The Weekly Epistle 3/20/24

Hi Church,

Too good to be true. That is often the thought when some advertisement claims weight loss of 50 pounds, or that you are the lucky winner of a vacation for two, or “no money down,” or that something is free. Too good to be true. 

We may even have those thoughts when it comes to God’s promises. D.L. Moody said, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.” God never advertises more than He can deliver. 

In last week’s epistle, I addressed the question of, “Are all Biblical promises to be claimed for us today?” There were some guidelines I gave to help us navigate that issue. We need to keep in mind that some promises were made to all people and others were given to a specific audience. 

When God promises Joshua, “I will give you every place where you set your foot,” is specific to Joshua and the people of Israel he is leading into the Land of Canaan. It is not a promise to be claimed at your next job interview or that piece of property you would love to own. 

However, there are plenty of promises we can stake our lives on. There is the promise of eternal life to all who believe. There is the promise of answered prayer, provision of our needs, rewards for service, help in our weakness, forgiveness of sin, way of escape from temptation, wisdom in times of testing, and on and on it goes. 

I should mention right here that there are some promises that come with an unconditional guarantee while others come with certain conditions. When Jesus promises to build His church even against Satan’s strongest opposition, we can bank on that. When Jesus says nothing can pluck us out of His hands, that all rests in His ability to keep us to the end. No conditions required. To know that those God justifies, he also glorifies, is a guarantee- thank you, Lord! 

God is faithful to all of His promises, but our enjoyment of them, in some cases, is dependent upon certain conditions. It is like that recipe that claims to be delicious. It is conditioned upon putting in the correct ingredients. 

When God promises to give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4) it is conditioned upon our delighting in the Lord. The beatitudes in Matthew 5 come with conditions. If we are poor in spirit, if we mourn, if we are meek, if we hunger and thirst for righteousness, then we can enjoy the blessings God promises. Jesus’ promise to care for our needs is conditioned upon our seeking Him first. 

 

God’s promises play a vital role in our spiritual lives. God wants to bolster our confidence in the truth that “what He says He will do, He will do.” So, having a correct understanding of them is critical to our faith. As you read through God’s Word, spot His promises, jot them down, and faithfully apply them to your life. You will find fresh power as you live these days for Him. 

Blessings, Pastor Brian