies. He gave them their own land. But the worse happened; he sent His only Son and they killed Him.

Did He reject them? No. Not only did He not reject them, but He has prepared them for another day. And here is the amazing revelation of our Father God’s nature – today the Jews are enemies of the gospel, but because He elected them, they are loved by God and will be saved! We were once disobedient and now have received mercy. And God will have mercy on them as He has on us.

It defies our understanding to fathom the depths of our God and His mercy. It goes counter to how we see things. Yet, this is the goodness of God. His love has no boundaries. And Paul says, “how unsearchable His judgements.”

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.
To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
Romans 11:36


Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Day 78

“Every good and perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father”
James 1:17

God is our Father and provider. He has told us that no one who leaves their home and family for Him and for the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in the present age and in the ages to come. This is the promise for full provision in our lives, now and hereafter.

Consider all that you have; God gave His Son for you and you have received the gift of eternal life. He gives rest, forgiveness of sins, reconciliation, the righteousness of Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, adoption and sonship, the inheritance of the saints and the hope of heaven. You have been placed in a family – the community of the redeemed. You have received everything necessary for life and godliness. And these are the only the beginning of His good gifts.

“I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear” [Matthew 6:25]. How could Jesus tell us that? Because He set us free and He is our Provider. He gave Himself so we do not need to be anxious, or need to worry about the affairs of life. Our rest is to be in Him. He is sufficient for us. That is true freedom and to walk in it is to know the glory of God in your life.

“Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty,
and see if I will not throw open the
floodgates of heaven and pour out
so much blessing that you will
not have room enough for it”
Malachi 3:10


Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Day 73

“Not one of the good promises which
the Lord had made … failed;
all came to pass”
Joshua 21:45

It had been some 50 or more years since the Israelites left Egypt. They had been in slavery. God sent Moses to lead them out and took them through the wilderness. When Moses died, Joshua became their leader with the job of taking them into the land promised by God. These were God’s people and He wanted to establish them as such for all to see in a land that was theirs.

It wasn’t an easy 50 years. The people rebelled, grumbled, complained, sought after idols, and in general didn’t make it easy. But there always was God’s promise of a land given to Abraham and his descendants. They were to inherit a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey. It was a gift of God, and God was intent on the fulfillment of His word. So the first generation in the wilderness had to pass away to permit Joshua and a new generation to receive the promise. As a good Father, God was patient with His people. He purified them. He showed them His glory. He gave them good leaders. He dwelt in their midst to comfort them. And He prepared them to take the land.

Not one of God’s promises failed. The Israelites possessed the land and received their inheritance. Today, we are the recipients of His promises. He has given us eternal life, spiritual fullness, and His kingdom. He made us a holy priesthood and now dwells in us. He has given us grace, mercy, compassion, forgiveness and rest. He fights our battles and has promised that not one us will be snatched from His hand. Yes, He is our Father God, who is faithful and unfailing in His promises.

“And this is what He promised us – even eternal life”
1 John 2:25


Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Day 64

“Having loved His own, which were in the
world, He loved them unto the end”
John 13:1

People like to paint rosy pictures of the Last Supper, but it wasn’t that way. The disciples loved Jesus, but their faith in Him as the Savior was beginning to be indecisive. There were a range of emotions present; they were sad because Jesus was departing, ashamed because Jesus had to wash their feet and they did not wait on Him. They were also distressed because one of them was a betrayer and another was going to deny Christ. In many ways all of them would be ensnared because of Him (they disappeared when He was on the cross). But,He loved them deeply.

Jesus Himself was troubled in the spirit. Yet, He loved them as His own and He loved them unto the end. His is a greater love that is unconditional, faithful and never leaves us. Yes, ‘us’ because we are also His. It is a love that has no reference to time. It is a powerful love that keeps us and delivers us to our final glory in Him.

How great a love is this? “He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of the Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:8). It is a love of preservation. It is a love of deliverance. By His love He guarantees our vindication so that we will stand guiltless before Him. What comfort we can take in Christ, the hope of our glory.

“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen
and protect you from the evil one”
2 Thessalonians 3:3


Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Day 63

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make
my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make
me to walk upon mine high places.
Habakukkuk 3:19

Habakkuk was a unique prophet. Normally prophets spoke to the people for God, but Habakkuk did the opposite. He questioned God. He wanted to know why the wicked seemed to go unpunished. He wanted to know why the people had to suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. God answered Habakukkuk. He told the prophet to wait and see the work that God was going to accomplish among his people.

Habakukkuk saw the immediate world around him, but did not look at God’s plans for the future. Like him, we look at the present, but God’s view is eternal. His original plan never changed because of man’s sin. In His sovereignty, God uses everything to accomplish His purposes.

Eventually, Habakukkuk gained clarity and understanding of God’s will, purposes and divine plan. He did not trust in the power of nature or in his own flesh. He trusted in the Lord who is the Lord of nature. He declared God’s total control over every facet of life. Habakukkuk acknowledged God’s strength, protection, provision and His faithfulness. He declared that God will make us sure-footed and we will ascend the high places of victory.

“The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my
invincible army. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and
will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror,
but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon
my high places (of trouble, suffering
or responsibility)!” (Amplified)
Habakukkuk 3:19


Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Day 62

“Trust in God, trust also in Me”
John 14:1b

When many people say “I love God”, their idea of loving God does not always include trusting Him. They are not so sure that he will do what needs to be done. The disciples had this problem. They loved Christ, but they did not trust in Him for the outcome of what was happening; they didn’t understand and they didn’t believe.

Christ comforted and reassured them and then said, “Trust in God, trust also in Me.” He told them what was happening and that He would be preparing a place for them in Heaven. They needed to hear that because in a matter of hours their faith would be put to the test through His crucifixion, death and burial.

But there were those who did trust God and we can see how they were blessed because of it. Noah trusted God when the land was dry – he built a boat. Moses trusted God when he wandered in the desert for 40 years leading millions of people. David trusted God, knowing he was to be King, even while being relentlessly pursued by armies out to kill him. And many others trusted God in the face of constant testing and adversity with no evidence of deliverance.

What a great God we have! He comforts us. He reassures us, and He proves His faithfulness over and over again by working on our behalf. He knows our weaknesses and frailties. He knows that many times we face circumstances wherein we cannot see the answers. In His mercy He has called out to us as a Father – “trust me.”

“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord,
the Lord, is the Rock eternal”
Isaiah 26:4