SIX TRUTHS ABOUT THE PROMISES OF GOD
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SIX TRUTHS ABOUT THE PROMISES OF GOD
by Eddie Lawrence
TEXT: Psalm 119:49 Remember the word to Your servant, Upon which You have caused me to hope. 50 This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
1. GOD PROMISES ARE REMEMBERED IN HEAVEN
v49- "Remember the word to Your servant" Notice that the Psalmist calls on the Lord to remember the word. He realized that God had spoken and behind that word spoken were all the resources in Heaven. There are times when we stand in faith and call the Lord to remember. This is not in anyway an accusation that the Lord had forgotten; it is an act of faith in the faithfulness of God. "Lord you said this and I am believing it. I am reminding you of what you said." This is the kind of faith that cashes the checks of Heaven and releases it into the midst of our circumstances.
2. GOD'S PROMISES ARE GIVEN TO US ON EARTH
v49- "the word to Your servant" It is clear that the Psalmist had a particular word in mind that God had given Him He says "The Word" to your servant. Notice that "to your servant." He is saying this was a word given to me from you. Jesus taught us to pray that the will of God would be done on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matt. 6). This is often how it works. We declare the word Heaven has given and it is honored on Earth as God moves to fulfill it in response to our faith.
When a person is saved, they are taking God at His word–the word of the Gospel. When people respond to that word that has been given to them, then what that word promises is realized in their hearts. There is a Hebrew ASAH that means that the Word of God contains the power to accomplish whatever the Word promises. If it is a word of comfort, it will bring comfort.. If it is a word of healing, it will bring healing. So, it is important to pay attention to the faith that arises in our hearts. When the Spirit of God moves on our hearts upon hearing one of His promises, that is an indication that the power is present to see that promise realized.
3. GOD'S PROMISES CAUSE US TO HOPE
v49-"you have caused me to hope." God's promises of what He is going to do gives us hope in the midst of our struggles. It infuses us with the strength to keep going, to keep believing in spite of what the circumstances say. Hope is a powerful heaven sent commodity that causes our hearts to surge with the enduring courage and strength to go on.
4. GOD'S PROMISES BRING US COMFORT
v50 "This is my comfort in my affliction". God's promises also comfort us. They remind us that God has not forgotten us, that He has plans for us, that He is still doing things to bring about His ultimate purposes in our lives. This causes the pain to have meaning and the loss we sometimes face to not seem so final. We are comforted when a loved one dies, knowing that God is at work in the unseen world taking care of them.
5. GOD'S PROMISES ARE ESPECIALLY FOR THE TOUGH TIMES
v50 "in my affliction" The psalmist was afflicted and we will be as well. Life brings its troubles, but God brings His comfort through His promises and His Spirit. This was true before the cross, how much more so now, this side of the cross. If you are afflicted today, know that today is just a snapshot in the flow of eternity in which God is working for His glory and our good. We have His promise of that (Rom. 8:28).
6. GOD'S PROMISES REVIVE US
v50 "For your word has given me life." In several places in God's Word we are told of the life giving quality of God's Word. Hebrews 12 teaches us that is quickens (makes alive). When you are down:
A. Read the Word
B. Let the Word Read You
C. Believe the Word
D. Obey the Word
E. Share the Word
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As a husband, father, pastor, author, and web developer, Eddie lives an exciting and productive life. He holds earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees and is also the owner of Sermon Seedbed.
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