Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #6: A Promise is a Promise
Holly Boston | Women’s Director
Have you ever broken your promise? Have you ever been on the receiving end of a broken promise? My father died when I was six months old. Years later, my single mom would send my sister (six years old) and me (4 years old) to the community pool to swim. This was obviously almost 50 years ago because no responsible parent would send two little kids alone. Every day we would play with this really nice man at the pool. We introduced Jim to our mom, and eventually, they married. I remember my dad putting me on his knee and telling us he wanted to be our dad and that we would be a family. Not many people can say they introduced their parents. In 1993, my dad broke his promise. After 30 years of marriage, he decided he no longer wanted to be married, I had no father, and my family was changed forever. Sadly, broken promises have become all too common. But there is One who never breaks His promise.
There is One who promises: “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5), to “supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19), and “equip you with everything good that you may do his will” (Hebrews 13:21). His truth tells us that “…all the promises of God find their Yes in him” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Simply put, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead; you are saved” (Romans 10:9). Bible Gateway declares that there are 5,467 promises in the Bible. I do not know if this is an accurate count, but as a believer, we have the privilege of claiming each one.
The most important promise is the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 1:13 says, “In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, And believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the Guarantee of our inheritance…” When we receive Christ, we become one of His, guaranteed a home in Heaven, and the Holy Spirit resides in us forever (John 10:28). The gift of the Holy Spirit makes us the recipient of all other promises through the work of the Spirit who is in us. He convicts us of sin (John 16:8), guides us into all truth (John 16:13), strengthens us in our weakness (Romans 8:26), and provide us with the power to live a righteous life (Romans 8:2). We have everything through Him.
Today, as I write this, it is October 31st. Two days ago, a lady in the Church said, “I got all my Christmas shopping done today.” This sent me into a tailspin, wondering what will I get family and friends and how will I afford Christmas this year. Now as I reread my devotion to make sure all the “i’s” are dotted and every “t” is crossed, I realize I already have the only gift they need. Let us determine to be led by the Holy Spirit and share His gift to all in our sphere of influence.
Jesus Christ + the Holy Spirit = God’s Promises