For the past couple of months, I have been teaching you a series entitled “Destiny’s Child – You Are Not a Mistake!” The point of the series was to drive home the fact that God established your purpose before you were born, God sent you to this planet at just the right time to accomplish His purpose, and God is tirelessly committed to His plans for your life. That being the case, today we start a new series entitled, “God is faithful!” If you believe everything I just said, you must also believe that greater is coming for you!
Yesterday, while I was in church, the worship team sang “Yes and Amen” by Bethel music. Here are some of the lyrics that I kept meditating on from that song:
Faithful, You are
Faithful, forever, You will be
Faithful, You are
All Your promises are Yes and Amen
All Your promises are Yes and Amen
The song is based on 2 Corinthians 1:20. Let’s take a look at this verse from two translations.
(2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV)
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God
(2 Corinthians 1:20 TPT)
For all of God’s promises find their “yes” of fulfillment in him. And as his “yes” and our “amen” ascend to God, we bring him glory!
So what does this mean for you today? I will take my time in this series to drive home the faithfulness of God. Here are a few quick thoughts to lay the foundation for the series.
1. God is faithful.
During the church service yesterday, while this song (“Yes and Amen” by Bethel music) was being ministered, I just kept thinking about the faithfulness of God towards me. I was on my knees in worship, holding back tears, thinking about God’s goodness and His commitment to me. God loved me before I had anything to do with Him, He was working in and through my life before I ever acknowledged Him, and while I have not been perfect during my walk with Him, He has never wavered in His commitment towards me.
Before I gave my life to Christ, God shielded and protected me from all sorts of danger in the streets of East New York, Brooklyn. After I was Born-Again, I asked God why He did it. I was not honoring Him. I was not worshipping Him. I had not truly made Him the Lord of my life. I wanted to know why God would be good to me when I was not good to Him. He told me several things. First, He was honoring the prayers of my mother and grandmother. He was faithful to what He had spoken to them concerning me. Second, and most importantly, He was honoring the plans He established for me before the world began. He made it clear to me that He sent me to this planet for a reason, and He is tirelessly committed to helping me bring those plans to pass. While God will never force me to perform His will, He will do all He can to get me to WANT to submit to His plans. He has made it clear, and He will continue to make it clear to me that I am not a mistake and that His plans are waiting for me. In other words, my calling is calling me!
I have been walking with God in earnest for over 26 years now. I cannot tell you how many times God has been faithful to His promises. Yesterday, while I was on my knees, in worship, I thought about several moments in my walk with God. While worship was going on, it was like the Holy Spirit was playing situation after situation upon the canvas of my mind, where God has been faithful to me over the years. I can’t think of a single time when God promised me something and He then turned his back on His promise.
I can give you scripture to explain the faithfulness of God (and I will), but for this morning I just want to share my heart. I want you to know that God is and will always be faithful to you and to the plans He made for you before the world began.
2. God is faithful to what He planned to do in and through your life.
We just spent months studying the fact that God made plans for you before the world began. If God were unfaithful, untrustworthy, and unreliable, then those plans would not mean much. Why would it matter that there is a God who made plans for you if that God could not be counted on to bring those plans to pass? Thankfully, for us, our God can be counted on. He is completely trustworthy. He is reliable and faithful. If He said it, He will perform it. If He declared it, He will make His Word good (Numbers 23:19).
Another song we sing in church says, “God has never failed me yet!” When I sing it, I drop the word “yet.” There is no need for me to add the word “yet” to that sentence because I know God will never fail me. God will never leave me, forsake me, fail me, or turn His back on me. Even when I am not faithful towards Him, He remains faithful towards me. God is more committed to me than I am to myself. God’s commitment towards me, His unfailing love, His relentless mercy, and His overwhelming grace enable me to rest in His promises.
It’s one thing to know that God made plans for me before the world began. It’s another to believe that every promise will come to pass before I die. I believe that with my whole heart. The only person who can stop the promises of God is me. God’s grace has already been provided. God has done His part. God is looking for me to provide the faith now. When I do, my faith taps into God’s grace, and I get to experience His best on this planet. When I don’t, and I rely on my human ability alone, I reap whatever I sow, and I live beneath God’s best. Don’t let that be you. Enter into God’s rest. Believe in God’s promises. Open your heart to His plans for your life. Once you do, and you have the audacity to launch out, in faith, to attempt what God put in your heart, you will experience God’s faithfulness. He will do, though you, what you could never do without Him. He will give you the words. He will perform the work. He will manifest his glory in, with, and through your life. He will do it by His grace. He will do it for His glory. And He will do it all because He is committed to the plans He made for you before the world began. Our God is a faithful God!
That’s enough for today.
Declaration of Faith:
Father, this is a season of LEVELING UP for me. I LEVEL UP by believing what You believe about me. All I want is what You want for me. All I desire is what You desire for me, what You planned before the world began. I cooperate with You, so You are free to operate in, with, and through me. I provide the faith, and I know You have already provided the grace. Living this way, I am convinced that You will be faithful to every promise You have spoken over my life. You will do what You said You would do. This is how I know GREATER IS COMING FOR ME! I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!
This is Today’s Word! Apply it and Prosper.