Reading Time: 5 minutesStanding On The Promises In Troublous Times
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.” (Jer 31:25)
Beginning in Jer chapter 25, we see how the prophet speaks not only to Judah and Jerusalem, but to the nations of the earth. Meaning this promise is for people today. The refreshing and satisfaction we all need today, is promised in many ways throughout the Bible. It is an exciting prospect to know that the promises of God are holding us up, all the way along our pilgrim journey on this Earth. The person who stands for Christ, will have the promises of God as their mainstay, every step of the way. Truly, the Christian life stands upon the promises of God.
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you” (Joshua 1:3).
Besides the literal ground, unoccupied for Christ, there are the unclaimed, untrodden territories of Divine promises. Scripture tells us how that everything we need for “godliness” is contained in His many promises and that there is a promise for every felt need that people have today. The Scriptures also tell us that we can live THE Life of power, through His “precious promises!”
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Pet 1:3-4).
This is in keeping with what God had said to Joshua. And remember, what did God say to Joshua?
“Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you,”
God then draws the outlines of the physical Land of Promise — all theirs on one condition: that they shall literally march through the length and breadth of it, and measure it off with their own feet. Now, they never usually did that to more than one-third of their property, and consequently they never had more than one-third; they had just what they measured off, and no more. And there was usually a full, two-thirds left. Unused.
In 2 Peter, we read of the “land of promise,” per se, that is opened up to us, and it is God’s will that we should, as it were, measure off that personal territory by the feet of obedient faith and believing obedience, thus claiming and appropriating it for our own, best good, and for any felt needs that may have arisen for us.
Similarly, I wonder. How many of us have ever taken possession of the promises of God in the name of Christ, for therein is a magnificent territory for faith to lay hold upon and march through the length and breadth of our lives, and yet, faith has never done it.
Can we, today, enter into all of our inheritance?
Let us lift up our eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, and hear Jesus say,
“All the land [of my good promise, Jer 29:10, Jer 33:14] that thou seest will I give to thee.” – “Ask and you shall receive.” (Mat 21:22). When did you last ask Jesus in faith, for the promises you need personally?
“Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses. (1 Kings 8:56). God’s promises are our direct connection to Jesus. These promises provide us with EVERYTHING that we need as it pertains to “life and Godliness.”
Scripture tells us that God is love. (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16). And that :Love NEVER fails. (1 Cor 13:8). God’s promises represent, in totality, His love for each one of us. Why would anyone not want that? God is love. Love never fails. God’s promises never fail.
Now, going back to our story:
Wherever Judah should set his foot that should be his; wherever Benjamin should set his foot, that should be his. Each should get their inheritance by setting their foot upon it. Now, think you not, when either had set his foot upon a given territory, he did not instantly and instinctively feel,
“ALL this is mine”?
Some Christians who have had a marvellous experience in grace, have been asked:
“Why is it that you have so much peace and joy in your religion?”
“Well,” they will reply, “I stand upon the “exceeding great and precious promises,” and then, I have all that is in them!
Glory! Glory!” Amen!
Anyone who embraces the promises experiences that all the riches embraced in them are for everyone personally.
Anyone who desires to be a witness for Jesus should be a Bible student, that their mind may be stored with Bible evidence; the Bible promises, because a Christian is strong only when they are fortified with Scripture truth. With God’s promises. Argument is all fine and good in its place, but many more can be reached by simple explanations of the word of God. By testimonies of God’s sure promise, in the personal life. (1 John 1:1-3) For in them, the lessons of Christ are illustrated so clearly that the lowest and most simple-minded could readily comprehend them. Jesus did not employ long and difficult words in his discourses, but used plain language, adapted to the minds of the common people. He ventured no further into the subject he was expounding than what He thought that they would be able to follow Jesus.
There are many people who are intelligent in regard to the Scriptures, but their usefulness is greatly hindered by their defective method of labour. Some of us who engage in the work of witnessing and faith fail to secure the best results, because they do not carry through with thoroughness the work that they began with so much enthusiasm. Some of us cling tenaciously to preconceived notions, making these prominent, and thereby failing to conform their teachings to the actual, felt, expressed needs of the people. Many of us have no idea of the necessity of adapting ourselves to circumstances, and meeting the people where they are; and at the point of their felt and expressed needs. But we too often fail at identifying ourselves with those whom we wish to help and elevate to the true, Bible standard of Christianity. And that standard being the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, knowing “what is in mankind,” (John 2:25) still wants to work with each one, and no matter how low we think we have fallen, Jesus will go there, and “carry us” to and through His promises.
I once went to visit a friend who was dying in hospital, to say goodbye, as her time was short. She was reading something from a book on prophecy, and she showed me a quote from the book that reads: “we should NOW aquaint ourselves with God by proving His promises.” (GC 622).
Without being told by others, Jesus always knew the hearts of people. He reads people something like people read billboards, another indication of His Deity. In the OT God alone was said to know the hearts of all people (1 Kings 8:39).
Won’t you come to Jesus today and tell Him what you need. He will never turn away the honest heart that comes to Him in hope and faith. (John 6:37).