Promises of God
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The plan of God is to end evil and suffering in eternity (Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 34:15-16; Proverbs 1:24-33; Ezekiel 33:11-20; Romans 6:16-23; 8:12-13; 11:11-29; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28; 2 Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:9-11; Galatians 5:16-24; 6:7-8; Hebrews 6:4-9; 10:26-29; 2 Peter 2:9, 20-21; Revelation 21-22).
The ultimate purpose of God in all His present dealings with man is to bring him back to the place where he was before the fall (beloved fellowship, in abundance) and purge him of all possibility of failing in the future. “The object and purpose of our instruction and charge is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, and a clear conscience, and genuine faith.” —1 Timothy 1:5
God’s Provision Is in His Promises
God’s provision is in His promises. We see this most clearly from 2 Peter 1:2–4:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises that through these [the promises] you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Understand more after enjoying the long list of God’s promises.
Plain, Simple, and Practical Promises
There are 750 promises in the New Testament alone, and only 250 separate benefits because many of the promises are repeated in different books (see link toward the bottom of this page). Some are not in the form of a promise, but the truths they contain make the basis of our claims for gospel benefits, so they are listed as promises. Here are only 99 of them listed:
1. Comfort (Matthew 5:4; Luke 6:21; 2 Cor. 1:4,7; 2 Cor. 7:6)
2. Peace (Luke 1:79; John 14:27; John 16:33)
3. Joy (Luke 2:10-11; 1 Peter 4:13-14)
4. Eternal love (1 Cor. 13:8)
5. Power, love, and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7)
6. Necessities of life (Matthew 6:30,33; Luke 11:9-13;12:31; Phil. 4:19)
7. Material blessings (Matthew 19:29; Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30; Matthew 21:21-22)
8. All good things (Matthew 7:11)
9. Physical and emotional healing (Matthew 8:18; Matthew 9:29; Matthew 13:15; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 4:18; John 10:10; John 14:12; Acts 28:27; Romans 8:11; James 5:14-16; 1 Peter 2:24)
10. Wisdom (Luke 21:15; James 1:5)
11. Knowledge (John 7:17; John 14:20,26>; 2 Cor. 2:12; 2 Cor. 12:8-11)
12. Freedom (John 8:32,36)
13. Freedom from condemnation (John 3:16-18; Romans 8:1; Hebrews 9:13-15)
14. Justice (Romans 2:6,12-16; Romans 8:33; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 1 Cor. 4:5; 1 Cor. 11:31)
15. Assurance (John 6:37; Phil. 1:6; 2 Tim. 1:12; 2 Tim. 2:11-13; Hebrews 6:1-20; 1 Peter 1:5,9,13)
16. Guidance (John 16:13-15)
17. Love of God (John 14:21)
18. Mercy (Matthew 5:7; Luke 1:50; James 5:11)
19. Immortality of body (Luke 20:36; Romans 2:7; 1 Cor. 15:42-54; 2 Cor. 5:1-8)
20. Honor (John 12:26; Romans 2:8-10)
21. Riches (2 Cor. 8:9)
22. No more tears (Rev. 7:17; Rev. 21:4)
23. Rest from hard labor (Rev. 14:13)
24. No more death (Rev. 21:4)
25. No more sorrow (Rev. 21:4)
26. No more pain (Rev. 21:4)
27. All things new (Rev. 21:5)
28. Eternal healing (Rev. 22:2)
29. No more curse (Rev. 22:3)
30. A right to the tree of life (Rev. 22:14)
31. A visible God (Matthew 5:8; Rev. 22:4)
32. Great rewards (Matthew 5:12; Matthew 6:4,6,18; Matthew 10:42; Mark 9:41; Luke 6:23,35; Luke 14:14; John 4:36; 1 Cor. 3:8-15; 1 Cor. 15:58; Ephes. 6:8; Col. 3:24; Hebrews 10:35; James 1:25)
33. Divine help (Romans 8:26-27,31,34; Romans 14:4; 1 Cor. 10:13)
34. Help in temptation (Hebrews 2:18)
35. Greatness (Matthew 5:19; Matthew 18:4; Luke 9:48)
36. Forgiveness for missing the mark (sins) (Matthew 6:14; Matthew 12:31; Matthew 18:35; Mark 11:25-26; Luke 5:24; Acts 10:43; Acts 13:38-39; Acts 26:18; Romans 3:25; Romans 4:7-8; Ephes. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 John 1:9; 1 John 2:12)
37. Answers to all prayers (Matthew 7:7-11; Matthew 17:20; Matthew 18:19; Matthew 21:21-22; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 11:1-13; Luke 18:1-8; John 14:12-14; John 15:7,16; John 16:23-26; Romans 8:32; Hebrews 11:6; James 1:17; 1 Peter 3:12; 1 John 3:20-22; 1 John 5:14-15)
38. Inspiration (Matthew 10:19; Luke 12:12)
39. Soul rest (Matthew 11:28-30; Hebrews 4:9)
40. Unlimited blessings (1 Cor. 3:21-23; Ephes. 1:3)
41. Nearness of God [Who is Love] (Acts 17:27; Ephes. 2:13; James 4:8)
42. Goodness of God (Romans 2:4; Romans 11:22)
43. God to be faithful (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13; 1 Thes. 5:24; 2 Thes. 3:3; Hebrews 10:23; Hebrews 13:5)
44. Boldness and access to God (Ephes. 2:18; Ephes. 3:12; Hebrews 4:14-16; Hebrews 10:19-23)
45. Unlimited power (Matthew 17:20; Matthew 18:18; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:22-24; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 10:19; Luke 17:6; Luke 24:49; John 14:12; Acts 1:8)
46. Deliverance from enemies (Luke 1:74)
47. Preservation (Luke 9:56; Luke 21:18)
48. Mansions (John 14:1-3)
49. Manifestation of God (John 14:21)
50. Abiding Presence (John 14:23; John 15:10; Phil. 4:9)
51. Fruitfulness (John 15:5; 2 Peter 1:8)
52. Justification (Acts 13:38-39; Romans 2:13; Romans 3:24-28; Romans 4:25; Romans 5:1-2; Romans 8:33; Galatians 2:16; Galatians 3:24)
53. Edification [Tutoring] (Acts 30:32)
54. Glory and honor (Romans 2:10; Romans 8:18)
55. Impartiality of God (Romans 2:11)
56. Victory (Romans 5:17; Romans 8:4,13; Romans 8:37; 2 Cor. 2:14; 1 John 5:4)
57. Newness of life (Romans 6:5,8)
58. Eternal supply (Rev. 7:16)
59. A spiritual mind (Romans 8:6)
60. Restoration of creation (Romans 8:21; Ephes. 1:10,12; Rev. 21:3-7; Rev. 22:3)
61. Faith (Romans 10:17; 1 Cor. 12:9)
62. Holiness (Romans 11:16; Ephes. 1:4; Ephes. 5:27; Col. 1:22; cp. Hebrews 12:14)
63. 9 Spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:8-11)
64. Perfection (1 Cor. 13:10; 1 Peter 5:10)
65. Destruction of death (1 Cor. 15:26)
66. All promises true (2 Cor. 1:20)
68. Transformation (2 Cor. 3:18)
69. Enrichment in all things (2 Cor. 9:11)
70. Spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:4-5;
71. Perfect strength (2 Cor. 12:9)
72. Deliverance from the present evil world (Galatians 1:4)
73. Redemption (Ephes. 1:7,14; Col. 1:14; Titus 2:14; Hebrews 2:9-15; Hebrews 9:11-15)
74. Restitution of all things (Ephes. 1:10; Acts 3:21; 1 Cor. 15:24-28; Rev. 21)
75. Heavenly citizenship (Ephes. 2:19; Phil. 3:20)
76. God's infinite power (Ephes. 3:20)
77. Long life (Ephes. 6:3)
78. Peace shall keep you (Phil. 4:7)
79. Honor and usefulness (2 Tim. 2:21)
80. Personal representation (Hebrews 9:24)
81. Eternal substance (Hebrews 10:34)
82. Angel ministers (Hebrews 1:14)
83. God to be the same (James 1:17)
84. God to have pity on sufferers (James 5:11)
85. All things (2 Peter 1:3)
86. Great promises (2 Peter 1:4)
87. The divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)
88. Escape from the corruption of the world (2 Peter 1:4)
89. Security (2 Peter 1:10)
90. An advocate with God (1 John 2:1-2)
91. Renewed life (1 John 5:16; James 5:19-20; Galatians 4:19; Galatians 6:1)
92. Eternal truth (2 John 1:2)
93. Escape from hell (Rev. 2:11)
94. Name retained in the book of life (Rev. 3:5; cp. Exodus 32:32; Psalm 69:25-28)
95. A right to enter the
96. Plagues of Revelation upon rebels (Rev. 22:18-19)
97. Names of rebels blotted out of the book of life (Rev. 22:19; cp. Rev. 3:5; Exodus 32:32; Psalm 69:25-29)
98. Rebels will be denied the blessings of Revelation (Rev. 22:19)
99. Soon return of Y’shua the Messiah (Jesus the Christ) to fulfill all the above promises (Rev. 22:7,12,20; cp. Rev. 3:11)
God’s provision is in His promises! We see this most clearly from 2 Peter 1:2–4:
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue… verses 2–3
In the words of Derek Prince:
Note that the Christian life is a life of multiplication. It is not static—just holding on to what you’ve got. It’s not even mere addition. It’s multiplication. This comes through “the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.” Everything that we ever need comes to us from God through Jesus. We need no other source of supply and no other channel.
In the tense that Peter uses, “has given,” we see that God has already given us all we are ever going to need for time and eternity, for every area of our lives—for life and godliness. Many times we pray on the basis of a misunderstanding. We ask God to give us something He has already given us. It is not easy for God to answer those prayers because by answering them He would support that misunderstanding. So sometimes we have to adjust our thinking in order to pray the kind of prayer that God is able to answer. Thanking God is often more appropriate than petitioning Him.
Notice again, “all things” are included in “the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” The original Greek says that Jesus “called us to His own glory and virtue.” It is not our glory, but His. It is not our virtue, but His. God has already given us everything we are ever going to need, and it is all contained in the knowledge of Jesus. The Greek word for “knowledge” can also be translated “acknowledging.” It means both “knowledge” and “acknowledging.” It is not enough that we intellectually know about Jesus; we must effectively acknowledge Him in our lives.
... by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises…. verse 4
Here’s the key! God has already given us everything we are going to need. Where is it? It is in the promises of His Word. God’s provision is in His promises. This is the vital truth that you must grasp: the provision is in the promises. Say it over to yourself until it becomes part of your thinking: the provision is in the promises . . . the provision is in the promises.
Now, we come to another breathtaking statement:
… that through these [the promises] you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. verse 4
I wonder whether contemporary Christians understand that language. I don’t know how to say it any better. It means that “we become partakers of God’s own nature.” We receive the actual nature of God. We become divine.
Now, you might think that is a risky statement to make, and it is. Yet Scripture supports it. When Jesus was challenged about His claim to be the Son of God, He quoted one of the psalms, saying, “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken)” (John 10:35). This quotation is taken from a psalm which says, “I said, ‘You are gods’” (Psalm 82:6). God actually spoke to men and said, “You are gods.”
We may find this hard to receive, but Jesus gives us the divine commentary. How could men become gods? What was the basis? It was that the Word of God came to them. “If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken,” the same principle applies to us. Because the Word of God comes to us through the promises of God, we can become partakers of God’s nature. We can become divine.
I realize, of course, that statement could be misused. Nevertheless, I believe that in the way I have presented it, it is an accurate analysis of what Scripture actually teaches.
And then the final part of that revelation is a logical consequence of what has gone before. In proportion as we become partakers of the divine nature, we are delivered from the corruption that is in this world—because the divine nature and corruption are incompatible. The divine nature is incorruptible. Everything in this world is corruptible. Logically, therefore, as we become partakers of the nature of God, we are delivered from the corruption of this world.
I would like to now sum up in our own words the essence of what Peter has told us in verses 3 and 4 above. It can be reduced to five successive statements that describe principle number one: God’s provision is in His promises.
· God’s divine power has already given us everything we are ever going to need for time and eternity.
· It is all contained in rightly knowing and acknowledging Jesus.
· God’s provision is in His promises.
· As we appropriate (take possession of) the promises, we become partakers of God’s nature.
· As we become partakers of God’s nature, we are delivered from the corruption of this world.
Be strongly encouraged not to merely read through this summary once—or even twice. Take time to meditate on it. The revelation is such that you cannot absorb it in just a few minutes. It demands that you expose your whole mind and being to it until it becomes a part of you.
The Second Principle
The promises are our inheritance. They are what God is bringing us into. There is a very simple parallel between the Old Testament and the New. In the Old Testament, under a leader named Joshua, God brought His people into a promised land. In the New Testament, under a leader named Jesus (which in Hebrew is the same word as Joshua), God brings His people into a land of promises. Old Covenant—a promised land; New Covenant—a land of promises.
Let’s look for a moment at the book of Joshua and see the basic conditions that God gave to Joshua. God first reminded Joshua, “Moses My servant is dead” (Joshua 1:2). I find that very significant. Before we can come into something new, there always has to be a death of something old. The spiritual life, in a certain sense, is like the seasons of the year. There is a continuing, ongoing cycle of seasons. We have summer with its abundance; then fall, a time of withering; winter, the time of death; and then spring, the time of renewal and resurrection. This is a principle that goes through our lives. God only blesses that which has died and been resurrected. The transition from Moses to Joshua represents one which recurs from time to time in the life of every believer.
“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them—the children of Israel. Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon, that I have given you, as I said to Moses. Joshua 1:2–3
Note the word all in “all this people.” God was not going to leave any of the people behind. In most circles today, we would be satisfied if we could get 90 percent of the people over. But God said, “Everyone is going to go over.” I sincerely believe that is how God views our situation today in regard to His promises. Everybody will have to move in.
Then notice the tenses. God says there: “I am giving them the land” (present tense). Then He says in verse 3, “I have given you.” Once God gave it, it was given. From then on, it was spoken of in the past tense. From that moment onward, the land legally belonged to the children of Israel. But we have to distinguish between the legal and the experiential.
Many times when I talk to a believer from a fundamental background about being baptized in the Holy Spirit or receiving physical healing from God, he replies, “I got it all when I was saved. There’s nothing more to get.” One way to answer that is, “If you got it all, where is it all?”
Nevertheless, I do believe, in a sense, they are correct. Legally, when you came to Christ, you became an heir of God and joint-heir with Jesus Christ. Thereafter, the whole inheritance is legally yours. But there is a great difference between the legal and the experiential. You may own much legally, but enjoy very little in actual experience.
I sometimes illustrate this by the following little parable: If Joshua and the children of Israel had been like some fundamentalists, they would have lined up on the east bank of the river Jordan, looked across the river, folded their arms and said, “We’ve got it all!” That would have been legally correct, but experientially incorrect. If they had been like some Pentecostals, they would have crossed the river Jordan (which I liken to being baptized in the Holy Spirit), then lined up on the west bank, folded their arms and said, “We’ve got it all!” But actually they would have been just one stage further—still far from their real inheritance.
The interesting thing about the children of Israel taking the Promised Land is that God brought them in by a miracle, and then gave them their first victory over Jericho by a miracle. But after that, they had to fight for every piece of land they possessed. In the same way, we cannot expect to get our inheritance without conflict!
The way the children of Israel were to gain their inheritance was: “Every place that you put the sole of your foot upon shall be yours.” So it is with us also. Legally, it is all ours right at this moment. Experientially, however, we have to move in and assert our claim to what God has given us. We have to put our foot on each promise as we come to it. That is a very vivid picture for asserting: “God has promised this to me, and I now lay claim to His promise.”
The Third Principle
The promises are the expression of God’s will. God never promised anything that was not His will. We need to understand this important fact.
Suppose I have a young son and I say to him, “If you’ll sweep out the garage, put everything in order and do a good job, I’ll give you ten dollars.” My son agrees and goes in, sweeps out the garage, does a good job and makes everything neat and orderly. He comes back to me and says, “Dad, I want my ten dollars.” What would you think of me if I said, “I never meant to give you ten dollars. It wasn’t my will”? You would write me off as an unreliable and undependable person—a failure as a father.
So it is with the promises of God. Suppose we discover a promise that meets our need, and then we obediently fulfill the conditions that God has laid down. If we then come to Him for what He has promised, He will never tell us, “It’s true that I promised you that, but I never really meant to give it to you. It’s not My will.” Such behavior would be unbecoming even in an earthly father. It would be totally inconsistent with the nature of God as our heavenly Father. In fact, Jesus Himself has assured us of the very opposite: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him!” (Luke 11:13). We see, then, that the promises of God are the expression of His will.
When we know God’s will, we can pray with confidence. Let’s look at 1 John 5: “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him [God]” (verse 14). The Greek word here translated “confidence” means literally “freedom of speech.” It was a very important word in the political background of the Greek people. One of the things they fought for in democracy was freedom of speech, which is, of course, very familiar to American democracy.
So the verse could read, “This freedom of speech we have in God.” The implication is that confidence needs to be expressed in what we say. It is not enough merely to “believe in the heart”; we must also “confess with the mouth” (see Romans 10:10).
Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14–15
All successful praying revolves around the knowledge of God’s will. Once we know that we are asking for something according to the will of God, we know we have it. Not “we’re going to have it,” but “we have it.” In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you received them [this is the correct, literal translation], and you will have them.” When do we receive? When we pray. The receiving is in the present—now. The actual experiential outworking of what we have received—the “will have them”—is often in the future. But if we do not receive now, we will not have later.
The teaching of Mark 11:24 agrees exactly with that of 1 John 5:14–15. In each case, the lesson is: we must receive, by faith, at the very moment that we pray. Thereafter, we must boldly express our confidence that we have received—even before the thing received is actually manifested in our experience.
One of the devil’s favorite tactics is to get us to put off to some future moment the thing that we ought to appropriate (take possession of) now. In the book, Faith to Live By, by Derek Prince, he illustrates this with a vivid story:
As a young man of about twenty, while I was studying Greek philosophy at Cambridge University, I was given a grant to visit Greece in order to study the various antiquities on the spot. I went with a friend of mine who was son of the vice-chancellor of Cambridge University. We stayed in a hotel in Athens and went out about the same time every morning for the day’s sightseeing.
Every day when we walked out of our hotel, there was a little group of shoeblacks on the sidewalk waiting to polish our shoes. Now, if you have never been in the Middle East or the Mediterranean countries, you will find it hard to picture the scene. But in those countries shoeblacks are determined! I mean they are going to polish your shoes whether you want it or not!
Every morning the shoeblacks would approach us and say, “Shine your shoes?” Every morning we would say in Greek, “No!”—“Ochi!” When you say no in Greek you say ochi and you throw your head back at the same time. The motion of the head enforces the meaning of the word. But every morning the shoeblacks just went ahead and polished our shoes anyhow.
Since this method wasn’t working, one morning my friend decided to try a different tactic. When we got out of the hotel door and the shoeblacks approached us asking, “Polish your shoes?” my friend replied in Greek, “Avrio.” This caught the shoeblacks off their guard. They paused for a moment and looked at us uncertainly. Taking advantage of their momentary hesitation, we got by without having our shoes polished. Can you guess what avrio means? It means “tomorrow.”
Many times when we are on our way to accessing God’s blessings the devil resorts to the same tactic. He does not say, “No.” But he says, “Tomorrow.” As a result, we hesitate just for a moment and so fail to access the blessing we are praying for—the benefit Jesus already paid the price for.
What does Scripture say is the accepted time? Now! We often say, “Today is the accepted time.” But Scripture does not say that. It says, “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). God lives in the eternal now. When we meet God, it is never yesterday and never tomorrow. His name is not “I was,” nor “I will be.” It is always “I AM.” (See Exodus 3:14.)
The Forth Principle
All God’s promises are now available to us through Christ. As a basis for this principle, let us look at 2 Corinthians 1:20. This is a key verse when we deal with “dispensationalists”—that is, people who relegate nearly all of God’s blessings and provisions either to the past (“the apostolic age”) or to the future (“the millennium”). There are several different versions of this verse, but it seems that the New King James Version says it about as clearly and emphatically as it is possible to say it.
For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God by [or through] us.
Whatever translation you use, there are certain key words that do not change.
First of all, “all the promises”—not some, but all.
Second, “are”—not “were” or “will be.”
Third, “in Him”—there is only one channel through which God makes His promises available to us. That unique, all-sufficient channel is Y’shua Messiah (Jesus the Christ).
Fourth, “to the glory of God.” Every promise that we appropriate in the will of God glorifies God. God has so arranged His promises that when we access them, He is glorified.
Romans 3:23 says, “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” There are different ways of translating that, but in essence we understand it to mean, “By our sin we have robbed God of His glory.” How, then, do we repay to God the glory that is due Him? One way is found in Romans 4 where it says about Abraham that he “was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He [God] had promised He was able also to perform” (verses 20–21). So we give back to God the glory that our sin has robbed from Him by believing His promises. The more we access God’s promises, the more we glorify Him. And all His promises are now available to us through Christ.
Finally, consider the two little words that come last in 2 Corinthians 1:20—“by us.” It’s not “by the apostles”; or “by the early church”; or “by special Christians—such as evangelists or missionaries.” It is “by us.” “Us” includes you. All God’s promises are now available to you through faith in Christ.
Of course, you do not need all of God promises right now. In fact, we could not claim all of God’s promises in just one moment. But any promise we need that fits our situation is available to us right now. This is the way we can sum it up: Every promise that fits your situation and meets your need is for you now.
That’s the fourth principle: all God’s promises are now available to us through Christ.
The Fifth Principle
The fulfillment of God’s promises does not depend upon our circumstances, but upon our meeting God’s conditions. When God gives a promise, it is not limited to a particular set of circumstances. It does not have to be easy for God to accomplish what He promised.
One common mistake we make when confronted with a promise of God is to say, “Yes, I see that is what God says. But in this particular situation it would be too much,” and our faith wavers. The truth of the matter is, God’s promises do not depend upon the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Circumstances make no difference. You can be a hundred years old and your spouse can be ninety years old, but if God says you are going to have a son, you are going to have a son.
It does not depend on anything around us or in us. Nothing physical, nothing temporal, and nothing in the space/time world can change the eternal promises of God. That’s the lesson. It is why God so often allowed men of faith to get into totally impossible situations. He wanted to make it absolutely clear that in no case were His promises dependent upon a favorable set of circumstances. In fact, He usually lets the circumstances become just about as unfavorable as they could be.
Real faith refuses to be influenced by circumstances. For instance, when Elijah wanted the fire to come down from heaven to consume the sacrifice on his altar, he doused the sacrifice in water three times and let the water run around and fill up the ditch. Then he said, “Now let’s see what God can do.” And when the fire came, it burned up the water, it burned up the dust, it burned up the wood, it burned up the sacrifice. God’s fire has no more problem with a ditch full of water than with dry wood. Wet or dry, difficult or easy, possible or impossible—it makes no difference with God.
Perhaps the most remarkable example of this fact is the provision of God for Israel in the wilderness. For forty years He fed them, clothed them, provided for them, and He guided something like three million people—men, women, old people, infants, cattle, everything—in a totally barren desert where there was no water, no food—nothing in fact, except sand and sun. God went out of His way to say, “Make it difficult, and let Me show you what I can do.” In fact, He made it difficult. He was the One who arranged the situation.
It is so important to understand that we must not let our focus move from the promise to the situation. Whenever we do that, like Peter walking on the water, we begin to sink.
The Five Principles
Let’s review those five principles just to fix them in our minds. They are:
1. God’s provision is in His promises.
2. The promises are our inheritance.
3. God’s promises are the expression of His will.
4. All God’s promises are now available to us through Christ.
5. The fulfillment of God’s promises does not depend upon our circumstances, but upon our meeting God’s conditions.
Two Specific Promises
As a practical application of these principles, consider two specific promises of God, both found in the Psalms.
Oh fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. The young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing. Psalm 34:9–10
For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
Both of these are clear promises that God will provide everything good that His people may ever need.
However, before we plunge into claiming the promises, let’s take the logical step of examining the conditions. Neglecting this step is where many of us go astray. We say, “Oh, that’s a beautiful promise. I want that,” but don’t pause to examine the conditions. The benefits of most of God’s promises are conditional: “If you do this—I will do that.”
Of course, there are some unconditional promises of God. For instance, “In the last days . . . I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh” (Acts 2:17). Another is God’s promise of the restoration of Israel. These are unconditional promises of God related to a certain time. There are some promises that God will do unconditionally when it suits Him. However, the benefits of most of God’s promises are conditional.
Thank you Derek Prince Ministries
Benefits (Blessings) and Curses Are Conditional!
Link to the list of 250 separate benefits of the 750 New Testament promises
“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Habakkuk 2:4)
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12) See the reality of evil, Satan, or the devil
Thank you Finis Jennings Dake and Dake Publishing
Thank you Derek Prince Ministries and his book entitled Foundational Truths for Christian Living