The ability to deliver on a promise is an important quality that leads to success in many categories of life. In the business world, a corporation’s ability to deliver on a promised product or service gives the company a competitive advantage and is critical to its profitability. However, due to any one of a number of reasons—mechanical failure in the production process, shipment delays or cancellations, human error, etc.—delivery on a product or service may be postponed or the order may go completely unfulfilled. Likewise, although individuals may be willing and have the best of intentions to deliver something, they may not always be able to make good on their word. This is never true with God. The Word of God is the will of God. In His Word, God has committed Himself to make good on all His promises to His people. What God has promised in His Word, He is always able and willing to make good on.
God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Men may not always have the ability and willingness to make good on their word, but God is not a man. Knowing that what God has promised in His written Word, He is able and willing to perform, we can always have confidence, trust, and believing that He will bring His promises to pass.
Before we can receive delivery on a company’s product or service, we must first check the company’s inventory to see if they offer that particular good or service. To request delivery on a product that is not in a company’s inventory would be fruitless. Likewise spiritually, before we can receive delivery on a promise of God, we must first check the inventory of God’s Word to see exactly what He has promised.
I John 5:14,15:
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
One of the first steps to taking delivery on a promise of God is that we ask according to His will. To request delivery on a promise of God that is not “in stock,” or “inventoried,” in His Word is fruitless. After finding a promise inventoried in God’s Word that meets our need, we can go to our heavenly Father with the utmost confidence and assurance that He will bring that promise to pass in our lives.
What God promises in His Word, He is able and willing to perform, and He will honor those promises and bring them to pass when we believe. In taking inventory of the promises in God’s wonderful Word, we find this promise in stock in Romans 8:37: “…in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” In the midst of all the challenges we are confronted with as we journey through life, our loving heavenly Father promises us that we are more than conquerors in every situation. Having established that this promise of God is in stock and ready for delivery, we place our order and begin the process of taking delivery on that promise. The way we take delivery on the promises of God is by our believing.
I John 5:4:
For whatsoever is born of God overcometh [conquers] the world: and this is the victory that overcometh [conquers] the world, even our faith [believing].
By our believing, we are more than conquerors in every situation, giving us the victory over the world! The law of believing is the greatest principle in all of life and the greatest law in the Word of God.
In the Bible, Abraham is called “the father of all them that believe” (Romans 4:11).
He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith [believing], giving glory to God;
And being fully persuaded that, what he [God] had promised, he [God] was able also to perform.
God promised Abraham he would have a son by his wife Sara. Being fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was able and willing to perform, Abraham took delivery on that promise by believing.
God is not a man that He should lie (Numbers 23:19). When we place our order for a promise of God inventoried in His Word, we take delivery on that promise by believing. We claim the victory that is ours and overcome the world, being fully persuaded that what God has promised in His Word, He is always able and willing to deliver.