Obtaining promises

‘Who through faith…obtained promises.’ Hebrews 11:33

Suggested Further Reading: Matthew 7:7–11

There are three ways of ‘obtaining the promise.’ Many of them only need the
outstretched hand to grasp them; you may go with believing faith at once and
take the promise—‘Ask and ye shall receive.’ There are many of the promises so
readily attainable, that if you are in Christ you may see them fulfilled by
simply believing them. Believe them to be true, and you shall have what they
promise you. Some of God’s promises are like cheques; you present them at the
counter and the cash is given; you have but to take the promise stamped by
God’s own hand, signed and sealed, believe it to be God’s, and you shall have
the mercy now. This is true of a very large number of the promises. Of some
others I must give a second direction. You must not simply believe them, but
exercise importunate prayer about them. ‘Knock and it shall be opened.’ These
promises are not to be had for the mere believing. Of some kind of devils it
was said, ‘This kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.’ Of some sort of
promises it may be said, ‘This kind is not fulfilled but by prayer and
importunity.’ You must knock, and if the gate does not open you must knock
again, and continue so to do until God shall give the favour. You are certain
to have the blessing if you know how to wrestle with the angel, and declare
that you will not let him go unless he shall bestow it upon you. A third kind
of these promises is not even to be fulfilled by prayer or by faith alone; you
must obtain them by earnest seeking after them. ‘Seek and ye shall find.’
Where God has appended to the promise a something that is to be done,
diligently do it, and you shall obtain the blessing.

For meditation: God’s promises to us in Christ are all ‘Yes’ (2 Corinthians
1:20); he is not reluctant to fulfil the promises he has made. However, his
promises are also both ‘great and precious’ (2 Peter 1:4); they are not handed
to everybody on a plate, but reserved for those who value them enough to
approach God for them. We are to blame if we fail to ask or ask wrongly (James
1:5–8; 4:2–3).

Sermon no. 435 / 16 February (1862)  —   Charles Spurgeon

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