Promises

Today we are starting our new series on God’s promises, yay! 🙂

2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfilment in him. And as His “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring Him glory.”

The Bible is full of promises from God for every area of our lives. Promises for health and healing, promises for provision, protection, blessings, abundance, prosperity, peace, joy, children, promises of our inheritance in Christ Jesus. The Bible is packed full of promises. 

Our verse today tells us that the promises of God find their yes of fulfilment in Jesus Christ. Which means that in Jesus, every single promise in the Bible is made available to us. Through the finished work of Jesus on the cross we have now been given access to the promises of God. 

I like to think of it this way, the promises of God were locked up behind this huge door that we could not get through and Jesus is the access code to opening that door so we can get to the promises. But something else needs to happen. The promises of God need to be met with our amen. The word “Amen” in the Strong’s dictionary (G281) when spoken at the end of a thing means, “so be it”, “so it is”, or “may it be fulfilled”. When we say, “Amen” we come into agreement with what has been spoken. 

So Jesus is the access code that unlocks the door, but it is our “Amen” that completes the transaction. It is our faith to believe and receive and come into agreement with God’s Word that seals the deal. See, Jesus’ work on the cross was finished over 2000 years ago. The promises are not automatic, we have to do something. We have to come in agreement with the Word of God for the promises to be releases into our lives. 

Our amen is when we put the Word of God in action. Imagine we are still standing in front of this big door and our promises are on the other side of the door. We have the access code, but the access code needs to be put into the keypad to unlock the door. Our amen, our agreement in faith is effectively taking the access code and entering it in so the door can open. It takes faith to put the access code in. You have to believe that it is going to work and do what it said it will do. The same thing with the Word of God. We have to believe that it will do what it said it will do. 

When the access code (Jesus) meets our action (our agreement in faith), it brings glory to God. We know this to be true because we are told that without faith it is impossible to please God. So there is an element of faith and action required on our part for us to access the promises of God. 

Sometimes we look at our verse today and think the promises are just automatic. If this were so and considering that Jesus’ work on the cross was finished over 2000 years ago, we’d just be born into the promises. But that’s not how it works. The promises of God are not for the passive. They are for people who are ready to come into agreement with the Word of God and put the Word into action.

Love and blessings,

Melissa Tsingano

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