Monday, September 9, 2013

Faith Builder Series: Part 3--Remember God's Promises

Sky and seascape*

We’ve been talking about how we can best build our faith as we’re waiting on God. First, our faith is encouraged when we look at what God has already done in our lives. Our testimonies themselves are a powerful faith builder. Then, we discussed how focusing on what God has done for others builds our faith. There’s a pattern in the Word of people reviewing what God had done for others as they waited on Him. 

Today, let’s talk about how reviewing God’s promises can encouraging our faith. 

A lot of times, these trials of our faith occur when we’re waiting on God to fulfill a promise.
Sometimes His promises are personal. Other times, we can mine them from His Word—these are the promises that all His people can claim. 

Let’s focus on the promises He’s specifically given you. First, has He ever fulfilled one for you?
Once, I turned a promise from the Word into a prayer and He granted it. I didn’t see the fruit until about ten years later, but there’s no denying the miracle. 

As we see what He’s already answered, we’re encouraged during the wait for His next answer. And we can be sure He will fulfill every single promise He’s ever given us. 

Here are some Scriptures I hang onto when I’m waiting on Him to fulfill a promise to me or my family:
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
(Psalm 138:8 NKJV)

Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well,
for I am ready to perform My word.”
(Jeremiah 1:12 NKJV)

So good! Question: if He is ready, perhaps the delay is Him making us ready.

Look at that same verse in the Modern KJV:

And the LORD said to me, “You have seen well;
for I will watch over My word to perform it.”
(Jeremiah 1:12 MKJV)

And one more:
I will worship toward Your holy temple,
And praise Your name
For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.
(Psalm 138:2 NKJV)

Be encouraged! He hasn't forgotten His promise. He honors His Word above His name (meaning He takes it very seriously). If He promised you something. He. Will. Do. It. 

One final verse:

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
(Isaiah 55:9-11 NKJV)

*photo credit: "cloud and seascape" by samuiblue at

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