This life is difficult at best. It is as quick and fragile as a vapor that appears for a little while then vanishes away (James 4:14). Moses says, “The length of our days is seventy years or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow for they quickly pass, and we fly away” (Psalm 90:10). Jesus told his apostles that in this they would have trouble (John 16:33) and that the kingdom commitment will bring the blessing of persecution (Matt 5:11-12). Paul reminded Timothy that everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted (2 Tim 3:12).
So, we ask where is the victory, the power, and the deliverance we long for and need to live this life? Well, as the title states, everything we need we find in God’s promises:
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires (2 Pet 1:3–4 NIV).
God’s promises are the source of our faith (Rom 10:17) and they are what enable us to live a life pleasing to God (Heb 11:1, 6). Our faith is the victory that has overcome this world (1 John 5:4). Lord willing, I’d like to spend the next few articles looking at some of God’s promises that can change our thoughts, hearts, and lives in 2012 if we let them.
God tempts no man (James 1:13). God has not promised us that we will outgrow, outmaneuver, out-marry, or outsmart temptation. As long as we lived on this cursed earth, we will battle our own evil desire/lust that seeks to drag us away and entice us (James 4:14). This is where God’s promise helps us! When we are tempted to be unfaithful to God and His own will for our lives we must remember God’s precious promise to us in Christ Jesus. – No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it (1 Cor 10:13).
So, when we are tempted, instead of longing for a promise that is not ours, let us remember the one that belongs to us in Christ!