This is the second of three application posts following Sunday's Sermon from our Laugh Series.
WE MUST BELIEVE THE PROMISES OF GOD - PART ONE.
WE MUST APPLY THE PROMISES OF GOD - PART TWO.
WE MUST PRAY THE PROMISES OF GOD - PART THREE.
Relationships can never have any substance if they cannot move out of the single-sided ‘kissy-huggy’ chapter. We talked yesterday about how we can be ‘kissy-huggy’ with the promises of God. And in the same way that a romantic person would pre-stock their mind with terms of endearment before they pick up their date, so the Puritans Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe explain that we need to stock our pockets with the promises of God before we start our day.
“You must be made out of water, because Jesus just turned you into ‘FINE.’”
“I was looking in the Book of Numbers and saw that I didn’t have yours.”
“Hey girl, is your name Faith, because you’re evidence of the things I’ve hoped for.”
We must apply the promises of God:
“Applying the promises also means resorting to them as young David resorted to the choice stone in his pouch in the midst of battle. It means always keeping some specific promises on hand.”
I love this! We’re being told to take several specific promises of God and not only store them in our hearts, but in our jeans.
“How lost we are when we remain ignorant of the divine promises! We believe that we have recourse to them as the children of God, but we fail to remind ourselves of that. We neglect to keep them on hand as stones at the ready, and when a lion, a bear, or a Goliath approaches, we feel empty-handed and suffer the loss of available comfort and peace.”
Here’s the second step on applying this past Sunday’s sermon from our Laugh series which ought to help us ROFL as we not only embrace the promises but lean onto them. Write one or two of these promises on a piece of paper and fold it into your pocket.
A stone for that day nothing seems to go right, or even one thing doesn’t seem to go right:
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
A stone for that day we don’t believe we could be forgiven:
Mark 8.31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”
A stone for that day you need to be reminded that God is still working in and through you:
Luke 24.49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”
A stone for that day you need to know that God is with us:
John 14 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
But this is only a very simple list. The Bible is nearly full of the promises of God. As you read today what promises do you note? Write them down! They’re so much better than cheesy Christian pick-up lines. And obviously accomplish a whole lot more too.