With the global pandemic, financial stressors from inflation and job loss, as well as wars and rumors of war, it’s easy to become stressed and worried. But God’s antidote to that is living in his peace. The best way I know to live in God’s peace is to trust His promises. Today, we’re going to do a deep dive into how God’s promises help us have a good day.
With the release of my new book, Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises From God to Start Your Day Off Right, I’m doing a series on how to help ourselves have a good day. In a recent post (How Starting Your Day with God Helps You Have a Good Day,) we talked about how starting our day with God helps us have a good day. In a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast (How God’s Promises to His People Help Them to Have a Good Day – Episode 160,) I shared how God’s promises have helped me learn how to have a good day despite my circumstances.
We’ll cover how many promises God gave man in the Bible, examples of God’s promises, unconditional promises from God, how I learned to stand on God’s promises, promises in prayer, and why we pray His promises.
We are told in 2 Corinthians 1:20, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” While it is difficult to trust man, or our government, or our healthcare system to keep their word, we can trust God to be faithful to His promises. He has never been anything but faithful to keep His promises, so we can trust Him to be faithful today and all our tomorrows.
What about the promises of God? How certain are they? People change their mind, and they break their promises, but God is not a man and he cannot lie, so he cannot break his promises.
Promises are only worth the ability of the one who makes it to carry through. It also includes that person’s willingness to do as they’ve said. God is not only willing, but fully capable.
How many promises did God give to man in the Bible?
Over the last few years, at the start of the new year I’ve been challenging myself to read through my chronological Bible in six weeks instead of taking the whole year. It has given me greater revelation and made it make so much more sense. As I’ve read, I’ve made note of each of the promises God has made to His people through His word. There are well over 1,000 promises of God for us to trust and put our faith in! Who else has ever made (and kept) that many promises to you? I would daresay no one.
What are some of the promises God made to His people?
- If we believe in Jesus Christ, and ask Him to be our Lord and Savior, we will be saved.“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)“Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned.” (Mark 16:16 NLT)
- We are a new creation when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. For it is in that precise moment that God begins doing a new work in our heart and mind to help us become more like Him.“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
- When we believe in God, accept Jesus as our savior, and repent of our sins, our sins are forgiven because of the sacrifice Jesus made to pay for our sins.“Everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10:43)“Peter replied, ‘Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’” (Acts 2:38 NLT)
- Jesus promised to return to earth from heaven to take his children with him.“This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)“When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Colossians 3:4
- While we remain on this earth, God will fight against our enemies for us.“For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” (Deuteronomy 20:4)
- God promised that His children will not be overtaken by temptation and that He will provide a way of escape“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” (1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV)“May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” (Daniel 6:16)
- God promised His children victory over death.“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance a: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures… But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 57 NIV).
- God promised His children eternal life.“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29 NIV).
What are some of the unconditional promises of God?
- If we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, we shall be saved. God is asking us to openly declare and share our faith in Him.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 NIV)
- God will never leave us or forsake us, so we face nothing in this world alone.
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
- God loves us with an everlasting love—there is nothing we can do to earn His love or lose His love.
“The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.’” (Jeremiah 31:3).
- God’s mercies are new every morning. We don’t have to store up His mercies and blessings from yesterday, nor do we have to borrow them from tomorrow. He has an ample supply for each day.
“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:23 NLT).
- God will provide for all our needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus. He has promised to supply every need we have, but we must remember that his doesn’t include the long list of luxuries that would make life easier and more comfortable for us.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
- God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (II Corinthians 12:9)
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8 NIV)
- God has promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully. In our pain and trials it can be hard to see that in the moment, but when we look back, the hand of God becomes more evident.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28).
How do I claim God’s promises? How do I stand on God’s promises?
In order to claim, or stand on, God’s promises, we must first know what God’s Word says. As I’ve read through the Bible, I’ve made a note each time I come across one of His promises.
Then when I begin having thoughts of worry, fear, anxiety, discouragement, anger, defeat, etc., I declare to God in prayer that I’m choosing to trust His promises and not my situation. We can be assured that since the Bible is the Word of God, when we pray Scripture back to Him, He will answer those prayers because they are completely within His good and perfect will.
Often, I write out on a post-it note the Bible promises that I need to remember and put them around my house, car, or office. When I see them, I recite them out loud because Scripture tells us “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17 ESV). So we bolster our own faith by reciting Scripture, especially the promises of God that apply to our situation.
What are the promises of prayer?
- God will bend down and incline his ear and listen to our prayers.
“Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!” (Psalm 116:2 NLT)
- God will answer our prayers and show us things we didn’t know.
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” (Jeremiah 33:3 ESV)
- God will answer our prayer if we pray believing, and in accordance with His will.
“I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.” (Mark 11:23-24)
What’s the importance of praying God’s promises?
When we pray God’s promises, we know that because we are praying His word back to Him, that we are praying His will. “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him” (1 John 5:14-15 NIV).
Furthermore, the enemy of our soul knows God’s word inside and out. The best way to fight him, is exactly what Jesus did: Jesus quoted Scripture to him, leaving him with no recourse. In your prayer time, declare your trust in God and in all His promises. They are for you.
I would love to hear how God’s promises help you to have a good day, by leaving a comment below!
Standing on His Promises,
Every day can be a good day when you trust the promises of God.
Today is Going to be a Good Day
My newest book, Today is Going to be a Good Day: 90 Promises from God to Start Your Day Off Right is now available!
This uplifting devotional helps you make each day a good day no matter what is going on in your life.
When life conspires to drag us down with all of its troubles, it can be hard to keep our spirits up. In times of severe illness and depression, I learned that when I stand on God’s promises, despite my circumstances, every day can be a good day.
Each reading includes Scripture, reflection, prayer, and a recommended playlist song designed to help you live out Philippians 4:8: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.”
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