“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow” (James 1:17, NLT).
One morning while in prayer, God spoke to my heart, “I don’t make empty promises.”
In my childhood, Mom would sometimes put empty presents under the Christmas tree. We didn’t have a lot of money, and she was a single parent raising the three of us. These empty boxes were intermingled with a few real presents. They were “dummy gifts,” just there for decoration. They had all of the nice wrapping and bows, but they were empty. When I became older, God revealed to me that I approached His gifts and His promises with the same suspicion as I did as a little girl and those “dummy gifts”—asking within my heart where only He can hear, “Is this empty or is it real?”
I tell you the same thing He told me: “I don’t make empty promises.”
God is light and there is no darkness in Him at all. No shadiness or deception. What He has promised you, He will perform. Every gift He has given you and every promise He has made is designed to bring you joy. The gift of salvation, the gift of His Holy Spirit, the gift of healing and wholeness, and every spiritual gift and blessing you have been given in Christ is for your enjoyment. Oh, the riches of the inheritance you have in Christ! Nothing is an empty box. Nothing is in your life for mere decoration. It is full of God’s goodness!
And maybe you’re like me and you find yourself always saying, “I receive it” whenever God speaks, but I challenge you today to say rather, “I receive it and I will enjoy it. I receive financial breakthrough and I will enjoy it. I receive my healing by faith and I will enjoy it. I receive the victory I have been given through Jesus Christ and I will enjoy it. My Father in heaven doesn’t make empty promises to me.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for how You love me and for how You speak to me. Every gift You’ve given and every promise You have made, thank You that none of them are empty. They are full. They are real. I receive them by faith, and I will enjoy them. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Romans 8:32; 1 John 1:5; 2 Corinthians 1:20)