Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Claiming the Promise of God

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalms 37:4 

God has been preparing you for today’s task your whole life long. 
Whatever daunting situation you are facing today, rest assured that God knows, and He has given you everything you need to get through it.  I take comfort from this and draw strength from the realization that whatever hurdles I face, God had been preparing and equipping me to meet. He is in control, He knows what He is doing, and He will walk with me to handle the situations of life that I face.
It is always difficult, in the midst of challenging situations, to see how God has been preparing us for that situation, and then later to see how that situation prepares us for the next. You might have to wait a few years to see God’s promise, and even then, you might have to get in and fight for it.
Claiming the Promise of God may require effort on your part.
I don’t know about you, but I often want to claim the promises of God like gifts from Santa – things that just show up in my life without any effort on my part. Faith means claiming the promises of God like there is nothing that will stand in the way of God keeping those promises. 
To the young:  Be patient. It might take a few years, but God will keep His promises.
Never underestimate what God can do through someone older than you.  Respect those who are older. Lean on their experiences. Trust their wisdom. They have fought a lot of battles and can save you a lot of injury and mistake, if only you won’t be too proud to seek them out and ask for their input.
This is great faith: to act on the promises of God before we see evidence of their fulfillment; to stand up and say, “God has promised this, so I’m going to live it.” 
We’re never done till God takes us home - I believe that as long as God gives us breath, there is something He still wants for us. Maybe it is to know Him more, maybe it is to worship Him more, maybe it is to continue to use the gifts God has given you to serve His Kingdom.  

Scripture to Claim:
The Lord does not delay His promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance.  2 Peter 3:9

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