2/3 MORE PROMISES: Remembering His Promises In Your Life
What promises are you waiting on? What are you praying for and waiting to see happen? Susie unpacks the key to staying thankful, hopeful and humble by remembering Him who sustains you and He who promises. Blessed are those who believe that there will be a fulfillment to what the Lord has promised you! (Luke 1:45).
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It was 2 weeks until graduation and 4 weeks before I got on a plane with nowhere to stay over the summer. An unemployed student, studying in the USA, on a visa that did not allow me to work and I needed somewhere to live in Northern Ireland over the summer. Various attempts had been made and no bed had appeared. I was in the same situation as the year before, when a random conversation with someone produced an amazing flatmate and a room for the summer. Anxiety was knocking on the door of my heart.
Then one morning I chose to put my trust in the Prince of Peace, and I chose to remember my history of His faithfulness. I chose the Promise Giver and I chose faith. I knew He had a solution and it would come in perfect timing. On Thursday, after praying for a stranger who visited my class, I answered her questions about my summer. Without hesitation, my thirty-minute friend offered me a room in her house, rent-free for the summer.
He keeps His promises.
God is the promise-giver and the promise-fulfiller. He is truth, righteousness and the one who fulfils his promises. 2 Peter 1:2-4 says that 'because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises.'
These promises are so that we may 'be partakers in the divine nature' (verse 4). In other words, his promises are an invitation for us to become as he created us to be, to become more Christ-like, into the Kingdom, into greatness, and into trust.
His promises are good, His promises sustain us, and His promises rescue us.
We see this modelled throughout history. From Adam to Jesus, God reveals Himself as one who does what he says and says what he does, because it is who he is. He is faithful.
Abraham was given a son, Moses led captives into freedom and they became a nation, Jael & Barak defeated the Canaanites, David became king, Gideon defeated the Midiannites, Esther became queen and saved her nation, Nehemiah rebuilt the wall and the followers of Jesus, given all power and authority, healed the sick, drove out demons and preached the kingdom of God (Luke 9:1-10, Matthew 28:18-20). These are just a few examples of the fulfilment of His promises. There are more. There are more in Scripture, there are more in the world around us and there are more in our life story.
Testimonies and scripture are inspiring, but it can be tricky in the waiting of our own story. What does it mean when we're waiting for the promises of God or to see his faithfulness in a situation? What happens when it takes longer than we expected?
Our hearts and mind can live in a storm and it can be easy to give up. And yet, Jesus did not tell the disciples how long they would have to wait for the promise of the Holy Spirit, but He promised that He would come and He came. Jesus did not reveal when He would return, but He did tell us it would be soon. The real truth is that life is all about knowing God rather than only desiring his gifts; but in knowing Him, everything else falls into place (Matthew 6:33).
Remembering His promises helps me to stay thankful, hopeful and humble: Here are some helpful keys that help me to do that:
KNOWING THE PROMISES
RememberING the testimonies
KnowING the Promise-Giver
Remembering testimonies of when He has fulfilled promises or hearing others’ testimonies reminds me that it is possible and that He is in the habit of answering. Thankfulness protects my heart and mind from focusing on the not-yet, and helps me find the joy and trust in the one who gives good gifts (James 1:17).
This week may your hope arise with a perspective of thankfulness. May you remember your history of testimony with the Lord and hear other’s stories of testimonies. May you have courage poured into your heart from the One who never leaves you.
Here are a few of our favourite songs about faithfulness, remembering His promises and declaring His goodness in the midst of every situation. We love reflecting on the words of these songs as we spend time praising Him for who He is.
Susie Moore is 31 years old and from Donaghadee, Northern Ireland. She studied education and taught for one year in Bangor and Clough. In 2007 she flew to Nepal to teach in an international school for 8 months and was privileged to teach there for 8 years. Susie is currently in her third year studying at ministry school at Bethel Church, Redding, California. She is passionate to see Jesus in the nations and people operating in freedom and truth.