He (God) has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. II Peter 1:4
Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled. Joshua 21
When God made his promise to Abraham, he backed it to the hilt, putting his own reputation on the line. He said, “I promise that I’ll bless you with everything I have—bless and bless and bless!” Abraham stuck it out and got everything that had been promised to him. When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee his promises, he gave his word, a rock-solid guarantee—God can’t break his word. And because his word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God. Hebrews 6
THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROMISES:
- You need to know His Promises.
O Lord. For the sake of your servant and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made known all these great promises. I Chronicles 17:19
FEARThe Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27
FINANCIAL NEEDAnd my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
SICKNESS Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, 3 who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, 5 who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103
IN TRIALSWho will separate us from the love of Christ? Will trouble, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 37 No, in all these things we have complete victory through him who loved us! Romans 8
WHEN YOU’RE UNDER DEMONIC ATTACKI give to you the authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and on all the power of the enemy, and nothing by any means shall hurt you; Luke 10:19
TRAVELING The Lord will protect your coming and going
both now and forever. Psalm 121:8
- You need to understand His Promises.
God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind.
Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? Numbers 23:19
Without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. II Corinthians 1:20
- You need to pursue His Promises.
Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Psalm 119:140
My eyes stay open through the watches of the night, that I may meditate on your promises. Psalm 119:148
4 Cups represent 4 major promises
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves. 18 For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. Luke 22
The 4 promises are the core of all of His promises. All of the other promises are built around these promises.
“Therefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you outfrom under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will free youfrom being slaves to them, and I will redeem youwith an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. 7 I will take you as my own people,and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God,who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians. Exodus 6
Four Things God Wants To Do:
- I will bring you out. Cup of Salvation
It wasn’t so long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glands, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with himand given us back our lives. And there’s more life to come—an eternity of life! You can count on this. Titus 3:3
- I will free you from being slaves. Cup of Deliverance
Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God's law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Romans 7:25.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2
III. I will redeem you. Cup of Redemption
It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for.Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living,part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone. Ephesians 1:11-12
- I will take you as my people. Cup of Praise
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praisesof him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; I Peter 2:9
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the