Pastor Hill: Fully persuaded

Genesis 12:1, Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:

2, And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

Speaking the Truth in Love by Pastor Tommy Hill

Speaking the Truth in Love
by Pastor Tommy Hill

In the primetime of his life, Abraham was commanded by God to leave his homeland, his family, and his friends and go to a land God would show him. If he would do as God commanded, God would bless him beyond belief.

We all like promises, we all have received promises from others. Some have always kept their promises, some not so much. What about the promises we receive from God? I have been told that there are over 32,000 promises written in the Bible and that we have family rights to many of those promises. If that is true, and God’s Word is always true, how may we obtain some of those promises? Let us first remember that God has conditioned many of His promises to us based upon obedience. Salvation is free, plus nothing, minus nothing, but the receiving of promises requires some obedience on our part. Remember Abraham, he had to respond before he could receive.

What must we do to be able to enjoy the privilege of the promises of God?

WE MUST ACCEPT AND BELIEVE THE PROMISES: We cannot stagger at the promises in unbelief, Romans 4:13-25, “He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” We must willingly place our future in God’s hands. Abraham was looking for a city whose builder and maker is God. God supplied all the other essential things Abraham needed.

In our world today, we get confused with what we have and what we need, therefore we conclude God is not providing. If we enter this state of mind, we are moving into, “staggering in unbelief” and we are not fully depending upon God. Remember when the disciples were on the ship at sea and they were scared, they woke up Jesus to deal with the storm in their life. His response to them was, Matt. 8, “O ye of little faith.” They were staggering in their belief. If we desire the promises of God may we be strong in our belief. This is possible as we learn more about Him, talk to Him in prayer, and meditate upon His Word.

SECONDLY, WE MUST UNDERSTAND THE PROMISES: Understanding comes with knowledge. I cannot know what God will do for me if I have not studied His Word to receive my instructions. His Word should be in our hearts like something that is at our fingertips and readily available. If we truly trust and believe God and are planning to live for all eternity with Him in Heaven, should not we have a working knowledge of all He has told us and all He has promised us? If God is true, and He is, then His Word is true, and it is. If God wrote one book, would not that be the most important book ever written?

I submit to all that there is not another book written more important than the Word of God. The Bible contains all instructions we will ever need to get through this life and into eternity to live with Jesus. May we begin today to gain more understanding of God’s Word and all the promises He has given.

FINALLY, WE MUST BE FULLY PERSUADED: We must completely trust in what God has promised. Abraham did not tell God, “I’ll go, but only a few miles from home until I see what You are going to do for me.” The Bible reveals to us that he did not stagger at the promises of God when he left home or when God promised him a son. We must possess that same assurance and trust in our God. He is the same today as He was in Abraham’s day. We serve the same God. Our trust in God is like an anchor to our soul. If our trust is staggering it is like having an anchor but leaving it at home when our ship is caught in the midst of a storm at sea.

Faith, trust, belief, never leave home without them. They are always available through prayer. Prayer takes the promises of God to the bank of Faith and obtains the golden blessings we need to make it through our day. May you be FULLY PERSUADED in what God has done for you, what God is doing for you, and what God is going to do for you. Never doubt, only believe.

Remember, “It is not the length of your prayer, but the strength of your prayer which wins with God; and the strength of prayer lies in your faith in the promise which you have pleaded before the Lord.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

Pastor Tommy Hill is the pastor of First Free Will Baptist Church in Hamlet. He is a Richmond County native. He can be reached at firstfwbchurchhamlet@gmail.com. His column will appear each Friday in The Pee Dee Post.

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