By: Dennis Pierce
Scripture Reading: Numbers 23:19
I. God’s word is sure. (Numbers 23:19; Isaiah 55:11)
II. God is faithful to keep his promises. (1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23)
III. We don’t always keep our promises. (Proverbs 10:19)
IV. Since God is not like us, we can have full assurance in his promises. (Joshua 23:14)
I. The many promises of God are given to us.
A. Thousands of promises from God are in the Bible.
1. The word promise occurs just over 50 times in KJV.
2. The phrases, “God said” and “I will” are throughout the Bible.
3. Consider Genesis Chapter 1. (“God said”)
B. These promises are for us.
1. All our needs are fulfilled. (Philippians 4:19)
2. The promises of God to the faithful, to the godly, to the obedient, to those who trust in God are not just words.
3. Matthew 11:28; Hebrews 13:5; 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:28; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalms 23:4; Revelation 2:10.
C. Are we not seeking these promises because we want things in this life?
II. God’s promises are conditional.
A. Consider the conditions.
1. Matthew 11:28, come unto me...
2. Hebrew 13:9, be content with such things as ye have…
B. We accept conditions in physical life.
1. If we work, we get paid.
2. If we study in school we pass exams.
III. God’s promises require patience.
A. Abraham and Sarah are an example of impatience with God’s promise. (Genesis 12-21)
B. We have difficulty with patience even in simple things.
C. We will reap in due season. (Galatians 6:9)
Promises from God are not all about great blessings. Galatians 6:7-8 provides more information about the promise of reaping and sowing and Jesus gives a promise in John 5:28-29 that should motivate everyone to follow him.