At The Movies Part 4 | Taken
In society a long time ago, your word was your bond. If you said you were going to do something, you did it. Now, we have to get people to promise or beg them to follow through on their promise. God is not like that. He keeps His promises.
MONDAY: In Genesis 15:1-18 we see an exchange between God and Abram. This was something of their custom when two people made a covenant between them, to take animals, cut them in half, and both parties walked in between the animals. This showed that both sides agreed to do whatever it is they said they would. God allowed a deep sleep to come over Abram, and He sent a fire to go in between the animals because He alone was making this promise to Abram. God makes and keeps His promises. He is not human that He can lie. Trust Him when He says something to you.
Father God, I’m sorry for the times I haven’t trusted you.a People have let me down. I know you aren’t like people, but I tend to think you are sometimes. Please forgive me and help me to trust that you will do what you say you will. In Jesus name, amen.
TUESDAY: God’s promises are three things: 1. Unconditional, 2.Unilateral, 3. Eternal. When God promises to do something in His Word, you can count on these three things. Sometimes it’s hard for our human brain to grasp unconditional. Most things on earth aren’t. But God loves us unconditional, and His promises don’t have conditions either. Unilateral means that it solely falls on Him. We just have to sit back and receive it. If God said it, He will do it. Those promises are also eternal. God is an everlasting God. What He says will not go away. You can believe and trust Him.
Father God, help me understand how you do things. Let me really grasp the truth that your promises are unconditional, unilateral, and eternal. Help me believe that when you say you will do something, that you actually will. Thank you for helping me through this. In Jesus name, amen.
WEDNESDAY: The biggest problem is, we don’t know God’s promises. There are over 3,000 of them in the Bible. There is probably a promise for any situation we are dealing with. What happens sometimes what we see causes us to not believe God’s promise. But God has His own timing. Take Abraham and Sarah for example. God promised them a child. They didn’t wait for God’s promise, taking things into their own hands caused a lot of trouble for our world. Look through God’s Word, find and cling to His promises. If it’s in Scripture, it applies to us! We need to dig deeper. Look up and apply God’s promises to your life. You’ll be glad you did.
Father God, lead and guide me into all truth. Show me your promises in Scripture, and help me apply them to my life. Thank you for walking with me each day and helping me grow closer to you. In Jesus name, amen.
THURSDAY: The enemy wants us to forget our testimony and God’s promises. God is plotting a course for our destiny. He’s is going to turn around what the enemy is doing. God’s promises involve 1. Reconciliation, 2. Redemption, and 3. Restoration. Look through Scripture and find another promise for someone, and compare how these three things fit into that promise. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This one Scripture alone, fulfills all three of those things. God wants good things for our lives. We need to stop believing the enemy’s lies and start believing God’s promises.
Father God, help me to see the lies of the enemy. Let me notice them quickly and not fall for them. Show me your truths and promises. Help me stand firm on them. Increase my faith, Lord, so that I will be able to grow through this. Let me learn to trust you above all else. I think this will radically change my life. Thank you for helping me through it. In Jesus name, amen.
FRIDAY: If God says He will do it- it is all on HIM. So how do we sit back and receive it? Through 1. Posture: your attitude matters. If God says He will do it, He will. Live a victorious life. If you are in a defeated attitude, that’s not how God wants you to live. 2. Prayer: talk to God daily. Tell Him that you know He has you in the palm of His hand. Become intimate with Him through prayer. Spend time in His presence. If you don’t already have a daily quiet time with God, start off with this devotional each day and a quick prayer. Ask God to give you a hunger for His Word so that you will begin to crave reading it every day. He will do that. He wants a close intimate relationship with you. He loves you so much. Grow closer to Him, because you can’t believe His promises if you don’t know Him.
Father God, give me a hunger for your Word that never leaves. Let me start having a daily quiet time with you every day. Grow my faith. Grow my knowledge, wisdom, and discernment. Help me trust you and all that you say. Thank you for walking with me through this. Thank you for keeping your promises. In Jesus name, amen.