A few weeks ago we started a series on the promises of God. However, the series was interrupted by our Thanks giving blog. We are now ready to return to the promises of God.
Let’s start by talking about why God gave us His promises. We can find the reason in Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
God wants us to trust Him with all our heart, so, what does that mean? Well, the Bible says the heart consist of three components – which are — our reason – our emotions – and our wills. Let’s talk about each component.
First, our reason. Our reason is our ability to think. God thinks, so He’s given us same ability. Obviously not at the same level He does, but nonetheless we do have the ability to think.
Second, our emotions This is our ability to feel things like love, anger, grief, happiness and so on. God feels emotions, and He gave us this ability as well.
And finally — our wills. This is our ability to make decisions. God makes decisions, and He has given us this ability too. Proverbs 3:5-6 says that God wants us to trust Him using these three components of our humanity.
However, God doesn’t want us to depend on them exclusively. Why would God say that? Because we are not infinite — we have limitations, so, God says seek His will in ALL THAT WE DO. That’s an all-inclusive command which covers everything. God says when we do that, He will show us the right way to go.
Now people often say, “I don’t know what God’s will is, so, how can I seek it?” Well, God’s will is knowable through His promises. All of God’s promises all use the same expression. God says, “I WILL” do something. That’s a clear expression of His will. It couldn’t be any clearer than that, and since there’s over 8000 promises, we have over 8000 expressions of His will.
Let’s look at one of His promises – the promise of the Holy Spirit in John 14:16-19.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live.”
This is one of God’s greatest promises. Why? Because first of all – The Holy Spirit is God. When Jesus said He was sending another advocate to take His place, the word, “another” means “another One just like me.” So, the Holy Spirit is an exact replacement of Jesus, and since Jesus is God, the Holy Spirit is also God.
Secondly, Jesus told the disciples that the Holy Spirit would reside within each one of them. That was a significant change, because Jesus was outside of them, but His replacement would be in them. And by the way — that promise was not only for the disciples, but for everybody who is a Christian. Paul confirmed that in Romans 8:11.
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”
Thirdly, the Holy Spirit provides power. That’s what Jesus promised just before He ascended into heaven. Let’s look at Luke 24:49.
“And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
OK, so that raises a question. What kind of power does the Holy Spirit provide?
We answer that question next week. See you then …