How many times have you checked the expiration date on a food item and found that it had expired and had to be thrown out? One of the first things I check before purchasing a food item is to check the expiration date. That way I have some idea regarding how quickly I must use it. Most likely, you do the same thing. Why is that?
Of course, we know the answer to that question—we don’t want to waste our money on something that will only last a few days, unless we plan to use it quickly.
But, did you ever think about God’s promises in that way? There are no expiration dates on His promises, as some would have you think. God’s promises are always yes and His Word is forever settled in Heaven. Sounds like “no expiration date” to me!
Now, let’s go to His Word and check this out for ourselves.
2 Corinthians 1:20 (KJV) 20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV) 3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
There are those who would have you believe that healings and miracles have passed away, but as you can see, that’s not true. Everything we’ll ever need has already been given to us by Almighty God. He couldn’t give us anymore because He’s already given us everything!
All means all and forever means forever! That should settle the matter. So…what’s the problem? If everything’s been given and all God’s promises are still viable today, why aren’t we seeing more healings and miracles in our lives? I think I can shed some light on this.
Remember, faith is the only way to please God and without faith, you cannot access His promises. Everything in the Kingdom of God works by faith.
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
When you make a quality decision to believe God’s Word by faith and continue in it, you can rightfully access all the promises and expect to receive the results.
John 15:5,7 (KJV) 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
There are some conditions upon which we receive the promises. The problem is not with the giving because God’s already given. The problem lies in the receiving of them. Jesus said that you have to abide in Him and His Word has to abide in you. Then, when you ask something of the Father, He will give it to you because you will be asking according to the Word that’s in you. You can’t request anything of God that’s outside His Word or that contradicts His Word. But, why would you? Everything outside His Word is where the devil is reigning and that’s all evil, destructive, and deadly.
So, there you have it. Get God’s Word into your heart by confession, meditation, and doing it. Let it develop in you and then when you get filled up, it will come out with power and manifestation of the things you want.