There is a treasure trove of powerful supernatural support and deliverance stored up for you by God. But these resources rest in apparent slumber, waiting for your desire (and desperation) to lead you to them. The storehouse of God’s provision is released through God’s great and precious promises. Peter, directly under the Holy Spirit’s influence, penned these amazing words:
2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. (2 Peter 1:2-4)
God’s marvelous grace and peace are conveyed to us through the true knowledge of who He is. Specifically, His mighty power and provision are released experientially to us as we trust in His magnificent promises. He has given us absolutely everything we need to carry out His will and to operate in His peace and joy as we go.
But the problem is that we simply do not often see it. We hastily read a portion of Scripture, perhaps a clear promise from God, and the meaning goes over our head. It’s pregnant with all the power of heaven and it has no more effect on us than the daily newspaper.
How sad to acknowledge that to many of us God’s promises have not been recognized for their magnificence and power. They seem mundane or irrelevant.
But then one day, like a person hiking in a forest, we happen to notice the edge of a wooden box slightly protruding from the ground. We dig around it, open it up, and suddenly find a chest full of gold and precious gems! What do we do? We seek to secure the treasure and buy that field! We will go and sell our cars, CD’s, video games, guns and boats and whatever ever it takes to get legal possession of the magnificent treasure. (Does this sound like Matthew 13:44?)
This is why a number of Bible translators use the phrase in 2 Peter 1:3, “Seeing that His divine power has granted us…” A spiritual discovery is always required. The hiker had to see the treasure before it meant anything to him.
If we are honest, sometimes God’s word seems like dead letters resting on the pages of the Bible. Meanwhile the voice of the flesh and of the enemy mocks God’s truth. Or at least accuses us of not being able to measure up to them. And sin goes on making great promises of its own. Madison Avenue and Hollywood create their own promises and cheaply sell them to us. To the degree that God’s promises seem powerless, irrelevant, or out of reach to us, we can be sure that we have succumbed to the lying promises of sin.
An important step to victory is to intentionally meditate upon and commit to memory the great promises of God. Whatever battle you are facing and whatever trial or temptation you are up against, God has made provision for you to experience His special help and support. And this provision comes only one way: through the true knowledge of Him who called you by His own glory and goodness. And He truly has given you His great and magnificent promises – so that by them you may tangibly partake of His glorious nature and kick sin and hell out of your life.
Beloved, there is no other approach to sustained victory. This is God’s way.
Next time we will look at some of these magnificent promises.