Many people misapply or even abuse the promises and statements of Scripture. Is there a problem with the promises or with our misapplication of them? Test yourself by answering the following seven questions.
- How much should be included when applying the statement, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13, NLT)? Everything?
- What should be included in the promise, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philipians 4:19)? What qualifies as a need?
- What did the apostle Paul have in mind when he wrote, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)? Any limits to this?
- What qualifies as a time of need in the promise: “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16)?
- What kind of cares or anxieties do you think the Apostle Peter meant when he wrote: “casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you”?
- What kind of wisdom was intended in the promise: “ If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5)?
- How should we apply the promise, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it” (I Corinthians 10:13)?
Can you think of specific ways that these promises might be misapplied?
See also: Does Proverbs promise too much?