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July 13, 2016

A "Yes" Promise to You

“We know that to those who love God, who are called according to His plan, everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.” Romans 8:28 Ph)  

God has a promise for every problem in your life.  If you will claim His promise, there is no problem in your life that can derail God’s purpose for you. The Bible says,

“No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ.  And so through Him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Cor. 1:20 (NIV)

Notice the progression in that verse.  All God’s promises are yes in Christ!  God gave us His promises in writing.  But, only through Him, can we speak the Amen for those promises.  Amen is just another way of saying let it be or so be it.  The good news is that we can take all our problems to God and claim His promise that no problem can derail His purpose for us.  Even when we have failed and feel irreparable, God says “everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.”  He didn’t say that everything that happens is good, did He?  He said all of it, the good and the bad, fits into a pattern for good.  How?  It’s like needlepoint embroidery.  If you look at the underside, it’s full of knots and frayed ends that don’t make sense or look good.  But, when you flip it over and see it from the top, there is beauty, design, and purpose!

You may be facing circumstances in your life like that today.  You may feel that, somehow, you missed God’s purpose for your life because of mistakes or failures in your life or others.  You can live with shame and blame, or you can choose to believe God’s promise in Romans 8:28.  I love the way Paul begins the promise, “We know…”  We know what?  “We know that to those who love God…”  Do you love God?  To those “…who are called according to His plan…” Are you called according to His plan or still clinging to your own plan?  “… everything that happens fits into a pattern for good.”

That’s a yes promise to you!  Speak the Amen (let it be) over that promise.  Then, what?

“Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ.  He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Cor. 1:21-22 (NIV)

Take that promise to the bank, believer! It’s a guarantee!

“You amaze me God – how You can take the problems and failures in my life and make them fit into a pattern for good.  You never give up on me even when I’ve given up on myself.  Through Christ today I say “Yes” to Your promises!  I don’t know how or when You will do it, but I know that You will.  Help me to stand firm in Christ and trust You for what is to come. I know it will be good because You are good!”