Inheriting God’s Promises
In the Bible, God made many promises because He loves to bless His children. But that doesn’t mean such blessings automatically belong to us. How can we claim His promises and petition Him with confidence? To test the needs we bring to the Lord, here are several questions to ask ourselves:
When I request that God keep this promise, do I ask with a spirit of submission?
Can God perform this request without harming another person or interfering with His will in someone else’s life?
Does the Holy Spirit bear witness to my spirit that God is pleased with my petition?
Will God be honored by fulfilling this promise?
Does my request contradict the Word of God in some way?
If the Lord fulfills this promise, will it serve to further my spiritual growth?
Once we have answered these questions, inheriting God’s promises depends upon three things. First, we need faith. Our Father wants to reward those who trust Him (Gen. 15:6; Heb. 11:6). Second, we must be obedient to God’s will for us—we won’t attain His best when we knowingly disobey. And third, we need patience to wait for His perfect timing. God’s promises are worth the wait, considering the blessings He longs to give us.
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From In Touch Ministries with Dr. Charles Stanley