Summary: The promises of God are yea and amen so when the devil begins to attack just Imagine Your Promise.
Imagine your Promise
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Opening:- It I amazing to me how God will give you inspiration when you least expect it and often times in ways that you never thought He would inspire you.
I was driving to work one day this week and I passed a billboard for I believe it was Ohio University and this billboard only had 3 words on it. As I read these 3 words God immediately began to deal with me on these 3 words.
The words that God began to deal with me with were “Imagine Your Promise”. As I began to think about these 3 powerful words two scriptures came to me:-
2 Corinthians 1:20 “For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us”.
Then 2 Peter 1:4 “He has given us his very great and precious promises”.
I began to meditate upon these 3 powerful words. I realize the meaning of the words but I looked them up in the dictionary for a better understanding and this is what I got.
Imagine:- to think of or create in your mind a picture or idea of something based on an idea, opinion, or reality.
One song writer said it like this I can only imagine (I can only create a picture in my mind) what it will be like when I walk by your side I can only imagine what my eyes will see when your face is before me. I can only imagine surround by your glory what will my heart feel will I dance for you Jesus or in awe of your be still I can only imagine.
WATCH THIS:- So imagine is to develop a picture in your mind based on the reality of His word.
Promise:- a declaration that one will or will not do something specified. A promise is a legally binding declaration that gives the person to whom it is made a right to expect or to claim the performance of a specified act.
We use to sing Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Through eternal ages let His praises ring, Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises that cannot fail, When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,
By the living Word of God I shall prevail, Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises I now can see Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;
Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free, Standing on the promises of God.
Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord, Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord, Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior; Standing, standing,
I’m standing on the promises of God.
We don’t sing songs like that anymore, songs with meaning and truth.
God’s absolute trustworthiness has been consistently demonstrated over a long time. The Scripture record shows unequivocally that God keeps His promises. They are His commitment to us, His guarantee to do what He says He will do.
LET ME SLOW DOWN A LITTLE.
As you know, the Bible is full of God's promises to carry us through when we need help. There are thousands of God's promises in the Bible.
There are no broken Bible promises. They are the sacred word of a faithful God who never breaks His word. The Bible says God not lie – Hebrew 6:18 says “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us” - WATCH THIS:- it is impossible for God to lie not even if he wanted to because the character of God cannot lie, if he could it would disqualify him as being God so if he said something it has to come to pass. That’s the meaning of His word will not return unto him void but will accomplish that which pleaseth him.
According to one person's count, there are 3573 promises in the Bible. Being the preacher I am and realizing that numbers have a very important role I began to look at this number 3573. 3 the number of fullness, 5 the number of grace, 7 the number of perfection. 3+5+7+3 = 18 but 18 is the number of judgment and I knew there had to be more, something on the inside of me said keep going go to the next level.
The problem with most Christians today is they fail to keep going to the next level they become comfortable with where they are now they have become ease in Zion when the Bible declares Woe to them that are at ease in Zion - there is more. So I began to look at 18 and realized 1+8 = 9 the number 9 means divine completeness. 3 = fullness, 5 = grace, 7 = perfection, 9 = divine completeness, the promises of God are full of grace and perfection and are divinely complete. But there is something you need to understand and that is the promises of God are just a foretaste of what is to come. If I promise to take my wife on a cruise she can expect to go on a cruise, but they real joy comes when she steps on the ship. Therefore the promises of God now are just a foretaste of what is to come. SLOW DOWN.