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Summary: When God makes a promise, He keeps it....

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Sermon by Pr. Paddick Van Zyl (M.Th)

8 Dec 14

Title: God Promised

Theme: When God makes a promise He keeps it...

Intro:

A wise teacher sent a note home to all parents on the first day of school. It read:

"If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at school, I'll promise not to believe everything your child says happens at home."•

Have you ever had someone promise you something only to be left disillusioned and upset because what they said never happened? Have you ever made a promise and did not keep it? Well, God is not like man. What He says He does and that is a Promise!

Text:

2 Peter 3:1-13 NKJV

Sermon:

How many promises are found in the Word of God? A staggering 3573**

Fact: when God makes a promise He keeps it. He has never broken a promise and never will - He simply can not. His nature and character does not allow it.

2 Corinthians 1:19-20, NKJV.

"For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us"

So what is a promise actually:

According to the Oxford dictionary:

Promise* : A declaration or assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen:

[REPORTING VERB] Assure someone that one will definitely do something or that something will happen

Origin: late Middle English: from Latin promissum 'something promised', neuter past participle of promittere 'put forth, promise', from pro- 'forward' + mittere 'send'.

We find the very first promise in the Bible, made by God Himself in Genesis 3:15:

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." This was fulfilled in-

Galatians 4:4

Luke 2:7

Revelation 12.5

•God will not break a promise He has made:

Psalm 89:34, TLB.

"No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back one word of what I said."

•His promises never fail:

Joshua 23:14, NIV.

"You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the Lord your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed."

•Salvation as well as eternal life (life as God has it, in His presence) is promised to us and our children by God:

1 John 2:25, NKJV.

"And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

Isaiah 49:25, NKJV.

"For I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children."

What has God promised those, in His Word, who excepts His plan of salvation? Three amazing promises:

•A new heart

Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh."

•Forgiveness of sins

1 John 1:9, NKJV.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

•Removal of our transgressions


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