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Feb 27 2010

God’s Promises In The Bible

Christians are correct to rely on God’s promises and can rely on them with 100% certainty. If God made a promise, it WILL come to pass. There is nothing more certain than the reliability of God and His word.

Yet, Christians are disappointed when something they relied on does not come to pass and sometimes with deadly consequences. Christians rely on a physical healing and it does not come to pass and in fact, have relied on a physical healing for their children only to see them die. Christians plant “seed” money as they are told God promises to multiply the amount planted and do not see that growth in their bank accounts that they planted in faith. Many of these Christians are doing this in faith and in utter reliance that it will come to pass. They are not lacking faith.  They are lacking understanding of God’s Word.

They have faith but their faith is placed in promises that God has not made. God has never made an unequivocal promise to heal our ailments if we ask. Graveyards are full of Christians who made such requests from God in faith. Parents have asked for healing for their children but again, graveyards tragically have amongst the many graves the bodies of these precious little ones. Some of these little ones are there needlessly as parents withheld medical care and life saving medication believing on faith that their children will be healed. God did not make that promise.

We can rely on God and His promises. There are many promises that He makes and nothing rivals the reliability of those promises.

  • I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)

God has not promised happiness, health, wealth or any of thy myriad of “promises” that Christians have come to believe are promises made by God. Can God heal? Of course. Does He heal? Of course. Is healing a guaranteed promise? Emphatically no! Can Christians be wealthy? Yes. Can He make a Christian wealthy? Of course. Is planting seed money a guarantee of financial prosperity? Emphatically, no!  And the list is endless.

If Christians pray in His will, what they petition will come to pass. That’s a guarantee. The problem is that Christians do not necessarily know His will or pick out a verse in the Bible and rely on it as if were a promise made by God to all Christians. When He doesn’t respond in the way we expect, it is blamed on lack of faith when the real reason is that God has never made such a promise.

It’s really time that we all get back into the Word of God and read it in context. Perhaps there will be less seed planting with the expectation of prospering financially, less disappointment in our “lack of faith” when something does not come to pass and certainly less parents will withhold medical care while their children die.

God’s promises are reliable. It is us humans that are unreliable and making promises out of the Word of God that He did not make.

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  1. reverent1

    Go tell it on a mountain! It is time we get back our roots and it’s encouraging that others like yourself speak out with this given opportunity. It’s not about the religion, church or the traditions of men but ‘God’s Word’. And if others humble themselves and read the word then so many would not fall into the snare set before them and would obviously prosper but not in health or wealth, though it may occur, but really in faith and doing all things through our Saviour.

    1. Tishrei

      I agree — and you said it perfectly. Prosperity is in faith and doing all things through our Savior and does not mean that it is in health and wealth.

  2. Pres

    Good article, Tishrei. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks Pres for your kind comment and for stopping by.

      God Bless,

  3. Liz

    Great Post!!!

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks Liz. I’m catching up on my posts/responses and other people’s blogs. My hiatus is pretty much over but I’m slowing down a bit.

  4. pttyann

    How very true it’s time for us to get back into God’s word with much prayer for a good understanding of what God’s word say and mean.To often we take what we hear and run with it,but if God didn’t make that promise direct to you then you’ll be disappointed every time. It’s so sad how so many Christians do no study God’s word for themselves,asking God to help them rightly divide his word,God is the only one that knows what his word says and means,so why look to man.
    Tishrei I have another award for you please come by and get it,Love you and enjoyed our talk. :D :D

    1. Tishrei

      Thanks Pat for the award. :) I’ve kind of been off the internet but check back every once in a while.

      I agree — it is SAD that people don’t study the Word of God. It is to their detriment for they assume what they’re taught is correct.

  5. Margaret

    Tishrei,

    Thank you for posting on this vital subject….. So many dwell only on our earthly comforts and desires, feeling that if God really loves them, He will give them everything they want in this life….. We need to realize that Paul and Timothy suffered from ailments — the early Christians had to watch their children get eaten by lions — many suffered tortures for their faith…..

    Their faith did not try to claim that God promised to save them from such situations….. They realized their salvation was an eternal salvation and their health and wealth are in heaven….. It is in heaven where God will wipe away our every tear….. Here we need to learn to trust our Lord no matter what is happening….. It’s quite an on-going lesson.

    Margaret

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Margaret,

      Yeah, people do zone in on their earthly comforts and desires. I guess we all do for that is our reality if we are hungry or trying to figure out how to pay our bills or if we are sick with the flu. It just gets really out of hand when people expect God to provide a life of ease and when they don’t get it, they believe it’s due to lack of faith. Too sad. :(

  6. MenAfterGod.com

    Tishrei;

    You have addressed a very important aspect of of faith. quote,” Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean Not unto thine own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5KJV.

    There are many who read this scripture and interprete for themself as: ”If I have faith in the Lord, He will deliever as I understand all things.” This is how society has come to think.

    I debate, (actually blog), with atheist everyday. Many atheist tell of broken promises & disappointments as their basis for turning from God. I often preceive that mind-set as being a product of enviroment & inadequate understanding of the scriptures. It’s sad when I feel the blogger was once so near to God and then the system let them down. THE system being American society (with it’s damaged mortal compass) & the churches that shy away from strong Biblical teaching.

    Tishrei keep posting and pray hard with me that a new day will dawn in America for Jesus Christ.

    Glen
    “Lov’n the Lord & Liv’n the Life…”

    1. Tishrei

      Hi,

      I agree, people understand the scripture to mean that He will deliver as they understand all things. A huge part of the problem is that people don’t study the word of God and rely on others to teach them and those that are teaching them, many of these churches, teach just that — that with the requisite amount of faith, you can have all these healings, wealth, etc. And they’re taught that if they don’t have these things, the fault is theirs because they didn’t have the requisite amount of faith. A vicious, vicious cycle.

      What you said about the atheists — that’s TRAGIC — really, it is. If a person is taught they can expect God to do certain things if they simply pray and what they pray for does not come through, then they will feel let down or it’s not true. What they don’t realize is that they are being falsely taught. These type of churches have permeated all of our society and even throughout the world but it originated here in this country, the U.S.

      I will be praying.

  7. Olawunmi

    Thanks for this article.
    I know this is the answer for all my 1 billion kilogramm questions to God (if i may quantify them).
    Am a Nigerian and that is exactly how we are being preached to. its high time we individually get back to the bible and truly study whats in it than what we listen from people. I used to be an example of one of those that used to feel ve done much enough for God than He has rewarded me but i failed to ask if He truly promised me that? i would give almost and sometimes all the money i ve and worked for and expect to recieve money ‘definitely’ coa thats what we were made to understand and when i dont, i feel sad and conclude maybe am a sinner or maybe i didnt excercise enough faith, dats why God didnt bless me and so on and on. Thanks once again for this article.

    1. Tishrei

      Hi Olawunmi,

      The prosperity gospel originated here in the United States and UNFORTUNATELY has made its way around the world. It’s like an infection.

      I’m glad to know that you see through this insidious teaching as a sham. Praise God for that.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  8. (David)Leok Ching Chuan

    “This is the day which the Lord hath made;we will rejoice and be glad in it
    Psalm 118:24

  9. DiGi

    I have learned the hard way about His promises.

    1)First, when He makes a personal promise to you, you can expect to have to WAIT. As you wait, you may fall into fear and doubt about whether or not it was really Him speaking, or if the promise will come to pass.

    2)Then, you can expect the circumstances to shift so that it appears impossible for the promise to come true. The promise may appear to die. It will appear to become absolutely ridiculous to believe the promise based on circumstances.

    #)The promise then turns into a test, a trial of your faith. This can be very painful, but He is teaching you something. Total trust in Him and not in what your senses tell you, is usually the sole objective of this test/trial.

    He said that unless a kernel of wheat fall into the ground and DIE, it cannot produce good fruit. So the death is necessary for the resurrection.

    4)He will, in His mercy, though things look bleak, remind you of the promise from time to time, to keep you bolstered in your wait. At this point, you may be tempted to give up no matter what He shows you to confirm the promise. This is impatience at its worse.

    5)Then, one fine day, possibly after several starts and stops, and stages of preparing the promise for fruition, you will see it manifest.

    How do I know these things? I am in Stage 5.

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