How do I know which of God's promises are for me?
All of them. Let me explain why: sin entered the world through Adam and Eve's disobedience at the beginning of time (Genesis 3). From that time forth, everyone born into this world is a sinner.
Now God could have left it that way. He could have just sent everyone to hell when they died, but that is not God's style.
He sent His Son to Earth to be born of a virgin, to grow up, go to the Cross and die for us (John 3:16).
The wages of sin are death (Romans 6:23). When God decided to redeem us. He had to find a sinless, blameless sacrifice. Someone He could judged for all our sins. Only His Son Jesus qualified. Jesus went to the Cross. The soldiers beat Him and bruised Him until His skin hung off the whip.
God placed all our sins--past, present and future on Jesus. Jesus died for us, and His sacrifice put us in right-standing with God (II Corinthians 5:21).
When we accept what Jesus did, our sins are covered. We are redeemed. God adopted us into His family. We have the same rights and privileges as His Son Jesus, who God raised from the dead.
When one is adopted in the natural, he is entitled to everything that the parents' natural children are. Why would it be any different with our Heavenly Father?
When Jesus died, God adopted us, and now we are entitled to everything that Christ is entitled to. The Bible says we are as Christ is in this Earth (I John 4:17).
Is Christ sick? No. Is Christ broke? No. Is Christ suffering? No.
We are to be as Christ is in this Earth because when Jesus died, we did too. When He came back from the dead so did we (Romans 6:4). He is in us (Colossians 1:27), and we are in Him.
Therefore we are entitled to all the promises in the Bible through God's grace. We don't deserve them. We didn't earn them. It is grace. The undeserved, unmerited, free gift of God.
Most people don't believe in radical grace. They fear it will cause people to sin. However people who truly understand what Christ did for us don't want to sin.
All of the promises of God are ours. God loves us so much that He forgave all our sins, healed all our diseases, redeemed our lives from destruction and satisfied our mouths with good things (Psalms 103:1-5), and that's only the Old Testament benefits!
God doesn't expect us to provide everything for ourselves. Instead He expects to be Jehovah Jireh in our lives. Our provider.
He expects us to let Him carry our burdens of worry, shame and guilt. He expects us to entrust Him with everything that is upsetting us. We are not designed to carry everything on our own. God designed us so that He could teach us and guide us along the path He wants us to take.
We are His children, and we can come to Him at any time. We can tell Him our problems. In order to hear Him speak, though, we must be versed in the Bible.Otherwise we will not be able to distinguish God's voice from those of the devil or our own minds.
As I mentioned before, we are God's children and as such, we are entitled to everything that Christ is entitled to.
We are seated in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 2:6). From that position, we already have our healing, our financial blessings, our needs met.
It is down here on this earth that we are in need. By taking hold of the promises of God, we can transfer those blessings from the spiritual to the physical realm.
We must understand that we have the right to claim the promises. We need to settle them in our hearts and minds before we attempt to take hold of the promises.
We have to be in a no-doubt zone. No doubt can entered into our hearts and minds when it comes to obtaining the promises of God. None. Doubt will kill a promise of God quicker than anything else.
So how do we obtain the promises of God?
First of all, we must go to the Word. It is important that we read the Bible. All the promises that God has made available to us are listed in it.
When a person dies, he leaves a will. If we are listed in that will, we will not know it if the lawyer cannot find us or if we don't look into it. If we are listed in Great Aunt Ida's will, and she leaves us $92,000,000, we would want to know, right?
God is not with us here on Earth in a physical form. Therefore He left His will, the Bible.
In His will, He left us wealth, prosperity, healing, deliverance and much more. Unless we open it up and start reading, though, we will not know what God wants us to have.
Instead we have the preacher's word on it. Our Aunt Maddy's word on it. But what did God actually say? We need to read the Bible and find out for ourselves.
We have to find promises that pertain to our situation. We wouldn't use healing Scriptures for a financial problem or finance Scriptures for a thinking problem.
We must find Scriptures that pertain to what we are experiencing or that pertain to our area of need. A concordance will be helpful in this task.
Write those Scriptures down. Three to five Scriptures will be sufficient, then read over the list every day. Read the Scriptures aloud, personalizing them. For example: for God so loved the world becomes for God so loved me.
Do this day after day, week after week. Pray them to the Lord.
Keep doing this especially when it feels like nothing is happening. When God is silent, it means He is working the most. As an act of faith, praise God before He comes through.
Work these Scriptures until you see those promises manifest!
Annagail Lynes is a published author, pharmacy technician and starting her business as a life coach.
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