Faith Child here are some thoughts to help you go through the valleys in your life …. Remember………
“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make [you that ye shall] neither [be] barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.” (II Peter 1:4-9)
We have the PRECIOUS PROMISE OF HIS PLAN AND PURPOSE FOR HIS PEOPLE. We have the PRECIOUS PROMISE OF HIS POWER POTENTIAL IN OUR WORLD. We have the PRECIOUS PROMISE OF HIS PRESENCE AND PARTICIPATION IN OUR LIVES. We have the PRECIOUS PROMISE OF HIS PROVIDENTIAL PROVISION OF ALL OUR NEEDS.
“…but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Ro. 6:23b) He has not only promised that the believer can possess this, but has urged him to live his life in full knowledge of his possession. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life…” (I John 5:13a) He purposes that every believer be of Paul’s persuasion. “…I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (I John 5:13b)
He has promised that those who truly believe will receive remission of sin and continuing forgiveness in Christ. When we repent of our sin and receive His gift of everlasting life, we can know we are forever saved from eternal death, the spiritual penalty of sin. ” As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) He also promises that we can have daily forgiveness of our transgressions as we walk with Him in the way. Through this process He has promised a continuing close fellowship and fruitful relationship can and should be maintained. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9)
His plan and purpose also includes the precious promise of eternal son-ship and joint-heir-ship with His Son Jesus Christ. “… Beloved, now are we the sons of God,” (I John 3:2) This means that all this is His is ours in eternity. We are truly children the great God and King! “…we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; (Ro. 8:16b – 17a) What an exceedingly great and precious promise! His precious promise and purpose tells us there will be no more condemnation for us because we are justified by faith and have received the imputed gift of His eternal righteousness. (See Ro. 5:1, 8:1, II Cor. 5:21)
He also promises that the true believer won’t be left in the dark about His position in Christ, but that the Word and the Spirit will led him to an intellectual and spiritual knowledge of the eternality of his relationship with the great God of this universe. That this knowledge will be based primarily upon fact and faith, not feelings. (See 1 Cor. 15:1-4, I Pet. 1:5, Phil. 1:6, Eph. 4:30) The person who is born again of God’s Spirit will know he is a new creature in Christ Jesus. He further promises the inner witness of His indwelling Spirit will confirm this relationship in the believer’s heart. (See II Cor. 5:17, Rom. 8:16, I John 4:13)
As a further confirmation of this salvation based upon the eternal purpose and plan of God for the true believer, He promises that the believer will have a real hunger for the Word of God. “…As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: (I Pet. 2:2) He will also have the indwelling Spirit who will create in him a real desire for holy living. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (I John 2:3) He promises that the true believer will have a genuine, discernible and expressed love for the brothers and a love and affinity for the congregation and house of the Lord. (See John 13:34-35, I John 3:12, Psalm 122:1, Matt. 18:20, Heb. 10:25)
The culmination of His purpose and plan for true believers will be consummated when He comes again and takes them home to live with Him forever. He has promised that we will have a continuing longing to see Jesus and to go to dwell in that city whose builder and maker is God. He has promised us the blessed or happy hope as a stay and encouragement in our life below. (John 14:1-3, Phil. 1:21-23)
We have His precious promise of His powerful potential to work in and through us to accomplish His purpose on earth; winning the lost, baptizing them and teaching them all things. (Matt. 28:18-20) This promise is especially made to His churches and those who will follow his plan and pattern of New Testament church propagation in all ages.
As we accept and act upon this promise, He has promised we will be equipped with His powerful tools and His power in wielding them. Just as He supplied David with all that was needed to fell the giant by His power, He will powerfully supply us all our needs in Christ Jesus to live in this world, do His will and fight the good fight of the faith. He supplies the whole armour of God, the sword of the spirit and the powerful gospel, wielded, confirmed and affirmed by the power of His spirit .
The Word of God is that effective, and more. It is designed to cut to ribbons the stoniest and hardest of hearts. It will smash the best offense, defeat the cruelest enemy and win the battle against the most overwhelming odds.
This wonderful weapon is two-edged. It cuts both ways. It will not only bring salvation to a sinful soul by cutting and slashing and bringing deep conviction to man’s desperately wicked heart, but will also cut him off from the wages of sin and eternal hell forever. If the love of God and His gospel is refused, this same awesome weapon can cut a man off from God forever as well. It is also designed to judge the heart of the child of God. It can and will penetrate to the very depths of that heart to judge its intent, thoughts and motives. As in the case of David in the Old Testament and Peter in the New, it can cut,us with deep conviction and bring us to the point of crying out to God in true repentance; seeking His forgiveness and restoration to a place of right relationship.
We also have the precious promise of His personal presence and participation in our lives. When He was preparing His people for the playing out of the eternal drama of the gospel right before their eyes, He promised He would send us a comforter, a teacher and a guide. One who would personally walk alongside us in our life; if we would walk with Him in His way. One who would be with us to bear every burden of service, lift every load of care, climb every mountain of difficulty, fjord every stream of challenge, breach every wall of opposition and win every battle for us. This promised personal paraclete would be our constant companion and guide; illuminating the Word, convicting us of sin and righteousness and judgment, leading us to holy living and to walk in the paths of His righteousness for His Namesake. He would come to indwell us and shine the spotlight of His guidance through the Word along the way and will of God for our lives. (See John 14:17-18, 16:7-12, I Cor. 6:19-20)
When we stood naked and shivering before God in our own filthy rags of righteousness. He clothed and comforted us with His eternal righteousness. He gives us spiritual rest and warmth in our life. He can protect us from the cold apathy and indifference of this world. He helps us to find comfort and pleasure in the things of God, rather than the things of the world. The Comforter provides the refreshing spiritual rest we regularly need and renews our sense of safety and security.
The promise of His presence is especially personal and meaningful when we are facing personal difficulties, trials and adversities. The knowledge that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and will never leave nor forsake us is too wonderful to fully comprehend. We must just accept it by faith and see it evidenced and experientially worked out in our lives. We are assured of His presence and participation in all the personal perplexities and problems of life. “Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. ” (Psalm 34:19) “When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” (Isa. 43:2)
Someone else has said, “Burdens, too, can often be stepping stones to higher ground.” A biologist tells how he watched an ant carrying a piece of straw, which seemed a big burden for it. The ant came to a crack in the earth, which was too wide to cross. It stood for a time as though pondering the situation, then it put the straw across the crack and walked over upon it! What a lesson for us! The burden can become a bridge for spiritual progress if we endeavor by God’s help to live the overcoming life!
He has not promised to supply all our wants, but all our needs. We sometimes get the two concepts confused. Parents normally know what is best for their children and are able to discriminate between those things they desperately want and the things that the really need. They are aware that some wanted things will be hurtful rather than helpful. Our heavenly Father is much more able to make such judgments.
Yes, our God has given us so many great and precious promises and shown us that He is faithful and His promises never fail. “there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” (I Kings 8:56b) Perhaps of all His precious promises, those that speak of brighter days and a heavenly future are the most thrilling to the soul of those who are going through tough times. He tells us that all things do work together for the ultimate good of those who love Him. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Many may be the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all. He may pass through the waters and rivers of trials and tribulations, but no matter how swift and terrible the flood, he will not be overwhelmed in the midst of it. He may walk through the fire of trouble and testing, but he will not be touched or singed by the flame. He may suffer the pain and constant irritation of a thorn in his flesh, but God’s grace will be sufficient in every situation; even the valley and shadow of death.
Perhaps the most precious promises of all relate to our ultimate deliverance not only from the penalty and power of sin, but from its very presence as well. There will come a day when we will enter that City whose builder and maker is God. We will go to that dwelling place for a prepared people. Then He shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and there will be no more crying, sorrow, pain or death. His ultimate precious promise of His eternal presence with His people will have come to pass!
By John White, Pastor of the Hinterland Baptist Church, Gold Coast, Australia