Many scoffers have discounted and dismissed our Bible as a book of fantasies, fables, and fantastic exaggerations. Those of us who believe its claims are regarded as foolish and superstitious. What stuns the mockers and silences the scoffers are the promises it contains; many have been fulfilled, some are now being fulfilled, and many more remain to be fulfilled. If God could not or would not fulfill His promises, we would be as hopeless and miserable as the apostle Paul stated, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” I Corinthians 15:19
Promises are what make our Bible particularly relevant and personal. If all God revealed to us was our faults and failures, we would have no hope, we would have no purpose, we would have no future. But, while God condemns our sin, He also promises us forgiveness and victory over that sin.
The more we believe the more we receive. At the point of fallen man’s deepest despair, God gave him a promise. God promised man a seed that would bruise the serpent’s head and throughout the Old Testament He repeated that promise, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14
While some of God’s promises are general and given to groups of people most promises are uniquely personal or have personal application to individuals within a group.
Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4
God’s promises are exceeding great and precious. God’s power is released into our lives when we believe His promises. God’s promises are meant to apply specifically and personally to us as individuals, as such, they are precious. They are uniquely ours.
God transforms us through His promises. When we receive His promise, He transforms us. Others, seeing our transformation, are challenged and encouraged to believe and receive the promises God has given to them also.
The realization that God is speaking to us directly and working in us personally is the foundation of personal praise. God deserves praise and will be praised for His majesty and power. Jesus said that if men did not praise God the rocks themselves would praise Him. The Bible tells us that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is God. Of course, men should praise God simply for Who He is and What He does. But, as a child of God.
This year we will explore and share the promises of God that have impacted our lives very personally. We will share each other’s joys and triumphs and grow together as we partake more fully of the divine nature. Your comments are welcome. Please sign up to follow this blog and you will be notified of every new post.
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