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Are you a promise keeper or a promise receiver?

Let me ask you a question: How can you grow spiritually in your relationship with God and enjoy all the things He’s given you without stress and strain? It is critical to have the right answer to this question because there are two answers to this question. One makes you feel inadequate and guilty and the other makes you feel alive, awesome and significant.

Find out now what the two answers are to how you can walk in fullness of identity and inheritance. The answer to walk in fullness of all that Christ has done and given to you is found in understanding that you are to be a promise-receiver and not a promise-keeper. We’re never told in the New Testament to promise anything to God. It’s not there.

The Bible is, however, full of promises that God has made to us. That’s the part of grace that people find so hard to accept - it’s one-sided. How are the roles divided? Here it is: God gives and we receive. We have nothing to offer in return nor is there anything He wants or needs from us. Our only role is to receive all He has promised, but even that doesn’t come from our own effort.

The truth of the matter is this: God has already fulfilled every promise He has made to us! He has done it in Christ. Paul said that the promises of God are all “Yes!” in Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” The promises of God are all “Yes!” in Christ. That means He is the embodiment of God’s promises. God’s promises to us have been already fulfilled in Jesus!

What’s our part now?

Paul says it is simply to say “Amen!” How much work is that? Through the life of Jesus Christ in us, we experience the realization of God’s fulfilled promises as we trust Christ every moment. So Christ is the embodiment of God's promises. And where does Christ live? In you! You need to realize that you cannot keep your promises. Only Jesus Christ can successfully keep promises and live the perfect life. He lives in you and wants to reveal His promises and perfect life through you.

God doesn't want you to stand on your promises to Him, but on His promises to you. So before we can be effective promise-keepers we must be promise-receivers. To try to be first a promise-keeper, before being a promise-receiver is to live a life of frustration and condemnation.... Because if you believe your grace walk is based on your promises to God rather than His promises to you, you're putting yourself under the death-dealing system of the law.

Let God down and you will need to make new promises and work harder to keep them. Where is the peace and security in this? There is none. The moment you rely on your promise-keeping you've set yourself up to experience guilt and condemnation. You might start out “strong” but sooner than later you'll fail in keeping your promises leaving you with a nagging sense of condemnation. And you know that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ (Rom. 8:1).

Grace and peace be multiplied to you!

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