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How To Start Your Day With God’s Promises

Standing on the promises

That’s a phrase from a hymn I sang while growing up — and it’s a perfect description of living by faith.

So how can I start my day standing on the promises?

Feeling pretty good

This morning I prayed for God to meet me in the Word, and then spent time in Romans 5.

I was feeling good — with a great day before me and no major problems.

But feeling good does not mean I’m standing on God’s promises.

Feeling good might mean I’m just standing on circumstances.

So what was I standing on?

God showed me

I had moved into prayer — beginning with worship.

But I noticed that my worship was sputtering.  I was saying things I wasn’t feeling.

And it struck me that although I was feeling good — it was not about God.

And God showed me — I was standing on circumstances, not on His promises.

But only God’s promises are ROCK.  Circumstances are SHIFTING SAND.

Something had to be done.

So I switched gears and started praying over some promises —

For from days of old they have not heard or perceived by ear, nor has the eye seen a God besides you, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. (Isa 64:4)

I pondered how there is no other God like the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

That God acts in behalf of people — that He will do things for me as I wait on Him.

So throughout my day God is going to be working on my behalf — helping me, guiding me, strengthening me, satisfying me.

I’m leaning away from my circumstances …

The life that I now live, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me (Gal 2:20).

I thought about how Jesus loved me — and died on the Cross for me.

I saw that Jesus’ love is perfect, pure, flawless.

And that all day today He will love and care for me.

I’m leaning toward God’s promises.

In Your presence is fulness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forever.  (Psa 16:11)

I saw once again that God is my all-satisfying Treasure.

I saw that while pleasant circumstances are good — they are not-all satisfying.

Which means that all day long — no matter what happens — I have His infinite joy available to me.

I’ve got one foot on God’s promises.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always, having all sufficiency, in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.  (2Cor 9:8)

God promises to give me all the grace I need for whatever He calls me to do.

Whether it’s writing a blog post, managing finances, having meetings, making decisions — I will have more than enough grace for every task.

I’ve got both feet on God’s promises.

The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, and His compassions never fail, they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lam 3:22-23)

I’m sure I’ll face trials today.  But trials don’t mean God stopped loving me.  Trials are part of God’s love for me.

Trials are sent by God’s loving hand as a way to bring me even more of Himself.

Plus — He’ll give me all the wisdom, strength, and grace I need to be more than a conqueror through that trial.

I’m standing on God’s promises.

That’s better

Rock is better than shifting sand.

Sand shifts — circumstances change, problems arise, disappointments come.

But God’s promises never shift.  They are always ROCK.

So from now on I’m going to make sure I start every day —

Standing on the promises.

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10 Responses

  1. Paul Walton says:

    Steve,
    Thank you brother for this timely post, so often I’m standing on the shifting sand of circumstances, instead of the rock of God’s promises. Though I don’t verbally express in my prayers I hope for smooth sailing, with a sub-conscience desire for no trials to come my way.

    Somehow we think when we come to faith in Christ that the battle is over, when in truth it’s just beginning. And when I think about it, I was always in a war, only now instead of being God’s enemy, I’m joining forces with Him. Before my battle was against a Father who loved me, but now my battle is against my own flesh, the world, and Satan and all of his forces.

    The weapons of our warfare are mighty, but only if we know their power and potential. Reading over these promises reminds me that I’m not stationed at a post in the middle of no-where, hoping my commander hasn’t forgotten about me. He has in the past, and is now supplying everything I need to defeat our enemy, every request for supplies will be met without delay.

    Thanks brother for your friendship, and faithfulness to your flock.

  2. aty says:

    woke up empty and wondering if God keeps his promises.thanks for your post God spoke to calm my fears through it.

  3. Ash says:

    “Trials are sent by God’s loving hand as a way to bring me even more of Himself.”

    I want to believe this truth more!

  4. werner says:

    Dear Steve,

    We live in Dubai – so lots of shifting sands, desert and otherwise 🙂 I have been following your blog for a while, and enjoys all your posts. This message was specifically relevant – and will come back to it many times.

    Best regards,

    Werner

    • Steve Fuller says:

      Hi Werner,

      So glad this post blessed a brother in Dubai — that brings me great joy.

      And may the Lord continue to be your rock amidst shifting sands!

      In Christ,

      Steve Fuller

  5. Mpume says:

    I just started to read your post yesterday 18 June 2015 when I was feeling fearful and anxious for no apparent reason and I received God’s promises that we need not be fearful but we must have faith in HIM and what it means to have faith.
    I am now committed to use God’s promises to build my faith as I beleive God is expanding my territory and blessing me abundantly to be a blessing to others as I am moved by the ills in my country (SA) and want to contribute to removing some of them in prayer and action.

  6. Scott says:

    Thanks for the message. God is love and the promises/principals are the foundation to that love.

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