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I don’t know if this has ever happened to you. In the midst of the chaos of moving from one apartment to another, having lived with roommates that are often messy packrats just like I am, I end up with stuff that’s not mine and they end up with stuff that’s not theirs. It’s not like my intention was to steal that “I Love NY” coffee mug or that hideous green and yellow cushion that was given to someone else as a house-warming gift, but when it’s time to unpack the boxes a few days later, there they are! Eventually, they get returned to their rightful owners!

Such is the case with me, especially after having moved around a few times in the last five years. Finishing up some serious house cleaning after one of these moves, I ended up finding a really cool Bible promise book. After reading it for a little while, I came to the conclusion that this book was no different than the thousands of other Bible promise books that we are so familiar with. “It’s just a collection of Bible promises”, I said to myself.

I have now come to realize that there was something very wrong about that statement. It’s not just another collection of Bible promises. We have been gradually conditioned to treat these little Bible promise books as little “pick-me-ups” when we’re having a bad day. Just go into a local bookstore and you will see these Bible promise books in the “self-help” section. It’s the perfect marketing strategy: “You want self-help? Here, buy this Bible promise book and you’ll feel better.” But these promises are so much more than that. They deserve so much more appreciation than we afford them.

More Than Promises to Make Us Feel Good 

We have decidedly worn down the importance of these promises, because we fail to realize that they are not just "Bible promises" designed to make us “feel good”. They are a collection of God’s promises. His personal promises made to you and me. His very own Words put on paper for you and me to read, believe and keep in our hearts.

When we need mercy, the Bible is clear as water: "Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail. They are new every morning" (Lamentations 3:22-23).

When we question our freedom from the bondage of sin, Jesus Himself reassures us with this promise: “If the Son sets you free, then you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

When we are in dire need of wisdom to make an important decision in our life: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).

And I could go on, and on, and on. These promises are real. They are as real as the air that you and I breathe.

The next time you find a Bible promise book lying around, pick it up and read it! You’ll be surprised at the promises that God has in store for you today!

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