I was once speaking at a church that had just built a state-of-the-art children’s facility and daycare center. As I toured the kitchen area and saw the large stoves, I noticed some giant propane tanks. I then learned that when the contractor built the facility, he’d forgotten to add the gas lines.
When it comes to God’s blessings, sometimes it can feel like there’s a pipeline missing between what we know of His good nature and our needs and desires.
Romans 8:32 says: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”
Question: Do you believe that “all things” actually means all things? Why, then, would God withhold guidance, material needs, healing, or peace if He did not withhold His very own Son from us?
In Psalm 119:68, we find another promise describing the nature of God: “You are good, and do good.”
Who God is by nature is not dispensational—meaning, part of His nature did not pass away with a certain era. Who God is, by nature, He always is.
Psalm 145:8–9 says: “The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy. The LORD is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.”
The Lord is gracious. He is full of compassion. He is great in mercy. He is slow to anger. The question then becomes: If God is obviously good—and He does not withhold—then what’s the missing pipeline? Why are we not experiencing the blessings?
Let’s look at 2 Peter 1:3–4,
“His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature….” (emphasis mine)
It’s through God’s promises that we’re made partakers of His divine nature—that nature being peace, abundance, healing, victory, guidance, protection, and every other facet of His goodness.
There was once a young lady from a solid Christian background who began attending the leadership college in our church, but she’d never studied the subject of healing. During my course on divine healing, she told me, “Pastor, when I got there that first night and started listening to you teach, I had never heard anything like that in my life. I thought to myself, ‘What in the world have I gotten myself into?’”
Every night after class, however, she would go home and cross-reference all the Scriptures that I had given, examining for herself the promises of God in their context. She did that week after week. This exercise was extremely meaningful, as she had recently been diagnosed with a tumor in her throat.
One night, she finally came to the conclusion that these promises were true and began to thank God for them. The very next day, on her way to church, she felt a tickling sensation in her throat. A moment later she coughed and out came the tumor into her hand! She had been miraculously healed. The moment she personally embraced the promises, God’s nature began to flow to the area of her need through ‘the pipeline of promise’.
What promise from God’s Word can act as a pipeline to your very need today?
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