We Have Precious Promises!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! We Have Precious Promises!!!

2Peter 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.
2Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
2Peter 1:6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
2Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
2Peter 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2Peter 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
2Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Even in the best of times, promises were made and then broken, but God always keeps His promises.. We as people often times break promises without a second thought and the Lord tells us to keep our vows to all and to him.

Someone has said, “Promises are made to be broken.” In our day of selfishness and promiscuity it seems all too obvious that many promises are mere meaningless words; not worth the paper they may be written upon. The increase in divorce is clearly a view of the attitude of infidelity is truly becoming normal in our culture. Marriage vows are evidently entered into without a true attitude of promise. It is more like lets go to a movie and dinner and if we don’t click we will divorce. The attitude is that if anything goes wrong or if I “fall out of love” or “fall into love” (or lust) with someone else, I’ll just abandon my spouse and family and do my own thing. It doesn’t matter what damage may be done to the other parties involved, especially the innocent children of such an union. After all, I have “my right to be happy no matter who it hurts”.

The increase in bankruptcies and bad debts reflect the same selfish attitudes. There was a time when a man’s word was his bond. A handshake was good enough to seal the most complicated contract. If he said he would pay, he would, or he would spend the rest of his life trying. A promise was a promise and was not to be broken. But, sadly, such is not the case today.

But even in the best of times, promises were made and then broken. Those with the best of intentions sometimes failed to deliver. After all, we know what road is supposed to be paved with good intentions. Promises were made that could not be kept or there just never seemed to be enough time to make good on a sincere promise. After all,
weakness and lack of faithfulness are a part of man’s sinful condition.
I’m sure most parents and children can identify with this. I’m afraid I can. We are prone to promise more than we can deliver. Circumstances sometimes change and difficulties arise. Time has a way of waiting for no man. Our children grow up and we turn around and they are gone. Then it is too late to do some of those things we promised ourselves and those we loved so much we would do together.

But isn’t it great that our heavenly Father has no difficulty keeping all His promises to His children? Great is His faithfulness! He never leaves us in the dark. He has all the time, energy and ability to bring to pass His promises. There is no shadow or turning with Him. All that we need His hand has provided. All we will need in the future will come to pass according to His precious promises. We are fully persuaded with Paul that what he has promised He is able to perform.

There are so many promises, and so tremendous. His promises relating to the great doctrines of grace are overwhelming. Salvation, redemption, justification, security, separation, sanctification and eventually glorification are just a few that thrill our souls. A great number relate to His power and presence in our lives on earth as well. He has told us He will never leave nor forsake us. Can any child of His successfully accuse Him of doing so? Of course, we as faithless creatures may leave or forsake Him, but He, just as the prodigal’s father, is always lovingly, longingly; looking down the path of our backsliding, seeking our repentance and return.

We have the precious promise of His plan and purpose for His people. His purpose in grace is to redeem unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. A people He loves in eternity and who can love and glorify Him forever. In the working out of His eternal plan and purpose on earth, He has promised those who truly believe that they will receive and possess the gift of God, eternal life. “…but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

He has not only promised that the believer can possess this, but has urged him to live his life in full knowledge of his possession. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life..” He purposes that every believer be of Paul’s persuasion. “

2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

He has promised that those who truly believe will receive remission of sin and continuing forgiveness in Christ. When we repent of our sin and receive His gift of everlasting life, we can know we are forever saved from eternal death, the spiritual penalty of sin. “As far as the east is from the west, [so] far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12) He also promises that we can have daily forgiveness of our transgressions as we walk with Him in the way. Through this process He has promised a continuing close fellowship and fruitful relationship can and should be maintained. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
His plan and purpose also includes the precious promise of eternal sonship and joint- heir-ship with His Son, Jesus Christ. “ ..
1John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

He also promises that the true believer will not be left in the dark about His position in Christ, but that the Word and the Spirit will lead him to an intellectual and spiritual knowledge of the eternality of his relationship with the great God of this universe. That this knowledge will be based primarily upon fact and faith, not feelings.

1Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

His precious promise that the true believer will also desire to tell others about Jesus and to participate in carrying out all aspect of the great Commission, will never fail.

We have His precious promise of His powerful potential to work in and through us to accomplish His purpose on earth; winning the lost, baptizing them and teaching them all things.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

As we accept and act upon this promise, He has promised we will be equipped with His powerful tools and His power in wielding them. Just as He supplied David with all that was needed to fell the giant by His power, He will powerfully supply us all our needs in Christ Jesus to live in this world, do His will and fight the good fight of the faith. He supplies the whole armor of God, the sword of the spirit and the powerful gospel, wielded, confirmed and affirmed by the power of His spirit.
The promise of His presence is especially personal and meaningful when we are facing personal difficulties, trials and adversities. The knowledge that He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and will never leave nor forsake us is too wonderful to fully comprehend. We must just accept it by faith and see it evidenced and experientially worked out in our lives. We are assured of His presence and participation in all the personal perplexities and problems of life. “Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. “

Psalm 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
Psalm 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
Psalm 34:21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
Psalm 34:22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

The promise of His providential provision is precious to every child of God. Just as surely as He personally and providentially provided manna and quail for the daily bread of the wanderers in the wilderness, He will supply all we need to live, breathe and serve him in the wilderness of our world.

He has not promised to supply all our wants, but all our needs. We sometimes get the two concepts confused. Parents normally know what is best for their children and are able to discriminate between those things they desperately want and the things that the really need. They are aware that some wanted things will be hurtful rather than helpful. Our heavenly Father is much more able to make such judgments.

Yes, our God has given us so many great and precious promises and shown us that He is faithful and His promises never fail. “there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.” (I Kings 8:56b)

1Kings 8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
1Kings 8:56 Blessed be the LORD, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.
1Kings 8:57 The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our fathers: let him not leave us, nor forsake us:
1Kings 8:58 That he may incline our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and his statutes, and his judgments, which he commanded our fathers.

Perhaps the most precious promises of all relate to our ultimate deliverance; not only from the penalty and power of sin, but from its very presence as well. There will come a day when we will enter that city whose builder and maker is God. We will go to that dwelling place for a prepared people. Then He shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and there will be no more crying, sorrow, pain or death. His ultimate precious promise of His eternal presence with His people will have come to pass!

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To Thy great faithfulness, mercy and love.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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