If your heart needs to be reminded of the promises of God, be encouraged because Scripture is full of them! II Corinthians 1:20 says, “All the promises of God are YES in Christ Jesus.” This post will cover 50 of God’s promises you can count on, why the promises of God are important, and a printable list of God’s promises to us.
“But, you promised!” How often have you heard one of your children say those words? Or (dare I say it) said them yourself? As the old saying goes, “promises are made to be broken.”
It’s a hard pill to swallow when someone breaks a promise to you. And the truth is, it happens.
As humans, so many things are out of our control, and we can break a promise without meaning to. Just think of a time you promised your child ice cream if they finished their homework–only to find out that there was none left in the freezer. What followed was probably the worst fifteen minutes of their life.
Broken promises can leave us feeling doubtful and afraid to trust. While sometimes a promise is broken accidentally, sometimes a person never meant to keep it. It’s especially hard when someone purposely lies or breaks a promise to you.
But God’s word tells us God NEVER breaks a promise. That’s why it’s important for us to know His promises and stand on them.
What is a promise?
According to the dictionary, a promise is “a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or a particular thing will happen.” It’s to make a guarantee.
Now you and I know a promise is only as good at its maker. And humans–well, we aren’t very dependable creatures.
God, however, isn’t human. He cannot lie and as Creator and King, controls all things. If He makes a promise, He will keep it. He gave us an entire Book filled with His promises, and their fulfillment.
We can depend on His trustworthiness, because He has proven Himself in the past.
Just how important is a promise to God? To know that, we need only to read His Word. In Titus chapter one, Paul introduces himself to the reader, then says, “in hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began.”
God wants us to know that He is incapable of lying. Everything He says is true. We can trust the promises of God because He has a record of always doing what He says.
Hebrews 10 tells us to, “Hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (ESV)
Again, God wants us to know that He is faithful, and He will do what He said. The benefits of His promises are knowing that even though we live in an uncertain world, we can always trust Him.
What are the promises of God in the Bible?
The Bible is filled with the promises of God, but it’s important to know they aren’t all the same. In the Old Testament we see God’s promises made, and fulfilled. In the New Testament we see Jesus fulfill His promises, and make new ones for us. As you can see below, this is where things get really exciting for us, so be sure to keep reading!
God’s Promises to Individuals
Some promises in the Bible were made to individuals. For example, God made a promise to Moses that He would give him strength to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. This was a particular promise made to one person. In order to not take the promises of God out of context, we need to understand who the promise was originally made to. Always asking who a passage was written to and who wrote it is good practice when claiming the promises of God.
Note: Just because a promise was written to an individual doesn’t necessarily mean we can’t benefit from it too. Promises often contain timeless principles that we can count on! See below for a wonderful example.
God’s Promises to Nations
God also made promises to entire nations. For example, in the book of Deuteronomy, God made promises to Israel in particular. He told them that serving Him would bring rewards, and turning from Him would bring judgement. We can see the proof of this not only in the Bible, but also throughout history. The prophetic books are also filled with promises to nations, both in regards to obedience and disobedience.
One of the most beautiful promises of God to a nation can be found in 2 Chronicles 7:14: If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (ESV)
While this promise was specifically made to Israel, it provides us a timeless principle: that God longs to bless His people, if we will only repent from our sin and turn to Him. This promise is restated and reverberates all throughout the Old and New Testaments. While we cannot claim the specifics of this promise, we can count on the principles of it. Praise God!
God’s Promises to Humankind
The story of Noah contains a promise that God made to all humankind. After the water receded from the flood, God promised that He would never destroy the earth with water again. He gave us the rainbow as a sign of this promise.
Key Promises of God in the Old Testament
The Bible tells us that the Old Testament is given to us as a schoolmaster and example (I Corinthians 10:11). It is there to help us learn obedience, trust, and know and understand God’s character. Reading through the Old Testament gives us many examples of God keeping His promises. From these, we can learn to trust the promises made to us in the New Testament. For example…
God’s Promises to Abraham
God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. But Abraham and Sarah were childless. It seems hard to believe that a man already over ninety could ever be a father.
But Abraham believed the promises of God. Even in his old age, God gave him a son. Through his son, Isaac, he did indeed become the father of many nations.
God’s Promises to David
David was just a humble shepherd boy when God chose him to be king of Israel. Because of his spirit and faithfulness, God promised him that one of his descendants would be the Messiah.
We see the fulfillment of this promise in Matthew and Luke when we read the genealogy of Jesus. He could trace his lineage back to King David through both Mary and Joseph.
God’s Promises to Israel
God made another promise to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He promised He would give the land of Canaan to their descendants. When Jacob’s entire family moved to the land of Egypt, he must’ve wondered how this could be a part of the plan.
But God once again reassured Jacob (who God renamed Israel) that his children would one day return to the land of Canaan. After four hundred years of bondage, God sent Moses to deliver them, and lead them to the Promised Land.
The promises above are such amazing examples of the promises of God made and kept. They are proof of God’s trustworthiness. But the New Testament is where it gets really exciting!
Key Promises of God in the New Testament
Many of the New Testament promises were made to us. We can live in the fulfillment of those promises right now, and wait for the fulfillment of others, such as heaven. God’s promises to us are no secret in the New Testament!
Key Promises of Jesus in the Gospels
It’s important to understand that all the promises of God to us in Scripture ultimately happen through the person of Jesus Christ (see II Corinthians 1:20)? Without understanding this, it’s easy for us to take a promise of God out of context. Why is this? Because Jesus is the sinless son of God who reconciled us to God and provided the way for us to receive God’s blessings.
Apart from Christ, our sins separate us from God and we cannot claim His promises. If you aren’t sure your sins have been forgiven in Christ, this is the very first promise you need to avail yourself of! Click here to see how you can be made right with God and claim His promises.
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus foretold His death to the disciples. But He also told them not to worry. His death is what would bring reconciliation to God and even though He would die, He would rise from the dead in three days. He kept that promise early on a Sunday morning, when the disciples found the empty tomb.
Jesus also told His followers that He would have to leave them. But He promised that when He left, He would send them a Comforter. (John 14:16)
This promise was fulfilled in the book of Acts on the Day of Pentecost, when God sent the Holy Spirit to the disciples. And He is still with us today!
In the book of John, Jesus made this promise: And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:3 (ESV)
Because of His past promises, we know that one day, Jesus will keep this promise as well and we will go to Heaven with Him.
Key Promises in the Epistles
Much of the New Testament is written to us to help us live in the world today. The epistles are full of the promises of God that you and I can claim as our own, such as our new identity in Christ, the love of God and forgiveness of our sins, the promise of heaven, and the provisions of God for our every need. We can have faith in knowing God has proven that He keeps His promises.
What are the promises of God for me?
So it all brings us to here and now. What are some of God’s promises to us that we can rely on NOW, each and every day? Below are a few of my favorites. Reading these each day are a great way to set your mind on His promises!
- The Bible promises that God is good–Romans 2:4
When you doubt God’s heart or intentions towards you, remind yourself of this truth: God is good, patient, and full of forgiveness. He doesn’t desire anyone to perish but all to come to repentance. “Lord, thank you that you are good and even when disciplining your children, you are kind. Help me to receive your kindness and goodness quickly and run to you with all my heart.”
- God is just and will make all things right – Luke 18:1-8
When it seems God isn’t answering your prayers or answered with a “no,” remember that He is working all things for our good and will bring justice on the earth. You can count on Him to make things right. “Lord, I trust that You care about justice and will make the injustices right. Help me to keep believing You and leaving “revenge” in your hands.”
- God has promised forgiveness through Christ–1 John 1:9
This is a beautiful promise to pray back to God when we have sinned. He promises that when we confess our sin, He will forgive and cleanse us! Amen! “God, based on the promise of Your word, I am confessing my sin to You once again and trusting you for forgiveness and cleansing. Thank you for Christ who purchased my righteousness and help my heart to believe in this amazing promise.”
- God promises to be with us–Matthew 28:20
When you feel alone or without an ally in the world, remembering that God is always with us and will not leave us is such a comfort. Remind your heart of this truth as you go into uncertain or scary situations! “God, this world feels scary and I often feel alone, but Your word promises You are with me. Help me to be aware of Your presence and to walk boldly into today knowing you are beside me.”
- God promises to provide for us–Philippians 4:19
There will be times in life when our resources grow thin and slim, be it financial, material, or emotional. God promises to provide for all our needs according to HIS riches… and He owns the cattle on a thousand hills! “Lord, it’s easy to get my eyes on what I DON’T have and forget what I DO have, and that is You. Thank you for providing for my every need. I ask you for today’s needs- help me to see your provision in a great and mighty way and help me give all glory to you.”
- God promises He has given me everything I need to live godly–II Peter 1:3
This is one of my favorite promises. I am often aware of my weakness and sinfulness, my propensity to do the wrong thing. This promise reminds me I have all that I need to make the right choice, because God is living and active in me.“I praise You, God! You have given me everything I need to do the right thing, to know the way in which to walk, and to be quickened and made alive to the things of God. Thank you! Help me now to walk in righteousness and truth by the power of Your spirit.”
- God promises to answer our prayers–John 14:14
What a comfort it is to know God hears us! Regardless of what I “feel,” I can be sure that God hears and is answering, even when I cannot see it.“Lord, I thank you that you hear me, even when I don’t feel it or see it. Please help me to trust you and increase my spiritual “hearing” so I can hear you clearly. And when it seems you are silent, help me to trust you all the more.”
- God promises to save those who ask–Hebrews 7:25
God doesn’t play favorites. All who call upon Him will be saved, regardless of background, ethnicity, or anything else. This is such a comfort when it feels like someone is “too far gone” or “not good enough.” God doesn’t judge on the outward appearance!“God, thank you that you do not play favorites. I call on you now knowing that you hear me. Draw me unto yourself and rescue me. May my loved ones call on your name as well and be saved.”
- God promises that our lives have purpose–Ephesians 2:10
This is another favorite! Regardless of whether or not others see your value or contribution as meaningful, you can be assured that God has given you a noble and holy purpose. Your life counts!“I praise you Father, that you have given me a purpose in life and have created me for good works. Help me to know and fulfill those good works today as I seek to know and serve you.”
- God promises to give us strength–2 Corinthians 12:9
God never leaves us to our own strength. The Christian life that He has instructed us to live is fueled by the power and strength He Himself provides. Oh the rich provisions of Christ!“Thank you for giving me all that I need to face today. When it feels I don’t have the strength to go on or face what stand before me, help me to remember you are right there, providing all I need in Christ Jesus. Help me to stand firm in the strength of Christ today.”
These verses are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to God’s promises! Here is a printable with 50 more!
Be sure to download the printable list of God’s promises so you have them to renew your heart with each day. As you read and meditate on these promises from God’s Word, you will draw closer to Him, and you’ll understand His character more.
Start discovering for yourself how life transforming the promises of God can truly be!
In summary, God is a God of promises given and promises kept. We can stand on the promises of God, particularly those given to us in Christ. By familiarizing ourselves with God’s promises and placing our trust in them, we escape the corruption of the world and partake in the divine nature of God.
As a believer in Christ, you too have the benefits of God’s promises. A great place to start is by understanding the promises of the Cross. I invite you to download our free list of God’s promises pdf below.
I hope these promises encourage and strengthen your heart as you exercise faith in His word.
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