Great and Precious Promises

While I was exercising I began to meditate on 2 Peter 1:3-4: “His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which we have been given exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” The phrase that caught my attention was “great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature.” With the knowledge of God comes very great, very precious promises. These promises enable us to share in the divine nature and escape the corruption of this evil age. Promises like these –

  •  “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
  • “I am with you, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
  • “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3).
  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).
  • “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).
  • “The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me” (Psalm 138:8, ESV).
  • “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Talk about a great way to kick off the week. Launch with His “exceedingly great and precious promises.” As the old country preacher opined, “We need to stop sittin’ on the premises and start standin’ on the promises!” Have a great Monday – standing on the promises!

“Standing on the promises of Christ my King,

Through eternal ages let His praises ring;

Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

“Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the living Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

“Standing on the promises I now can see

Perfect, present cleansing in the blood for me;

Standing in the liberty where Christ makes free,

Standing on the promises of God.

 

“Standing on the promises of Christ the Lord,

Bound to Him eternally by love’s strong cord,

Overcoming daily with the Spirit’s sword,

Standing on the promises of God.”

“Standing on the promises I cannot fall,

Listening every moment to the Spirit’s call,

Resting in my Savior as my all in all,

Standing on the promises of God.”

– R. Kelso Carter