|“But as God is faithful, our word to you was not Yes
and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us –
by me, Silvanus, and Timothy – was not Yes and No, But in Him was Yes. For the
promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
II Corinthians 1:18-20
This dynamic passage gives to us who have believed in Jesus Christ a profound truth that we need. It is a truth that will
destroy disappointment and discouragement that can arise in us when we do not see God’s biblical promises happen for
us. Many Christians become disappointed with God and with His word because they cannot seem to get His promises to
work for them. Let’s establish one thing before we get too far in this study, and that is: God is faithful and the Word of God
is true. Let us never question these two truths. To do so will undermine any hopes of ever experiencing His promised
Read and meditate on our text verse above. Essentially, Paul the Apostle is addressing the problem in the Corinthian
church of the saints feeling like his word was uncertain to them. He was trying to establish confidence in them, not only
toward him as their spiritual father, but also toward God who called him and gave him as a gift to them. His primary goal in
this particular passage is to do as all good ministers attempt to do, and that is to develop in the people of God an absolute
confidence in them toward God and His Word. That is what must happen in you.
You are probably like most of us in that there is something in your life you have been believing for and have yet to see it
manifest. It may be a financial breakthrough, a physical healing, that spouse for whom you have asked God, or the
salvation of a loved one. You have petitioned God and tried your best to believe, but you just can’t seem to get there from
here. Do not despair because help is on the way for you! That help is in the form of truth. Knowledge of truth sets you
free. (John 8:32)
Before you can see the breakthrough you desire, one thing must happen within you – you must settle the issue of God’s
faithfulness. No matter what you have experienced in the past or what others have told you about God or even what you
have been taught in church, this issue is something you must personally settle. When you do, you have taken the first
step toward your miracle.
The biggest obstacle you face right now is not the devil or the odds that seemingly are stacked against you for the
miracle; your greatest and most powerful enemy is carnal thinking. Carnal (earthly) thinking is literally thinking like the
world. Spiritual thinking is thinking like God thinks. I wonder which of these will get the results you desire?
Look at what Paul writes in Romans 12:2 “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
What does he focus our attention on in this verse? Is it not our thinking? Apparently the way we think makes the
difference in whether or not we see the perfect will of God done in our life, just as the verse states. Therefore, it
behooves us to change the way we think.
Carnal thinking says, “Oh well, that’s just my luck, I’ll never see God answer my prayer!” or it may say, “Good things
happen to everyone else; I never have seen a miracle in my life.” You are conditioned to think this way by being in the
world and by being influenced to think like the world. This must change if you are to experience the will of God, which is
the manifestation of His promises.
Here is what you must do. First of all, clearly identify what you need from God. Be specific. Write it down in the form of a
petition prayer. This sets the goal you are trying to gain. Next, find Scripture verses that promise you what you have
written down as your goal. May I recommend at least four or five. Write these promises down on a single sheet of paper;
make copies of this page and place one in your Bible, one on your nightstand, one in your car, and one at your workplace.
What you are doing is arming yourself with the power to change your mind.
The Word of God is powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) Each time you declare one of those promises, you literally engage the
awesome power of Almighty God! He has said that whatever He speaks will do exactly what He intended for it do
accomplish! (Isaiah 55:11) Each time you hear yourself declare the truth of God’s Word, something happens inside of you –
you become conformed to what you say. As this happens, faith increases. (Romans 10:17) With each anointed word you
speak, your mind becomes a little more like God. You are casting off doubt and unbelief in the process. His words that
flow out of your mouth are going out to do His perfect will, which is to give you what you desire. Be diligent to continue
until you see the miracle. I promise you will experience that miracle from God! (Galatians 6:9) I rejoice with you ahead of
time over your miracle! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!