I was studying the promises of God and, wow did I come up on some good things to share. There are 250 promises in the New Testament, but some of them are not things we might want!
God has promised us salvation, Spirit baptism, life by the Word, protection by angels, soul-winning power, Kingdom of heaven, comfort, earth as an inheritance, filling of righteousness, mercy, a visible God, blessing for persecution, great rewards, forgiveness of sins, necessities of life, answers to all prayers, all good things, punishment in hell for rebellion, bodily healing, answers to prayer according to faith, degrees of punishment in hell, inspiration, final salvation at the end of a life of sowing to the Spirit, second advent of Christ, exposure of all secrets, providence of God, divine recognition, life or death, prophet’s reward, righteous man’s reward, soul rest, only one unpardonable sin, judgment of minutest details, conversion upon obedience, exaltation of righteous, segregation of good and bad, building of a church, a victorious church, power to bind and loose, rewards according to works, unlimited power, reception of Christ, salvation of the lost, divine presence now and hereafter, material blessings, eternal life, exaltation through humility, … I can’t list them all.
We know that the bible tells us in Numbers 23:19 - “19God 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?”
John 15:7 “7But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!”
John 15:16-17-“16You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”
John 14:21-“21Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”
Hebrews 11:6-6And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
John 16:23-26 “23At that time you won’t need to ask me for anything. I tell you the truth, you will ask the Father directly, and he will grant your request because you use my name. 24You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy. 25“I have spoken of these matters in figures of speech, but soon I will stop speaking figuratively and will tell you plainly all about the Father. 26Then you will ask in my name. I’m not saying I will ask the Father on your behalf, 27for the Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from God.”
James 1:5-8-“5If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. 6But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. 7Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.”
Mark 11:22-24-“22And Jesus answered them, "Have faith in God. 23Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”
It is written “3By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. 4And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires. 5In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises." 2 Peter 1:3-4