How Can You Receive God's Promises

Putting Your Trust in God's Promises

Theme: To learn how to overcome fear and doubt and to really put your trust in God's promises and to bring you to a place of understanding the process that will help you to have complete and unshakeable confidence in His Word.

Introduction: In this lesson you will learn how to grow to a place of complete trust in what God said.

 

What causes Christians to struggle to trust God's promises?
There are two main reasons some of God's people struggle to put their trust in God's promises.

  1. Fear -
Fear of disappointments
Fear of failure
Fear of harm

Fear comes from Satan our enemy. 2Timothy 1:7, For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline .Fear come from the enemy.
Romans 8:15, The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father."

2. Doubt -

Doubt causes people to exalt their problems. Faith causes people to exalt the promises.
Doubt says it's impossible. Faith says all things are possible to those who believe.
Doubt says, "Will my situation ever change? Faith says God is at work in my life and God can work things around to bring change.
Doubt questions whether God will really fulfill the desires of my heart. Faith says God is able to do infinitely beyond my highest prayers - desires - hopes or dreams.

Your Heavenly Father wants you to look past your present circumstances and see God bringing your desires to fruition. God wants you to have a vision of His perfect plan being performed in your life.

Fear and doubt are weapons the enemy uses to deceive you. They will keep you from putting your complete confidence in the power of God's Word to make a difference in your life.

What can you do to strengthen your trust in God?
Proverbs 22:17-19,
Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you (NIV).

There are four commands in the above verse:

  1. Pay Attention or listen. As you hear the command then obey or submit to the command. Obey whatever God tells you to do. You may be struggling to trust God with your marriage, your children, your finances etc. The first step is to seek what God's Word instruct you to do. You have to know what God says about certain situations from His Word. Your faith cannot go beyond your knowledge of God's will as it is revealed in His Word.
  2. Apply your mind to God's knowledge. Fill your mind with the knowledge that God has given you in His Word. Fill your mind with the knowledge of God's will - not the problem. Cast down thoughts of worry and doubt and meditate on the answer. 2 Corinthians 10:5,  "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;" (KJV).

Another translation tells you to "cast down any argument, theory or reasoning contrary to the Word of God." If you continue to think about your problem, your circumstances will overwhelm you and they will rob you of your faith.

Romans 12:2),  "And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God " (KJV).

God wants you to begin thinking in agreement with Him. Don't draw conclusion about God because of the experiences of others or because of the teachings of men. Don't meditate on your own idea of God or someone's philosophy. Meditate on what God has said about Himself and His promises in the Bible.

Psalm 1:1-3  "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper" (KJV)

To meditate means to ponder, to imagine, to mutter, to study and to speak. Those who habitually meditate upon God's Word day and night are the ones who will be able to trust Him under any circumstance. They will know His promises. They will be confident to His faithfulness. The promise will look bigger than the problem.

   3. Keep your mind fixed on God's promise. As you fix your mind on the promise and not the problem faith will rise in your heart. God's truth will transfer from your head to your heart as you stay fixed. Why? "Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God", Romans 10:17.

Psalm 119:97,  "O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day" (KJV). Psalm 119:111,  "Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart". Psalm 119:162,  "I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil". 

David - Example of Overcoming Fear

Psalm 86:2, "O my God, save your servant, for I trust in you (leaning and believing on you, committing all and confidently looking to you without fear or doubt) (AMP).

Once you believe God's Word you will be accustomed to confessing what you believe. Accustomed means to be in the habit of... Luke 6:45 says: "of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." So what you fill your heart with will come out of your mouth. What you truly believe is what you will speak. Fill your heart with God's promises and you will speak of God's promises coming to pass in your life. Fill your heart with your financial problems and you will speak of lack. Worry and concern will come out of your mouth.

2Corinthians 4:13, "It is written: "I believed; therefore I have spoken." Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, (NIV).

Believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth = faith

You will speak in agreement with what God has promised in His Word for every area of your life. You will speak the Word of God because it is what you believe in your heart. You will have a confident expectation that God will perform what He has promised.  You are saying Amen to the promises of God.

 

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