Have you ever made a promise? Can you count the number of promises that you have ever made? What does the word promise mean to you?
Did you fulfill each one? What about those promises made to you, were all those promises fulfilled, or were some of the promises broken?
Why do you think promises are so important, and why is it important they be fulfilled and not broken?
Promise. Let’s take a moment and think about this word. Promise. It has the sound of expectation. And just so we all have the same expectation of promise, let’s take a quick look at its meaning. The world of Webster tells us that a promise can be three things: a statement, a declaration, and a reason for expectation.
• A Statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future.
• A Declaration that one will do or reframe from doing something specified.
• A Reason to expect something – a cause or ground for future hope.
Okay. I am good with Webster, what about you?
But what does scripture tell us about promises? Did you know that God’s word is a complete work of promise? He gives us many statements, declarations, and a reason for future hope in His promises.
Did you know that Christianity is the only religion with a promise of hope? No other religion offers a promise of hope. Did you know that? As a Christian, knowing that should just leave you breathless? If you are not a Christian, and have not received these promises – you have a cause for great hope. You can receive the promise and it is such Good News!
But you cannot locate God’s promises with a word search of “promise” in His Word. You could start there, but you wouldn’t find them all. Did you know that most resources cite between 3,500 – 8,000 stated promises of God in His Word. That is astounding! Our God is so generous with his gift of promises. Amen.
What about you, have you thought about the many promises of God? What would be your count? Could you list them? Go on now – give it a try and no peeking. Could you recite corresponding scripture verse for each promise? Daunting – yes? I know it is for me. So how do we uncover and know all the promises of God? With the riches of God so vast, how can we know the exact number of God’s promises? (Ephesians 3:8)
Did you hear that? Go on now – read that one out loud. Let your ears hear what God is saying in his promises. So how can we do this? There are so many promises and so many corresponding scriptures. How can we know and find assurance through God’s promises?
We can begin in God’s Word with His very first promise.
• Gods First Promise – (Genesis 3:15)
We will then need the Holy Spirit to guide us as we pray, read, study, and mediate in His word, all the way through to His very last promise.
• Gods Last Promise – (Revelation 22:20)
As Children of God we are heirs to God’s promises and as heirs we have benefits in His promises. Did you know that?
(Galatians 3:29, Romans 8:17, Titus 3:7, 1 Peter 1:4)
As heirs we can:
• Claim God’s Promises
• Pray God’s Promises
• We stand on God’s promises
• We pled God’s promises in intercessory prayer. Amazing!
• And we have reason for future HOPE in God’s promise.
With all these benefits it would be promising to know God’s promises. Amen.
Did you know that all God’s promises have already been fulfilled? Did you know that?
All God’s promises have been fulfilled, and in that fulfillment, is our promise of a future hope.
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for His Glory”. (2 Corinthians 1:20) ESV
Have you shared the story of this promise – this great Hope? (John 3:16, Mathew 28:19-20)
“And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
I am so grateful for God’s promises and His assurance in the fulfilment of each and every one.
In Christ we can have confidence that all God’s promises have been fulfilled and we have His blessed assurance of Hope!
You can breathe now.
He keeps His Word – Amen :Y