Tuesday, May 03, 2016

making the promises personal // a declaration

"The soul prospers when we are full of the Scriptures and of the grace of Christ." (Matthew Henry) 

today i am simply thankful for the promises in God's Word, and that they apply to me. i can read my bible and make each promise personal, because the God i serve is a personal God who desires a personal relationship with me. it is true - 

"I am loved by God and nothing, no height or depth, could separate me from that love. 

Because of God's sacrifice of love, I am no longer a slave but a son. I am at peace with God in every way. He broke the bars of my heavy yoke and I am in right standing with Him. Now my yoke is easy and light and I approach him boldly.

What the law couldn’t do, God did and because of that, I can’t be condemned! He has washed me clean and freed me from the laws of sin and death. It is not I who now live, but Christ who lives in me.

As the Spirit dwells within me, he directs my steps and fills my mind with life and peace that surpasses all understanding. I don't have a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind. As I walk, I know that I am far from oppression and fear won't come near me because God has given me hope as a firm and secure anchor for my soul.

By the stripes of Jesus, I have been redeemed from the curse of sin and all sickness. I am forgiven of my sins, kept safe from secret traps, healed of all diseases, and am protected from all harm and evil.

Because I seek God first, food, clothes, shelter, and everything I need are added to me. I am complete in Him and content in any situation I find myself because I, like Paul, know a secret: I can do anything through Christ who gives me strength.

Because I am submitted to God, the devil has to flee from me! Gods faithfulness is my shield. He is my glory, my strength, and the lifter of my head. He sets my feet on high places. his steadfast love preserves my spirit.

I won't fear what the night brings, or daytime assaults. Thousands can fall all around me, but it won't come near me. Even when I'm hard pressed I'm never crushed. The favor of God surrounds me like a shield and he is with me as he was with Moses.

His Word and His Spirit always comfort me. And in every weak moment the Spirit is helping me. By his light I walk through darkness. No weapon formed against me will work. I’m like a tree planted by rivers of water, everything I do prospers. His power is at work in me and he does immeasurably more for me than I even think to ask.

God goes before me making crooked places straight and opening doors that no man can shut. He busies himself with my every step.

I am precious to God. I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith, and overflowing with gratitude. He has made me the head and not the tail; He has set me above and not beneath. But I don’t just talk, I live an empowered Holy Spirit driven life, I have overcome and am much more than a conqueror.

I am God's person and he planned things a long time ago for me to do! For this reason, I break up with the past and run forward, like I'm after a prize. But really, I consider anything I might gain garbage compared to the great great worth of being loved by him and knowing Him.

And because I know Him, I will be strong and I will do great exploits."

-Declaration of God's Promises, Church Eleven32

It is not enough to have a Bible on the shelf—it is infinitely better to have its truths stored up within your soul. It is a good thing to carry your Testament in your pocket—it is far better to carry its message in your heart. ...There is no book that has so much power over us if we will but give ourselves up to it! (C.H. Spurgeon)