“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.” II Peter 1:4
We used to sing a chorus in church about every promise in the Bible being ours. I always questioned that as there are some things that God promised people that I don’t want to have come true in my life. I have been thinking of all the wonderful things He has promised us that we can trust and stand upon.
Promise of Heaven – John 14:3-4 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Promise of Holy Spirit – Acts 2:38-39 “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
Promise of Coming of Lord – II Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
Promise of Eternal Life – Hebrews 9:15 “And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
Promise of Being Sealed with Spirit – Ephesians 1:13 “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,”
Children of Promise – Romans 9:8 “That is, they which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.”
Our responsibility – II Corinthians 7:1 “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
There are many others that we could add here, but for today let us thank the Lord of all of these that He has given us and rejoice in the fact that he will never disappoint us. He always keeps His promises.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the many precious promises you have given us in your Word. Help us to be obedient to your word and keep our hearts open to receive all that you have promised us.
Devotion by Anne Johnston