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TRUSTING GOD'S PROMISES

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We must understand the reality of God's promises so that we can faithfully rest of God's promises.

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Hebrews 6:13–20 ESV
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:13–20 ESV
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews
Sermon Outlines for Growing Christians So Help Me, Me (Hebrews 6:13–20)

Introduction.

Life has taught us that “promises are made to be broken.” for this reason we have learned to take most of them with a grain of salt. Yet the Christian faith calls us to stake our eternal destinies upon the promises of God. For this reason it is important that we understand the nature of those promises and how they are realized in our lives.

I. God’s Immutable Purpose.

God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised (Hebrews 6:17).

A. God’s promises are credible.

1. God’s promises are grounded in His character. He has the absolute ability and the uncompromising integrity to fulfill them. They are, therefore, completely credible.

2. So important is it to God that His children believe in His promises that He on several occasions confirmed them by a sacred oath. He has voluntarily sworn by the highest power in the universe—Himself (Genesis 22:16; Isaiah 45:23; Jeremiah 22:5). It is as if God raises His right hand to us and says, “I will keep my promises, so help Me, Me!”

3. God’s promise and God’s oath are “two unchangeable things” (v. 18). They are fixed and immutable. They are as certain as the setting of the sun (Jeremiah 33:20, 21).

B. God’s promises are conditional.

1. Yet, as our author has repeatedly warned, not all of God’s children “inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12). This is not due to any failing on the part of God. It is due to some failing on the part of man.

2. Attached to God’s promises to man are his expectations of man. One may see this all through scripture. It was true of his promise to David (1 Kings 2:4; 1 Kings 9:4–7). It was true of his promises to Israel through Moses (Deuteronomy 4:23ff). And, in the example which the author cites here, it was true of his promise to Abraham.

3. The condition which the author says the believer today must meet if he is to enjoy the fulfillment of God’s promises is “patience” (v. 15). As God made Abraham wait for his child of promise, so also does God make us wait to see the ultimate fulfillment of his promises. By this the genuineness of our faith is “tested.”

II. Man’s Immovable Prospect.

God did this so that … we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered us may he greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure (Hebrews 6:18, 19).

There is nothing more Christian than hope. Along with faith and love, it is one of the three principle graces of the Christian life (1 Corinthians 13:13). We are a people who are “saved by hope” (Romans 8:24) and who live “resting on the hope of eternal life” (Titus 1:2).

A. The character of Christian hope.

1. Those cheerful expressions—“all will be well,” “look on the bright side,” “hope for the best”—that we often use are mostly just sentiment, wishful thinking, empty optimism. The paths of life are strewn with the victims of such misplaced and ungrounded hope.

2. Christian hope, however, is not based upon the empty wishes of men but upon the nature and character of God. As long as our hope is founded in Him, it will never fail us, it will never let us down.

B. The consequences of Christian hope.

1. Hope is the Christian’s asylum. As the ancient Israelite could cling to the altar in hope of redemption, so can the believer cling to hope as a temporary asylum until the time of our final vindication (v. 18).

2. Hope is the Christian’s anchor. It functions like a spiritual mooring to bind us to the “Rock of our salvation” (v. 18; Psalm 95:1).

Conclusion.

We have an anchor that keeps the soul

Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.

INTRODUCTION:
Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations 82 A Promise Is a Promise to Lincoln

One day, President Abraham Lincoln was riding in a coach with a colonel from Kentucky. The colonel took a bottle of whiskey out of his pocket. He offered Mr. Lincoln a drink. Mr. Lincoln said, “No thank you, Colonel. I never drink whiskey.” In a little while, the colonel took some cigars out of his pocket and offered one to Mr. Lincoln. Again Mr. Lincoln said, “No, thank you, Colonel.” Then Mr. Lincoln said, “I want to tell you a story.”

“One day, when I was about nine years old, my mother called me to her bed. She was very sick. She said, ‘Abe, the doctor tells me that I am not going to get well. I want you to be a good boy. I want you to promise me before I go that you will never use whiskey or tobacco as long as you live.’ I promised my mother that I never would, and up to this hour, I kept this promise! Would you Advice me to break that promise?”

The colonel put his hand on Mr. Lincoln’s shoulder and said, “Mr. Lincoln, I would not have you break that promise for the world! It is one of the best promises you ever made. I would give a thousand dollars today if I had made my mother a promise like that and had kept it like you have done. I would be a much better man than I am!”

Illustration about Promises

God’s Purposes are Immutable

Hebrews 6:17 ESV
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath,

His Purposes are Credible

Introduction. Life has taught us that “promises are made to be broken.” for this reason we have learned to take most of them with a grain of salt. Yet the Christian faith calls us to stake our eternal destinies upon the promises of God. For this reason it is important that we understand the nature of those promises and how they are realized in our lives. Stephen M. Hooks, Sermon Outlines for Growing Christians, ed. Sam E. Stone, Standard Sermon Starters (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1996), 7.
I. God’s Immutable Purpose. God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised (Hebrews 6:17). A. God’s promises are credible. 1. God’s promises are grounded in His character. He has the absolute ability and the uncompromising integrity to fulfill them. They are, therefore, completely credible. 2. So important is it to God that His children believe in His promises that He on several occasions confirmed them by a sacred oath. He has voluntarily sworn by the highest power in the universe—Himself (Genesis 22:16; Isaiah 45:23; Jeremiah 22:5). It is as if God raises His right hand to us and says, “I will keep my promises, so help Me, Me!” 3. God’s promise and God’s oath are “two unchangeable things” (v. 18). They are fixed and immutable. They are as certain as the setting of the sun (Jeremiah 33:20, 21). B. God’s promises are conditional. 1. Yet, as our author has repeatedly warned, not all of God’s children “inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12). This is not due to any failing on the part of God. It is due to some failing on the part of man. 2. Attached to God’s promises to man are his expectations of man. One may see this all through scripture. It was true of his promise to David (1 Kings 2:4; 1 Kings 9:4–7). It was true of his promises to Israel through Moses (Deuteronomy 4:23ff). And, in the example which the author cites here, it was true of his promise to Abraham. 3. The condition which the author says the believer today must meet if he is to enjoy the fulfillment of God’s promises is “patience” (v. 15). As God made Abraham wait for his child of promise, so also does God make us wait to see the ultimate fulfillment of his promises. By this the genuineness of our faith is “tested.” Stephen M. Hooks, Sermon Outlines for Growing Christians, ed. Sam E. Stone, Standard Sermon Starters (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1996), 7–8.
God’s promises are grounded in His character. He has the absolute ability and the uncompromising integrity to fulfill them. They are, therefore, completely credible.
So important is it to God that His children believe in His promises that He on several occasions confirmed them by a sacred oath. He has voluntarily sworn by the highest power in the universe—Himself
Genesis 22:16 ESV
and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,
Isaiah 45:23 ESV
By myself I have sworn; from my mouth has gone out in righteousness a word that shall not return: ‘To me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear allegiance.’
Jeremiah 22:5 ESV
But if you will not obey these words, I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that this house shall become a desolation.
God’s promise and God’s oath are “two unchangeable things” (v. 18). They are fixed and immutable. They are as certain as the setting of the sun
Jeremiah 33:20–21 ESV
“Thus says the Lord: If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night, so that day and night will not come at their appointed time, then also my covenant with David my servant may be broken, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and my covenant with the Levitical priests my ministers.

His Promises are Unconditional

Yet, as our author has repeatedly warned, not all of God’s children “inherit what has been promised.”
Hebrews 6:12 ESV
so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
This is not due to any failing on the part of God. It is due to some failing on the part of man.
Attached to God’s promises to man are his expectations of man. One may see this all through scripture:
It was true of his promise to David
1 Kings 2:4 ESV
that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
1 Kings 2:4 ESV
that the Lord may establish his word that he spoke concerning me, saying, ‘If your sons pay close attention to their way, to walk before me in faithfulness with all their heart and with all their soul, you shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’
1 Kings
1 Kings 9:4–7 ESV
And as for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules, then I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’ But if you turn aside from following me, you or your children, and do not keep my commandments and my statutes that I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them, then I will cut off Israel from the land that I have given them, and the house that I have consecrated for my name I will cast out of my sight, and Israel will become a proverb and a byword among all peoples.
1 Kings
It was true of his promises to Israel through Moses (
And, in the example which the author cites here, it was true of his promise to Abraham.
The condition which the author says the believer today must meet if he is to enjoy the fulfillment of God’s promises is “patience” (v. 15).
As God made Abraham wait for his child of promise, so also does God make us wait to see the ultimate fulfillment of his promises. By this the genuineness of our faith is “tested.”

The Believer’s Confidence is Immovable

God did this so that … we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered us may he greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure
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Hebrews 6:18–19 ESV
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain,
There is nothing more Christian than hope. Along with faith and love, it is one of the three principle graces of the Christian life
1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
We are a people who are “saved by hope” and who live “resting on the hope of eternal life.”
Romans 8:24 ESV
For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
Titus 1:2 ESV
in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began
Stephen M. Hooks, Sermon Outlines for Growing Christians, ed. Sam E. Stone, Standard Sermon Starters (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1996), 8.
Stephen M. Hooks, Sermon Outlines for Growing Christians, ed. Sam E. Stone, Standard Sermon Starters (Cincinnati, OH: Standard, 1996), 8.

The Foundation of our hope rests in God’s Character

Those cheerful expressions—“all will be well,” “look on the bright side,” “hope for the best”—that we often use are mostly just sentiment, wishful thinking, empty optimism. The paths of life are strewn with the victims of such misplaced and ungrounded hope.
Christian hope, however, is not based upon the empty wishes of men but upon the nature and character of God. As long as our hope is founded in Him, it will never fail us, it will never let us down.

The Results of our hope is a strong Confidence

Hope is the Christian’s asylum. As the ancient Israelite could cling to the altar in hope of redemption, so can the believer cling to hope as a temporary asylum until the time of our final vindication.
Hope is the Christian’s anchor. It functions like a spiritual mooring to bind us to the “Rock of our salvation.”
Hebrews 6:18 ESV
so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.
Psalm 95:1 ESV
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Conclusion: Words to “We Have an Anchor”
We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.
May the Lord help us to always anchor our selves and our walk to His promises daily!
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