The Bible contains so many promises. It has different conditional and guaranteed promises. We would be wise to have an understanding of what God has said to us, HIS people to be aware of God’s word. What you don’t know can really cost you. As a child of God, you have an inheritance that is precious and eternal. This is contained within the promises God has made. The Bible is the record that God has left us of what HE has promised to us. We access the promises by faith. HIS Word says, “And without faith, it is impossible to please GOD because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek HIM.” We must have faith to receive the promises of God and we must be willing to walk in obedience to God to prove our faith.
In this exposition of the promises of God, we will look at HIS promises. We are not only going to look at the promises. We must consider the corresponding action that accompanies faith. We will be examining them based on categories The first three categories of promises we will examine are: 1) God’s promises of Salvation;2) God’s Promises of HIS Presence and 3) God’s Promises of Guidance and Wisdom. The scriptures are from the NIV (New International Version) of the bible.
GOD’S PROMISES OF SALVATION
“For God so loved the world that HE gave HIS one and only Son, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”
You and I come to God by faith as we decide that HE actually loves us and that we are going to believe in HIM. We must also have a desire to learn what we can do to show our faith in HIM and the finished work of Jesus Christ (HIS Son).
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised HIM from the dead, you will be saved.”
We are responsible for being vocal about our faith. We must let ourselves and others know of our choice to live for Christ. We must, by faith, believe with all of our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. We have to learn to live an entirely new lifestyle and live out our faith.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”
We must remember that we are not able to do anything to be saved. We must access salvation simply by faith through grace. God gets the glory, we get the victory.
Promises of God’s Presence
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God promises to be with us. HE is for us and HE is our Protector, and we can be confident of HIS Presence. Never be afraid!
“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
This promise is to those of us who accept the command Jesus gives his disciples to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
“…. God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
You can count on this promise. Never will I leave you. You are always anytime, anywhere able to access the presence of God. Talk to HIM about what you think, feel, imagine, perceive, and are going through. HE patiently awaits your call. Just whisper, “Jesus!” HE is ever present and ever attentive to us.
Promises of Guidance and Wisdom
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
This promise is dependent. There are conditions to this promise. First condition, trust in the Lord with all your heart. The second condition, lean not on your own understanding. Third condition, submit to HIM. Then, God will direct your paths. We must always consider our part when we desire to access God’s promises.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Our Father is such a gentleman. He will not force HIMSELF on anyone. When we ask for what we need, in faith HE will honor our request.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
Our Father wants to instruct us, teach us, and counsel us. He needs us to be receptive, teachable and to listen to HIM, We must receive this promise with submission and humility.