Standing On God’s Promises

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I once heard it said that it is easy to sing Standing on the Promises when sitting securely on the church premises. It becomes more difficult when we are tempted, tried and tested. What God promises He provides. Our task is to trust. Our journey through life will present many occasions for standing on a promise of God, or doubting that He can make a difference in our life.

There will be times of need in which we must decide to take God at His word, or worry ourselves sick by trying to handle it all alone. Now some needs are greater than others, but God has promised to meet all our needs, big or small. “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) Rest assured that God never runs short on resources.

When there is crisis or conflict that causes us to conclude the worst, God has promised that He can bring a blessing for good. This is hardly ever easy to accept, but as we adjust our attitude away from doubt and toward trust, we begin to take our stand on God’s promise. “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Sometimes stressful situations send us straight into a state of anxiety and needless worry. We often make mountains out of mole hills. Even though many of, if not most of our worries never come to pass, we relentlessly reserve our right to worry. Rather than wallowing in our worry, it would behoove us to accept God’s provision and prescription for peace. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) God will not necessarily take your problems away, but He will carry the load of worry for you.

-Pastor Terry