|Posted by Lorraine Serra on March 9, 2011 at 8:50 AM|
"For all the promises of God in Christ are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God in us". 2 Cor 1:20
I recently heard this scripture several times and I loved the sound of it! My spirit longed to go deeper to understand more of what is revealed here, and to embrace it, breathe it, live it to strengthen my faith through any hardship or challenge of life.
It must be because of my current focus on studying Kingdom Living that these poetic words created in me a desire to get specific in knowing Him more intimately and really “getting it”, when scripture says “the joy of the Lord is my strength.”
Whenever we study God’s word, and ask the Holy Spirit to instruct us, we get a little more revelation of His truth. Here is what I discovered.
First, I wondered what promises of God are fulfilled in Christ. Here Paul is re-teaching the Corinthians the fundamentals of faith in Jesus. We can all use a refresher course to transform us by this reality of redemption.
He is talking about the pardon of sin to all who repent and their sanctification. Certainly Christ has said “Yes” to these! He died to make pardon possible, and then sent His Holy Spirit to seal us for Heaven, and empower us to be set apart as His own. That is what sanctification is, equipping us to pursue being pleasing to God. He's doing it as we allow. Remember, it's not in our own strength.
God also promises to give us support in temptation and in trial. Mmmm. Remember the scripture that says He will not give us more than we can bear? Jesus says” Yes” to that promise, too. He is with us urging us in our spirit by the Holy Spirit, to stand strong on His word, to remember and believe that greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world. He says “Yes” to never leaving us or forsaking us, and “yea” to giving us supernatural power to resist the devil and make him flee. In trials, he says “yes” to the promise to work all things together for our good.
Then God promises to give guidance when we are perplexed or confused. He promised to grant wisdom in abundance to those who ask it, and he gives grace liberally to anyone who is one of Christ’s own. Jesus says “Yes” to that promise, as He leads us in paths of righteousness for His sake, as He provides the Word as a lamp to our feet and a light unto our path. God is a God of order, not confusion. In Him there is only light. Jesus is the Light, so there is a great big “Yes”, as He provides for us, saying Come to me all ye who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
And again, Jesus says “yes” to providing the peace that surpasses all understanding when we lean not on our own understanding, but in all our ways acknowledge Him, and all that He has accomplished for us, and He directs our path.
God promises peace in death and eternal glory. Knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior secures that promise, for we know our Redeemer lives and has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in one of His many mansions, so that where He is, we may be also. Halleluia!
Certainly all these critical promises are fulfilled in Jesus. His said “ YES” to His Father’s plan, and there is no vacillating, no fickleness in Jesus. God is Truth. God is faithful. He keeps His covenant with His people.
He is AMEN. In Revelation 3:14 Jesus is called the Amen. The word means, true, faithful and certain. So, when Paul writes that in Christ the promises of God are Amen, he is testifying that the Redeemer fulfills all the promises of God. They are confirmed, established and will in no way fail. All to the glory of God, to assure us of His everlasting love and grace at work in us, and for us, now and forever.
I pray you are feeling equipped to face your world today in the power of God! Amen.
To my sisters and friends who are in crisis at the moment, overwhelmed with burdens, conflicts, shifting economic conditions, be encouraged.
I am praying that your spirit is stirred to stand on the promises of God, that you will be strengthened in your inner man to put on the armor of God and wage the spiritual battle that is yours at the moment. These momentary afflictions cannot compare to the glory that awaits. God has carved you in the palm of His hand. He is with you and for you. Bless His name, thank Him even in the storm, for every good thing. Praise brings peace. Praise ushers in His presence.
You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. You are more than a conqueror, an overcomer in Christ. You are chosen, accepted, beloved of God. He will not let you fall. Lean on Him! And I am believing with you that the God of mercy and justice will renew your joy , your strength and carry you through for HIs glory.
There is a great blessing, an exciting treasure waiting on the other side of this trial. Press on, keep the faith. Serve the Lord with gladness. You are the aroma of Christ.
I love you. We will praise HIM always.