April 16, 2024

Seven Keys to the Power of Promise

Delbert W. Baker

Practically speaking, in understanding the interplay between divine assurance and personal responsibility, Christians discover spiritual power in embracing the principles encapsulated in the acrostic PROMISE.


At the core of Christian living is the unalterable belief in God’s providence or guidance. Proverbs 16:9 beautifully captures this, affirming that while we may plan our course, it is the Lord who establishes our steps. In Steps to Christ Ellen White emphasizes the importance of relying on God’s providence, asserting that it directs our paths with wisdom and purpose.


The Christian journey is fraught with trials, yet resilience empowers believers to endure and emerge stronger. The biblical account of Job exemplifies resilience in the face of adversity, echoed by James 1:12, which promises a crown of life to those who persevere. Resilience, then, is not mere survival but thriving amid challenges, shaping character, and deepening faith amid trials.


The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 underscores the importance of recognizing and seizing opportunities. In Christ’s Object Lessons Ellen White highlights the joy in using and developing our talents for others and God’s kingdom.2 Recognizing and embracing opportunities aligns with the Christian’s call to be faithful stewards, witnesses, and active participants in God’s plan.


My motivation to love is fueled by the love of Christ, my secure salvation in Christ’s righteousness, and my determined desire to follow His example. Colossians 3:23 encapsulates this principle, urging believers to work for the Lord with all their hearts. Motivation, derived from genuine love for God and others, transforms tasks into meaningful acts of service.


Prayer and Bible study is crucial for navigating life’s complexities. Proverbs 3:5, 6 advises trusting in the Lord and not solely on human understanding. This is possible only through gaining insight through prayer and biblical wisdom to come into alignment with God’s will.


Recognizing one’s purpose and significance is grounded in the belief that each person is uniquely created in God’s image (Gen. 1:27). We are assured, “Not more surely is the place prepared for us in the heavenly mansions than is the special place designated on earth where we are to work for God.”3 Understanding one’s significance empowers Christians to live purposefully and to participate joyfully in character development.


An eternal perspective offers hope beyond transient trials. Second Corinthians 4:17, 18 reassures believers that momentary troubles lead to eternal glory. This ever-present perspective provides comfort, strength, and resilience, encouraging believers to focus on ultimate heavenly treasures beyond earthly possessions.

This acrostic serves as a blueprint for a victorious Christian life. It forms a cohesive framework, empowering believers to live purposefully, navigate challenges with faith, and find hope in tough times. As we embrace these principles, we embark on a transformative journey and radiate the light of Christ.

1 Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1956), p. 125.

2 Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1900, 1941), p. 326.

3 Ellen G. White, My Life Today (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1952), p. 218.