Have you ever cried out, "God help me!" Remember God knows all the troubles and problems that you face. His promises cover the entire range of our needs, troubles, and problems. He wants us to lay hold on these promises for help in every time of need. I don't know your problems, troubles, difficulties, and needs. But this I do know. You have a hundred percent coverage in God's promises as recorded in the Bible. They extend the needed help for every conceivable difficulty. They help when the outlook appears utterly hopeless.
These promises are as essential for Christian living, as food and drink are for physical life. Very few realize this. If believers understood this, they would appreciate them in every day living.
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Think about these four possibilities that the promises of God can do for you, written by a gifted writer in Ministry of Healing, p 122:
Our Source of Power
- "It is in these promises that Christ communicates to us His grace and power."
- "Received, assimilated, they are to be the strength of the character; the inspiration and sustenance of life."
- "Nothing else can have such healing power."
- "Nothing besides can impart the courage and the faith which give vital energy to the whole being."
Is there anything else within your reach that has such potential? What a tremendous loss people experience when they short change themselves by failing to lay hold on these promises!
Do you want faith to give vital energy to your entire being? Do you want healing power, and inspiration to really live? Become acquainted with the promises of God as recorded in the Bible.
—These promises are as essential for Christian living, as food and drink are for physical life.—
Then enter into fulfillment of them in your life. It is tragic that so many who profess to follow Christ are ignorant of the very promises, which would give them what they need most. Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
Activating God’s Help in Our Christian Lives
We certainly need to know what is offered to us in God’s promises. Also where to locate them. We will list some which need to be considered from four angles. For solving some of your problems. For supplying your spiritual needs. For power for Christian living. For attaining your deepest desires.
One scripture is quoted on each item. Additional references are listed in parentheses in some instances. Carefully consider them.
Forgiveness of all your sins and freedom from guilt:
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9. (Psalms 32:5,6; Isaiah 1:18; 1 John 1:7)
For being reconstructed spiritually, or born again, so you can live a new life of righteousness and obedience: “I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them: I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow My decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be My people, and I will be their God.” Ezekiel 11:19-20.
For peace of mind:
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
A remedy for loneliness and boredom:
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
When you are tormented with fears:
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.” Isaiah 12:2
For making the sinful past right in the sight of God:
“Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.” Romans 4:7-8
“Therefore, He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25
For guidance in perplexity:
“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:6
For every trying situation:
“My grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
For insecurity and frustration:
“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27
When you are weary:
“Come unto Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
When the load seems heavy:
“Cast all your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.” Psalms 55:22
When you face an unusually hard day:
“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They shall soar on wings like eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
For the indwelling of Jesus to make your life right:
“If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23
For being truly happy:
“I have told you this so that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
For the more abundant life:
“If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.” John 15:5
For needed help and strength:
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
When confused and upset:
“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isaiah 32:17 (John 14:1,26)
“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalms 31:24
For deliverance from distress and trouble:
“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress.” Psalms 107:13
For long-held grudges, ill-will, hate, and resentment against others:
“And when you stand praying if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
When worried about the outcome:
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28
For victory over sin:
“For every child of God can obey Him, Defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting Christ to help him.” 1 John 5:4
For living forever in happiness:
“Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” John 3:36
Holding God’s Hand in Our Time of Need
Praise God for such provision! What a helping hand they extend! They reveal how your God is reaching His strong and loving hand to grasp your weak and trembling hand.
“May God help us to gather up the jewels of His promises, and deck memory’s hall with the gems of His Word. We should be armed with the promises of God. Our souls should be barricaded with them. When Satan comes in with his darkness and seeks to fill up my soul with gloom I repeat some precious promise of God…As I do this the light of the glory of God fills my soul” Ellen G White, in the Review and Herald, March 11, 1890 (emphasis supplied).
When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Comforter will bring to your remembrance the appropriate promises for your comfort, and help. Keep your heart full of the promises of God. Then where will be no room for doubt, fear, frustration and discouragement to come in. Problems will be solved as the rising sun absorbs the darkness.
“Talk faith, live faith, and in the face of every discouragement plant yourselves on the promises of God.” (Ibid., May 6, 1890).
Why Aren’t We Finding God’s Help?
Every one of these promises is an invitation to use it in prayer for needed help in these respective situations. Of course they cannot help you unless you apply them by faith and prayer. The vast majority of church members never use these promises in prayer.
This reveals why they don’t enjoy a true Christian life. Those who are familiar with some of these promises use them only to a limited degree. This is why they come short of having the continuing help which they so urgently need.
Unlocking Heaven’s Storehouse
Prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse. But the right key does not give admittance unless you use it. You need to know how to insert it into the lock. Then do it. So it is with promise-based prayers for the sure answers.
Follow this four-step procedure, and it will bring results
- Find the promise of God in your Bible that offers what you need at that particular time.
- By the grace of God meet the condition in the promise. Do your part. One important factor is to believe with all your heart that God will do for you exactly what He says in this promise.
- Take this promise to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to do for you as specified in the promise.
- As you ask God to fulfill His promise, believe that He does it as that moment. Believe that you receive what you requested according to His promise. In some cases it may be a matter of believing that what He has promised will come to you when you need it. But in such cases you have the gift in His sure promise.
This is how to pray and be sure that you receive what you pray for. This kind of prayer can revolutionize your life for a better and happier experience. Apply it. Then you can ask God for peace, help, courage, strength, and victory, and always receive help. Why limp along in spiritual weakness when by applying God’s promises in prayer you may have your needs supplied to the full!
From the pamphlet “Help for every time of need” // A Voice of Prophecy Publication
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