What is a most outstanding PROMISE anyone ever made to you??
2 Peter 1:4
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.
According to one person's count, there are 3573 promises in the Bible. (estimates range from 3,000 - 5,000)
First PROMISE in Bible:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Last PROMISE in Bible:
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Major point want to make is that PROMISES of God do not come automatically or unconditionally!!
Mistake made by children of Israel when delivered from Egypts bondage & trekked wilderness to enter the PROMISED Land 1st time.
Must have thot land flowing w milk & honey was easy pickings. Surprised by 'giants' in Canaan land.
In fact 10 City Nations would have to subdue before fully 'possessing' the PROMISED Land.
First was Jericho - holy unto the Lord - TITHE - that in itself was act of Faith, believing there would be others. Achan failed the test, didn't BELIEVE or OBEY God (SYNONOMOUS).
If one doesn't OBEY God, one doesn't believe His PROMISES.
God had told Israel to go in & POSSESS the land.
Joshua & Caleb said, in spite of walled cities & massive armies, we are WELL ABLE TO POSSESS THE LAND (because of Gods promises)
"If God be for us who can stand against us?" - Rom 8:31
"Greater is He within us than he in the world" - 1 Jn 4:4
Doesn't mean it will be w/o fight..
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
PROMISES to the OVERCOMER:
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
1) What is your favorite PROMISE in the Bible & why??
2) What PROMISES have come to pass in your life already?
3) What PROMISES are you still waiting on?
4) How are you going to demonstrate your FAITH & BELIEF in God's PROMISES?
Conclusion: PRAY God's PROMISES to pass. Prayer is our biggest arena of battle.
"Our Father which art in heaven (we are still on earth waiting, hoping, fighting) ...
"Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as in heaven..."
PRAY His PROMISES to pass...