“So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”-Isaiah 55:11
Are you standing on a promise God spoke to you? Maybe the promise was spoken seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, years or decades ago? Whenever the promise was spoken, God will see it to the end. Your circumstances or what other people think or say cannot stop or negate any promises of God. Remember when God declared to Abraham and Sarah about their promised child, Issac (Genesis 12-25)? Abraham and Sarah were not a young couple. They were very old and waited 25 years before God blessed them with Isaac. Let’s talk about practical ways to stay in a posture of receiving the promises of God.
- Stay in the Word of God: We must read the words of God and mediate on it daily. It is like taking a multivitamin. You must mediate and read the word everyday so it can be in your heart. You will lean on scriptures and God’s word in good and bad times. Psalm 119:11 says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” When the word is in your heart, no person, place or thing can take it from you.
- Pray: The most important thing you can do is pray. God will not only equip you for your promises but he will also give you instructions, encouragement and much more. When we pray, we have to know that God is not only listening but is prepared to answer us. Pray is a beautiful way of communicating with God and strengthening our relationship with him. 1 John 5:14 says, ” This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
- Be Honest: You can be honest with God. He created us and knows our hearts. You can cry, voice your questions and frustrations, express doubt and more. There is no reason to bottle up your emotions. Tell God the truth and know he can take it. He loves us too much to leave us the same.
- Watch Your Words and Actions: It is hard to wait. When God tells us something, it may take a long time. We must trust God and his timing. In the meantime, we have to watch what we say. We must stay in faith and not speak against our future. God can do anything. We must make sure our words and actions line up with what God says. Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
- Community is needed: God expects us to live in community. The greatest example of this was Jesus. Jesus did not need 12 disciples but he had a group of 12 to show us that we need community. We need to be around people who will love, support and accept us unconditionally. Surround yourself with people who will love, support and accept you always.
- Praise God Now!: As an act of faith, praise God now. You do not have to wait until you see the promise. Praise God right now. It may be unbelievable and astonishing but you are telling God that you believe and trust him now. Sometimes, we want to wait until the journey is over to celebrate but we do not have to wait that long. It is okay to praise God in advance.
- Share Your News: When you are ready, share your news. Encourage someone else who maybe hopeless or has lost faith. I know when I read stories about other people overcoming their fears or realizing their dreams, it encourages me. It reminds me that if God did it for someone else that he will do it for me in his time.
So now as we embark on the halfway point of 2019, let us look at God. Take a moment and think of something you have been praying about. Something that you have been trusting God about. Thinking about it may bring tears of joy or even sorrow. I want to encourage you to stay strong and know that God loves you too much to fail you. God will honor his promises to you in due season. Just hang on a little longer and I am also speaking to myself. I look forward to us celebrating as we praise God right now.