3 Keys to Activating God’s Promises in Your Life

There are hundreds—if not thousands—of promises in the Bible for believers. Here are just a few well-known promises:

God said, “I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5)

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” (Ps 37:4)

And 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” When God’s promises are fulfilled in our lives, it brings God glory!

But have you ever wondered why your life doesn’t always reflect these promises? How do believers activate God’s promises in their lives? Is there some secret or formula involved? Well, yes, there is, sort of…

#1 – Maintain a Soft Heart

In Hebrews chapter 3, the writer reminds us about the children of Israel after He brought them out of Egypt. He explains how their hearts were hard and rebellious, they tested God, their hearts always wandered from Him, and they didn’t know His ways (Hebrews 3:7-11).

These were supposed to be the people of God! But because of their choices and hearts, God said, “They shall not enter My rest” (Hebrews 3:11b). This meant that they would never enter the Promised Land.

The Promised Land was the huge promise that God gave the Israelites—a land of their own—their inheritance—because they were God’s special, chosen people. But they forfeited this promise of God because of their hardened hearts.

Even Jesus’s disciples dealt with hard hearts: Mark 6:52 says, “For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened.”

When we have hard hearts, we cannot understand God’s ways—it blinds us to what God is doing and saying.

Hebrews 3:7 urges us, “Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” We too must keep a soft heart that is willing and open to hearing God’s voice if we want to inherit the promises of God.

If we want the promises of God to manifest in our lives, we must guard ourselves from rebellious attitudes and be sure to maintain a submissive heart toward God.

#2 – Reject Unbelief

Hebrews 3:12-13 continues, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God … lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”

Sin deceives us so that truth seems like a lie, and lies seem like the truth.

Don’t let sin derail you. Unbelief and doubt set in leading to hardness of heart. That’s what happened to the Israelites: even though they saw God’s mighty works and wonders, they still allowed their hearts to doubt God and to grow calloused toward Him and His ways.

If we are living in unbelief, we cannot expect to see the promises of God in our lives. God’s promises are available to believers, not doubters! Hebrews 3:18-19 says, “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.”

Believing and obeying God are keys to unlocking His promises! Remember, God rewards FAITH, not unbelief!

Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

And this brings us to our final point.

#3 – Combine the Word (Promises) of God with Faith!

Hebrews 4:2 explains about the people of Israel, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

The children of God heard His word and promises, but they didn’t receive anything from God because they didn’t combine what they heard with faith. They never obtained what God promised them because they walked in unbelief instead of faith.

So what exactly is faith? Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Faith is believing

Faith is believing that you already have what you’re hoping for; it’s pulling God’s promises from the spirit realm into the physical realm.

God puts His promises out there for anyone. Who will receive His promises?

Those who believe in faith that God is Who He says He is and that He’ll do what He’s said He’ll do – no matter what the circumstances around them look like – they believe and obey anyway.

Finally, unbelief and hardness of heart often go hand-in-hand. Jesus rebuked the disciples in Mark 16:14: “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” The hardness of their hearts was directly connected to their unbelief.

We too must be careful not to allow our hearts to harden or to let unbelief creep in. God’s promises are available to us if we’ll just believe in faith, obey and keep our hearts soft toward Him.

~ By Jennell Houts

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  1. Reply
    Meeta Mukerjee says

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      Ruth Mutuku says

      Your comment
      very powerful summon

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      Jacklyn Jones says

      Very informative.

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      Geoffrey says


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      Randolph Franklin says

      Jesus is Lord! Than!

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    Jennifer Jonas says

    I am really blessed with your article. So inspiring. More inspiration and anointing. More of it will appreciated.

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    Ruth Mutuku says

    Your comment
    Your messages as touched
    me so much

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    Bobbie says

    How do you “believe”? Is it just a matter of “thinking” it so….or “imagining” it so? I know it’s a strange question, but I’m struggling with it.

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      cat says

      Hi Bobbie, I struggle with the same thing you are. Have you found the answer? Thanks!

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      katalin farago says

      Mark 9:23-25 “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” Your honesty isnt stupid, its wonderful. Try the movie, “Case for Christ.” Read a chapter from Paul everyday and apply what you read in your daily life once a day. If you have a problem ask google to throw up specific bible quotes about whatever issue you are facing like anxiety or whatever. Write down verses you like or need and keep it were you can see it. Simply tell God how you feel and ask him for help and advice, he will answer. And when you realize he answered you, you will be amazed and elated, just remember to say thank you. Go to him and he will come to you, God can be very active in a person’s life, he is not as invisible and out of reach as assumed by our secular culture. Dont pretend to be a “good” christian, speak to God honestly about your challenges, doubts, shortcomings. Many times I have been so distraught that I could barely utter a, “help jesus” I knew he would find me lost and stuck in the mud and that he would pull me out and he does, he always does. From these personal encounters time after time and studing the word your faith will grow big fat and indestructible.

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      Lucy says

      God kind of plants you with a knowing, like an inner knowing, when he wants to tell you or give you something, and you just know. It’s the evidence of things not seen, that he shows you that are real, true. Sometimes in dreams visions. Open visions. A word, a healing. So you just know, thats the belief, God confirms this. Always. Hope that helps

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        Francis Anzika mbinjikhane says

        Thanks for this article. Actually hardened heart can not receive anything from God. Such hearts can not see anything Good.
        Oh God create in me a soft heart.

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      Debbie says

      Hi Bobbie, believing involves so many things. Speak with you mouth and accept with your heart that you believe in him. Furthermore, when you believe in something, you do as is required of you. Same way, if you believe in God and his ways, next thing is to please him. Do his will.Walk in righteousness, obey him, do what he requires from you, walk in spirit and not in flesh, accept him that he is your Lord and savior, do what he loves. So question is what does the Lord require of you? How do you walk in spirit and not in flesh? Be blessed!

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      Bior says

      You believe by meditating on the word of God

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    pastor morgan naidoo says

    i am blessed by your message i am from south africa

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    David says

    I thank God for inspiring you to explaining this concept of faith in a totally different light. Joy filled my heart while reading through it. Thank you and may God bless you

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    Gregg Powers says

    the key is that a true faith produces obedience. that is the reason that the Israelites did not enter the promised land. they did have belief.

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    Lule jane says

    Am so reminded thanks for the explanation

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    Giovanna Parker says

    Thanks be to GOD that He never stops loving us, despite our faults, weaknesses and despite our own busy and sometimes distracting lives 🙁

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    Shanthi says

    Its good to believe…

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    LinkOn ademola says

    This message is true

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    Nathan T. L. Zeogar says

    I’m blessed with word of God, thanks so much for that

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    Chris Matthias says

    Amazing, I am really inspired after reading this article. Remain blessed.

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    Marion muku u says

    It’s good to receive inspiration word

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      Sophy W.Paul says

      What a wonderful sermon with an incredible message.Be blessed

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    Gazemba Mwala says

    Am touched by this ,learned more,and even got things to teach.Gods blessings to you

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    Kenneth Gray says

    I have asked, pleaded, begged God to help me. I wouldn’t do these things unless I believe in God and Jesus. I gave myself to God through Jesus 40+ years ago. I have asked God for help with everything that is keeping Him from me. Alas though, God has never helped me with anything. At least nothing I know about. Reading the Bible just makes things worse. I read and see everything that God isn’t doing. God promises to be here for us but never is. Matthew 7: 8 hasn’t proven God’s word is incorrect. I ask but don’t receive, I seek but never find, I knock and nothing opens. I just feel that if God makes a promise He should keep it regardless. Why is God completely ignoring me?

    Thanks and God bless you, in Jesus holy name, Amen.

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    Kenneth Gray says

    Sorry,…… Matthew 7: 8 has proven God’s word is incorrect.

    Sorry for the mix up. God bless you, in Jesus holy name, Amen.

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    Draughon says

    For me personally I have found that it is essential to confess sin and repent. Totally honest confession. Christians don’t rob banks but if we are resentful or fail to forgive then God patiently waits on us to confess our unloving ways to confess harboring grudges or feelings of jealousness etc etc. Hope this helps. Read Daniel’s prayer of confession and King David’s prayer of confession – Psalm 50 I think.

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    sharon says

    thanks for the word,am blessed receive it.

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