Well, I always have plenty to say, but I thought as we close this year and head into the new one, I’d say less and let God say more. His words are more important and reliable anyway. So instead of giving you my list of resolutions, I thought I’d share just a short list of His promises for you and your family instead. He is anxious to see them fulfilled in your life, but
There is a catch: You have to claim them.
It’s true God’s promises are real and powerful, but they do typically require our faith and cooperation. Think of it like this. If you receive a paycheck for services or goods, that check is a promise, but unless it is cashed in, unless it is claimed, it is useless. You can stare at it all day and it will not put food on your table or clothes on your back until you deposit it or cash it in.
God’s promises are likewise. They do not automatically come to pass. You must receive them as truth in your heart and take them to Him in faith and claim, “Lord, you’ve said this and I believe it”. Then Oh! what miracles take place when we pray God’s word with expectancy over our children and our homes! And let me add, whatever faith you have to believe them is all the faith you need. He will meet you where you are and grow your own faith through His faithfulness.
So, here are just a few of the many promises of God. I keep a journal of them so I can find the ones I need when my heart is anxious and I don’t know what to do. Perhaps you’d like to write down those that speak to you most and do the same. I promise you this. As you learn God’s heart for your family and speak His promises over them, your own heart will find more rest.
God Bless you and yours in 2015!
Promises of Provision:
“…those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” Isaiah 34:9-10
“And my God shall supply all your need…” Philippians 4:19
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” Matthew 6:31-32
Promises of Salvation and Deliverance:
“…the children of the godly will go free.” Proverbs 11:21 NLT
“For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children.” Isaiah 49:25
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household.” Acts 16:31 NLT
Promises of Blessings:
“I will pour My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.” Isaiah 44:3
“The generation of the upright will be blessed.” Psalm 112:2
Promises of Protection:
“In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.” Proverbs 14:26
“The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.” Psalm 121:8
Psalm 91–the whole chapter! My go-to chapter for all that frightens me concerning my children.
Promises for Guidance:
“You will guide me with Your counsel…” Psalm 73:24
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
“Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ ” Isaiah 30:21
Promises for Wisdom:
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5
“For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;” Proverbs 2:6
Promises of a Plan and Purpose:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11
“The Lord will work out his plans for my life.” Psalm 138:8 NLT
More Promises You Can Count On:
“I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace.” Isaiah 53:13
“He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ ” Hebrews 13:5
“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23