The Promises We have in the Bible

The Promises We have in the Bible
Pastor Stephen "Red" Shumate
August 14th, 2016
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The Promises we have in the Bible-

Today, we are going to look at the promises of God by talking about the promises that we have in the Bible.  But before we get into the message today, I want to go over a few refresher points…things that you know, but I want to remind you of, so that they will be fresh in your mind as we hit our major points today.

1. The Bible is God’s word, and it is a living Word.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is living

The reason this is important to remember is because…
a. God speaks through his word, and this is one of the biggest ways God will communicate with us. But all too often we find ourselves praying “Just tell me what to do, God and I will do it.”  But then we don’t spend any time in His word.  If we want to hear His voice, we should start with His words.

b. Even though you have read a scripture a hundred times…the fact that it is a living word means that the next time, God might speak through that scripture directly into your heart in a different way the next time.  That doesn’t change the meaning of the scripture, but it might speak to us in a new way.

c. Because it is a living, active, not dead word, it is just as useful and relevant today as it was the very day it was written.  Sometimes we tend to think that God’s word was written so long ago, that it takes some effort to “figure out” how to apply it to our lives today, but the truth is, since it is a living word, it is just as relevant today as it was so many years ago.  

2. The Bible is a History Book, Science Book, and a book for personal growth.

It is all things that we need…

And as a history book, the Bible tells us the complete story of God and man and our relationship with one another. It tells us how sin entered the world and has corrupted this world.  It tells us of our hero, Jesus, who came to save us from this corrupt world.  It tells us what will happen (future history).

As a science book, it tells us how the world was created.  It tells us why miracles happen and even how they happen…(because God makes them happen).

As a book for personal growth, it helps us through our darkest hours.  It lifts us up.  It gives us guidance.  It tells us to love, how to love, and who to love.  It tells us not to worry, why we shouldn’t worry, and how not to worry (by placing our faith in Jesus).

So the Bible is more than just a book of do’s and don’ts it is a history book, a science book and a book for personal growth.

3. The Bible is inerrant (without error)
 This is an increasingly unpopular view, even among Christians. Many say it is mostly right, but it has to be read with a certain level of “understanding”.  The reason many Christians take this view is because when something doesn’t make sense to them and when they can’t reason it out in their own minds, then they try to find a way to “justify” what the Bible says.

For instance…
It is really difficult for us to get our heads around an earth that is only 6000 years old when scientific evidence suggests that it is billions of years old.

And since it is hard for us to imagine these things, we tend to try to explain them.  We might reason that the word that was translated as “day” could also be interpreted to mean a period of time.  Furthermore, we reason that the “period of time” could have been a billion years.  So, therefore, we try to justify what the Bible says by saying that even though the Bible says it was created in 6 days, it could be read as 6 periods of time, that were perhaps a billion years each.

But I would caution you against trying to “justify” these things, just because you can’t get your head around them. Instead, I would encourage you to believe with a childlike acceptance, that the Bible is inerrant and that it has no mistakes in it…and I would do so for several reasons.

1. The Bible has yet to be proven wrong.  Even when, for many years, logic would have suggested the Bible was wrong, it was eventually proven right.

Here is an excerpt from an article at gotquestions.org (http://www.gotquestions.org/proof-inspiration-Bible.html) that gives a good explanation.

“Archaeological findings support the history recorded in Scripture. Though many unbelieving people throughout history have tried to find archaeological evidence to disprove what is recorded in the Bible, they have failed. It is easy to say that Scripture is untrue. Proving it to be untrue is a different story. It has not been done. In fact, in the past the Bible contradicted the current “scientific” theories, only to be proven later to be in fact true. A good example is Isaiah 40:22, which declared that God “sits on the circle of the earth” long before scientists claimed the earth was flat.”

2. If you believe that the Bible is God’s word, and you believe God is all powerful, then shouldn’t we also believe that He can protect his word from mis-interpretations and mishandling of His word to His people?

3. When take the stance that the world wasn’t created in 7 days, but that days could represent periods of time, and those periods of time could have been billions of years and therefore it would align with what science is finding then we are limiting what we think God can do, when the reality is that He is limitless in his power.  

My God, who is not limited by the laws of physics, because let’s face it he wrote the laws can do anything and all things…including, but not limited to…Creating the entire universe in 7 days, and causing a flood that would cover the entire world.

So there are the points that we want to keep in mind as we go through our message today.
1. The Bible is God’s living word.
2. The Bible is a history book, a science book, and a guide for life
3. The Bible is Inerrant.

Now for the promises we have in the Bible.
1. The Bible is a guide for life.

The promise here is that we can use the Bible as a guide for our lives.  And let's be honest… who here couldn't use a guide for their life?  Have you ever thought, “Man, if Life would just come with a manual,”  Or “If God would just tell me what to do, I would do it…” well the truth is…Life does come with a manual, and He does tell us what to do and it’s all here in the Bible.

Psalm 119:105 
Your word is a lamp for my feet
and a light on my path.

This scripture tells us that in a dark world, the Bible will light our path.  So, when we don’t know what to do, or where to go, pick up the Bible and it will shed light on the situation.

But what about when we don’t have a Bible?  There may come a time, when we find ourselves in a place where we are no longer allowed to carry a Bible.  People can take many things away from you, but there is one thing that they cannot take away, those things that are hidden in your heart.

Psalm 119:11 
I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you. 

So, if we want to make sure that God’s living word is always lighting our path, we must hide it in our hearts.

2. The Bible is an infallible authority.  

2 Timothy 3:16 
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,

The phrase that we want to key in on here is “All Scripture is inspired by God.”  The NIV says “God Breathed.”

And if the Bible is God's Word, then it has to be infallible; that is to say without mistake…perfect.  Furthermore, as God’s word it is also must be the last word when it comes to our lives. Period.  There is no argument you can make against that statement.

Would you dare argue with or even try to reason with God?  If Jesus showed up today and said to you …. You need to stop eating Pizza….and that it will ultimately kill you….Would you argue with Him?

Would you say “But Jesus, I don’t understand how pizza can be bad for you…so I think I'm going to keep eating it.” or “I don’t see why I can’t keep eating pizza and just let you keep healing me.  I really, really like pizza, so it can’t be that bad, right?”

And yet these are the arguments we use to justify our sins.  These are the arguments we use when we want to do things that the Bible calls sin.

Scripture, as God’s word is perfect and should carry the same weight and authority as though God said it to us directly….because really he has, through the Bible. So, we should give the Bible authority over our lives.

BTW - The word “authority” has the same root as the word “author”…and what does an author do?  He writes, he creates.  So, the more we give scripture authority over our lives, the more God and his word is the author of our life.

3. The Bible is our Stability & Strength. 

Mark 13:31 
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.

I’m not sure we can really get our heads around just how much God’s word is the same yesterday, as it is today, as it will be tomorrow, as it will be when we get to heaven, as it will be when we’ve been there 10,000 years.

Not even the sun and the earth will last as long as his word.  And as much as we can count on the sun coming up tomorrow morning.  We can count on God’s word to be true and accurate, and good for teaching and reproach.  We can count on God’s promises more than we can count on the sun coming up tomorrow.

Has there been anything in your life that has been that consistent? Is there anything in your life that you can count on as much as you can count on the sun coming up tomorrow? How much more do we need God’s word in our life, as something that gives us stability and consistency?

God’s word must be the bedrock and foundation of our lives.

So there we have 3 promises that we have in the Bible.  
1. that it is the guide for life
2. That it is the infallible authority over our life
3. God’s word is our stability and strength.  

Have you taken for granted just what the Bible means to you?
Does your Bible have a little too much dust on it?


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