Christian, whenever Satan comes at you with his implied lies, lean on God's promises.
If you are a Christian, people are going
to ask you questions: "Why do you believe the Bible?" "How do you know the Bible
is true?" The answer is this: Because God always keeps His
People are going to ask you, "How do you know that
Jesus Christ is the one and only Way, the one and only Truth,
the one and only Life? How can you be so sure?" The answer is
the same: Because God always keeps His promises.
going to ask you: "Why are you living the way you live? Why is
it different?" (I trust that they notice that your life is
different.) The answer is the same once again: I am endeavoring,
by the grace of God, to live a life that pleases God, because
God always keeps His promises.
In Second Peter 1:19 the apostle says this:
"We have also a more sure word
of prophecy." In the original language it actually reads like
this: "We also have the prophetic word made more sure."
What exactly does Peter mean by this? His point is that the
word of prophecy that was given to Israel in ancient times has
become "more sure" in the light of subsequent events. We have the word of prophecy itself made more sure. How
has it been made more sure? By its fulfillment.
It has been
established, substantiated, proven, demonstrated,
confirmed, verified. God always keeps His promises – and He
keeps His promises in, and through, and because of, Jesus
Christ. Christ himself is "the prophetic word made more sure."
He is the prophetic word substantiated and
In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul puts it this way:
the promises of God in Christ are 'Yes,' and in Him, 'Amen'." In the Old Testament are the promises concerning Christ.
There we find the "Yes," God's affirmative ─ This is what I am going
to do. In the actual person and work of Jesus Christ we have
the answer, the "Amen" – the substantiation and the fulfillment
of everything God promised through His Old Testament prophets.
God keeps His promises. Every one, in every detail,
exception, nothing left out, no loose ends, nothing left in
doubt. God has proved that
His promises are true. Everything that God has ever promised is
being fulfilled. The first coming of Jesus Christ is a great
declaration of the immutability of the counsel of God. God's
Word is fixed, absolute, and eternal.
And there is more to
come. God is not slack concerning His promise, Peter says. The
day of the Lord is coming. Just as surely as God kept every
promise about the first coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, He will
keep every promise about His Second Coming. And so,
Peter says, "We according to His promise, look for New Heavens
and a New Earth in which righteousness dwells" ─ the "Golden
Chain" of Romans 8:30 brought to its completion in our ultimate
So dear friend, keep looking up. Jesus is coming
again. The fulfilled promises of God in Jesus Christ are the
proof that God's Word is the one thing you can always trust.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you
in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine
power has given to us all things that pertain to life and
godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory
and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and
precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the
world through lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)
There are 'exceedingly great and
precious promises' in the Word. There are promises to you when
you are sick. There are promises to you when you suffer the loss
of a loved one. There are promises to the widow. There are
promises to the fatherless and the orphan.
promises to you when you are in every kind of physical,
material, and spiritual need. There are promises to you when you
go through the deep waters and the fiery trials of temptations
and testings. There are promises to you when you are in such
anguish of soul that you do not know what to do or which way to
turn. Every conceivable condition, every conceivable situation
in which you can ever be, is covered by the sure promises of
And so I urge you, whenever Satan comes at you with his
doubts, with his implied lies ─ lean on God's promises. They
will demolish Satan's falsehoods. Take them
to heart. Make them yours. Prove, in your own life, by walking
with Christ in the Spirit, that God always keeps His promises. I know that many
who are reading this can testify to that fact, in
God has given His Word, and you can take Him at
His Word. God is all-sufficient. God's total sufficiency rescues
us from our total insufficiency. That is the picture of life in
"Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift." Thanks
be unto God for the One in whom all the promises of God are "Yes" and
"Amen" without any shadow of a doubt.