From Fathers Heart To Yours
Saturday, October 25, 2014

All the Promises of God

 
 
All the Promises of God
 
According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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: 3-4)
But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us,— was not yea and nay, but in Him ( Jesus) are yea, and in Him ( Jesus)Amen ; unto the glory of God by us.
(II Corinthians 1: 18-20)
 
Do you hear beloved, the Word of God? Our God has given us many great promises in Jesus Christ! These promises are all given and guaranteed to be ours in Jesus! It is God’s word; it is His promise, a covenant with us that will never change! 
 
The word covenant is not a common word heard in most Christian circles. It is however, what the Bible means when you see the word testament. Jesus said that His blood is the blood of the New Testament or covenant. (Luke 22: 20)
 
All born again believers in Christ have entered into this covenant with God. You see a covenant is not just the promises of one party; it is promises by two or more.   In this case it is our agreement with God and His promises by the blood of Jesus Christ. We must know that we have to honor the covenant as well as God does. 
 
Now look at this. God’s word says that He has given us these great covenant promises, they are unchangeable and they cannot be withdrawn from us.   They are in the covenant that is sealed by the blood of Jesus, written in the Bible, and revealed to us by the Holy Ghost! Praise God!
 
These promises are made sure, they say YES! They are not confusing, for God is not the author of confusion but of peace.
 ( I Corinthians 14:33) They are not just words that say yes but sometimes mean no. They do not say yes but really mean maybe.
They don’t say yes to some and no to others. They are the yes and amen, the so be it in Christ!
 
Now these promises are all made sure and are available for all born again believers. Many who are not born again, who are not in covenant relationship with God try and get the benefits of the covenant when they are in trouble. When their hopes fail they begin to blame God when it’s not His fault or His doing.   Beloved this must be understood, if you want the benefits of the covenant you must enter the covenant by faith in Jesus Christ, being born again. Then these promises become yours, but only by faith and learning what your covenant promises are and how to acquire them. 
 
When one becomes born again there must be an acquired knowledge of the promises that are contained in the covenant and how to appropriate them to your life. Remember the scripture said that He hath given us all things that pertain unto life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.
 
Now God has called us all to glory and virtue. In other words He has called us to live lives of power and to be like Jesus!   How can you say no when God says yes? (I John 2: 6)   This kind of life is possible only by learning God’s promises to you and using them in every day life in every situation. God wants to be God to you all the time, not just on Sundays or whenever you allow Him to have a little of your time. The way we all learn what God has given us in the covenant is by the study of His word on a] regular basis. I’m not talking about a little shade tree reading from time to time, and I’m not talking about daily devotionals either. While some may benefit from a daily devotional, you will never get to the full understanding and appropriation of the promises that way. It must be sought for as one’s daily food. It must be by the hunger and thirst for the bread of life and living water. Any thing else will just stop short of the reality of God’s life in ours.
 
According as His divine power has given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue: 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: 3-4)
But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us,— was not yea and nay, but in Him ( Jesus) are yea, and in Him ( Jesus)Amen ; unto the glory of God by us.
(II Corinthians 1: 18-20)
 
We must be eager to learn and eager to be taught. This teaching must be by the Holy Spirit and Him only. We are given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, teachers, and elders as well as some deacons to minister God’s truth to us. We can also be taught and learn from one another as we share God’s Word.   But, no matter how many we have that teach and preach to us, we must allow the Holy Spirit to show us the truth. The Bible warns of deceivers especially in the last days, and I can tell you there are many in the world today, so beware!
 
How do we know if something that is taught us is truth? Pray over everything you hear. Look at God’s word for yourself. Pay attention to the Holy Spirit’s work in you. It is His job to confirm truth and rebuke errors. Look for evidence in the way of personal experience. Is there real proof? Is there a real testimony of the life and power of Jesus Christ? Remember God is no respecter of persons. His promises are for all of His children.
 
Even when we have found all the promises we still must put them in action by faith. It is impossible to please God without faith. (Hebrews 11: 6) God Himself operates by faith and He requires that of us as well.    (Mark 11: 20-24) The promises God freely gives us in Christ are just that, freely given. However they will not just fall on us because we are here. We must operate by faith, the rules of the agreement. For example: God’s Word says if we bring our whole tithe into the storehouse, He will open up the heavens and pour us out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it.    He goes on to say that He will rebuke the devourer for our sakes, and He shall not destroy the fruits of our ground; neither shall our vine cast her fruit before the time in the field. (Malachi 3: 10-11) Give and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give unto your bosom. (Luke 6: 38) So, you see here some promises of provision and prosperity. Do they just come to you? No, what activates these promises? By keeping our part of the covenant, bringing the tithe and giving. Our faith ful obedience will cause these covenant promises to be real and active in our lives. So it is with all God’s covenant promises. It is the thief that comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Who does God rebuke for us? The thief, right? Jesus has come that we might have life and that we might have it more abundantly. (John 10:10) 
 
So beloved, let’s get covenant minded and get into covenant life!