Posted by: missionventureministries | October 3, 2011

2 Peter 1:4 – HIS PRECIOUS AND MAGNIFICENT PROMISES

In the promises of Scripture we have “the unsearchable riches” (Ephesians 3:8); but because we fail to appropriate them, we live in relative spiritual poverty.  

What is a promise? A promise is a written or verbal declaration that binds the person who makes it to a specified act. The validity and dependability of a promise rest on the character and resources of the one who makes it. Therefore, the holy character and faithfulness of God make His promises credible. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” – Hebrews 10:23. God’s promises are thus connected with His character, and rest on four of His divine attributes: 

  1. His truth,
  2. His omniscience,
  3. His power, and
  4. He is unchangeable 

So when we come to God armed with one of His promises, we can do so with the utmost confidence. We can share Abraham’s unwavering trust. “With respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform” – Romans 4:20-21. 

One of the astonishing features of the Bible is the wide range and variety of the promises it contains. Peter calls them “His precious and magnificent promises” – 2 Peter 1:4. God’s promises thus cover the whole range of human need. There will be no conceivable circumstances of life for which there is not an appropriate promise waiting to be claimed. 

When reading Scripture, we should be alert to discover what God has promised to do, and then we should lay hold of His promise. We will discover promises for adversity and prosperity; promises of peace, guidance, protection, strength, deliverance, joy, and a hundred other blessings. Are we however claiming our inheritance? God assures us that we are “heirs according to the promise” – Galatians 3:29.  

Think of the blessings guaranteed in some of the great prayer promises.  

  • Anything is possible that is within the will of God. “All things are possible to him who believes” – Mark 9:23.
  • Adequate grace is available for every need. “My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:19.
  • Immediate help is assured in time of need. “Before they call, I will answer, and while they are still speaking, I will hear” – Isaiah 65:24.
  • The limitless ability of God is at our disposal. “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us” – Ephesians 3:20
  • Tranquility flows from prayer. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all     comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” – Philippians 4:6-7. 

We have to remember that we need to pray according to God’s will. We should therefore make sure that our petitions come within the scope of what has been offered in the Scripture. James and John, in asking the Lord to grant them places of honor on either side of Him, were asking for something for which they had no warrant,
and their request was not granted. (Mark 10:35-40)
 

Paul tells us in the letter to the Ephesians that: “God…has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” – Ephesians 1:3.  

Let us remember that when God makes a promise, that promise is His yes, and Jesus is the guarantee of its fulfillment. The yes is God’s. “Amen” is my response of faith, my expression of confidence that the promise will be fulfilled. “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us” – 2 Corinthians 1:20

 

 

 

 

 

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