Have you ever been to an unclaimed baggage store? It is an interesting experience. And it is remarkable the things that people have left behind. Some things are mere trinkets, others are more costly items that most probably were precious to the person who lost them.
Have you ever thought about the lost promises of God? Have you ever considered if there might be unclaimed promises of God with your name on them?
I truly believe that most Christians live meager spiritual lives and limp by with such a weak faith because they have not received, claimed or held onto the promises of God.
Let me share just a few promises of God that have YOUR name on them, that perhaps you have lost and left behind on your journey:
- Lo, I am with you always, to the very end of the earth (see Matt 28:20)
- I will never leave you, nor forsake you (see Deut 31:6)
- The same power that rose Jesus from the grave is in you (see Eph 1:18-20)
- No temptation has seized you except…God will give you a way out (see 1 Cor 10:13)
- God will give you the peace of God which will guard your heart and mind (see Php 4:7)
- God is faithful and will forgive and cleanse you (see 1 Jn 1:9)
- God’s grace is sufficient for you and your need (see 2 Cor 12:9)
- I am the Lord your healer (see Ex 15:26)
These are only a few of the great and precious promises of our Lord! He gives us promise upon promise, grace upon grace and mercy upon mercy.
Much of the time these promises, like so many others are left on the shelf. They are collecting dust as they stay as words on the pages of an unread Bible instead of words of life burned into the heart of the believer. They remain unheard words of truth which might be whispered directly into the heart of a believer who would spend time with the Lord in prayer. The promises of God often are discarded at the feet of disappointing circumstances, bitter and unforgiving hearts and unfulfilled dreams.
I can assure you that the promises are real. The power of God is still present for us to receive His promises and for them to bring hope and transformation in our hearts and in the world.
There is one condition however. The condition for us to receive the promises of God is that we listen. If we don’t listen we don’t hear His promises. If we don’t listen we don’t have the opportunity to believe what God speaks. If we don’t listen we won’t know which personal choices are working against the promises of God in our lives.
So listen up!
God is speaking to you.
He is speaking His promises of love and sanctifying power.
And if you will listen. And believe. And receive.
Your life will be changed by the power of God at work within!
2 Peter 1:3-4 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.