Hang Onto Those Promises

Are you standing on a promise that you believe you received from God?  Then you need to wrestle that thing to the ground and don’t let it go! No matter what your circumstances look like, hold on!   Whether it is a promise you took from the Bible or a word that someone gave you, or maybe you were prayed for, perhaps for your healing, or another need, and you believe that you received it from God; don’t let that promise go!

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 In Numbers 23:19 we see this: “God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.  Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good”?  

It doesn’t matter if you can’t see it yet in the natural.  If you know in your spirit that it is true, then it will come to pass, if you don’t give up.  It will be in God’s timing.  Not ours.  Sure, we maybe we think, I want it now!  I know I do.  However,  I also know from experience that trying to make things happen in our timing, and in our own strength, can go very wrong.

Often we have to see it and believe it in our spirits before we see it in the natural.  Of course, this only holds true if what you are believing for lines up with the Word.  If you are believing for something that doesn’t line up with God’s Word, then that promise is not from the Lord!

Waiting can be hard.  In this fast food society we don’t like to wait.  But when we see our answer coming to pass, it’s all worth it.  I know you’ve heard this comparison before; it’s like when you are having a baby.  You find out you are pregnant and you are so excited. You start making plans.  But, you still have to go through the nine months of waiting.  Then, right before the baby is born, you have a lot of pain and struggle to go through.  Then one day, the baby arrives, and you forget the months of waiting and the pain and toil.  Your awaited blessing far outshines what you went through. 

What we don’t always see, are the things that the Lord is working on, in the background, before our promise manifests.  God desires the best for us, and He does not want us to settle for anything less than what He has planned.  

I recall one time we were putting our house on the market, and  moving to another state.  We had an event that was going to be going on, about 5 months from that time, and I had a lot of planning and other things to do before then.  I felt sure I would be able to do everything from our new location, and so; I wanted to sell our house right away.  Long story short, the house didn’t sell right away.  I stressed about it for months; trying to keep things picked up, waiting for the buyer to come, wondering what the delay was.   Meanwhile, we were able to plan the event, got things in order, and had quality time with family.  What I couldn’t see at that time was God’s mercy in the whole process.  I was able to be where I needed to be, doing what I needed to get done.  When the house did sell, it was at the perfect time, and our new home was available where God wanted us to be.  Had I done it in my own time, and in my own way I’m quite sure it would not have worked out anywhere near as well.  

One of the hardest things for me, and for many of us I think, while we are believing for our answer, is to not  get distracted.  It can be very easy to start looking at what you can see with your natural eyes and take your eyes off of God’s promises.  Even more important than not getting distracted, is being sure you don’t begin to doubt.  James 1:6-8 says “ But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.  For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

When we begin to doubt, we are listening to someone other than the Lord.  Those whispers that you hear in your mind like, you must be crazy that’s not going to happen, or God didn’t really promise that, or God doesn’t want you to have that or I guess you weren’t really healed; those whispers are not from God.  We need to be so careful not to let those thoughts and words, take over our minds, or come out of our mouths.  

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Lastly, if you feel yourself wavering, or having trouble believing, I would encourage you to get someone to believe with you.  There is power in agreement.  Matthew 18:19 tells us “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.”  Its  encouraging to know that someone is believing with you and praying for you.  You do the same for them!  When we are praying and believing for someone else, it helps us to take the focus off ourselves, and our issues, and focus on God’s promises.  

When our hearts and minds are focused on God, and His Word, and His promises, we know we can count on Mark 9:23.   Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

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