We are all God’s creation but not all His children. The promises in the Bible that comfort our souls and feed our spirits are for His children. We can claim the promises when we accept God’s Son as our Savior.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:16)
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the ]right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: (John 1:12 NKJV)
Some promises identify the recipients with phrases like “My children” and “My people,” and others imply they’re meant for God’s children. That’s why we must read the surrounding passages to know who the Lord was referring to when He made the promise. Yet, today, many claim these privileges without meeting the eligibility.
A friend of mine respects the Scriptures, even though she doesn’t think the Bible is the final authority over other spiritual teachings and that there are various ways to come to God other than through Jesus—but feels entitled to the promises. When facing difficult circumstances, she affirms, “Be still and know I Am God,” or in battle, she declares, “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”
Sometimes, it’s not a faith failure—but a power failure.
The Holy Spirit dropped this into my spirit: A person who claims My promises without accepting My Son is like admiring an unplugged lamp on a table. Without it being connected to electricity, it’s just a beautiful powerless lamp. The same is true about the Scriptures; they are aimlessly spoken when not connected to the power Source.
What can the world offer in place of promises like these?
- If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you (John 15:7).
- I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee (Hebrews 13:5 b).
- And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God and who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28).
The devil has deceived many into believing they can claim the benefits without accepting the Son; on the contrary, the promises are for God’s children.
Are you a child of God?
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