There are promises that God has made to us, that we never see come to pass. This is never God’s fault.
All is not lost though, because as we lean in to Him desiring to learn more about Him, and the faith He has provided for us, as well as learning to live in His promises, He is encouraging us to grow in Him. He is teaching us, and growing us into who He has planned us to be. He wants us to succeed in living in His promises, and becoming the person He knows we can be. As we search, He will help us to get there.
He has promised us many things: protection, everlasting life, peace, healing, help in times of trouble, and that He will guide us, supply all our needs, and tell us of things to come. Also, that we will do greater things than He did and this is just to name a few. There are thousands of promises and the Bible says in “2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV) For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
Jesus death on the cross paid for everything we would need here on earth to live victoriously.
If receiving and living in God’s promises is not working for us, then there is something we need to learn about our promise giver or about the promises themselves.
Here is an illustration of what I mean:
I heard this example using a rocket ship, but I have used a Zero Turn mower in its place. I am somewhat familiar with it.
If you get into your vehicle, turn it on, put it in reverse, and it doesn’t move, you could assume that it is frozen up in Canadian 30 degrees below weather, but undoubtedly you can assume there is something wrong with your vehicle.
But if you sit on a zero turn mower, and turn it on, push a few buttons, and it won’t go anywhere, you can assume there is something you don’t know, or haven’t done right. You see with these mowers, there is a sequence of things you must do or the mower won’t move. It will even stall if you do something wrong.
I’m not saying it takes our works to have God do things to help us. I’m saying He has set up the world differently than we may think. There are laws and actions that need to be followed to access His best like the law of gravity, and the law of lift, while flying an airplane. And we don’t have to be perfect to make it work, but we do need to do things the way He says to do them in the New Testament. And when we do, it does work.
A verse that expresses this is “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” I remember asking God to do things for me many times and nothing would happen. Did I think He would, or did I just hope He would? I just hoped He would but without faith it is impossible to please Him.
I could have assumed His answer was “No,” but I was hearing from the Bible that He is to be our helper, and to ask and you shall receive. Over and over I would ask Him to help me to no avail, until I gave Him a problem expecting Him to fix it and I didn’t take it back. When I expected Him to fix it, He did. That is what faith is; believing that He will do what He said He will do.
A good example of Jesus being available, and wanting to do things for people, but the people never got His help, was when Jesus went to His own hometown. He had done many miracles and healed lots of people before that, but there in His own hometown where they thought He was just the boy from down the street, not many miracles happened. It wasn’t because He didn’t want to do miracles It was because of their unbelief that He could only heal a few people. The people didn’t believe He could do it so they didn’t receive their healing. Just like now. I believe He always wants to fulfill the promises He has made to us, but we must learn how to access those promises. The biggest key I can give here is that we all need to learn how to live by faith. Not just believing that God is, but believing that by His promises we can access specific help from Him.
He says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen. Faith, believing that we have what we are hoping for, is key. And from Mark 11:23-24 we need to ask believing without doubting. This comes through hearing His promises and believing them with our hearts. It’s not just about knowing them in our heads, it is about believing it in our hearts. I have missed receiving the promises, and I have received His promises enough to decipher where I have missed the mark most of the time.
The promises must be in the Bible or line up with the Bible or we cannot expect it to be answered. We can’t believe for something that He hasn’t already given us.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NKJV) as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 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.
1 John 5:11 (NKJV) And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.
Psalm 91 explains God’s protection.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Philippians 4:7 (NKJV) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
John 15:7 (NKJV) If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
John 16:13 (NKJV) However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.
Philippians 4:19 (NKJV) And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
John 14:12 (NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
James 1:5-6 (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
Mark 11:23-24 (NKJV) For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.
James 4:2 (NKJV) You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
Jesus couldn’t do miracles because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:5 (NKJV) Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
Matthew 13:53-58 (NKJV) Now it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these parables, that He departed from there. 54 When He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is this not the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary? And His brothers James, Joses, Simon, and Judas? 56 And His sisters, are they not all with us? Where then did this Man get all these things?” 57 So they were offended at Him.
But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country and in his own house.” 58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.