Cry For the Promises
by Tony Alamo
The Apostle Paul has shown all Christians what our enemy is not, namely "flesh and blood" (Eph. 6:12). For this reason, Christians must totally rely on God for our souls’ rescue, which God promises all His faithful servants.1 "And this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4) in God’s promises.
In the Bible, the word "faith" means faith in all of God’s promises. The word "promise" or "covenant" means a solemn vow that one makes to do or to refrain from doing a specific thing.
God promises everlasting life in Heaven to those who keep His commandments,2 or an eternity in Hell for those who won’t keep His commandments.3 Our hopes are to have no other basis than God’s promises.4 God promises His powerful assistance to all those who cry out to Him for it, those who are His obedient, faithful, merciful servants, those who humbly commit themselves to His governments.5 It is God’s promise that "It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment" (Proverbs 18:5). "He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the Lord" (Proverbs 17:15). These are promises from God.
God’s promises are also predictions, such as the first coming of the Savior, the Messiah6 of the world, and His very soon second coming, the blessings of the Gospel, and finally the Kingdom of Heaven (Rom. 4:13-14, Gal. 3:14-29).
The children of Israel were called the children of promise (Rom. 9:8, Gal. 4:28), a name used even to this day for all true believers in Christ,7 those "who through faith and patience [patiently abstaining from sin] inherit [all of ] the promises" (Heb. 6:12).
"The children of Israel" cried, "and their CRY came up unto God" (Ex. 2:23). God promises those who would afflict His children (true Christians), "If thou afflict them in any wise, and they CRY AT ALL UNTO ME, I WILL SURELY HEAR THEIR CRY" (Ex. 22:23). 2 Samuel 22:7 states, "In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God: and He did hear my voice out of His temple [David's body], and my cry did enter into His ears [just as God promises everyone who cries unto Him]." He reaches out to the hands of those who humbly cry in prayer to Him (Ps. 9:12). King David stated, "When I cry unto Thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me"(Ps. 56:9).
The Lord solemnly promises that He will hear and answer the cries of the obedient, merciful, true Christians who keep their promises to God, as well as the cries of the truly repentant sinner who promises to go and sin no more.8 These promises of God’s mercy are not for those who refuse to repent, or those who pretend to repent.9
It is amazing how Satan’s prophets have twisted the meaning of God’s promise of mercy to mean mercy for the unrepentant unjust, for the wicked. God promises that He is without mercy and is unrelentingly pitiless towards the sinner who refuses to repent.10 He promises that His mercy is not available to those who say they are righteous but continue in sin, those who have not truly repented.11 God’s mercy, kindness, and compassion towards those who are truly repentant (the righteous) is documented many times throughout Scripture in the Old and New Testament.12 The repentant offender receives mercy. However, he has no claim to kind and compassionate treatment other than through continuous obedience to Christ’s commandments.13
Multitudes of "professing Christians" believe they can continue committing sin, believing God will still be merciful to them.14 This is totally unscriptural.15 These are anti-Christs (John 6:66).16 The Bible does not say "Blessed are the stubborn, unrepentant sinners, for they will receive mercy," or tell the hypocritical "professing Christian" (the one who doesn’t keep God’s commandments) who has no mercy for other souls, that he will receive mercy. Rather, God’s promise to the unmerciful is that He will deliver them to the tormentors (Matt. 18:34).17 "For He [God] shall have judgment without mercy [on them], that hath showed no mercy" (James 2:13). "For this is the love [the mercy] of God, that we keep His commandments" (1 John 5:3).
"The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear Him: He also will hear their CRY, and will save them"(Ps.145:18-19).
If your soul wishes peaceful fellowship18 with it's Creator19, with joy unspeakable,20 comfort,21 great hope,22 and happiness throughout eternity,23 then cry out to God from the bottom of your heart and soul for His merciful promise of forgiveness.24
CRY FOR THE PROMISES that are found only in Christ Jesus, for all the promises of God in Christ are yours if you cry unto Him and obey His commands continuously.25 Cry to God for forgiveness of all your sins, for eternal life in Heaven, and for the promises of divine power and dominion over Satan, sin, temptation, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.26
Christ promises He will save you if you sincerely ask Him.27 Ask Him now before it’s eternally too late.
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
Now that you are saved and forgiven of your sins, raise your hands and praise the Lord. "Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth."28
Christ now lives in you through the Holy Spirit.29 There is a way you can receive a fuller portion of the divine nature of God in you. God the Father lives now in you also. The more of the divine nature of God that lives in you, the more you will be able to stand against the temptations that so easily have moved so many millions of Christians away from salvation. This is caused by more man in us than God in us. Mankind has become so wicked that if Satan and his impish army were abolished, we would be our own devil.
Now that you are saved, pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Prayerfully study the Word and pray always for more of the divine nature.30 For instructions on how to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and to receive more of God’s holy nature, ask for our literature or call. For without holiness no man shall see God.31
Now that you are saved it is a commandment to be fully submerged, baptized in water in the name of the Father and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Spirit.32 Follow all of God’s commands and live.33
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying yourself, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourself and do what the Word says, so that the Church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God reward you abundantly.
Pastor Tony Alamo
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"Cry For the Promises" footnotes:
1 Ps. 4:5, Prov. 3:5-6, 28:25, 29:25 return
2 Prov. 4:4, 7:2, Luke 18:29-30, Jn. 3:15-16, 5:24, 12:50 return
3 Ps. 9:17,Matt. 25:32-46, Rev. 21:8 return
4 Ps.31:24, 33:18-19 return
5 Ex 20:6, Lev. chap. 26, Josh. 1:7-8 return
6 Order The Messiah book written by Tony Alamo, 333 prophecies of the Messiah from the Old Testament. return
7 Gal. 3:7,29return
8 Jn. 5:14, 8:11 return
9 Deut. 26:16-18, Rev. 2:5return
10 Luke 16:22-31, Rev. 14:9-11, Prov. 1:24-32, Heb. 10:26-31, Mark 9:43-48 return
11 Prov. 1:26-32,Hos. 1:6, Mark 14:21, 1 Cor. 9:16, Matt. 23:31-34, Jn. 8:44, Rom. 1:28, 32, Heb. 12:15-17 return
12 Jonah 3:10, Ezek. 33:19, Matt. 9:13, Mark 2:17, Luke 15:7, 2 Pet. 3:9 return
13 Isa. 1:19-20, Rom. 1:5return
14 Heb. 10:26 return
15 Heb. 6:4-6; Rom. 6:15-16return
16 1Jn. 3:9-10, 2 Jn. 1:9 return
17 Luke 16:23-25, 8:28, Rev. 9:5, 11:10, 14:10, 20:10return
18 Jn. 14:27, Phlip. 4:7 return
19 Gen. 1:27, 5:1, Isa. 40:28 return
20 1 Pet. 1:18 return
21 Jn. 11:25, 14:26 return
22 Ps. 146:5, Heb. 11:1return
23 Matt. 25:23, 1 Pet. 4:13return
24 Ps. 86:5, Jer. 31:34 return
25 Jn. 16:24 return
26 Gal. 5:16, 1 Jn. 2:16-17 return
27 Heb. 7:25, 1 Cor.1:21, Matt. 18:11, Luke 9:56,19:10 return
28 1 Chron. 16:31 return
29 Rom. 8:11 return
30 2 Tim. 2:15, Luke 21:36, Jn. 15:3 return
31 Heb. 12:14return
32 Matt. 28:19 return
33 Deut. 8:1, 30:16, Prov. 4:4, 7:2return
34 Mark 16:15 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13return
10. Heb. 11:6return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14return
12. John 14:6return
13. Acts 4:12return