I overheard a conversation between a mother and her daughter today that got me thinking. It was at a supermarket and the daughter was showing her mother a packet of wafers she had picked up and telling her all about it. For the most part the mum just stayed silent and didn’t really respond as her daughter spoke. Then the little girl said something that caught my attention and made me smile. She said: “I am going to get this one, I want this one and I am going to get it because you promised me I could pick whatever I wanted”. I didn’t look back to see the mum’s reaction but I was certain that the mum was not going to argue with her daughter and she was going to have to fulfil that promise to her daughter. Also it occurred to me that, the lady won’t have made her daughter that promise if she was not able to fulfil it.
As I walked on and smiled, the Holy Spirit said to me: “that is how your relationship with God should be”. The word that came to me was a portion of Romans 4:21 that says: “that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
It was the same verse I had read earlier in the morning as I did the devotion so I knew God was trying to show me something through that mother and child. I was also reminded of this verse: “that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” I personally needed those words of encouragement because in the past few days as I have continued to trust God and believe his promises, a part of me can’t help but wonder if its ever going to happen. I look at the months go by and it feels like time is going too fast and those promises don’t look like they will come to pass. So if anyone needed to be reminded of those promises, I definitely needed them.
We are in the month of June which means the last month in the first half of the year and I know a lot of us have had a difficult year so far and wondering when you’ll see the promises of God fulfilled in your life. All that excitement and positive expectation you probably had at the beginning of the year is waning and giving way to doubt and negativity. It seems like the more you work, the less you have to show for it, despite the fact that God promised to “bless the work of our hands.” Then all those needs and wants you have been believing for are just not coming through even though God said “he is able to do abundantly more than you can ever hope or imagine” and Christ specifically commanded us not to worry because our father knows what we need. And then there is the woman who just experienced yet another miscarriage, a failed IVF or the sight of another period instead of the positive pregnancy test you expected. I wonder how many times you have cried to God and reminded him that he promised to give you the fruit of the womb.
So I get it, all those promises but you cannot see any indication of them being fulfilled and now you wonder if God is even real. I want to just tell you today, that “God is able to fulfil his promises to you” regardless of how you feel or what it looks like. So just like that child, go back to him confidently and boldly and tell him that you believe him because he promised it. Remember that when God speaks a word, he watches over it to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). Yes I know, you didn’t hear a loud booming voice in the middle of the night with God giving you a promise but do you know that because of Christ, every single promise God made in the bible is a promise to you? That is why you have to have faith in his word and believe his word. You have to genuinely know his will which is in his word (yes, that is your bible) and learn to confess it when life seems to become impossible. Go back to him and say: “But Father, you promised me in your word that you are able to do abundantly more than I could ever hope or imagine”. Kenneth Hagin suggested that when you are facing a situation, find a promise in God’s word and believe it. Continue to confess it and thank God for making that promise come through. Remember in Philippians 4:6 we are told to “be anxious for nothing, but bring all your supplications to God with thanksgiving.” That is all we are required to do.
If you are working on a project that isn’t going well, go to the Lord and pray and continue to positively confess that “ the Lord has promised to bless the works of my hands” despite how difficult the situation is and then just continue to say; “thank you Lord for blessing the works of my hands” and don’t stop until you begin to see it happen. This is just an example and no matter what situation you are going through, you can apply this same principle. The problem with us a lot of the time is that we don’t even know what God has promised us unlike the little girl who knew what her mum promised her and used her mum’s words to receive that thing. You can’t have faith and trust in a Father who you don’t know or have a relationship with.
The only way to enjoy God’s promises is to know his will through his word (That bible again) and pray according to his will. If you know his will then you can approach him confidently just as 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.” That is why the little girl I saw today was able to pick up the packet of wafers because she knew her mother’s will which were her mother’s words that she could have whatever she wanted. God’s will is his word, if you don’t know it, then you have no basis on which to approach him. You can’t hold him accountable and say to him: “But you promised” because you don’t even know his promises.
Also, whilst you are here getting frustrated and wallowing in doubt, the devil is having a jolly good time because he has you exactly where he wants you: doubting God. And instead of you to respond to him and shut him down you are not able to, so he takes over your mind. However, if you remembered that God is able to fulfil all his promises to you and you begin to praise him based on that, you will see satan cower away because he knows he has no access. You will constantly shut him down and tell him that “the word of God says that by the stripes of Jesus I am healed” even when you feel so much pain in your body. What are you confessing? What do you believe? Do you really believe that God can fulfil all his promises? If you do, then hold on to that. Continue to tell God that you believe his promises. He is not a man that he should lie and he really always watches over his word until they achieve what he has sent it to achieve and his words never return to him void (Isaiah 55:10). So like that little girl, be bold as you continue to trust your heavenly Father.