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Standing on the Promises

In Standing on the Promises on April 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

“According as His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1 : 3, 4)

While God’s promises are always sure, man must meet them in faith and prayer. Faith in God and earnest prayer will bring to any human being the sure mercies of the wonderful plan of redemption.  The prayer of faith commands the most powerful forces of heaven. Jesus said, “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” (Matt. 17:20,)  Our will must be subject to the will of God. The beloved John writes, “If we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He -hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5: 14,15) If we are true followers of Christ, our will is in accord with His will. Then the Holy Spirit leads and directs our prayer, and it is, therefore, in harmony with the will of heaven, and the very throne of God is pledged to the answer.

But if we come with our will unsubdued, and with sins cherished and unrepented of, we are out of harmony, out of touch, with heaven. Then the line of communication is broken, and our prayers cannot reach the throne. We will then ask according to our unsanctified, unsubdued heart, and God can neither hear nor answer such prayers. “If I regard iniquity in my heart,” says the psalmist, “the Lord will not hear me.” (Ps. 66:18)  But more than this, God cannot accept the prayers of those who disobey His requirements. Solomon says, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”(Prov.28:9.)  And David speaks of prayers that “become sin,” because of wickedness and deceit. (See Ps. 109:7)

When our prayers go forth in harmony with the mind of the Spirit of God, they will be prayers of faith, and cannot fail to bring their answer. But no doubting, no wavering must be allowed to mingle with them. “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.” (James 1: 6,)  God’s promises to His children represent all the power of heaven. They are not promises merely, but they are backed by the oath of Jehovah. Paul, presenting these sure promises says “Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it to Abraham] by an oath: that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.” (Heb. 6:17, 18)  And to show that this assurance applies to our day, Paul writes, “If ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” (Gal. 3:29)

The Christian’s hope is based upon the promises of God. Faith brings the reward. The sincere faith of the humblest believer at the throne of grace is more powerful than “all the power of the enemy.” Simple faith makes real the promises of God. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

Through faith the hope of the child of God becomes very real and tangible. We have a loving heavenly Father. Jesus Christ is our Elder Brother, and our Advocate with the Father. Heavenly angels are our constant attendants. A city with mansions is being prepared for us in heaven. See John 14:2, 3. The true and faithful of earth will have homes in that beautiful city. This earth will be made new and glorified, to become the eternal dominion of the saints.  Here they will dwell through an endless life of joy and bliss beyond our comprehension.

These are the rewards which the Christian contemplates “with joy unspeakable and full of glory.”(1 Peter 1 :8) And these are the promises which become as real and substantial to us as the events of every-day life. Through faith they are the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

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