IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: THE UNFAILING PROMISES AND FAITHFULNESS OF OUR GOD
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Meritoriously our Saviour-God has performed all things for us. Our sin has been all put away; he bore it all-every particle of it. The righteousness that wraps us is complete; he has woven it all from the top throughout. All that God’s infinite, unflinching justice can ask of us has been performed for us by our Surety and our Covenant Head. I need not say I have to fight; my warfare is accomplished. I need not think I have to wash away my sins; as a believer, my sin is pardoned. All things are performed for me. Don’t forget amidst your service for Christ what service Christ has rendered to you; do all things for Christ, but let the stimulating motive be that Christ has done all things for you. There is not even a little thing that is for you to do to complete the work of Christ. The temple he has builded wants not that you should find a single stone to make it perfect. The ransom he has paid does not wait until you add the last mite. It is all done. O soul, if Christ has completely redeemed thee and saved thee, rest thou on him, and cry to him, and if sin rebels within thee at this present moment, fly-though thy spirit be shut up as in the Cave Adullam- -fly to him by faith-to him who hath done all things for thee as thy Representative and Substitute.
“God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:9.
The word of God is replete with promises. And sometimes these recorded promises may sound imaginary or illusionary to some people. But it is interesting to notice that the whole economy of India is based on a promise. Any country’s currency you take, it will have a promise statement by the governor, guaranteed by that country’s Government. One might not have met the governor or knows his character but still, we all blindly believe in his statement. However, the credibility of the God of the Bible is unprecedentedly high. He is all-powerful, all-knowing and promise-keeping God. He holds a history of faithfulness and maintains a track of honesty. The word of God is immutable and never fails to accomplish its purpose. And many such promises we find in the Bible.
“For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us” — 2 Cor. 1: 20.
Think yet again of the promises of God, and you will see how a sense of its dignity grows upon you while you are meditating upon it. Consider, next, that the truth of God is irrevocably bound up with his promise. If a man says, “Such a thing shall be done,” he ought to do it if it is in his power. We have no right to break promises that we have made; we feel that, if we do, men will learn to distrust us, and soon will care nothing at all for our promises. But, beloved, — and we speak with the utmost reverence concerning the Most High, — his character for truthfulness would be lost if his promises were not kept; and, while it would be an awful loss to us to miss what he has promised, it would be a far greater loss to him to lose his truthfulness. We rejoice that, as a matter of fact, this is a thing which can never happen. All things except this are possible with God, but it is not possible for him to be God and yet to fail in the fulfilment of his promises. The two ideas will not run together at all. If he is God, he must be true to his truth, and he will be; so, when I read a promise in his Word, I read something which is as certain as a fact already accomplished, since, if it were not to come to pass, God’s glory would suffer an eclipse, and his veracity would be impugned, and that can never be.
Nor is the truth of God the only attribute which would suffer if he failed to fulfil his promise, for his immutability would also be put in jeopardy. If he makes a promise, and yet does not fulfil it in due time, then he must have changed; the motives which led to the making of the promise have now no influence over him, and he has become something different from what he was when he made the promise. But God must be immutable. It cannot be possible for him to change for the better, for he is infinitely good; and, certainly, he cannot change for the worse, for, if he did, then he would be something less than he might be, and so he would not be God at all. Change is impossible to him; he can never change his will, and his promise, as one of the most solemn declarations of his will, must be fulfilled when he has once made it. Surely, no one of us would wish or dare to deny either the truthfulness or the unchangeableness of God.
Further, his power is bound up with his promise. Shall it ever be said that God failed to keep his promise because he could not keep it, or because he miscalculated his resources, or his arm waxed short, or the great deeps of his eternal Godhead became dried up? No; that cannot be, for what he has promised he will always be able to perform.
“My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
With his wealth of experience in the course of walking with God, Joshua reviewed every of God’s deeds from the beginning and came to the conclusion that He had never reneged on any of those promises. During this period, the Israelite enjoyed overwhelming victories over more powerful people and nations. There were times when they wondered if God was going to keep his promises, but at the end, He proved to be very faithful to His Words.
JOSHUA 23:14 says,
“AND BEHOLD, THIS DAY I AM GOING THE WAY OF ALL THE EARTH: AND YE KNOW IN ALL YOUR HEARTS AND IN ALL YOUR SOULS THAT NOT ONE THING HATH FAILED OF ALL THE GOOD THINGS WHICH THE LORD YOUR GOD SPAKE CONCERNING YOU; ALL ARE COME TO PASS UNTO YOU, AND NOT ONE THING HATH FAILED THEREOF” The Word of God prevails!
GOD will protect His Words and promises at any cost. He monitors His Words and promises to defend them. IT IS WHO HE IS. HEBREW 13:8 says, “JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER”. Therefore, promises that were made yesterday must be fulfilled. Opposition to God’s promises will always fail.
Child of God, what are those promises God has made to you, patiently wait upon Him, cause in due time, they must surely be fulfilled in your life; the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…
But to convert those potential blessings and promises into reality, we need to produce faith within us. It is by faith one draws near to God and it is by faith we please God.
To be unbelieving may be painful; but there is a more serious consideration than that, for it is sinful; it is heinous to the last degree when we feel — much more when we express — any incredulity with regard to “the promises of God.” Just turn that thought over in your minds for a minute or two, and see whether it does not crimson your face with shame to think that you should have had any suspicion about the fulfilment of promises made by “God, that cannot lie.”
Even in the case of a man, a promise is something which comes from him, and yet, in a sense, which still remains with him. He cannot speak of promise, and let it blow away with the wind. It is his promise after he has uttered it; and those to whom it was given can bring it back to him, and say, “That is your promise, will you not fulfil it?” If a man repudiates his own pledged word, he does, in fact, repudiate the fruit of himself, the outgoing of his own life; and every promise of God partakes of his nature, there is in it something divine, something which comes distinctly from God, and which he will continue to own as his. Though it may have been spoken two or three thousand years ago, or longer than that, yet it is still his promise, and part and parcel of himself. Well, then, if God will own it as his promise, shall I, to whom it is given in infinite mercy, doubt whether it is his promise or not? And shall I even venture to go further than that, and, knowing it to be his promise, shall I begin to question how he can fulfil it, or whether he will fulfil it or not? God forbid! The dignity of the promise must not be insulted by our doubting it.
So, then, if we slight the promises of God, we slight also his truth, his immutability, and his power.
Come along, then, all you who need God’s mercy; you have laid hold of one of his promises, and feel that you need and must have all that it includes. With utmost reverence would I say that God himself cannot be glorified by the promise without you. If he intends to feed the hungry, then the hungry are essential to the accomplishment of his purpose. If he would clothe the naked, then there must be naked ones for him to clothe. Is there not a mine of comfort here for you who have been almost without hope? I trust that some of you poor lost ones will say in your hearts, if you do not utter it with your voices, “Are we really essential to God’s glory? Does God need our poverty, and our sinfulness, and our nothingness, in order that he may, through them, display the greatness of his grace? Then we will certainly come to him just as we are.” Do so, I pray you. Come! Come!! Come!!! May the Holy Spirit, by his omnipotent grace, draw you now, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake! Amen!
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