Taking Hold of God’s Promises

In the midst of darkness, turmoil, and the storms of this life, we have a beacon to guide us safely to our destination: God’s promises to His people.

God has given us promises of well-being, strength, and victory — promises that give us direction on how to come out of many difficulties. Those who diligently search God’s Word, to seek out and take hold of His promises, are greatly encouraged.

Corrie ten Boom once said, “Let God’s promises shine on your problems.” God’s promises shine as a ‘light’ in the midst of darkness, and are given to us to help us solve our problems.

We all need to ‘take hold’ of the promises of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God].

But what does it mean to ‘take hold’ of Yahuwah’s promises?

First of all, it means to understand that Yahuwah’s promises are His Words of commitment to His people — committing Himself to do [or not do] something, for those who will trust Him and believe His written Word.

Yah’s promises are His commitments to His believing children to show Himself strong on their behalf:

For the eyes of Yahuwah [the LORD] run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him [fully committed to Him]. (2Chronicles 16:9a)

To take hold of Yah’s promises [His commitments] is to seize them as though they belong to us!

If we take Yah’s promises as our own possession, then we will guard them, and value them as our own treasure! We will often repeat them, proclaim them, say them out loud as a way of strengthening our grip on them! (Hebrews 10:23)

But, for His promises to be valid and effective, as the above verse indicates, we must be fully committed to following Yahuwah with a true and sincere heart.

When we make a sincere commitment to follow Yahuwah through His Son, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ], then we can be confident that the heavenly Father will, in turn, be sincerely committed to us!!

Great and Precious Promises

Yahuwah’s commitments — His promises — are deserving of our efforts to ‘take hold’ of them, because they are ‘exceedingly great and precious’:

Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Yahushua [Jesus] our Lord, According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him Who has called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Peter 1:2-4)

This Scripture passage teaches us that through Yah’s exceedingly great and precious promises we can become partakers of Messiah’s divine nature.

We first receive the seed of this divine nature when we become Born-Again through Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], who is the ‘Seed’ — the incorruptable Word planted within our heart.

Then, as we study and obey His written Words, praying, seeking Him diligently, the Seed begins to grow and take root within us. It is in this way, that we grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Saviour.

As we learn to apply [take hold of] Yahuwah’s promises to our lives, little by little, we will receive more of His divine nature, His character, into our own lives (2Timothy 1:7).

The heavenly Father encourages us that all His promises are available for all His children through Messiah:

For the Son of God, Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], whom we proclaimed among you, … was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him [Messiah]. That is why it is through Him [Messiah] that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. (2Corinthians 1:19-20)

As this passage reveals, if we are IN Messiah, through the New Birth, then we, as Believers in Messiah, can take hold of Yahuwah’s promises personally, and trust Him to fulfill His Word to us. What abundant love!

He Goes With Us

One of Yahuwah’s promises is His presence WITH us, wherever we go:

Do not fear; for I [Yahuwah Elohim – the LORD God] I am with you; be not dismayed; for I am your God. I will make you strong; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD your God], He it is that goes with you; He will not fail you, nor forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

This promise is repeated in several places throughout the Scriptures.

Yahuwah wants us to know, and take hold of this promise: that He is with us!

If we personally apply this promise to ourselves, then we will know His strength, His good courage, and the working of Father’s plans for our life. With His constant presence with us, with Him being on our side (Psalms 56:9), then we can be confident that Yah’s purposes for us will prevail: He will not fail us, nor forsake us!

Can you and I grasp the enormity of this promise? Can we firmly ‘take hold’ of this promise of His Word?

What would it be like to truly take possession of this promise of His constant presence with us?

It would be like having a unit of military soldiers assigned to us personally, to stand with us at all times, and to support us everywhere we go — to warn us of the many dangers along our path, and to guide us through times of darkness and uncertainty.

Who would not be confident with such a company of support?!?

The Word of God on Good Ground

Oh dear Thirsty Souls, may the truth of Yah’s promises take deep root into our heart and soul! May His Word be so rooted within us that we would be the ‘good ground’ — those who hear the Word of God, keep it, hold tightly to it, even through oppositions, and thus bring forth fruit:

But that [the Word of God] on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)

As this verse teaches, we need an honest and good heart to begin to ‘take hold’ of Yah’s Word. Only then can He begin to produce within us, the good fruit of righteousness — our works of obedience to His Words, after our New Birth (Philippians 1:9-11 and Proverbs 31:31).

If we are to mature in our faith, we must be of an honest and good heart, seeking to walk in the Light of God’s written WORD. We do this by praying for God’s mercy and grace to help us (John 14:13), and by learning for ourselves, and applying to ourselves, what Father has promised us in His Word.

And the promise – that He is with us wherever we go – is a promise that insures confidence and strength in the midst of difficulties and uncertainty.

The Angel of Yahuwah

This promise, that Yahuwah is with us, is repeated often and with different wording in other verses:

  • The angel of Yahuwah [the LORD] encamps round about them that fear Him, and delivers them. (Psalms 34:7)
  • For He [Yahuwah] shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. (Psalms 91:11)
  • And he [Elisha] answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Yahuwah [LORD], I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And Yahuwah opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2Kings 6:16 -17)
  • Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God has sent His angel, and has shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before Him, innocency was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt. (Daniel 6:21-22)
  • the angels … are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (Hebrews 1:13-14)
  • Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

These verses remind us that the promises of Yah’s strength and presence, along with His ministering angels, are for His children, for those who love and trust Him, for those who are walking in the Fear of the LORD.

And though we may go through sufferings and persecutions as Daniel did, as his three friends did (see Daniel 3); and though we may be rejected, or even killed because of our trust and devotion to Yahuwah and His Word — yet we will trust in Father’s plans and purposes, because He is with us!

We will take hold of His promise that He will be our guide, even unto death (Psalms 48:14 and 1Peter 3:14).

Trials, struggles, or tribulations will not separate us from Yahuwah’s love and His commitment to us. He will not forsake us in life or at death, or on the Day of Judgment because. . . “this is the will of Him that sent me [Yahushua Messiah], that every one which sees the Son, and believes on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

They Did Great Things

If we will think honestly about Father’s astonishing promises, then we would never refuse to follow Him whole-heartedly (Psalms 55:16)! He has made us to be more than conquerors through Messiah because of His great love for us!

“All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because . . . they believed that God would be with them.” — Hudson Taylor

Yahuwah has given unto us His exceedingly great and precious promises so that we, His beloved children, might be a partaker of His divine nature — a nature of courage, confidence, triumph, and joy!

So with Yah’s help, let us seek to understand and proclaim Father’s great promises, for this is the step toward possessing them!

Oh Abba Father, I thank You and praise You for Your great lovingkindness and mercies! Help me to always trust You, obey You, and truly believe, with all my heart, Your many promises, and most especially – that You are with me! In Messiah Yahushua’s name I pray. Amen.

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