Thinking Thursday: The Great Promises of God 2 Peter 1:3-4

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. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:3-4)

Very great = mega in Greek

God’s promises are precious. In a world of uncertainty you can count on God’s promises.
God is not man that he should lie, or a son of man that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it? (Numbers 23:19)

What is the difference between a promise and a command? A command is something we MUST do. A promise is something God WILL do. Someone counted 7487 promises in the Bible made by God to people. There is an old saying: God said it, I believe it, and that’s the end of it. The future is as bright as the promises of God.

Those promises make eternal life available to you if you want it.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. (Romans 10:9)

These are mega promises.

There is something in us that looks for the desires of the world, the corruption in the world. We are hooked on sin and we can’t get free ourselves. Corruption = decay, something dead is rotting. Is this where you are? You can have victory.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)
You need to be willing to accept all the promises of God, not just the ones you like. This one promises peace, but also trouble.

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
When was the last time you sat and read the Bible until you delighted in the Lord?

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (James 4:10)
For good news came to us as to them, but the message they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith with those who listened. (Hebrews 4:2)
You need to have faith. You need to use your faith to appropriate the promises for yourself. You need to make spiritual preparation.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened. (Psalm 66:18)

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. (John 1:9)
the God of Israel – he is the one who gives power and strength to his people. (Psalm 68:35)
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. (Psalm 37:7a)

We can’t see the date on the promises, but amid all the broken promises in the world we can rely on God.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5b)
My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Cor 12:9a)

God also gives you the promise of heaven: The best is yet to come for believers.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, or crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. (Rev 21:4)

Salvation has nothing to do with your promises to God, only God’s promises to you.

There is a record. The difference between heaven and hell is in your relationship with Jesus Christ.
And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:11-12)
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have life. (1 John 5:13)

[from a sermon by Pastor Joe Mifsud, Bible Baptist Church, Malta 14 Sept 2014]

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About Ann Marie Thomas

Married since 1974, Christian since 1986, 4 children, 4 grand children, disabled with fibromyalgia but was working almost full time until a stroke in May 2010 changed my life completely. Writing poetry and making up stories since I was a child, I only started to write seriously when my children were grown. My main ambition is to write science fiction, but along the way I got distracted by local history and poetry about my stroke. Taking early retirement gave me the chance to concentrate on my writing. My book, Alina, The White Lady of Oystermouth, was published in print and ebook at Easter 2012. The success of Alina led to the publication of Broken Reed: The Lords of Gower and King John in September 2013, and The Magna Carta Story at Easter 2015. I am still writing science fiction - a series of novels called Flight of the Kestrel. For all my author news, see me author blog at www.annmariethomas.me.uk
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