Believing the Promises

II Corinthians 1:20

For the next few weeks we want to look at the topic of "Believing the Promises". It is one thing to know the promises of God, and yet another to actually believe them! We will never be all that God wants us to be until we become 'promise believers'.

In our text this morning we find that all of God's promises answer yes in Christ; all of God's promises are based upon and find their fulfillment in Christ. Peter uses three words to describe the promises of God.

Note: "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." cf 2Pe. 1:4

What is a promise? An oral or written agreement to do or not to do something. To give a basis for expectation. God's promises are graciously bestowed, secured by negotiation. There are over 3000 promises for us to claim in God's Word. What we must do is learn to depend more upon His promises to us than our promises to Him. We have all heard of 'foxhole religion'. Our promises to God are not very valuable, but His promises to us are exceeding, great, and precious.

I. Guiding Principles for Believing the Promises of God.

Conclusion: We must learn to believe God's exceeding great and precious promises. It will change the way we pray and it will change the way we live! Let's determine to become promise believers!