“…by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises…” 2 Peter 1:4
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.” 2 Corinthians 1:20
Because of Jesus, all of the promises in the Bible are ours to claim. But it goes deeper than that. It’s not so much that we claim God’s promises, but that God’s promises claim us. That changes everything! But there is still an element to us making the promises our own. Jeremiah Burroughs, a Puritan pastor, wants you to know just how confident you can be when it comes to believing that all of God’s promises find their yes in Jesus, and therefore, are yours for the taking-
Therefore when you look into the book of God and find any promise there, you may make it your own; just as an heir who rides over a lot of fields and meadows says, This meadow is my inheritance, and this corn field is my inheritance, and then he sees a fine house, and says, This fine house is my inheritance. He looks at them with a different eye from a stranger who rides over those fields. A carnal heart reads the promises, and reads them merely as stories, not that he has any great interest in them. But every time a godly man reads the Scriptures (remember this when you are reading the Scripture) and there meets with a promise, he ought to lay his hand upon it and say, This is part of my inheritance, it is mine, and I am to live upon it. (The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, p.83).
When you look into the Book of God and find a promise there, make it your own! When you open God’s word, there is a treasure trove of “precious and very great promises” for you to make your own. As Kevin DeYoung recently tweeted:
How should we read the Bible? Look for promises and fight to believe every last one of them.
So I triple-dog-dare you to find a promise in God’s word and make it your own. I triple-dog-dare you to find a promise in God’s word and fight to believe it. Then, go tell someone this week what promise you are clinging to. Think about how the culture of our churches would change if we started sharing “our” promises with others? I think that would be pretty awesome. So I will say it again: I triple-dog-dare you to find a promise in God’s word this week, “own” it, and then share it with others. You might be surprised how things will change in your life, the lives of others, and the life of your church.