The “Exceeding Great And Precious Promises”

Word of the Day

Faithfulness of God

“Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature…”(II Peter 1:4). “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above ALL that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us…”(Eph.3:20). “But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, ‘With men this is impossible; but with God ALL things are possible.’ “(Matt.19:26). “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of ALL his troubles.”(Psalm 34:6). “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear…But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God MUST believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”(Heb.11;3,6;emphases added).

I hear so many folks talk glowingly about the promises of God, but I don’t hear very many of these same folks talk about claiming these promises. It seems that, in today’s Church, the “…exceeding great and precious promises…” are for discussion and “feel good” purposes only. Where would the Church be today had, throughout the centuries of time since creation, men and women had not claimed and stood on these promises? In the same Bible that records these promises, we also read of men and women who had no other choice in life than to claim these promises for their own; and surprise, surprise, we find out that God honored these folks!

This same Bible also records the mighty power that enables our God “…to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…”. This Book also says that this mighty “…power …worketh in us…”. What is this great power? Why, it is the power that spoke the worlds into existence, that delivered saints throughout history, that raised Jesus from the dead. It is THAT “…power that worketh in us…”. Apparently, Paul believed that God’s mighty power is working in the lowliest of believers, even me.

In answer to a query from His disciples about who can be saved, Jesus responded by declaring that “…with God, all things are possible.”. Wow! Is Jesus saying that nothing is beyond this mighty power of God “…that worketh in us”? Can it be possible that the power of God that raised Jesus from the dead is working in my life? Wow! What a thought!!

The Psalmist declared that, when he cried out to God, that God “…saved him out of all his troubles…”. Do you suppose that the Psalmist was REALLY delivered out of ALL his troubles? Can it be that the God Whom you serve and I serve is really able to do all that?

And is it really possible that God created everything out of nothing? Can you imagine God, standing in total nothingness, simply spoke and things appeared just like He said? Is that really possible, and if so, HOW?

O, but then comes the clincher! It says two things about faith. First, I must believe that God IS, that He really does exist! I have to choose to believe that this God that the Bible describes is really real! And is that difficult! I am programmed to believe only that which I can see, and only half of that! So, how do I come to believe that this God, Who is Spirit and I can’t see, feel, touch is real? I mean, I talk about Him being real. I sing about His reality. I even preach and teach about Him. But, do I really believe, in the deep recesses of my heart and mind, that He is really real? Or is all that I say, just that, so much talk? Someone has said that I practice what I really believe, all the rest is just so much “religious” talk. Is that all this God is to me, another subject for me to talk about? Or is He real, to me, in my life, in my heart? Is He real enough to me that I am really willing and ready to “…come to Him…”, believing, even casting all my cares on Him(I Peter 5:7)?

This same Bible also declares that “…He is a rewarder of them that DILIGENTLY seek Him…”. Ouch! I mean I come to Him, and I tell myself that I believe that He does exist, but do I really believe that He will reward ME if I seek Him with all my heart? Does that ever put me on the spot! I mean it really hits me where I live! I can believe that He rewarded Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Paul, John, Peter, but ME? That is a totally different matter! Who am I that He would reward ME?

But if I am going to believe the Book, I MUST believe all of it! Even that part where it says that God is willing to reward me when I seek Him with all my heart! So this really raises an issue for me. Why do I NOT seek Him with all my heart?

Here we are in modern America, where apathy reigns supreme in the country and in the Church, where all we do is just talk about the issues facing us, where we do all our talking, our teaching, our preaching, our praying and then go home and act as though there is nothing that can be done. Does that display ANY faith at all? Can we claim to have faith in this God of the Bible, when all we do is talk?

What about these “promises” that we so glowingly talk about? Do these have any relevance at all in our lives? Or, are they just subjects of sermons, lessons, songs and conversation? And if they are real, am I willing to claim them as MINE? O, what a personal question I must ask myself. And I am the only one who can answer that question. So, how do I answer it for myself????

 

About Franklin Pearce

Like you, I am still struggling in my walk with God. Like you, I have not arrived. So, please respond with your comments, pro or con. All I ask is that no vulgarity, shouting down, no put-downs be used. I am a Christian and I trust that, if you are reading this blog, you are also. This blog is written by a Christian, for Christians, and so, please, let's keep all comments in that vein. In fact, this is how we all learn. So, thank you for reading this blog, and thank you for responding, again, pro or con.
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