Possessing The Promises
Possessing the Promises of God might require us to journey through a place that potentially leads to our discomfort. The question is, how committed to the process are we?
The process might be challenging but it is important for us, therefore, we must not resist what will bring about our spiritual maturity. When difficulties arise we will often quit praying, perhaps we begin to ignore our quiet time or we might entertain the idea of staying home from church. The enemy will try to convince us that we are the only person with difficulties. Wrong! Everyone faces obstacles on a daily basis, if not hourly; so understand you are not the only person facing adversity. Stay committed to the process.
How do we possess the Promises of God in our difficulty?
1- Accept the promises already belong to us. If you have asked Jesus Christ into your heart then all of the promises in His Word belong to you. Now that doesn’t mean you can open the Bible, point your finger to a verse and take it out of context. Accepting His promises is not a name it/claim it type of faith. However, it does mean you can believe His Words of promise and trust Him for the outcome regardless of how it turns out. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
2-Prepare to receive. Often in our state of “waiting” we have a tendency to blame God or others when our answer doesn’t come right away. I want to challenge you to begin preparing yourself spiritually as you wait for the promises to come to fruition! Prepare to receive by amping up your prayer life, memorizing and meditating on specific passages, invite your prayer or accountability partner to join you in intercession over the matter. “For the Word that God speaks is alive and active; it cuts more keenly than any two-edged sword: it strikes through to the place where soul and spirit meet, to the innermost intimacies of a man’s being: it exposes the very thoughts and motives of a man’s heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 Phillips)
3- Nurture the promises! This one is my favorite. As I am writing this blog I am in the middle of nurturing a promise that God placed on my heart several years ago. At times I’ve wanted to toss in the towel because everything about the promise seemed to be going in reverse rather than coming closer to a reality. When I least expected it, along came a new friend who spoke loud and clear to the very promise that God gave me. I have nurtured that promise from years ago, stood firm on it and proceeded by allowing God to prepare me for the day it explodes before me. That day is quickly arriving and I’m preparing all the more for it by staying in the Word harder than ever before and praying like a woman on a mission. I’m in a state of “ready”. Online dictionary defines nurture: care for and encourage the growth or development of. “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 AMP)
4- Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. The exciting thing is that we do not have to manufacture our own courage. We can totally operate in the confidence of His promises which gives us the courage we need for that moment. The truth is it would be a disaster if I had to rely on my own strength in a moment of uncertainty. His promises produce courage that is far beyond a courage I could produce. His courage brings about confidence in who our God is, not confidence in our ability. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)
photo credit: Zac Arp-Barnett 2012