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.
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.
Oh the promises of God! How awesome that Almighty God would so graciously extend to us all that He has! What a life He intends for us! So, why aren’t we seeing His promises manifesting in our lives? Good question!
First of all, when God speaks, we should listen! He has said that all of His promises are for us and they’re always in the “yes” column! But, just because God has given, doesn’t mean we automatically receive. Receiving is not automatic.
Our problem is not with the Giver – God, but is with us – the receiver. Receiving anything from God is not automatic. Take salvation for example: God has given but not all receive because receiving is a choice and requires faith on our part. Faith activates the promises as we reach out and take hold on what God has already given.
Let’s use healing as another example. I Pet. 2:24 tells us that by the stripes of Jesus we were healed – past tense. This is a done deal. Healing has already been provided through the Lord Jesus but not everyone is healed – just look around!
It’s not God’s fault that people aren’t healed. He’s done His part so we’re the ones who have missed it somewhere on the receiving end.
Remember, faith activates the power of God and causes His promises to manifest in our lives: healing, deliverance, provision, protection, wholeness. etc. All of these have been provided for us but all are not walking in their inheritance.
We need to take God at His Word and take our places as sons and daughters of the Most High God. He loves us and wants us to partake of all He’s provided. That’s why He’s made every provision for us. He’s looking for those to whom He can show Himself strong (II Chronicles 16:9). Be one of those!
1 Peter 2:24 (KJV) 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) 9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.