Written by: Tim Wood
The Bible is a storehouse of God’s promises. Someone estimated that there are over 7,000 promises in the Bible. A promise is a statement that one can depend on with absolute confidence. Think about it! God, the creator of all, gives us promises (in writing) declaring what He will do or refrain from doing. There are basically two types of promises in the Bible – specific promises and general promises. Specific promises are given to specific people for a specific time. There are all kinds of general promises which are given by the Holy Spirit to every believer of every generation. I believe that every day we should go to the Bible and search out the promises of God and fix our minds on them. Everyday pick out one or two promises and claim them, believe them, as the old hymn says, “Stand on them”. The general promises of God are for you, to strengthen you and to help you overcome the wiles of the evil one. Here are some promises to begin claiming:
God promises to forgive me – 1 John 1:7-9 / Isaiah 1:18
God promises to always be with me – Joshua 1:9 / Matthew 28:20 / Hebrews 13:5
God promises to protect me – Psalm 91 / Psalm 121
God promises to strengthen me – Isaiah 41:10
God promises to lead me – John 10:4
These are just a few examples of the promises of God to begin claiming every day. Make sure you’re standing on these promises and not sitting on them. George Muller, who founded many orphanges in 19th century England said this about God’s promises. “My faith is the same faith which is found in every believer. It has been increased little by little for the last 26 years. Many times when I could have gone insane from worry, I was at peace because my soul believed the truth of God’s promises. God’s word, together with the whole character of God, as He has revealed Himself, settles all questions. His unchangeable love and infinite wisdom calmed me. I knew that God is willing and able to deliver me. As it is written, He who did not spare his own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with Him freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) – George Muller.
May God overwhelmingly bless you as you “stand on His promises”.