Faith in the Promises
Each morning is a time of meditation and contemplation that results in a plan for the day and some thoughts that are expressed in this blog. As I have already expressed in the first blogs of the New Year there is a plan that God has for the world. That plan has been fully revealed in God’s Son, Jesus Christ. We have been called to continue to carry out that plan. In order to make that possible the Father and Jesus together have sent the Holy Spirit into the world to empower believers. These things have been done. All of the writing subsequent to these things being done indicate strong agreement in the fact that our task now is to continue to be witnesses to these events and the result of these events in our lives.
There are two kinds of promises from God. The first kind is what we read in Scripture spoken by the writers inspired by the Holy Spirit. Some of these are promises about Israel that we have the authority to apply personally to our lives because we are Abraham’s children by faith. Other promises have been quoted by writers in the New Testament and have been specifically applied to believers in Jesus Christ. Other promises have been specifically fulfilled by the life of Jesus as He lived out the promises.
The second kind of promise is the specific promise that the Holy Spirit enlightens for your life. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring to our minds and hearts all that Jesus taught us. This is very, very specific. We are not speaking of general inspiration but of actions directed by the Holy Spirit for you to carry out. I believe that we can all agree that Jesus was directed in His life and ministry by the Holy Spirit. As we read the gospel accounts there are reports of healing, deliverance, raising the dead, teaching, preaching and many other actions of Jesus that amaze and fascinate us. Furthermore, Jesus also empowered his followers to go out and heal, deliver, and preach in His name with amazing results. The bottom line of how this all came about was that Jesus believed the promises that He read in the Scriptures. He read the promises, believed the promises, and applied what the Holy Spirit inspired for His life on a day to day basis. He did what He has asked us to do. He waited until He was filled with the Holy Spirit; spent time in contemplating what His relationship was with God [Specifically: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Luke 2: 22)]; and came out of that time of contemplation empowered by the Holy Spirit.
I believe that the central promise for us is expressed by John: “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God--. . .” (John 1: 12) We have been given the right, the authority, and the power to become children of God. This promise is detailed for us in Scripture and the Holy Spirit will apply what that promise means for each of us.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (John 14: 13, 14 NIV)
There are no limits to these promises. There is no limit to the power of the Holy Spirit working in our lives. The key to all of this to be enacted in your life is faith. We will have whatever we believe God will supply. The plan of God is that Jesus is the first of many brothers and sisters living and acting fully just like Jesus.