He that knows and trusts God finds it easy to trust the promise, too. Notice how distinctly evident this comes out in the saints of old. Every special exhibition of the power of faith was the fruit of a special revelation of God. See it in Abraham: “And the word of the Lord came unto Abram, saying, Fear not, Abram; I am thy shield. And He brought him forth abroad, and said…AND HE BELIEVED THE LORD.” And later again: “The Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, I am God Almighty. And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him saying, As for me, behold my covenant is with thee.” It was the revelation of God Himself that gave the promise its living power to enter the heart and work the faith. Saints of old knew God, these men of faith could not do anything but trust His promise.
God’s promise will be to us what God Himself is. It is the man who walks before the Lord and falls upon his face to listen while the living God speaks to him, who will really receive the promise. Though we have God’s promises in the Bible, with full liberty to take them, the spiritual power is lacking, except as God Himself speaks them to us. He speaks to those who walk and live with Him.
-Revelation of God Himself gives the promise its living power.
-Spiritual power is lacking in promises except God Himself speaks them to us.
-The man who listens to God speaking to him receives the promise