My dear readers, June 28th marks the 1st year of our blog, Hallelujah! Jesus said in Mark 16:15…”Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” We here at The Living Word Ministries started this Devotional series to do just that–Spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as, provide an outlet for all believers to fellowship, share the word and share our testimonies in a loving community. We now have readers from all over the world!
Along the way, like many Ministries, we have had our challenges, but we praise our Lord Jesus Christ in the midst of every obstacle because He has also blessed us abundantly. So although our DAILY devotional hasn’t been quite so daily lately, we aren’t going anywhere!
We would like to say thank you to all who have supported us through this foundation laying period and may God continue to bless you.
So without further ado, here is our 253rd post!
2 Peter 1:4
“by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
Standing on and utilizing God’s promises is only possible through FAITH. As the building block, your faith will catalyze the other ingredients to God’s infallible promises and secure you with patience to wait your turn.
As a believer, the Word of God (knowledge) is what you need to overcome your current and future obstacles. The bible says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children”.
To gain knowledge, there are three primary things you must do; study, apply what you’ve studied, then repeat the cycle.
Jesus put it this way; “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled”. (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)
Another key ingredient to God’s promises is, Faith. “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”(Hebrews 11:6 NKJV)
Faith can only be developed by hearing the gospel and obeying the gospel. Now faith does not mean God will work all things out our way, but we can find a faith that believes God will work all things out the best way. God said it like this: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).
As faith draws God’s attention, obedience quickens His promises to manifestation. Knowing the truth and rejecting it is called rebellion. This is a blasphemy against he Holy Spirit that seals us.
Joshua 1:8, 9 says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Here, Joshua is teaching us three things;
- To speak the word of God constantly,
- To think the word of God constantly
- To obey the word of God constantly
Why do we do this? “For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (Joshua. 1:8)
We can’t talk about God’s promises without discussing prayer. Our constant communion with God makes Him God, and the provider of our needs. A believer without a prayer pattern is powerless, and for this reason, anything will go and that can be dangerous in a believer’s life.
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7, 8 NKJV)
We refresh ourselves in God’s promises which are as old as all ages and as new as today!
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
He is the same God who was faithful to Moses’ mother; to Samuel’s mother; to Timothy’s mother. He is the same God who was faithful to Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob; to David, Joseph, Isaiah, Rahab, Joshua, and Hannah; to Peter, James, John, Mary, and Paul. He is the same God who has kept his promises to Christians unnamed and unnumbered down through the ages.
“Praise be to the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.”
“Know therefore that the LORD your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.”
–1 Kings 8:56, Deuteronomy 7:9
Let us give God the preeminence in our lives. Then God will teach us his promises. He dares us to hold him to them. We accept the challenge — and we have won. Our faith has been turned on. The catalyst that sets off God’s promises has been activated. The fulfillment of God’s promises has been accomplished. We simply await their enactment in a world bound by time!
Scripture of the day: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” ~ Psalm 27:14
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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