ARE YOU WALKING ON THE PREMISES OR STANDING ON THE PROMISES? Andy Hollifield 2-19-19
2 Peter 1:4 Whereby are given unto us great and precious promises:…
I am glad to report that not only am I blessed to be able to walk on the premises where God walks, but am also standing on the promises that he has given to all who will accept him. As is quite often the case, someone with a better mind than me made this statement except they said, “Walking in the promises.” I am thankful that I have promises to walk in that I can stand on. Absolute truths! I know that is an outdated concept in our modern world of gray areas. The bible does mention a few gray areas though. One was prior to the flood it probably got gray before the rain started. Also, when Elijah was on the mountain with Ahab and the servant saw the cloud the size of a man’s hand. It probably turned gray just as the skies darkened and the rains let loose. Every time a drought ended in scripture, there was probably a space of time there was a gray area just before the skies turned black and it started pouring. But, as far as the precepts, principles, and promises of God are concerned; there are no gray areas, there is only absolute truth.
Since we have defined gray areas, lets look at some of those absolute truths. Some of those great and precious promises that God has given to those that repent and accept him as their Savior. But first, let me say that not all of the promises in the bible are for us as Christians. There is the promise of eternal separation from God in hell for those that never accept him. There are the promises of “The worm dieth not” and the fire is not quenched” (Matthew 9:44,46,48). Matthew 25:28 promises that the unprofitable servant will be cast into outer darkness where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. You may be thinking this is supposed to be an encouraging post. Oh, it is. Look at what you get to miss if you are a born again child of God, having accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior by repenting of your sins! That ought to encourage you to hit another lick for the Lord.
Now for some “great and precious promises.” First, did you know the word “promises” is only in the bible 13 times? The word “promise” is used 53 times and the word “promised” is used 47 times. The word “promising” is only used once. My guess is because God has already made the promises to his people. By the way, according to one persons count, there are 3573 promises in the bible. I don’t know all of them but I want to share a few I do know. First is Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Aren’t you glad that he promised rest to us? Who was that promise to? John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” I am glad I am a “whosoever.” How did I become one? “Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37). Here’s one for you; “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7). While we are talking about grace, here is another promise:”My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…” (2 Corinthians 12:9). I can’t even think about covering all of his promises. If you want to read all of them, just open his word. He said it better than I ever could anyway. But, before I go, see how you like this one. “…I go to prepare a place for you. (3) 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. (John 14:2-3). All right. We can’t quit there. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (17) Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. (18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18). I hope this has been a comfort to you. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!