I remember when I was in high school there was a little game among the pranksters in the youth group. The game revolved around the word “promise.” If you were to promise something it had to be true because you couldn’t break a promise. So if you thought someone was pulling your chain, you could ask, “Promise?” If the prankster said “Promise” then you knew you were OK, but if they couldn’t or conveniently “ignored” you then you know they were up to something. As usual games get more intense as time goes on and the tricksters were not going to be found out. So they came up with deceptive ways to say “promise.” Maybe they would cough in the middle of “trying” to say it. Maybe they would mumble something that sounded like promise. The best was when they would say, “bromise.” When you feel for the trick and tried to accuse them of breaking a promise, they would humbly reply, “I didn’t PROMISE.”
Aren’t you glad that God doesn’t work like those mischievous fellow teenagers? When God makes a promise, He means it and He will honor it. Why is it important to know the promises of God and where they are? First, in order to have confidence in what you believe you should know what you believe. Sometimes we hang on to the coat tails of our leadership. In other words, we believe simply because we have been told what believe. There comes a time where you need to KNOW what you believe. Second, the promises of God help us to stay clean in our life because often the privilege of the promise is based on a clean life, separated from the world and dedicated to holiness. 2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.