Stand on God’s Promises
April 29, 2020Read Romans 12:2
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Why is it important to be “transformed by the renewal of your mind”?
Once you’ve begun to face your worries and confess them to God and another person, study the Bible to discover God’s precious promises that address those issues. His Word is indestructible and irresistible, enabling us to trust in the dark, even in the most uncertain places and trials.
That’s why it’s so important to renew your mind day by day with God’s Word (Romans 12:2) and look for specific truths to replace the faulty thoughts you previously have ruminated on. A truth like “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 hcsb) replaces the thought, I just can’t handle this situation. It’s too hard! Replace the thought that there’s nothing good ahead for you, that you’ve failed and life is over with the great promise in Jeremiah 29:11–13: “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. You will find me when you seek me, if you look for me in earnest” (tlb).
And when you feel like nobody cares about you, fill your heart with these verses: “How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand” (Psalm 139:17–18 niv).
Make a Peace Packet. A great way to integrate these truths into daily life in a practical way is to create a Peace Packet. It will help you apply truth to your life and will remind you we have a loving God who’ll be faithful to fulfill His promises. Whether your worries relate to your job, your child, your safety, or the future, God’s Word applies to you and your situation.
Here are some suggestions for making and using your own Peace Packet: (1) On a three-by-five-inch card, bright colored if you prefer, write out a verse that has encouraged you or speaks to your situation or worry. (2) Repeat the promise in your own words, telling God you are depending on Him. For example, “God, You said You would lift the fallen and those bent beneath their loads, that You are close to all who call on You sincerely (Psalm 145:14–21). Now I trust You to do this in my life.” (3) Put the cards in a small plastic storage bag to carry with you wherever you go.
When we pray the promises, we become filled with faith instead of fear and doubt. Pray
Lord, thank You for Your many promises. Help me to trust You and learn to stand confidently on Your Word. Amen.
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