Great and Precious Promises

by Greg Laurie on Oct 5, 2021
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires
—2 Peter 1:4

Every year $5.8 billion in gift cards goes unclaimed. That’s a pretty good deal for the sellers, by the way. It reminds me a little of the promises of God. All too often, we neglect to claim them.

Yet God has made a lot of promises to us in the Bible. In fact, 2 Peter 1:4 describes them as “great and precious promises” (NLT).

For example, God has promised that we will never be alone in life. Sometimes you may feel as though you’re all alone, but you’re not alone if Jesus Christ is in your heart. Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “For God has said, ‘I will never fail you. I will never abandon you’” (NLT).

In Isaiah 41:10 the Lord says, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand” (NLT).

God also promises to get us through whatever we’re facing. Maybe you’re going through a hard time right now, and you’re wondering whether you’ll ever get through it. God will get you through. He will be with you every step of the way.

He has said, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you” (Isaiah 43:2 NLT).

And in Psalm 23, which many of us have memorized, David wrote, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me” (verse 4 NKJV).

We all know what it’s like to have someone make a promise to us and then break it. But when God makes a promise, we can take it to the bank. It’s good to go. He keeps His promises.

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