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)
A promise is a vow that someone will do what they say. In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul makes a clear statement that God does what He says. The promises of God are guaranteed because the Word says God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18). If God were to break His promises—if He were to break His Word, this world would destroy itself. This world is only held together by the power of God’s Word (Hebrews 1:3).
God’s Word is absolutely trustworthy. All His promises are true and faithful. He doesn’t say something in His Word and then means something different. If God has promised you something, He is faithful to do it.
David wrote in the Psalms that God magnifies His Word above His own name.
“I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name” (Psalms 138:2, NKJV).
The name of the Lord is all-powerful. At the name of Jesus, every knee will bow and every tongue shall confess He is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11). If God’s name is the name above all names and His Word is greater than His name, this gives us great assurance that the Word of God is absolutely true and the promises He has made are guaranteed (Psalms 19:7-13).
In 2 Corinthians 1:20, Paul spoke about the faithfulness of God’s promises because he had told the Corinthians he was coming back to see them, and he hadn’t yet returned. Paul didn’t want the Corinthians to believe that he didn’t keep his word. If the validity of Paul’s personal word was questionable, then what he had shared with them about Christ would also be questionable. Paul told the Corinthians that his word was as good as the Gospel he had preached to them. Whether we like it or not, people judge what we say by our integrity. What we do always speaks louder than what we say. If we lack personal integrity, we lose the respect of others. When we have integrity, we honor God. Our lives worship him.
Dear Father, you magnify your Word above your own name. We honor you when we believe in the truth of your Word and we allow your truth to transform our minds. We then live the truth of your Word. Our faith then makes a difference in our actions.
Your promises are yes and amen. They are guaranteed. You are faithful to live up to your Word. Lord, help us to live our lives with integrity—faithfully living up to the promises that we make. We want to glorify you in everything we do so that your revelation of grace is received in the lives of others.
When we know the truth of your Word, we believe everything is new in us. Holy Spirit, inspire us not to live on the edge of who we are in your grace. Take us deeper into your heart, and reveal yourself in us. When we believe in our hearts that in your death you gave us new life—when we take ownership of the new identity that you have given us—when we believe your finished work of grace is a finished work in us, we believe who you say we are in your Word. We believe we are reborn in your righteousness, and our vision changes. The perspective of what we naturally think then becomes your spiritual perspective.
The faith you have given us is the substance of what you have promised. It is evidence of what we haven’t seen. By faith, we envision your promises already fulfilled before we experience their fulfillment. We believe you are trustworthy so we believe what you promise is trustworthy. We know we shall receive what you promise because we believe.
Praise you, Jesus, for your grace! We are no longer in debt! We are free from the curse of the law! Praise you for your Resurrection life in us. Praise you for your promises. They are yes and amen, and they are ours. Open our spiritual eyes and ears and understanding. Holy Spirit, teach us to believe. We will rest in your promises. Our confidence is in you.
© 2022 Lynn Lacher