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Summary: This message encourages all of us to go after the things that God has promised.

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Possessing the Promises

Pastor Jerry C. Vargo

I. Introduction.

A. Promises—what are they? Think about that for a minute. What is a promise?

B. Well…

1. Promises are the seeds implanted in our inner man that give us hope!

2. Promises (in a good sense) declare something good is about to happen!

3. Promises (in a bad sense) declare that something bad is about to happen!

4. Promises are written or spoken words that inform us of an intention toward us.

C. Now, let me ask you another question. What does the word "possess" mean?

D. To possess is to have, hold, own, and enjoy! In the Hebrew, it means to be "entrusted" with something. If God gives you something—you do not earn it or necessarily deserve it.

E. In the Greek, for instance, in 1 Thessalonians 4:4, it speaks of how to "possess" for ourselves sanctification and honor…the word means: To acquire, get or procure a thing for oneself!

F. It gives us the idea of being entrusted with something, but also a need to go after it.

G. Therefore, we see that a promise is something that is offered…possession is something that is entrusted and something we go after to acquire or get for ourselves.

H. Today, I want to talk to you about Possessing the Promises!

II. Body.

A. One of the most fundamental things that you and I must understand as blood-washed, born-again believers is this:

EVERYTHING THAT WE NEED HAS BEEN PROVIDED FOR THROUGH THE SACRIFICIAL OFFERING OF JESUS CHRIST ON THE CROSS AT CALVARY!

B. In other words, we do not have to work to purchase something that has already been bought for us.

C. Yet, we do not always seem to possess the promises do we?

1. Bills need to be paid—Where is the promise of Provision?

2. Sicknesses need to be healed—Where is the promise of Healing?

3. Life seems depressing—Where is the promise of Joy?

4. Relationships break down—Where is the promise of Unity?

D. Why is that promises do not seem to manifest in our lives?

E. Well, there are many reasons. We might be ignorant of them. The enemy may have stolen our promises. We don’t get excited about the promises, etc.

E. Listen to 2 Peter 1:3

"His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness."

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F. Before I launch into HOW to possess the promises, let me just encourage your faith by reminding you what God’s Word says about promises…

Joshua 21:45

"Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass."

2 Corinthians 1:20

"For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us."

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2 Corinthians 7:1

"Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."


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