January 2012

- 2 Peter 1:4 -

“For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises.”

Please read 2 Peter 3-4 as you meditate on this New Year’s Newsletter.

2 Peter 1:4
declares that God has given to us His precious and magnificent promises.  They are now our own personal possessions. God has lavished these promises on His beloved children.  Christians do tend to neglect these promises.  The personal consequences of such neglect can be severe.

These promises come to us “by these” – by God’s own glory and excellence [v. 3].  They are an incalculable treasure.  They unleash the experience of God’s own glorious person and providence in our day.

These promises are given to us so that by them we might become “partakers” of God’s own “divine nature”.  Our freedom from the world’s corruption is experienced progressively as these promises enable us to become more like Him!


The world forces of darkness cherish the thought of facing us in battle while we are without the power and protection of these promises. Therefore they are to be internalized.  They are to incite our utmost confidence in God.

These promises are laden throughout the Scriptures.  They are varied, intricate, numerous, and fashioned by God to deal with any and every spiritual need.  These “precious and magnificent” promises are invaluable because if we lean upon them our Lord faithfully brings His grace into our lives.

They direct our focus off difficulty onto His greatness.  They protect us from the burden of facing troubles apart from the Lord’s sustaining power and love.                                   

For example, in Rev 3:20 we read:  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”  Here God vividly pictures His longing to fellowship with us closely.  He is knocking upon the door, so to speak, so that we might open our hearts and experience

intimate communion.


[By the way, Rev 3:20 may be a direct promise for the unsaved to receive the rich blessings of salvation although application here is for both believers and the lost.]


Rev 3:20 is an amazing promise, and just one of so many.  They are a vast storehouse from which we may partake of His “nature” at any time through faith.  Let us not walk as spiritual paupers.  Let us rely wholeheartedly upon the promises of God.




Are you walking by faith?  Have you been leaning upon God’s precious and magnificent promises or are you impoverishing your soul through neglect?

If so, take these three steps to kindle your faith.


1.      Search the Scriptures and identify two or three promises tightly
         related to your need for His provision.

2.      Meditate prayerfully on these very promises throughout the week. 

3.      Watch with confident anticipation as God demonstrates His steadfast
         commitment to respond to us because we are holding onto the specific
         promises of His Word.  This kind of faith pleases God, and He responds.


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