When I was in Seminary I had a friend who had a little “promise box” that was shaped like a loaf of bread. In the top it had 365 cards with 365 Bible of Promises. Each day my friend would pull out a promise and read it. Then he would put it in his pocket and pull it out several times during the course of the day. It was his way of reminding himself of all the promises of God.
One morning he came into the cafeteria looking perplexed and somewhat despondent. When I asked him what was wrong he told me that when he was picking out his promise for the day he turned the whole box over and all the promise cards dumped out. “Now”, he said, “I don’t know which promise was my promise for today.”
I told him that since they all fell out maybe God was trying to tell him that he should just claim all of them. The apostle Peter puts it this way in II Peter 1:4, “Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. All of the promises of God are at our disposal.”
Recently I reread a portion of Charles Surgeon’s famous sermon, “Checkbook of the Bank of Faith”. Spurgeon says that the word of God is like a bank and through faith we have access to all the riches of heaven. It’s just like writing a check and the great thing is God’s checks never bounce. His accounts never have a negative balance and His promises never fail.
I love that second verse of the old hymn “Standing on the Promises”
Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
Standing on the promises of God.
What is your greatest need today?
Exercise your faith
Pray with confidence
Write a check on the Book of Heaven
Stand secure on God’s promise
Have a great week!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson