2 Corinthians 1
God’s first promise is found in Genesis 3. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and sin slithered its way into our new reality. At that moment God promised to send someone to save us from it. He promised that through sin and Satan would have a time of destruction, a time would come when he would be crushed; sin would be defeated and all would be made right and pure and perfect again.
God’s last promise is in Revelation 22:20 – the second to last verse in the Bible – Jesus says, “Surely I am coming soon.”
Tucked between these promises are thousands of additional promises from God to us. Promises of plans, protection, provision, peace, power, purpose, future perfection, and so much more. Our job? To believe in Him; in the One He sent in whom all the promises were made and fulfilled.
2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
All of God’s promises from the first to the last are based upon and satisfied in Jesus. They all find their YES in Him. Our response is YES through Jesus back to God.
Do we believe God? Do we believe all His promises? Are we living in all of the YESes of God’s promises? Do we say YES to all that God has said YES to? Anything less – any 'no', or 'maybe', or 'not yet' – is a no back to God's yes. It is simply unbelief in His promises.
I think we don’t fully embrace God’s promises because promises are a tough thing for us. We have been the recipient of many broken promises made to us. We have broken promises to others, and even more to ourselves. We begin to question the power of a promise.
But God is faithful and powerful and able to keep ALL of His promises. We can count on them. How differently would our lives look if we REALLY BELIEVED all of His promises? I think we wouldn’t be afraid to say YES & AMEN. We wouldn’t fear the unknown. We wouldn’t live for worldly things. We wouldn’t be satisfied with so many not knowing Him. We would do differently and buy differently and give differently and worship differently and speak differently and spend our time differently.
What if we believed God’s promises – God’s YES in Jesus – and replied back, “YES & AMEN!” Yes, Lord, I surrender. Yes, I want all of the fullness of your love, joy, holiness, hope, peace, power. Yes, I will go there and do that thing and say those words and trust You. Because I believe You. I believe Your promises.
Lord, I believe; help my unbelief. I want to believe. I want to say YES & AMEN to all your Yes’s. I want to live in the fullness of Your promises.
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