God Keeps His Promises

David CerulloBy David CerulloDecember 1, 20229 Minutes

This holiday season, I am praying for you to experience a wonderful breakthrough of God’s love as you celebrate the birth of His Son Jesus. Instead of feeling isolated or depressed, He wants you to draw closer to Him…to experience His amazing power and peace!

No matter what you may be going through, have confidence you can trust Him. He wants you to know that He is Immanuel, the God who will be with you through it all. The familiar Christmas story reveals so many wonderful truths about God and His love for us, but there is one simple truth that always stands out to me:

God always keeps His promises!

The Bible reveals the Lord as being utterly dependable and true to His Word…forever faithful to His covenant promises:

 God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).

You see, through the birth of Jesus at Christmas, God fulfilled His greatest promise of all – the promise to send a Savior to redeem humankind from our sins:

You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21).

Prophesies Fulfilled

Christmas is an incredible reminder that we can depend on God to faithfully carry out every promise He’s made to us. Just look at this small sampling of the Old Testament prophesies fulfilled by Jesus:

  • Adam and Eve were promised that a Savior would one day come and crush the serpent’s head (Genesis 3:15).
  • This promised Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14).
  • He would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).
  • He would be anointed by the Holy Spirit to perform miracles (Isaiah 35:4-6; 61:1-3).
  • He would be born of the lineage of Abraham and David (Genesis 22:18; Jeremiah 23:5).
  • His ministry would be preceded by a messenger to prepare His way (Isaiah 40:3).
  • He would be betrayed by a friend for 30 pieces of silver (Psalm 55:12-14; Zechariah 11:12).
  • He would be rejected by His own people and then wounded, bruised, and pierced as the sacrifice for our sins (Isaiah 53; Psalm 22:16).
  • He would rise from the dead and then ascend to the right hand of God in Heaven (Psalm 16:10; 68:18; 110:1).

In the final 24 hours of Jesus’ life, 29 specific Old Testament prophesies were fulfilled, and these amazing predictions came through several different people over the course of five centuries from 1000 to 500 BC.

Do you see how remarkable this is? Mathematicians have calculated that the odds of Jesus fulfilling only eight of the Messianic prophecies would be one out of 1017 (a one followed by 17 zeros). This is equivalent to covering the entire state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep, marking one of them, mixing it up with the others, and then having a blindfolded person select the marked coin at random!

God’s Track Record

Perhaps you’re thinking, That’s nice information, David. But what does it possibly have to do with the things I’m going through today?

Friend, this has everything to do with your life today! You see, if you want to determine someone’s reliability, you simply must look at their track record.

The same God who fulfilled His promises in intricate detail through the life of His Son, Jesus, will be faithful to fulfill every promise in His Word for YOU today!

Just as your Heavenly Father could look down through the centuries and foresee the details of Jesus’ life, nothing in your life is catching Him by surprise. All the promises in His Word are true for you (2 Corinthians 1:18-20), and He is able to work everything together for your good (Romans 8:28).

Your Best Christmas

So, what would it take to make this your best Christmas ever? What comes to mind when I ask you that? Perhaps you would respond, “David, I really need a financial breakthrough this Christmas. Nothing would make me happier than that.” I’m sure others would say, “I’m crying out to God to heal my body or restore my family.”

Whatever your most pressing need is right now, remember this: Christmas is a time of miracles, and the Lord can heal situations you may have been tempted to give up on. So, dear friend, if God visibly appeared to you and asked you what you need from Him this Christmas, what would you say?

Jesus’ Incredible Question

Throughout the Gospels, we see Jesus responding to people’s faith and persistence. One of my favorite stories is the account of how a blind man named Bartimaeus received his sight (Mark 10:46-52).

When he heard that Jesus was passing by, Bartimaeus began to call out, Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! (v. 47). People told him to be quiet, but Bartimaeus was desperate for a miracle, so he continued to cry out.  This is such a lesson for us. Too often, we let other people talk us out of our quest for a breakthrough from God. They sow doubt and discouragement, causing us to lose heart and give up. Yet Bartimaeus refused to be deterred. Hearing his passionate cries, Jesus called him forward and asked him one of the most incredible questions in history:

“What do you want Me to do for you?” (v. 51).

Do you see how stunning this is? The Creator of the universe was asking a man to request whatever he wanted. It’s as if Bartimaeus was being given a blank check, with instructions to fill in the blanks with whatever He needed the Master to do for him.

What Do You Need Today?

Of course, the blind man knew exactly what he wanted – he wanted to receive his sight. In all likelihood, that’s not your need today. But this Christmas I’m convinced Jesus would ask you the same question…

What do you want Me to do for YOU?

I encourage you to take a few minutes to ponder how you would answer this probing question. Do you need a healing in your body? A financial breakthrough? A restored relationship with your spouse or children? A new job?

The Bible says you don’t need to be anxious and stressed this holiday season. Instead, Let your requests be made known to God.” When you do this, you’re promised that the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

Whatever your need may be today, remember that you have a Heavenly Father who keeps His promises. I am praying this will be the best Christmas you’ve ever had, full of God’s peace, presence, and provision in your life!

Your friend and partner to reach the lost,