God’s Yes & Your Amen!

by Rick

Yesterday I started a new series entitled, “God is faithful!”  I shared with you that Sunday, 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.  We looked at this verse yesterday.  Let’s go back to it again today and take a deeper look.

(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?  A few things.

1.  God’s part (the grace part) is always yes.

— God is faithful to perform every promise He has given us in His Word.  God is also faithful to perform every promise God has given us directly, specifically connected to our divine purpose. 

— Faith is not about us trying to convince God to do something for us.  Faith is what happens when God convinces us!  Faith is the state we arrive at when we are fully persuaded that what God has promised, He is able also to perform (Romans 4:21).  Not only is faith convinced that God can, but faith is convinced that God will.  That God’s promises are always “YES” in Him!

— When you are doing something God called you to do, or He is leading you to do, you don’t have to ask God to bless it.  At that point, since God is the one who is leading you to do it, you must believe that “it” (whatever you are being led to do) is already blessed.

— Many Christians come up with selfish desires in their own hearts.  They then ask God to give them what they came up with, and they call it “faith.”  The problem with this is that faith BEGINS where the will of God is known.  Until you know what God has promised, until you have discerned God’s will, the best you can do is hope and wish.  But it is not faith until you know what God said concerning it.  Once you hear from God on it, or once you know that what you are asking for is clearly in alignment with God’s will in His Word, then you don’t have to hope and wish anymore.  Faith adds substance to your hope (Heb 11:1).  That substance is God’s promise.  Once you have a promise from God, you must believe His Word.  All God’s promises come with a “YES” from Him.  You don’t have to wonder if God will do it.  God provides a “YES” with every promise.

— I feel like I need to provide some clarification.  Don’t confuse a misalignment with God’s timing to mean that God put a “NO” on His promise.  The text says that ALL of God’s promises come with a “YES” on them.  It’s just that the manifestation of God’s “YES” is tied to God’s timing.  God’s promises will not manifest in your life before the right time.  So it’s not that God gave you a “NO.”  If it is His will, tied to His promise, He has already provided a “YES.”  Just know that His “YES” is connected to His timing.  Frustration sets in when your watch of expectation is not in sync with God’s clock of manifestation.  

The text says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).  To live an effective life of faith, you must: 

— believe that God is, that He exists (Heb 11:6)

— believe He made plans for you before the world began

— believe those plans come with a litany of promises connected to them in order to bring them to pass

— believe that every promise from God has a “YES” on it

— believe that it is only a matter of time before you see what God said because God is faithful

— God can be trusted to do what He promised in your life!

2.  God is looking for an “AMEN” from you!

I gave you so much in the first point that I will have to deal with this second point fully tomorrow.  For today, I will give you just a few quick thoughts on this.

— For years, whenever I read 2 Corinthians 1:20 or sang a song about it, like, “All God’s promises are YES and AMEN,” I attributed the YES and the AMEN to God.  However, taking a closer look at the text, the YES is God’s part, and the AMEN is actually our part.  Let’s ready it again:

(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!

— When it comes to the promises of God, God has already provided a “YES” on every promise.  He did by His unearned grace.  His promises are free, unearned, unmerited, and undeserved.  What God is looking for from us is an “AMEN!”

— The word amen means: so be it.  When you say, “AMEN,” you are saying, “let it be so in my life.”  You are coming in agreement with whatever was spoken.

— God has given you many great and precious promises.  He has given you promises in His Word.  He has also given you promises directly that are connected to your specific purpose.  These promises already have a “YES” from God on them.  You don’t have to ask God whether or not He will do it.  Or whether or not it is His will.  If He spoke it, you must believe it.  When you question God, you doubt what He said.  He already said, “YES.”  What He is looking for now, from you, is an “AMEN!”

That’s enough for today.  

Before I give you the closing declaration of faith, I need you to do something.  I want you to take a moment to things about some of the things you are actively believing God for right now.  These are things you believe God has spoken to you.  These are things God has promised you, but they have not manifested yet, because the timing is not right.  Now that you are thinking about these things, now make the declaration.

Declaration of Faith:  

Father, Lord, You have put Your YES on these promises.  I don’t have to ask You for a YES.  Your YES is already provided.  Now You are looking for me to provide an AMEN!  I declare that I do!  You say YES, and I say AMEN.  This is how I live the life of faith!  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.

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