Monday, January 24, 2011

A Right Understanding of God's Promises

The second encouragement from Charles Stanley is this:

“You must continue to trust the Father, regardless of your circumstances. You must accept that the Lord not only has the power to help you, but He is also willing to provide the very best for you. Do you have faith in His character? Do you have confidence that God will keep His promises to you? You cannot obey someone you do not trust.” Charles Stanley

In order to have confidence that God will keep his promises to us, we need to have a right knowledge of those promises. Many people do not read their Bibles to find out what, exactly, the promises of God are. So they adopt New Age or self-conjured promises that they then feel entitled to. But when we immerse ourselves daily in God’s word with a humble approach and attitude, we can quickly learn what the True promises of God are. Only then will we see the actual way God works, instead of the fantasy way we’ve carried in our minds. The act of obedience on our part will come when we not only have a right understanding of what God promises, but what He asks of us as well.

“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:1-6

“My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.” Proverbs 3:21-26

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