God’s Promises Speak to Us – by Willie & Elaine Oliver

Every day we thank God for answered prayers: for life, for health, for safety. We are especially grateful for God’s protection on our many missionary journeys each year, as part of our ministry responsibilities for the church. It is easy to take for granted, that when we get on a plane, we’ll be getting off the plane at the right place and time. So, we intentionally thank God each time our plane arrives safely.

Ellen White states that: “Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend…Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him” (Steps to Christ, p. 93).

We see God’s promises in the Bible as talking back to us, even before we begin to speak to Him. It is as if God were anticipating our prayers and having an answer before we call.

The following are some of our favorite promises:

The last part of Matthew 28:20 states: “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” In short, God promises never to leave us. What an amazing assurance in a world that is often filled with transient and disposable relationships. We will never be alone.

In John 14:27 God tells us, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” This is incredibly good news in a world filled with fear of every kind. The word for peace in the Hebrew Bible is shalom, which means a sense of harmony, wellbeing, and prosperity. This notion suggests much more than simply the absence of aggression, but indicates unity and inclusiveness. In the New Testament, the word for peace is eirēnē, which is not just the absence of antagonism, trouble, and chaos, but also the reality of being safe and secure. We are always secure with Christ!

Last but not least, the promise in Philippians 4:19 assures us, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” What a powerful promise in our unpredictable and volatile world! Whether our need is for friendship, security, transportation, food, warmth, or a great marriage relationship, our God has promised to supply.

Yes, God’s promises talk to us daily! Our prayer this week is for each of you is to see your faith grow stronger as you trust God daily to keep His Word. Remember, His promises are there for you!

By Willie & Elaine Oliver, directors of Family Ministries for the world church.

Note: To view this week’s prayer requests, written by the Olivers, click here!

Practical Application: 

Are you in the midst of some family crisis or trial? Ministering to our family members, unfortunately, is often the most difficult and challenging work we will ever undertake. However, no matter the circumstances you face, nothing is hopeless, for we serve a great God.

This week, as you seek to allow God’s promises to speak to you, consider the following secret to family unity written in the book Adventist Home.

Ellen White writes, “The cause of division and discord in families and in the church is separation from Christ. To come near to Christ is to come near to one another. The secret of true unity in the church and in the family is not diplomacy, not management, not a superhuman effort to overcome difficulties—though there will be much of this to do—but union with Christ. Picture a large circle, from the edge of which are many lines all running to the center. The nearer these lines approach the center, the nearer they are to one another. Thus it is in the Christian life. The closer we come to Christ, the nearer we shall be to one another” (Adventist Home, p. 179).

Dear Heavenly Father, It’s all too easy to rest upon our own wisdom instead of Yours, to look to our strength, instead of Yours. Today we ask again that you’d help us stand upon Your Word and to claim the promises You’ve given us in Your Word. Most of all, we ask that You’d help us turn our focus on You rather than our problems, for we know that the closer we come to You, the closer we will come to each other, and as a result, we will experience greater unity in our family. Forgive us for drifting away! Help us to love You More. Help us to love our family members with Your unselfish Christlike love as well. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Promises to claim: I Cor. 13, Phil 4:19, Ps. 68:6, Duet. 30:6

 

 

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  • Seth

    Great message for family unity.

  • Sharon God’s child

    Amen may we truly hold on to God’s promises to us for they will not return void to Him but they will fulfil what they have been sent to do. Praise be to God for His faithfulness.

  • Yvette Dupuis-van Putten

    Amen.May we claim Christ promises laid out in His word and be made whole.

  • Phillippa

    I thank God for the Holy Spirit and how He works. Last week I was asked to conduct our Wednesday night prayer meeting. I prayed and asked The Holy Spirit for guidance and instruction. He led me to do a presentation on the promises of God. Amazingly, several devonitionals I received since I was asked, dealt with the promises of God. His leading continues to today’s devotional. I know that God is talking to me about having a stronger faith in His promises. I am truly blessed to understand the power of prayer and the awesome work of the Holy Spirit.I will apply several of his exceedingly precious promises to my life. Blessings to all. Happy Thanksgiving.

  • Nicolaus Ovidiu

    Pray for our church because we want to continue to bring the Word to the nearest villeages from us…thank you from Romania

  • Jeanette

    Please pray for widows/ widowers and divorced parents who are still raising families. Hardest job there is.

  • Jeannie Windels

    And please pray for the families who have children who have walked away fom God.

  • Caleb

    God has done it before and He will do it for us again. We have this great hope that He will make a way where there seems to be no way. I claim all the promises of God in His word and I have faith that He will surely make them come through at the appropriate time.

  • Letty Kaltonga

    Dear Willie & Elaine amazing promises to continue to build our relationships within our immediate families and extended ones as well. Family crises is everywhere and we know that it is one of the Gods institution that evil is targeting to be destroyed in every ways. Yet in all the midst of our family crises only God is our hope and inspiration to come this far by faith. He gives us Peace to keep us going no matter what. Oh God our help in ages past our hope for years to come, none other but You Oh God, we thank You for all that You have done for us and that You will always be with us no matter what comes our way. You never send us into a situation alone. God You go before us, You stand beside us, You walk behind us. What ever situation we have right now, we are confident because You our Great Father God in heaven You are with us in all. We love you in Your wonderful precious name through Jesus Christ our LORD we are offering this prayer. Amen

  • Martha Valley

    Thank God for the power of prayer. God is hearing and answering our prayers for our spouses and families. Let’s continue to pray for our leaders and the time they need to spend with their families. Give them a sense of balance so that they will recognize that their first missionary work is in their homes. May God grant parents the wisdom to train their children to build positive relationships with family members which in return will aid in preparation for relationships in marriage and for life.

    • Valerie Pryce

      Dear Sister Valley,
      What a beautiful, meaningful and timely reminder of the first missionary work of leaders to their families. In the hustle and bustle of life it is so easy to neglect families however, as we lift them up in prayer OUR loving father God will hear and answer our prayers. As we continue to pray for families and their relationships, May God grant us the wisdom to implement and instill true values that would impact our families and the world. God answers prayers.😀

  • Wojtek Janiuk

    Amen and Amen

  • Justina

    God is indeed our refuge strength and help. May God continue to chip away my unbelief until I am totally submissive to His will and direction for my life. I pray this pray in humble submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit in Jesus Name amen.