God, the giving: always gives promises that are
full of giving. We can see that from the beginning of
Genesis Book till Revelation Book. And now we will try
to show some of them to see how the Lord is
kindhearted and very generous in His promises…
The first promise that God gave was to our
first parents Adam and Eve.
"Then God blessed them, and God said to them,
"Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it;
have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds
of the air, and over every living thing that moves on
the earth." (Gn 1:28).
And so God gave them the blessing, the
multiplicity and the power. And the human became
God's representative on His Earth to rule and govern
it… And this promise is still valid until now… It is the
power over nature. So, the mighty lion which is the
king of beasts, can be taken by the human and placed
in a cage so that people watch it.
The second promise that we mention was to
our father Abraham when He said to him:
"I will make you a great nation; I will bless you
And make your name great; And you shall be a
blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will
curse him who curses you; And in you all the families
of the earth shall be blessed" (Gn 12:2, 3). As He also
promised him that his decedents will be like stars in
the heaven non-countable (Gn 15:5, 6).
It is a promise of blessing. And God's promises of
blessings have been repeated many times in the Holy
Bible. But he adds here the sentence "And you shall
be a blessing". And so were all God's children: as
Joseph was a blessing in Potiphar's house and all
Egypt. And as was Elijah a blessing in the house of
the widow of Zarephath, in the region of Sidon… And
many were blessings in the world, we get blessings
from their places and remains…
God wants us to have a blessing, so we keep this.
The beautiful also in God's promise to Abraham is
His saying: "I will bless those who bless you, And I
will curse him who curses you". So are not the one to
answer back him who curses you, God curses him. So
There is also God's promise to our father
Jacob while he was running away from his
God said: "I am with you and will keep you
wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land"
(Gn 28:14, 15). It is a promise of keeping.
And the promise of keeping exists across
generations "The LORD shall preserve you from all
evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall
preserve your going out and your coming in" (Ps 121:
God kept people, kept nations, kept the church
until this day and the children's keeper is God (Ps
116:6). The Lord kept the three young men in the
fiery furnace, saved Daniel in the den of lions and
saved Jonah in the fish's belly and the chanter says:
"though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;" (Ps
It is a keeping that provides comfort and inner
peace. And sometimes it is a direct keeping through
God and some other times through His angels and
Another promise that God said to Joshua son
of Nun after Moses death.
Joshua was afraid but God promised him saying:
"No man shall be able to stand before you all the days
of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with
you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong
and of good courage" (Js 1:5, 6).
Of course, God is always with the weak or those
who feel their weakness, to encourage them with His
promises so that they do not get afraid. And here we
note the statement "No man shall be able to stand
before you all the days of your life". And some may
wonder for many enemies stood before righteous
people! But the interpretation of this is that they
might stand before them but they never prevailed
against them. As the Lord said to prophet Jeremiah:
"They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail
against you. For I am with you," says the LORD, "to
deliver you."" (Jr 1:19).
The righteous person, the strong from inside,
does not feel afraid even if the whole world stood
against him. It was said to St. Athanasious the
Apostolic, in his struggle against the Arians: "The
whole world is against you Athanasious". And he
answered in power "And I am against the world",
therefore he was called Contra Mondom.
The psalm says: "The kings of the earth set
themselves, And the rulers take counsel together,
Against the LORD and against His Anointed" and the
answer was: "He who sits in the heavens shall laugh;
The LORD shall hold them in derision" (Ps 2:2, 4).
Yes, God's promises give the person strength and
peace. So we have to save in our memories these
encouraging promises and use them whenever
But we should not depend on God's promises
when take a wrongful path. For the Lord as promised
Joshua also said to him: "This Book of the Law shall
not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in
it day and night, that you may observe to do
according to all that is written in it. For then you will
make your way prosperous, and then you will have
good success" (Js 1:7, 8).
So, for the Lord to be with you, you should also
be with him.
Another promise that the Lord gave to St.
Paul the apostle in Corinth which is:
"Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not keep
silent; for I am with you, and no one will attack you
to hurt you" (Ac 18:9, 10).
And indeed, St. Paul the apostle spoke and no
one hurt him there.
What are left are the Lord's promises in the
Revelation Chapter. And they are many for
those who overcome.
I remember of them the Lord's saying: "To him
who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My
throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My
Father on His throne." (Rev 3:21).
This is a promise that is so dignified and great,
but who can reach it other than those who overcome,
those who overcame themselves, overcame desires
and material, and overcame the world and Satan… it
is only then, that they deserve to sit down with the
Lord on His throne…
Let's then cover some of God's promises to the
angels of the churches:
The Lord said to the angel of the church in
Smyrna, and its name is taken from Myrrh, and this
church was suffering tough persecutions… He said to
"Do not fear any of those things which you
are about to suffer…" (Rev 2:10). He did not tell
him: I will stop the pain from hurting you, but do not
fear any of those things which you are about to
suffer… that is because pain is a blessing. And the
bible said "For to you it has been granted on behalf of
Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer
for His sake" (Phil 1:29).
So do not fear he pain, "but be faithful until
death, and I will give you the crown of life" and the
crown of life is another promise that is the dream of
One of the most beautiful promises too is what
the Lord said to the angel of the church in
"I have set before you an open door, and no
one can shut it" (Rev 3:7, 8).
He reminds us of what our old grandmothers used
to say: "Go my son, May God opens it for you"… truly
when God opens a door before someone, nobody can
shut it… So, all you need to do is to pray so that the
Lord opens before you. And say this prayer whenever
you intend to start a project or start in a plan.
It is possible that a door you open to yourself, or
others open it for you.
This is all different than the door that God opens
before you and nobody can shut.
And the strange thing is what the Lord saying to
the angel of the church in Philadelphia about his
"Indeed I will make them come and worship
before your feet, and to know that I have loved
you" (Rev 3:9).
This worshipping is not the worshipping of
adoration, God forbids, but it is the worshipping of
solemnity and fear.
There is also worshipping for respect. I hope
some pay attention to this differentiation especially
our brothers from other sects, for this is a biblical
teaching that came from the mouth of the Lord
God's promises are many as I told you, from the
Genesis book till the Revelation book, across all the
ages… And God does not take back any of His
May God be with all of you and may His promises be
achieved in you.
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