Activate God's Promises

Spiritual techniques and Bible verses to turn to when facing life's challenges.

By Elizabeth Peale Allen, Pawling, New York

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The Bible is filled with verses that promise you God’s help on life's journey. But it’s up to you to activate these promises. Here’s how:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask.
It’s what God wants you to do! “Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you” (Psalm 50:15). “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you” (John 15:7). Like Jesus himself, pray (always!) for God’s will: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14).

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2. Do what God leads you to do.
Prayer and faith must never be substitutes for action. The Savior who spent so much time praying also devoted himself to teaching and ministering to people’s needs. James 2:17 reminds us: “Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

3. Remember: You cannot harvest unless you first plant seeds.
The Message translates Galatians 6:7-8 to read: “Don’t be mislead. No one makes a fool of God. The person who plants foolishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds…But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, will harvest eternal life.” What seeds of goodness can you plant today?

4. Speak God’s promises and blessings into life.
Human words have immense power. “The tongue has the power of life and death” (Proverbs 18:21). Our words can bless or destroy. Claim God’s promises as your own (even inserting your name!) and speak them aloud. Here are a few to get you started:

  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).
  • “God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
  • It is God who “forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:3).

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