Dr. Stanley discusses the “static” we feel in our spirits when we’re not in the will of God. Our entire belief system is based on the promises of God, and we can trust God to be faithful to keep them all. However, many people miss out because they neglect Him and don’t take hold of the promises God has made to His children.
When we have personal needs God has promised to fulfill, we should remember He will only do so when:
– The context of Scripture allows it.
– Fulfilling His promise honors Him.
– Fulfilling His promise is consistent with His immediate will for our lives.
– Fulfilling His promise is an encouragement to others.
– We willingly walk in obedience to His will.
Also, we can know He will fulfill a promise when:
– The Spirit of God confirms it.
– The peace of God prevails in our minds and spirits.
We ought to respond to the Lord with obedience, faith, and patience. Many people pray right prayers and ask for right things but make mistakes because they are unwilling to wait. God created time and is in control of it. All we must do is trust that He will bring about His plan for our lives in His time.
start your day off. Right with the free in touch, devotional subscribe today In touch with Dr. Charles Stanley celebrating 45 years of God’s faithfulness and sharing the gospel worldwide. Next on in touch how to claim a promise. There are many, many wonderful promises in the bible. And a promise is simply a declaration by God of his intention to graciously bestow a gift upon us in some form of fashion and in the scriptures, promises of a major part all the way from the beginning throughout the entire bible, you find one promise after the other expressions of God’s love for us, expressions of God’s care for us, expressions of what God intends to do for us in us and through us. And expressions of the will and purpose and plan of God, not only for our life, but for his whole kingdom. Promise up to promise after promise And think about this and all these centers that have gone by, not one single promise has been forgotten, not a single promise he’s made has ever been broken. That’s the kind of God you and I, sir. So when we think about all those promises and think about the fact that you made them for us, they bring him glory. But they made him for us, then they should be a vital part of our life every single day of their life. We should be grateful for all the promises that God has given. And if you think about it, everything you believe about him, everything you believe about jesus. Your whole belief system is all based on the promises of God. And so when I think about how important they are, I realized the tragedy in many people’s lives here, all of these promises. And it’s like having this wealth, this wealth that is so deep and so wide. It’s uncountable, immeasurable. And people live right by it every day and never stop to claim it. What a terrible sin for a child of God to be a follower of jesus christ and in possession of innumerable promises made by God. And we just neglect them. We just let them lay, we complain, we moan, we’ve grown about what we don’t have and what’s going on within us and all the things we’re going through in life. Not realizing are insensitive to the fact exactly what we need is found right here in the word of God. So it’s so very important that you and I understand the promises. This is our fourth message in the series the promises of God and we’re talking about today. How do you claim a promise? A promise is nothing but words on the paper unless it is applied. And so I want to challenge you to listen carefully, take some notes because you have promises that you probably quote. Do you understand? Why do you really truly believe that these promises apply to you? I hope so. So I want you to turn if you will to hebrews chapter 10 and I just want to read a couple of verses here that just give us a word of assurance because all through the book of hebrews, we are assured. And these people are going through some difficult times and the scripture says Concerning them in verse 34 verse of Chapter 10. For you showed sympathy to the prisoners and accepted joyfully the seizure of your property knowing that you have for yourselves a better possession and a lasting one going through great times of loss. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Listen to that for you have native endurance so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what he has promised. If I should ask you what is your favorite promise in the Word of God? Many of you could tell me immediately, many of you could not because somehow you just sort of neglected the idea that a promise in the scripture also applies the year. So I want to clarify some things in order to help you to understand why the promises is so very important in your life and how you personally would be able to uh choose for yourself to believe what he said and claim that promise. So, let’s look at what the scripture says and I’m going to put a few things on the Mac screens. But the most important section in this whole message, I’m gonna put more notes on that one because I want you to fully understand it. Now, the first question that comes up and in order to talk about promises fully. We have to ask some questions. And the first question is this are all the promises in the scriptures applicable for us today. What would you say? I was afraid you’d say that? No, they’re not. All the promises in the bible are not meant for us today. For example, let me ask you ladies. You think God would say to you when you get to be 90, you’re gonna have a baby. No, he’s not. And that is not a man in here that thinks he’s gonna be a father at the age of 100. That’s a promise he made to Abraham and Sarah not to us today. So let me just say this Now, listen carefully. It’s very important. While many of those promises were not made to us, they were made to those to whom he spoke for us. That is if you go back and look how God worked in Abraham’s life or Joshua’s life for joseph’s life on David’s life or Daniel’s life. You see the principles by which God operated what he did. Now while he didn’t make those promises to us, he made them to them for us and for every generation that followed because we see how God works among men and women in those days. He still works in the same ways. In different ways for us today. So on the one hand, he will do something equal to that. But he didn’t make that promise to us. He made it to them and we learn how God fulfills the needs and desires of our heart, as we see how God worked in their lives. For example, one of the most teachable of all the lessons in the scripture is when God deals with joseph, how many listen, how many lessons we learned in the life of joseph? What he promised joseph? He promised to joseph When I read what he did in joseph’s life, I get great blessing and great encouragement out of that. He made the promise to him. Watch, watch this. But he also made the promises for us. Did you get that? He made promises to them, but they also promises for us that we learned from them. A second thing. That’s so very important. That’s this. To answer the question, Who has the right to claim a promise from God anyway. Well, what would you say, would you say? Everybody has the right to claim a promise from God. What’s that now? You’re now? You’re listening carefully. Right? No, no. They absolutely cannot. Only believers can claim a promise from God. With one exception, the unbeliever, the person who is unsaved who desires to be saved can claim this promise if thou shalt confess with thy mouth. The Lord jesus. Believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead. You will be saved for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whoever believes in him would not perish but have everlasting life. So God has made promises that apply to everyone, the unbeliever can claim only the promise to be saved. Following that they can claim others, but for the unbeliever he can’t pray for, oh God, I need this, I need that. Please supply my media has no right because not a child of God, he’s outside, he’s outside the family of God. Somebody says, well, did he create all of us? Yes. And when you rebel against God, you refuse to acknowledge his son as your savior. You’re out of the family. You do not have the right. You do not have the privilege to call for the promises of God that he has made to his Children and therefore once a person trusts jesus christ as their personal savior, then they come under the canopy of the of the family of God and they have the right to claim promises. So when somebody says, well who has the right, the Children of God have the right to do it. So we say, well, can an unbelievable claim, a promise how to be saved. I can an unbeliever claim other promises. Not really can I believe claim all the promises of God, those that fit the times in which they live those that fit those promises that God intended for those of us who are his Children in whatever season of life and whatever time period that we’re living in. Now. If you take the psalms alone and read the promises that God has made you. Just in the psalms alone, it’s overwhelming. And you put the psalms and the proverbs both together. When it comes to living out your daily life. That’s a treasure. And I think many believers do not realize what a treasure we have. Just in those two books of the bible then, of course, why should we expect God to promise us anything? Well, first of all, because he loves us and he loves us absolutely and unconditionally. And when you think about how to measure his love, there’s no way he listen. He promises guidance. He promises direction. He promised that to provide our needs. He promises to protect us and on and on and on. We go with the promises of God. Why? Because he’s listen. He reveals himself to us in those promises, he says, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Nobody else in the world can promise you that. He says, I will teach you in the way which you should go. I will guide you with my eye upon you. Only God has an eye for every single person. And we can just go through the scriptures thinking about all the promises God has made and many of God’s Children are living and listen. They’re living in promise poverty. Do you get that promise poverty, that is the promises are there and they don’t claim them. The promise is there and they don’t believe them. The promise is there and they go in need the promises there and they doubt God and complain why things aren’t going their way. Look at the promises of God, the bible is full of them and they’re there for you and me because we are his Children. And so when we say, well what can I do, what can I do to deserve them? Not one thing God made it possible for us to live this awesome life in relationship to him and to have our needs fulfill and have our desires. He says, listen, if you delight yourself in me, I’ll give you the desires of your heart. Nobody can promise you that. But God. And the truth is as you go through the promises, you can’t even begin to name the promises that you and I could possibly do anything about it except depend upon God to supply them. Now, how can we be sure to keep his promises? Because listen, he says, he will. And God the bible says cannot lie. It’s against his nature to lie. So therefore by his very character, God will not and cannot because he doesn’t change. If God is perfect, he’s always perfect. If he’s truthful, he’s always truthful if he’s powerful, he’s always powerful. If he’s holy, he’s always holy. He doesn’t change. Therefore when it comes to the promises of God and the things that he has promised us in his word, can we be sure? Yes, we can be sure. Then here is a big question. And this is where I wanted to spend a little time. When does a biblical promise become mine to claim. So the number of points under this one, I want you to jot them down because remember I’ve said it three times already. Listen, believing a promise and not applying the promise is meaningless. Let me ask you a question to whom do the promises of God belong? I heard one person say me, thank you, sir. That’s that’s good. I appreciate that. The promises of God belong to the people of God. So let me ask you a question. Are you a child of God? Say Amen. So that means the promises of God belong to you. Amen. Do you realize how rich you are father of you? Do Yeah, sure. You said you would take it for granted. So, are you listening? When the promise fits a personal need in my life? When the promise fits a personal need God has promised to fulfill. He’s promised to give you direction. For example, Looking back in psalm 32 verse eight, I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go. I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Nobody can promise you that. But God. So here’s this year. When can I claim a promise? I can claim a promise when a personal need that I have is promised me in the word of God. And he says, if I have this need for instruction and guidance and direction making a decision, I have the promise. Can I claim God’s promise to me to give me direction? Yes. Because it is a specific promise given to us in the word of God, specific promise by him to meet a personal need in their life. And all of us have those personal needs. And for example, secondly, when the context of the scripture allows it, that is you can’t just pluck our scripture at the balance so I’m gonna claim this. But what’s the context of it? Let’s take one. A good example of that would be first, john chapter five verse 14 15. Look at that for a moment. You probably I’m trying to pick out these that you’re most familiar with. He says in verse 14, this is the confidence and watch this. This is a promise from God. This is the confidence which we have in him that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, we know that we have the petition that we desire. Well, listen, that is a promise of God. That in its context, the context is what that I come to him and I have a petition. And so I’m asking for direction about this. And he says, if it’s his will, If we ask those things that caught in his will, he hears us. And if he hears us watch, we don’t have to guess. We know that we have the petition that we desired of him. It’s something else that’s very important as this when fulfilling his promise, honors him. If I ask God for something that is not right for me, first of all, he’s not gonna do it and I’m asking for something selfishly. It doesn’t honor him and he I I can’t claim that. And so if it’s something that honors God, we have a right to believe that he’s going to answer that petition, he’s going to fulfill that promise. And listen. If it’s consistent with his immediate will for my life, which is one of those conditions. If you ask him for something that’s not his will for your life, you’re asking for something that he is not going to contribute to now watch this, you can weasel your way around and manipulate the circumstances and do things that probably are not right or not legal or whatever it might be. And get it all natural eyes that you’ve built your own trap. You’re drinking your own poison that you devised. But when you and I are walking in the will of God, we have the right to claim the promises of God because we we don’t we don’t know what’s not his will. And I think most of you look like you’re old enough to have tried it and have already learned that it doesn’t work. It’s obedience to him. That makes it work. And so if I if I’m asking for something that fits his will for my life. And for example, all of us have prayed for things. We thought, oh, Lord, you know, I know better than that. Or after you prayed for a couple of weeks or so, God shows you. That’s not my will. Then the next question is God’s, what is your will? Will he show you? Yes. Did he not say asking that you be given you? You’re seeking knowledge? He wasn’t. There was you’re looking for direction in order to obey him, right? Therefore, he’s obligated to a child of God to answer that petition. He’s a he’s a promising God. Then of course I have a right to claim a promise when I’m walking in the will of God, watch this. When you are walking in obedience to the will of God, you have the right the privilege to claim the promises of God in your life. Because if you’re walking in his will, you don’t want something that’s not his will. Think about how foolish is it to get out of the will of God. Because here’s what you do. Watch this. Here’s God reaching down to answer your your petition. And when you get out of God’s will, here’s what happens. God’s willing, but you’re not in a position to receive it. I could put it this way when you say God, here’s what I want. He can’t give you something that’s not his will. I say it again and again and again. The will of God is the plan of God. But in this particular situation, listen, there’s not a situation in your life that God isn’t interested in, not a single one. There’s not a need he’s not interested in. There’s nothing he cannot provide for your life. But we have to decide, Am I willing to do it? God’s way in God’s timing. And if I am God has made me a promise, he can not fail. He cannot fail to keep. When do I have a right? I have a right to claim it. When, listen, the spirit of God within me confirms that now watch this, every single believer is in dwelt by the Holy Spirit. His his responsibility. First of all, was to bring us the realization that we were lost. His responsibility was to help us understand what salvation was about. His responsibilities. To help us to understand who God is his responsibility is to enable us to live out what God has chosen for us. He has many responsibilities. Listen, one of his responsibilities is to do what is to reveal the truth. To show us the truth. And what happens is this that when you and I are seeking the mind of God about something and we know that he wants to do exactly what he said, then what happens our spirit for example, I I think about this light, when I’m asking God about something and I don’t have is really for me it’s like static. You know, you cut on the television and cutting the radio and you got static. Well, no one said there’s nothing good about static. There’s there’s nothing good about that. I know in my spirit when I’m getting static and the truth is you do too amen now with the spirit of God within you gives you that sense of quietness and you sense and he will help you to sense this is the father’s will. I’m gonna do that. Listen, that’s the reason you and I can make requests and walk away confident. And I would say one last thing. Not only does the holy spirit do that, but he gives us a sense of peace. I know that I have a right to stand on this request when there is peace in my heart about what I’m asking for and how do I know whether whether it’s right or not? Well, is that what the word of God supplies is what the word of God allows. Does it fit watch this? Does it fit who you are as a child of God? Now when claiming a promise? What’s expected of us? We expect God to do all these things. There are three very brief answers. Now watch this when I’m claiming a promise from God, that’s crystal clear. Yeah, the scripture for it, I have three responsibilities, number one obedience? Number one secondly, faith that is, I must believe him. And thirdly patience, I must wait for him, you know that he’s gonna do what he promised. You’ve got to believe that he will, you must be patient to wait for it. And oftentimes people pray, they’re praying in the will of God, they’re they’re praying the right thing. Hey God’s hearing their prayers then they make a terrible mistake, I gotta have it now, I gotta have it by next week and you see watch this he who created time is in control of time and he who created time created his will and purpose and plan for your life. God knows future past, present and everything in between. He knows exactly when this ought to happen in your life and he knows exactly how it’s gonna happen and listen. And he oftentimes test us with time that we will trust him and watch this. If I step ahead of him, it says, I don’t trust you. Oh yes, I do trust you. No, no, no, no if I trust him, I will trust his timing better than my timing because his timing, like everything else about Almighty God is perfect. Many people get lined up for God’s blessing and then what do they do? They’ve got to have it now instead of in God’s timing and what does it do? It just fouls up the whole issue. I would just say this to you. Do you do you realize how blessed you are? That you know that this book 66 books that make up the word of God and all these pages and all these promises after promise, after promise after promise. And that it belongs to every single one of us. Who’s the child of God? Why would you, why would you want to substitute anything for this? It’s better than a compass. Spiritually any other way? It’s better than another counselor. No one can counsel you like this. There’s no one who can supply your need. Like the word of God, this awesome God who loves you, Who has the best plan that a sovereign perfect God who loves you unconditionally could ever devise. That’s his plan for you. And he says, if you will obey me and trust me and be patient with me, I will give you the best that I have to offer And father how grateful we are for your patience with us. Just takes us a while to learn. Lord thank you for being patient with us and I pray for a minute today, Who will hear and listen to this message. Who are going through difficulty and hardship and loss and need. Don’t know where to turn wonder if you really and truly love them. I pray that you will encourage their heart today. Yes. You love them. Yes. You know that need Yes. You’re willing to meet that need. Yes. In your time and in your way and father, I pray the Holy Spirit. We’ll make each one of us freshly aware of what a treasure we have and freshly aware of how much you love us in every way in jesus name. Amen. Well, if you’ve never trusted jesus as your savior, do you realize what you’re doing? You’re trying to live in this crazy mixed up world without the greatest helper. You could possibly have the wisest thing you can do is to ask the Lord jesus christ to forgive you of your sins, Tell him that you admit your sinfulness, you have rebelled against him. You ask him to forgive you on the basis of what he did at the cross when he shed his blood at calvary. You ask him to forgive you because he promised to do it not because you deserve it and surrender your life to him. Then let him take over your life. Let him give guidance and direction for your life. And all of a sudden everything will change. And that’s my prayer for you