Steve and Linda Jo Harvey

"The peace of God that passes all understanding..." Phil 4:7

God’s Promises

By some counts God has issued more than forty thousand promises in the Bible.  That’s a lot of promises!  But sometimes it can be difficult to determine how to properly respond to His awesome assurances.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the Bible contains two kinds of divine promises.

  1. 1.       Limited promises

God has made many promises to specific people living in particular circumstances for explicit purposes.  These promises are definitely not “one size fits all”.  If you try to claim these promises for yourself, you are headed for trouble.

For example, the resurrected Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem, “for what the Father had promised,” and that as they did, they would “be baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts1:4, 5).  It would be foolish for you to travel to Jerusalem and wait there to receive this promise, since Jesus already fulfilled it at that first Pentecost.  Today, the spirit baptizes every believer into the body of Christ and takes up residence within us at the very moment we trust in Christ.  Jesus gave this promise to a specific group of people at a particular time for an explicit purpose-it isn’t for anyone else to claim.

  1. 2.        General promises

God has made many universal promises, applicable to all of His children throughout all of history.  For example, He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us (Heb13:5).  He also promised many times to return for us (John 14:3).  These promises pertain to all believers across all of time.  Yet general promises can also be of two types.

  1. Conditional promises

Texts like Psalm 37:4, Phillipians4:19, and others contain conditional promises; to receive the benefit offered, you must meet some condition.  Conditional promises require something of the believer.

In Philippians 4:19, the condition is that we be in Christ; the believer must be living for Him and in total submission to His will.  The same holds true for “delighting” in the Lord, as stated in Psalm 37:4.  Clearly a relationship comes before a request.

In John 3:3 Jesus responds to Nicodemus, I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

  1.  Unconditional promises

Unconditional responses require nothing of the believer.  The promises mentioned above in Hebrews 13:5 and John 14:3 are of this type.  God will fulfill these promises because He has pledged to promise them.  Nothing anyone does can alter His commitment or change his plans.  He will keep these promises, not because of anything we do, but because of His own faithfulness. 

We will list many of these promises for you to refer to.  We will do so by putting them into categories such as hope, love, forgiveness, and suffering.  For the sake of time and space we will list the verse without the words.  For those of you who have study Bibles such as The Life Application Study Bible you can not only refer to the verse but also an explanation of that verse that might make it easier to understand or more meaningful to you and your situation.  We will add to the list of promises periodically.

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES TO GIVE INSIGHT 

COURAGE

Isiah 43:1-3; Isiah 41:10; Isiah10:13; Psalm 31:19-2o

FAITH

Hebrew 11:1, 3, 6; Romans 1:17; 2Corinthians 4:8-9, 16-18

CONTENTMENT

1 Timothy 6:6-10, Philippians 4:6-7, 11-13

LOVE

1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 1 John 4:16, John 16:27, John 13:34-35

HOPE

Psalm 33;16, 18-20, Romans 8:31-33, Lamentations 3:22-25

TRUTH

Psalm 19:7,9, Psalm 119:97-98, 160, 1 John 5:20

STRENGTH

Isaiah 40:29,31 , Mathew 11:28-30, Psalm 46:1,11

PATIENCE

Romans 5:3-5, Hebrews 12:1-2, James 1:2-4

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES ABOUT GOD

GOD’S LOVE

Romans 8:37-39, Romans 5:6,8,  Psalm 89:8,14

GOD’S MERCY

Exodus 34:6-7, Luke 1:50, Ephesians 2:4-5

GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Psalm 89:1-2, Deuteronomy 7:9, 1 Corinthians 1:8-9

GOD’S FORGIVENESS

Isaiah 1:18, Psalm 32:1-2, I John 1:9

GOD’S COMFORT

Psalm 34:17-18, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5, Psalm 23:4

GOD’S BLESSINGS

Ephesians 1:3-4, Romans 10:12-13, James 1:17

GOD’S GUIDANCE

Isaiah 58:11, Proverbs 16:1,3, Romans 12:2

GOD’S GRACE

Hebrews 4:15-16, Ephesians 2-9, 1 Peter 5:10

GOD’S POWER

Psalm 145:11-3, Isaiah 14:27, Deuteronomy 32:3-4

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES ABOUT CHRISTIAN LIVING

 SERVING GOD

Colossians 3:23-24, Mark 8:345-35, Luke 17:9-10

PRAISING GOD

Psalm 29:2, Psalm 30:4, Psalm 95:6-7, Psalm 150:1-2, 6

GIVING TO GOD

Proverbs 3:9-10, Malachi 3:10, Luke 6:38

READING GOD’S WORD

Hebrew 4:12, James 1:25, 1 Peter 2:2

OBEYING GOD

John 15:10-11, Luke 6:47-48, 1 John 2:3-5

PRAYING TO GOD

Mark 11:24-25, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 34:15-16

LOVING GOD

John 14:1,21, Mark 12:29-30, 1 John 4:19-21

TRUSTING GOD

Philippians 3:3, Jeremiah 17:7-8, Psalm 56:3-4

WORSHIPING GOD

Deuteronomy 6:13-15, Psalm 66:3-4, John 4:23-24

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES OF GUIDANCE 

TEMPTATION

2 Peter 2:9, Ephesians 6:10-12, 1 Corinthians 10:12-13

GUILT

2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 8:1, Colossians 2:13-14, Isaiah 43:25

WORRY

1 Peter 5:7, John 14:1, Isaiah 26:3-4

SUFFERING

Psalm 91:1-2, Psalm 138:7, John 14:27

DOUBT

James 1:5, 1 Thessalonians 5:23, Psalm 18:30-31

ANGER

James 3;17, Ephesians 4:26-27, James 1:19-20

DISCOURAGEMENT

Hebrew 10:35-36, Galatians 6:9, Philippians 1:6, Psalm 138:7

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES ABOUT PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

RESTORING BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS

Ephesian 4:1-3, 1 Peter 4:8-10, 1 Thessalonians 5:15

RESOLVING RESENTMENT

Romans 14:10, Proverbs 15:26, Proverbs 17:9, 1 Peter 3:8-9,

PRAYING FOR OTHERS

Matthew 18:19-20, James 5:16, Luke 6:27-28, Romans 15:30

COPING WITH CONFLICT

Romans 12:17-18, Matthew 5:9, 2 Corinthians 13:11

BEING A GODLY PARENT

Deuteronomy 4:39-40, Proverbs 29:17, Isaiah 54:13, Ephesians 6:4

VALUING OTHERS

Galatians 5:13-14, Hebrews 10:24, 1 Peter 5:5

SERVING OTHERS

Deuteronomy 15:7-8, James 1:27, James 2:15-16

FORGIVING OTHERS

Mark 11:25, Colossians 3:12-13, Ephesians 4:32

BEING HOSPITABLE

Matthew 25:34-35, Matthew 10:42, Hebrew 13:2-3

HAVING COMPASSION FOR OTHERS

Matthew 5:44-45, Galatians 6:1-3, 1 John 3:16-18

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES OF WISDOM

DEVELOPING A SENSE OF SELF-WORTH

1 Corinthians 4:1-4, 1 Timothy 4:12, Colossians 3:10-11

REPENTING OF WRONG

2 Peter 3:9, Romans 2:4, Proverbs 10:17

FINDING REST

Exodus 20:8-11, 2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, Hebrews 4:3

SETTING PRIORITIES

Proverbs 22:4, Titus 2:7-8, 12-13, Hebrews 6:10-11

CORRECTING MISTAKES

Proverbs 28:13, Proverbs 15:31-33. Romans 14:17-19

FACING DISAPPOINTMENT

Matthew 5:4, 6, Romans 15:13, Isaias 55:8-9, 12

DEALING WITH THE PAST

Romans 8:28, Psalm 43:5, Philippians 3:13-14

ACCEPTING GOD’S FREEDOM

Ephesians 1:7, John 8:34-36, Galatians 5:1

MAKING THE RIGHT CHOICES

Proverbs 3:5-6, Ephesians 4:22-24, 1 Peter 1:14-15

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES ABOUT JESUS 

ABOUT JESUS THE SAVIOR

John 3:16-17, Romans 10:9, 1 John 4:14

ABOUT JESUS OUR LORD

Philippians 2:9-11, Romans 14:7-8, Romans 6:23

THAT JESUS IS RISEN

John 11:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:20, 2 Corinthians 4:14, 1 Thessalonians 4:14

THAT JESUS CARES FOR US

2 Chronicles 16:9, Psalm 3:3, 2Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 116:1

ABOUT JESUS, OUR HOPE

1 Peter 1:3, Philippians 3:9-11, Hebrews 6:18-19

ABOUT JESUS, OUR EXAMPLE

1 Peter 2:20-21, Philippians 2:3-5, John 13:14-15

ABOUT JESUS, THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Psalm 23:1-3, John 10:11, 14-15, Hebrews 13:20-21

ABOUT JESUS, OUR BURDEN-BARRIER

Psalm 55:22, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, 1 Peter 4:1-2

ABOUT OUR SECURITY IN JESUS

Jude Verse 24, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, 1 Peter 1:4-5

ABOUT JESUS, THE ETERNAL KING

Isaiah 33:22, 1 Timothy 1:16-17, Revelation 21:6-7

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES WHEN YOU HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS

ABOUT BEING RIGHT BEFORE GOD

Romans 13:10-11, Joshua 24:14-15, 2 Peter 1:3-4

ABOUT FEARING DEATH

James 1;12, 1 Corinthians 15:54,56, 2 Corinthians 5:1

ABOUT FEELING OVERWHELMED BY PROBLEMS

Psalm 69:16-18, Psalm 116:1-2, Jeremiah 29:11-13

ABOUT GOD’S ANSWERS TO OUR PRAYERS

Matthew 7:7-8, Hebrews 11:6, 1 John 5:14-15

ABOUT LONGING FOR HEAVEN

Psalm 73:25-26, John 14:2-3, 1 Corinthians 2:9

ABOUT STRUGGLING WITH WORLDLINESS

Colossians 3:2-3, James 4:4, 1 John 2:15-17

ABOUT GROWING OLD

Isaiah 46:4, Psalm 37:25, Psalm 71:17-18

ABOUT STRIVING FOR POWER

1 Corinthians 3:18-19, James 3:16-17, 1 Peter 5:5-6

ABOUT YOUR SELF WORTH

Psalm 139:13-14, Matthew 10:29-31, Ephesians 5:1-2

ABOUT TRYING TO EARN SALVATION

Romans 5:1-2, Isaiah 55:7, 1 John 5:11-12

ABOUT GOD’S PURPOSER FOR YOUR LIFE

Isaiah 55:8-9, Matthew 6:31-33, 2 Timothy 2:13,19

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES OF ASSURANCE 

THAT GOD WILL MEET YOUR NEEDS

Psalm 37:17-19, John 16:15, 23-24, Philippians 4:19

THAT GOD WANTS YOU TO BELONG TO HIM

Psalm 103:2-4, Zephaniah 3:17, 1 Corinthians 7:19,23

THAT GOD’S LOVE IS CONSTANT

Psalm 63:1,3, Psalm 86:5, 1 John 4:18-19,

THAT GOD ENABLES YOU TO LIVE VICTORIOUSLY

Psalm 100:3, Psalm 29:11, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, 1 John 5:4-5

THAT GOD IS IN CONTROL

Psalm 27:1, Jeremiah 32:27, Isaiah 54:10

THAT GOD EXHALTS HUMILITY

Matthew 23:12, Ephesians 4:2, James 4:6, Matthew 18:3-4

THAT GOD BLESSES CONTENTMENT

Psalm 37:7-8, Matthew 6:19-21, 1 Timothy 6:17-18

THAT GOD HONORS INTEGRITY

Proverbs 8:9, Ecclesiastes 2:26, 1 Peter 2:11

INSPIRATIONAL PROMISES ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

ABOUT SIN

Romans 5:12,19, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 3:18

ABOUT SALVATION

Romans 3:23-24, 1 John 2:1-2, John 3:17-18, 26

ABOUT REPENTENCE

Psalm 32:5, Acts 2:38, Luke 15:7

ABOUT ETERNAL LIFE

John 5:24, John 6:47, John 10:27-29

ABOUT SANCTIFICATION

Romans 8:6-8, 2 Corinthians 3:18, 1 Corinthians 6:9,11

ABOUT PRAYER

Matthew 6:6, John 14:13-14, Ephesians 3:12, 1Timothy 2:1,8

ABOUT LIVING LIKE CHRIST

Matthew 5:14-16, Ephesians 4:13, 1 Peter 4:11

ABOUT THE BODY OF CHRIST

1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Colossians 3:16-17, 1 Peter 2:9

ABOUT DISCIPLESHIP

John 13:35, John 8:31-32, John 15:8

ABOUT HEAVEN

Psalm 103:19, Colossians 1:5-6, Matthew 5:11-12