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Claiming God’s Promises

By Dr. Charles Stanley

In the Bible, we learn that Sarah was 90 years old when God told her husband Abraham, “I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her” (Gen. 17:16). Abraham considered this so unlikely that he laughed. But God was faithful to His word.

Sad to say, our world increasingly places little value on words. We’ve seen politicians retract campaign commitments once they take office. And though people swear to tell the truth in court, many nevertheless resort to lying for self-preservation. Just like Abraham, it’s difficult to know whom and what we can trust.

Thankfully, there is One who keeps His word and never changes. As Hebrews 10:23 tells us, “[God] who promised is faithful.”

Today, as in Bible times, the Father always keeps His promises. Yet some people become discouraged because they fail to see results after asking for His assurance. We can avoid frustration by understanding how Scripture teaches us to claim His promises.

First, be aware that some pledges are limited to a certain situation. God told Abraham that he would have a son. But Genesis 17:16 is not a promise we can claim for ourselves, as it was meant specifically for the Jewish patriarch.

Second, many promises are intended for all believers, such as God’s assurance that He’ll never leave us (Heb. 13:5).

Third, some promises are conditional. For example, the guarantee of Psalm 37:4 requires obedience: “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart.”

When evaluating a biblical promise, we should ask ourselves:

  • Am I asking for this promise with a spirit of submission to the will of God?
  • Might an answer to my petition harm another person or interfere with God’s will for his life?
  • Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased by my request?
  • Does it contradict the Word of God?
  • Will my desire advance my spiritual growth?

If we claim the Lord’s promises with a right spirit and pure motives, we will honor Him, receive what we ask, and grow in intimacy with our loving Father.

In a changing world where vows are often broken, it’s reassuring that believers serve a God who keeps His word. Think about the hope His promises provide, and praise Him for the way they reveal His character.

 

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  • March 13, 2013 01:36 AM

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    I feel like God promised me something, but I just cannot figure out what He's up to. Things just seem to be falling apart right now. I really, truly believed with all my heart that He was going to do this, but now I'm not so sure. Right when things seemed to be going in the right direction, they just fell apart. I hate to even think it, but it looks like God was just leading me on. I never trusted Him more in my entire life, truly believing He WAS going to do this, and it just fell apart. Maybe He's not done yet, but I'm half scared to believe that because I just can't take another disappointment. I feel that my motives are right and I'm not after anything sinful or self-gratifying, I just don't understand what's going on and I'm afraid He'll let me down. I know I shouldn't feel that way, but I just can't help it at this point.
  • February 21, 2013 08:42 PM

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    Mary Hall - keep praying, God is listening even if you think He isn't. I have been where you are and sometimes I still am from time to time. Remember, He knows where the job is for you and He knows your problems and He truly cares, greater is He than anybody else. Keep praying and keep listening and keep believing. God Bless you as well. Be honest and tell Him your deepest concerns - He will help you - He helped me out of a very deep dark part of Hell - so I know He works for us who love Him.
  • October 13, 2012 05:06 AM

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    God is faithful he will never let you down praying with season
  • August 06, 2012 07:09 PM

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    I am praying for you Mary!
  • July 03, 2012 10:29 AM

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    Wow Mary Hall Iam truly praying for you !!!! you never know when someone is doing worst then yourself but I want you to be encourage because my situation was almost as worst as your for the last four years of my life I lost my careea due to getiing sick, I lost my Father due to cancer, my husband lost his job, and on top of that I had a major fire and lost everything I ever work for I lived in that place for fourteen years. But God still came through for me and my family at first we live in a shelter for two months and God gave me a little place in which I 'am not fond of but I still thank God I have my own and a roof over my head, second I was on unemployment at the time of the fire
    pending ssd unemployment was about to run out and God gave me favor for ssd. Then my husband still wasn,t working and God gave him a partime job for now I have been fussing with God about that but after reading your storie I will be more thankful!!!! Mary God is truly a good never stop believing and keep praying. God bless Iam praying for you.
  • July 12, 2011 10:20 AM

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    I read and understood what is in the message but, in asking for a job or some type of blessing to pay my bills and mortgage doesn't seem harmful nor against my spiritual growth. So where do I take it from here. I only want the perfect will of God Almighty in my life so I don't understand why He somehow cannot bless me with even just enough. An answer would be greatly appreciated. I am in a most dire situation. Behind on mortg. and other bills, no transportation and no even the monies to ride the bus to look for a job outside of the internet. Please pray for me. God Bless You, Mary Hall

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