God’s promises and God’s vows are two things that can never be changed. What a firm foundation for faith this fact provides for us!
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. (Ps 33:11 NKJV)
So when God wanted to prove for certain that his promise to his people could not be broken, he made a vow. 18 God cannot tell lies! And so his promises and vows are two things that can never be changed. We have run to God for safety. Now his promises should greatly encourage us to take hold of the hope that is right in front of us. (Heb 6:17-18 CEV, emphasis added)
The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand. (Isa 14:24 NKJV)
The Bible tells us in various passages and in different language that God cannot and will not lie. (Tit 1:2; Isa 40:8) You can count upon and rely upon the promises of God. His Word is tested and true. Let’s see what else the Bible says about this.
Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. (Pro 30:5 NASB)
Your word has been tried and tested; your servant loves your word! (Ps 119:140 CEB)
Your kingdom will never end, and you will rule forever. Our Lord, you keep your word and do everything you say. (Ps 145:13 CEV)
We must stand upon the truth of the Word of God and rely upon His promises to us. God is the One who guarantees that His Word will most certainly come to pass, and all that we need is faith and perseverance. Don’t give up and don’t watch the clock or the calendar! Focus upon God’s nature and His faithfulness. Focus upon His love for you and upon His past blessings upon you. Meditate upon all of the answered prayer that you have received, and remember that God hasn’t changed.
God is the only Being who is the very definition of reliable. Praise the Lord most High!
. . . for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. (Ps 107:9 NIV)
Psalm 107 is a song of praise to God for His many blessings. He gives food and drink to the hungry and thirsty. Praise God!
The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing. (Ps 34:10)
When we focus upon the Lord and upon His promises to us, and ask Him to provide what we need, believers will receive answers to prayer.
. . . who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free. . . (Ps 146:7) The Lord feeds and delivers all those who trust in Him.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Mt 5:6) Those who crave God’s spiritual blessings shall be filled or overwhelmed with them thanks to the salvation that God has supplied through Jesus.
He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. (Lk 1:53) We can trust that when we are hungry or needy for God’s help and deliverance, He will faithfully meet all of our needs through our Savior and Lord, Jesus.
Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. (Ps 103:5) By God’s generous hand, believers can retain youthful vitality like the eagles.
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Ps 84:11) This verse insists upon the goodness of God by stating—unequivocally—that there is NO GOOD THING that God will deny to or withhold from the upright.
If you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ, then you are justified by the blood of Jesus and you qualify as “upright”!! These precious and reliable promises are for you. Hallelujah!
However, Jesus did not permit him, but said to him, “Go home to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He has had compassion on you.” (Mk 5:19)
Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will declare what He has done for my soul. (Ps 66:16)
“Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” (Joh 4:29)
These passages all have one thing in common—they pertain to sharing your own testimony of what God has done for you. We need to remember that our testimony is important. We each have a testimony of how we came to accept Christ as our Savior and Lord.
We also have additional testimonies of answered prayer—some of which are clearly in the realm of signs, wonders, and miracles. We must be bold to joyously share the great things that God has done for us.
- Your testimony is unlike anyone else’s. The honesty and reality of it will be used by the Holy Spirit to move in people’s hearts.
- The Bible tells us share our testimony. (1 Pet 3:15-16)
- All people love to hear stories. This is the age of superheroes, so introduce people to a true Hero—their Savior.
- Your testimony strengthens the faith of all those who hear it—and will even strengthen and encourage your own faith as you remember what God has done for you in the past.
- It will encourage other people who may be going through a similar situation. In this way, you may be able to help them carry their burden. (Gal 6:2)
- Every time you retell how you came to know Christ as your Savior, you revive your experience of it. It helps to keep you connected and plugged into your first Love. (Rev 2:4)
- Your testimony gives glory to God because it points people to the Savior Jesus.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation. (Ps 91:15-16)
This verse is a word picture, to my mind, of Jesus’ relationship with every believer who pursues Him and values their salvation. Here is the image this passage paints to me:
- Jesus and I are in a dynamic relationship with each other. Glory to God!
- I call upon Him in prayer, and He answers my every prayer and meets my need. Hallelujah!
- Jesus is with me when I am in trouble, and He shows me the way to escape the trouble—which I do, because I obey Him.
- Jesus honors me by hearing and answering my prayers, and by valuing my relationship with Him. He demonstrates the fact that He values our relationship by fulfilling His own Word to me.
- Jesus has given me long life—not only on this earth—but also in the fact that I will live eternally with Him.
- He has proven and validated His salvation to me. He has done that by: (a) answering my prayers; (b) meeting my needs—in every area: healing, finances, relationships, life’s complications; (c) always being with me; (d) upholding and sustaining my life; (e) giving me wisdom and revelations; (f) always loving me; and by (g) allowing me to be filled with His glory.
What God has done for me, He has also done for you! Take inventory of how blessed you are, and rejoice, dear one.