Echoes From the Campfire

How much better I am for what has come to me!  I’ll let the future take care of itself.  Whatever falls, I’ll be ready.”
              –Zane Grey  (Riders of the Purple Sage)

    “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
              –2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)
We sang this old hymn in church on Sunday.  It’s a good one for any time, but especially in these troublesome times.  One can always stand on the Word of God.  God’s promises are sure, they are solid and they do not waver.  However, I will say that promises carry with them commands.  Never say that God didn’t fulfill His promise; most likely you did not fulfill its command.  Let’s take a moment to ponder the powerful, inspiring words of R. Kelso Carter.

         “Standing on the promises of Christ my King,
         Thro’ eternal ages let His praises ring;
         Glory in the highest I will shout and sing,
         Standing on the promises of God.”

You can trust God!  You can trust Him no matter the situation.  Therefore, you can stand upon His promises.  I will not argue the theology of “rhema” and “logos”, but although all the promises are there for us, there are times when the Holy Spirit will direct you to a particular promise.  You can be sure it will come to pass.  I know that some have “life verses,” and I’m not opposed to them, but I have found that the Holy Spirit has directed me to certain verses at different times in my life, or even to study certain books.  The key, no matter the situation, is that God will fulfill His Word.

         “Standing on the promises that cannot fail,
          When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
          By the living Word of God I shall prevail,
          Standing on the promises of God.”

It is important to realize that the promises of God are for believers.  I might add that there are some exceptions, most of those dealing with judgment pertain to all people, but the promises of guidance, protection, security, heaven…are for those who are born again.  When you hear people scoff and mock it is because they have not experienced the new birth.  The first promise we have upon accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior is that of eternal life.

         “Standing on the promises I now can see
          Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
          Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,
          Standing on the promises of God.

There are many promises in the Word of God.  Seek them, study them, learn them, lean upon them, claim them for they are yours as a child of God.  It is by knowing God’s Word that we can overcome the world and the evil one.  It is standing upon the truth of God’s Word that we have victory–daily.

         “Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,
          Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,
          Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,
          Standing on the promises of God.”

So in these times of worry and fret, push them aside and rest secure in the promises of God.  When the storms howl and threaten to destroy, stand firm in the promises of God.  When the time of sorrow comes to the family take comfort in the promises of God.  When life in all its forms rears its ugly head in your direction and after having done all continue to stand–stand on the promises of God.

         “Standing on the promises I cannot fall,
          List’ning ev’ry moment to the Spirit’s call,
          Resting in my Saviour as my all in all,
          I’m standing on the promises of God.

                        Standing, standing,
                        Standing on the promises of God my Saviour;
                        Standing, standing,
                        I’m standing on the promises of God.”