CASH IN GOD’S PROMISES

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(If God Said It, You Can Take It To The Bank)
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Saturday, July 6th 2024
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome PhD

TO THE BIBLE
2 Peter 1:4

“By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”

LET’S TALK
Let’s break down the opening verse of scripture a bit because the word translated as “promises” in our opening verse needs to be properly understood. In the New Testament, the Greek word “epaggelia” was translated as “promise” more than fifty times. However, in 2 Peter, another Greek word “epaggelma” was translated as “promise” only twice (2 Peter 1:4 and 2 Peter 3:13). This is a different type of promise from “epaggelia.”

Let me explain further: The first type of promise “epaggelia” that you find in scriptures as Acts 2:39, Romans 4:13, Ephesians 6:2, just to mention a few, is futuristic. It’s like when one says, “I’ll give you $20,000 tomorrow.” That’s a promise for the future. But there’s another type when someone tells you, “I’ll give you $20,000” and then proceeds to write a cheque that’s dated today.

Now, that cheque is the promise, not the money. The promise is that if you take the cheque to the bank, the money will be there. So, it depends on whenever you want to cash it. If the first type of promise fails, there might be no consequences; but not the second one; it must not fail. If it fails, that’s a criminal offence in financial terms because it’ll be a dud cheque.

This second type of promise (Greek: “epaggelma”) is what’s written in our opening verse. These aren’t futuristic promises but promises backed already with fulfillment. They’re real already, waiting for whenever you want them “cashed.” Observe again what the Word says in 2 Peter 1:4: “…By which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature….” This means that by “cashing” these precious promises, we become associates of the God-kind. Hallelujah!

In other words, when you cash in these promises, you live the divine life. But how do you cash them? Well, you start speaking God’s language. You start declaring words of faith that line up with what God says. That’s the key to unlocking those promises and living the God-life that you’ve been called to live.

GO DEEPER
1 John 5:11-12; Galatians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 1 :20

PRAY
Dear Father, I’m immensely grateful for the privilege to participate in the divine experience. I’m an associate of the God-kind, transfigured in spirit into the image and likeness of the Son of God! I function from the place of advantage, victory, dominion and power, guided and propelled by His divine wisdom to do your will and fulfil my destiny in Christ, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

DAILY BIBLE READING
ONE YEAR

Acts 18:1-23, Job 9-11

TWO YEAR
Luke 7:1-10, Deuteronomy 34

ACT
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