“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and
worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you continue in the things which you have learned and have been assured
of, knowing of whom you have learned them”
2 Timothy 3:1,13,14.

It seems that there is so much fear being spoken today.  We need to hear a word about faith in our God and His
ability to keep us in times of struggle, persecution, trial and trouble.  Paul wrote and told us to know that in the last
days perilous time shall come. So what do we expect is going to happen? We are going to face some dangerous
times; yes, but my God is bigger than the danger we might face. My God is bigger than the trouble the enemy might
bring. But it is a time to “lay hold of the promises of God” that tell me “I can do all things through Christ that
strengthens me.” Yet, somehow we think we should maybe be privileged to avoid the times we are in. The truth is
none of us will avoid these times.  We have the opportunity to move forward and advance the things of God and His
Kingdom as never before because of these times.  Yet the question is: Are we allowing the talk of all that is bad to
paralyze our faith in God and His ability to move supernaturally for us and allow the miracles to come in spite of the
circumstances?

Paul encourages us “to continue in the things we have learned and been assured of”. Well how much have we
learned? How assured are we that no matter what our God will come through? Our God will supply all my needs
according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Folks God is not in poverty. He wants us blessed more than we want
to be blessed. I know I have been guilty of being satisfied to stay at one level of faith when God wanted to take me to
another. I was comfortable to be where I was spiritually and that’s the problems with most of us. We like where we are
at spiritually. We feel we are doing better than “so and so” but God’s not interested in you and I being like “so and
so.” He has told us that we are to be conformed into the very image of Jesus Christ. My Jesus was full of faith and He
didn’t let anything get in His way of seeing miracles, healing or whatever was needed so that the Father might be
glorified in the Son. So how do we lay hold of the promises of God for ourselves in an hour when everybody is saying
how bad things are and how bad things are going to get? It’s important that we stay balanced in all of this.

The Apostle Peter gives us some good food for thought. He records in 2 Peter 1:1-4:
“…To those who have obtained
like-precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2) Grace and peace be
multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, (3) as His divine power has given to us all things
that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (4) by which have
been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
To lay hold of the promises of God we first
begin by believing the promises are genuine, real and that it is possible for us to have them. Folks, Peter is saying
here that he wanted us to know that God has made it possible through His divine enablement to take advantage of
those things that pertain to life and to godliness, yet it all comes by faith. We have been called with a holy calling to
enjoy this life He has given. That doesn’t mean I must live in povertyville to have God bless my life. He wants us to
enjoy the things He desires to give us but not allow those things to be our God. We are called to worship our God out
of love not because of what He can give us. Yet, folks I just happen to believe that miracles come because they are
needed. As times get harder the miracles of God get greater. I am required of God to lay hold of the impossible
especially in the midst of tumultuous times.

I just want to encourage you that exceeding great and precious promises await those who will dare to believe God’s
word. I lived through a time when I was kicked out of a church and had nowhere to go and didn’t know what to do but
believe. God moved supernaturally and gave us the property we live on as a result of a major need in our life. The
enemy wanted us out of town and would have run us out if possible but we chose to take a stand for righteousness
and be obedient to stay even when we didn’t understand why. God is a good God. Praise His Name!

Thank each of you for your faithfulness to pray for this ministry and for being whom God has called each of you to be.
Let us be a people who “Lay hold of the promises of God” in the midst of many who are beginning to panic and have
let fear get a hold of them. Jesus came with a dominate challenging new message of the possibility of being able to
know God and walk and talk with Him along paths of unfolding revelation. It is within that revelation we find the
possibility of laying hold of those exceeding great and precious promises waiting for someone who will dare to believe.
LAYING HOLD OF THE
PROMISES OF GOD
by Sy Underwood
LAYING HOLD OF THE PROMISES OF GOD PART II
by Sy Underwood


In Romans 4:1-3, Paul writes to us about Abraham and what he did with the promise of God. “What shall we say then
that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath
whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto
him for righteousness.”

So what did Abraham do with the promises of God? He laid hold of them. He refused to entertain unbelief. The
scripture tells us “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to
God.”

Take a look at Romans 4:13-25.  What did God promise Abraham? “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless
thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2).  Romans 4:13 says, “For the promise,
that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the
righteousness of faith.” Do you see that? “Righteousness of faith.” Faith has righteousness to it. Faith is made
righteous the moment we decide to lay hold of the promise that God has made to us. Paul goes on to write in verse
21, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was
imputed to him for righteousness.”

God is simply asking you and I to believe that He is a God that keeps His word to us. He promised us this when it was
written, “The Lord of host hath sworn saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand.”

This speaks of the promises God makes to His people. Has God made any promises to you? Sure He has. But have
you dared to lay hold of those promises? Have you reminded God lately of the promises He made you? What is your
mouth saying about those promises? Are you confessing everything but faith? Or are you calling those things that
are not as though they are and believing God for it to happen. Praise God! Stretch your faith and act on some things
He has promised you and see what happens. I believe you might just be surprised at what happens as God moves
on your behalf.