Summary: A promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one who makes it to carry through. It also includes willingness to do so.
“The 7 Great Promises Of God”
We are all accustomed to promises. We are also accustomed to seeing them made and broken. Anyone who has lived for a number of years would certainly never lay claim to having kept every promise made. There are many reasons why this is true. Sometimes we forget, sometimes we are negligent, and sometimes it may be due to circumstances beyond our control.
A brokenhearted young lady will often say, "But he promised to marry me". And the answer comes back: "Yes, but I changed my mind". People do change their mind, and they do break their promises.
What about the promises of God? How certain are they?
Now a promise is of no more value than is the ability of the one who makes it to carry through. It also includes willingness to do so.
Definition: Promise; a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that guarantees that a particular thing will happen
What are the 7 great promises of God?
I. THE PROMISE OF PARDON:
God has promised that His grace is sufficient for us.
I John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
Acts 2:38 “Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit”).
II. THE PROMISE OF PRESERVATION:
God has promised that those who believe in Jesus will be saved.
Mark 16:16 “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who disbelieves will be condemned”.
In fact, He has made provision for our salvation by His grace through faith. Read Ephesians 2:8 “for by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, that no one would boast”.
III. THE PROMISE OF PRESENCE:
God has promised us that He will be with us always.
Matt 28:20b “…and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." NIV
God also promised that all things work together for good to those who love and serve Him faithfully (Romans 8:28 “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose”).
IV. THE PROMISE OF PROVISION:
He has promised to supply every need we have.
The Bible says: Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus".
God has obligated Himself only to the extent of our needs. That would include food, clothing, shelter, companionship, love, and salvation thru Jesus Christ. It would not include the multiplicity of luxuries that we have come to think of as needs.
V. THE PROMISE OF PERSEVERANCE:
God has promised that His children will not be overtaken with temptation. Instead, He assures us that a way of escape will be provided.
This promise is recorded in I Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has taken you except what is common to man. God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able, but will with the temptation also make the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it”.
Jude wrote: Jude 24 "God can guard you so that you don't fall and so that you can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without fault”.
VI. THE PROMISE OF POWER OVER DEATH:
God has promised us victory over death. He first resurrected Jesus by way of assuring our resurrection.
I Cor. 15:57 “Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?" 56 Sin gives death its sting, and God's standards give sin its power. 57 Thank God that he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ”.
VII. THE PROMISE OF PERPETUITY:
God has promised His people eternal life (John 10:27,28 “My sheep respond to my voice, and I know who they are. They follow me, 7 and I give them eternal life. They will never be lost, and no one will tear them away from me”).
In closing, let me appeal to you to live so that the promises of God will be yours.
A. Pay attention to all of His promises
- Try to know all of God’s promises written in the Bible.
B. Practice your faith
- Upon knowing His promises, you have to claim it.
C. Proclaim to all the world
- Try to share the promises of God to as many people as possible.