Two Things That Can Never Be Changed

Two Things That Can Never Be Changed

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!

Pray the Word, Part 2

Pray the Word, Part 2

This is the conclusion of our meditation on prayer.

Pray in agreement with the Word of God.  Locate several verses of Scripture that reveal God’s will to you in the area where you need help or deliverance.  Meditate upon these verses in order to renew your mind in this area12 and to build faith in your heart.12a  Then pray (decree, declare, command) according to the Scriptures you have meditated upon.

The Word of God is a firm foundation for our faith, because we know that God is trustworthy and will perform His Word.  Many verses in the Bible address this truth and verify it:  Joshua 23:14; 2 Chron. 6:10a; Isaiah 55:11; Jeremiah 1:12; Ezekiel 12:25; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; Mark 16:20; Luke 21:33; Romans 4:21; 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Jesus said that we should LIVE by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!13   In Him (who is called the Word of God), we live and move and have our being!  (Acts 17:28)

Jesus said, If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  (John 15:7)  Allowing God’s Word to dwell in us richly will draw all of the benefits and blessings of salvation to us.

Faith comes through the Word of God,14 so praying in agreement with the Word will inspire faith to arise in our hearts.

The Word is our sword.15 Let us wield the one offensive weapon that we’ve been given, and wield it with courage, authority, and precision!

The Word is alive, powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.16  The Word can divide soul and spirit, and will discern the thoughts and intents of the heart!  The Word teaches us how to pray with wisdom and understanding.

The Word of God lives and abides forever!17 We should honor the Lord by honoring His Word.

Jesus, Himself, is called The Word of God in Revelations 19:13.  As we pray according to the Scriptures, we are invoking (appealing to, calling upon, summoning) Jesus, our Savior!

We’ve been given POWER.18 In prayer, access the power that you have been given.

We’ve been given the KEYS of the Kingdom.19 Use these keys of binding and loosing in prayer.

We’ve been given the NAME that is above every name—the Name of Jesus.20  Use the authority of the Name of Jesus in all of your prayers.

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1 Matthew 14:23       2 Matt. 21:22             3 Luke 9:29               4 Luke 18:1

5 John 17:15               6 John 17:20              7 Acts 6:4                   8 Romans 8:26; 12:12

9 Philippians 4:6       10 1 Thess. 5:17        11 John 19:30           12 Romans 12:2

12a Romans 10:17                                         13 Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4

14 Romans 10:17       15 Ephesians 6:17    16 Hebrews 4:12       17 1 Peter 1:23

18 Acts 1:8; Matthew 10:1, 7, 8                    19 Matthew 16:19     20 John 14:13, 14