Growing In Faith
Posted: January 15, 2022
Author: Kerry Lytle
Joshua 23:14, NASB
"Now behold, today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the Lord your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed.'"
"For as many as the promises of God are, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us." (2 Corinthians 1:20, NASB)
We all have food in the fridge that is way past its expiration date. Similarly, we have all been waiting for things in our lives that are way past their expiration date, so to speak. We have all felt at times like there is no hope, like the promises of God have expired. You may have prayed for a certain situation for a long time, and nothing seems to be changing. It’s past due.
Remember, Abraham and Sarah had to face this same problem. Hebrews 11:11 (BSB) says, “By faith Sarah, even though she was barren and beyond the proper age, was enabled to conceive a child, because she considered Him faithful who had promised.” The Bible says that Abraham was as good as dead. That’s sounds like his ability to have children had pretty much expired. Sarah had already gone through the change of life, but God had given her a promise! Her womb had expired, but God’s promises never expire! That’s great news. If you can believe, you can give birth to the promise too! Sarah considered God to be faithful, even though her physical body was barren. Her faith brought about a promise.
Just because a promise of God has not come to pass in your life doesn't mean it has expired. God knows the perfect timing to have His promises happen in your life. No matter how long it takes, we have to believe that God is faithful. We serve a miracle working God and nothing is impossible for Him!
God told Sarah at the “appointed time” she would conceive a child. At times we incorrectly assume there is a “due date” -a set time by which we think things should happen in our lives. When that due date passes and things haven't happened as we think they should have, we get discouraged and frustrated with God. We give God a due date instead of waiting for His appointed time! Our job is to simply believe. Don’t ever give up. God has an appointed time for everything in your life.
We can believe God, no matter how long it takes. We can choose to say the promises of God are "yes" and "Amen"! We can adjust our due date to His appointed time. Most of the time things won’t happen when or how we think they should. We think our time of blessing has expired, but, if we have faith, God will prove Himself faithful.
God made a covenant with the Jews that He never will break. And God has made a covenant with you and me that He will not break either. The Bible calls these promises “exceedingly great and precious” (2 Peter 1:4). For instance, God has promised that you never will be alone in life, even though sometimes you might feel like you are. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5, ESV)
God promises to get us through whatever we’re facing. This is for anytime in our life, and this promise doesn't get old or go bad. It is for always and anytime. God keeps his promises, and the promise God made to Abraham didn't have a shelf life. And God will keep His promises to us. God’s promises never expire. They have no expiration date.
You see, every promise of God has been fulfilled in Christ. That means we have access to every promise of God for our everyday lives. Anytime. No time limit. We can claim and stand on each and every one of the promises of God. We can rest in God’s promises every single day, having the assurance that they won't get old or His goodness won't run out.
Keep standing on the promises of God in faith, being certain that God always fulfills His promises. Not one of all the good promises of God has failed or got stale or ran out on us. Every promise is fulfilled. Trust God. God’s promises never expire.
God wants to astound you! Whatever it is that you are waiting for … don’t stop believing. Don’t lose heart or begin to doubt God. He is faithful, and He will bring it to pass. Remember, He has an appointed time. His promises never expire, even if the food in our fridge does….