Praying God’s Word For Answers
AND Standing on His Promises
The verb stand or standing, found in THE NEW Roget’s THESAURUS IN DICTIONARY FORM says, “stand up, stand erect, cock, erect, poise (VERTICALLY, POSTURE); not move, stand still, (MOTIONLESS).
If you were SAVED in a church that loved to sing old hymns as I was, you most likely remember the hymn, Standing On The Promises Of God. If you never heard the words before or don’t remember them, let me refresh you:
Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
Thro’ eternal ages let His praises ring.
Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,
Standing on the promises of God.
Now do you remember? I remembered the words to the first verse and chorus but had forgotten verse two; the words written will BEGIN to answer the question, “Are God’s PROMISES Always “YES“?”
Standing on the promises that CANNOT FAIL,
When the howling storms of doubt assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
Our certainty about TRUSTING the Promises of God are founded upon the CHARACTER of God Himself:
“For I AM the Lord. I do not change” (Malachi 3:6).
“Jesus Christ (the Messiah) is [always] the same, yesterday, today, [yes] and forever (to the ages)” (Hebrews 13:8 AMP).
We can only STAND (“stand up, stand erect, poise ourselves vertically; not move, stand still, MOTIONLESS”), on the PROMISES in the present tense. It is appropriate for us to say we’ve STOOD on the Promises in the past; we WILL STAND upon them in the future, but only TODAY can we say, “we are STANDING on the Promises of God:
“For this reason I am telling you, whatever you ask for in prayer, BELIEVE (trust and be confident) that it is granted to you and you will [get it]” (Mark 11:24 AMP).
If God IS presently sustaining us, then we MUST have CONFIDENCE in God:
“…if we hold fast and firm to the end our joyful and exultant CONFIDENCE and sense of triumph in our HOPE [in Christ]” (Hebrews 3:6 AMP).
Walking by FAITH, claiming and standing on the Promises and believing God, all describe OUR CONFIDENCE in God. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Never allow [or have CONFIDENCE in] a person to tell you NO who doesn’t have the POWER to say YES.”
That brings me to the Bible verses I was reading today for this study:
“For the Son of God, Christ Jesus (the Messiah), Who has been preached among you by us, by myself, Silvanus, and Timothy, was not Yes and No; but in Him it is [always the divine] Yes. For as many as are the PROMISES of God, they ALL find their Yes in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen (so be it) to God through Him [in His Person and by His agency] to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:19-20 AMP).
When I was a pre-teen, after asking my parents the question, “Do you PROMISE?”. They would often respond, “We wouldn’t have promised that to you ….if it wasn’t true.” So TRUSTING their PROMISES I had CONFIDENCE enough to ask; “Could you teach me how to drive a car?” or, “Can we stay at a motel that has a swimming pool on this vacation?” Now I didn’t always get a “YES” answer to ALL my wants, for they knew what was always the best for me in any given situation. After all, I was their child.
Continuing The Journey Through 2 Corinthians 1:12-20–
GOD’S FAVORITE WORD–
One of the most beautiful words in the human language is the word “YES”. When a young man scrapes up the courage to ask a young lady to be his bride, there is only one word he wants to hear: “Yes!” When you are looking for a job and apply for an opening, you want to hear, “yes, you’re hired.” Over the years I certainly have experienced that feeling on too many times. When you apply for a home mortgage, you want to hear, “yes, you’ve been approved.”
On the other hand, we don’t really like to heard the word “NO”. When we were youngsters, we cringed when we heard the word “No.” You started to do something wrong, then mom or dad would raise their voice and shout “No!” Bill Cosby says that the ‘no’s’ get louder and faster as they get closer to you to grab you, “No! No, no-no no…I said No!”
Sadly, many people conceive God in the same negative terms. They think of God as a “cosmic killjoy” watching from heaven, just waiting for you to ‘screw-up’ and shaking His finger at people and saying, “No! No! Stop it right now!” But the God of the Bible isn’t trying to spoil your fun by constantly telling you, “No!” That isn’t the true CHARACTER of our heavenly Father. I believe, as Pastor David Dykes believes, “God’s favorite word is Yes.”
Chapter 1, 2 Corinthians; Paul’s Travel Plans:
Paul had mentioned that he would TRY to visit the Church; but his travel plans had changed. Now everyone has critics and Paul wasn’t an exception. They were accusing him of going back on his word, even casting doubt on the gospel Message. Paul begins defending his change of plans by using the created dispute and declaring the “YES” of God’s promises.
Like Paul, we should be careful in making promises that we are not able to keep. People might say our YES is NO and our NO is YES! They can’t TRUST us with anything we say. But this particular blog today isn’t about Paul’s travel plans. What I want to stress is, the tremendous TRUTH given to all of us who believe in Jesus:
“For as many as are the promises of God, they will find their YES in Him [Christ]. For this reason we also utter the Amen to God through Him to the glory” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
All The PROMISES Contained In The Bible–
Herbert Lockyer wrote a book entitled, All the Promises in the Bible. He had recorded 7,457 promises of God found in the Bible. Now that is real detective work!
2 Corinthians 1:20 tells us that Jesus is the “YES” to every single promise of God. That is 7,457 times the Bible says, “YES!” And because Jesus is the “YES!” to every PROMISE of God, we respond by saying, “AMEN” to the glory of God. Remember, that as Christian believers, we are to walk by FAITH and NOT by sight. So God’s answers to His PROMISES might not be seen right away, but because of our TRUSTING HIM in His YESES, the answer is already on its way. AMEN literally means, “so be it” or “right on!”
There are two words in the human language that are the same in every language:
1. Hallelujah (which means “praise the Lord”)..
The “Amen” is a great word and it should be used for other purposes than merely ending a prayer. Can I hear a “AMEN’?
Me and my wife’s first church we attended after being saved together in 1972, were introduced to two elderly brothers that sat together every Sunday morning. One would say AMEN to every other phrase of the pastor’s message. My wife referred to him as “the AMEN man”. We actually thought in our spiritual immaturity, how unusual and different, maybe even ‘weird’ to our ears this repeated word was in the Church. But now, being given the gift of spiritual WISDOM and UNDERSTANDING by Holy Spirit, we were made clear– verbalizing the word AMEN while hearing the TRUTH on Sunday morning was an agreement. It’s almost like saying, “sic ’em” to a dog. Now according to this passage, Jesus is the “yes” but, we’re the ones who say, “Amen!”
Here Is A Practical Exercise To Start–
Have you ever wanted to ask God a question? Of course you have. I want to give you three quick questions, then listen for His favorite word:
QUESTION #1. “God, do you really love me?” God’s answer is: “YES! AMEN!”
God loves ALL people everywhere. When anyone on the planet asks Him, “God, do you love me?” They hear God’s answer in their own language:
–Spanish or Italian is “Si”
–German or Dutch is “Yah!”
–French is “Oui!”
–Chinese hear, “shi”
–The Japanese hear “Hai!”
–The Russian hears, “Da!”
–The West Texan rancher hears, “yup!”
–The Minnesotan hears, “You betcha!”
–To the golfer, God says, “Yes!” (Fist pump).
–To the Beatles fan God says, “I love you, Yeah, yeah, yeah. With a love like that you know you should be glad!” — “Yes!” and Amen!
QUESTION #2. God, can you forgive ALL my mistakes? Yes! Amen!
Each of us stands guilty as a sinner before God. But instead of judging us on the basis of our sins, God, who is rich in mercy and full of grace offers us a free pardon. The PROOF of God’s forgiveness is seen at the cross. It is through the cross; the death of Jesus, that the guilt of our sin is removed.
The Bible says, “the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses (removes) us from ALL sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations]” (1 John 1:7 AMP).
God’s Amazing Grace is Through The Blood of Jesus–
God FORGIVES ALL of our sins.
Now most people I know don’t have any trouble believing that God can forgive their PAST sins; but have difficulty in accepting that the BLOOD of Jesus also forgives ALL their FUTURE SINS.
If you struggle with that concept, here is something for you to consider. Over 2000 years ago, Jesus died on the cross; He forgave ALL your sins–at the same time, they were ALL FUTURE. Because God has forgiven you, you should forgive YOURSELF and be willing to FORGIVE others around you.
QUESTION #3. God, do you have a plan for my life? “YES!”
AMEN! At about this point of the blog, you may be thinking “Wait a minute. God doesn’t ALWAYS SAY ‘YES’ sometimes He says “NO”. You are absolutely right, and there are verses in the Bible where God says, “No, don’t do that.” But like any good parent, God says “No” in the context of the greater good. For instance, He says, “No” to something painful. So He can say, “Yes” to something wonderful. He says, “no” to the lesser and says, “yes” to the better.
Any good parent will say to their child, “No, don’t stick that fork in the electrical outlet!” not trying to curb their child’s fun–but to PROTECT them from harm. God does the same thing every time He says, “Don’t do that.” He is saying, “don’t hurt yourself. I have something much better in mind for you.”
God Has A Plan Specifically Designed Just For You–
Really? Yes, and it is described in two Bible verses:
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMP).
“In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places (homes). If it were not so, I would have told you; for I am going away to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2 AMP).
So, what have we learned?
Paul made some plans he couldn’t keep. We should be careful not to make PROMISES we can’t keep. We put our mouth in motion before our mind is in gear. Sometimes our mouths write checks our body can’t cash! As much as we try keeping promises, sometimes our “YES” becomes “NO”. BUT ALL of God’s PROMISES are in Christ Jesus are rock solid!
He says, “Yes! I LOVE you unconditionally–I PROMISE in Christ!
He says, “Yes! I can FORGIVE ALL your sins–I PROMISE in Christ!
He says, “Yes! I have a wonderful plan for your life–I PROMISE in Christ!
Know This: “STANDING ON THE PROMISES that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt assail, By the living Word of God I shall prevail, STANDING ON THE PROMISES OF GOD!”
YES! And Amen!