Possess the Promise
July 21, 2018 Series: unscripted
Promise: a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen
God gives us His promises in Many ways:
Through His Word
Through His Prophets
Through His Whisper
2 Corinthians 13:1 This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”
Promises in God Word:
God Promises to Provide
God Promises Healing
God Promises Peace
God Promises Freedom from Sin
God Promises the Holy Spirit
Realties of God’s Promises:
Promises are blessings, but not every blessing is a promise.
Promises are generational.
Promises are larger than just for meeting our desires.
Promises are worth fighting for!
God Gave the Promise to Abraham
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
“God gives us a desire, when we begin to speak to Him, it turns in to a dream, and when He tells us it will happen, that is when it becomes a promise!”
Confirmed it to His Son Isaac
Genesis 26:3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father.
Reconfirmed it to His Son Jacob
Genesis 28:13 And behold, the Lord stood above it and said: “I am the Lord God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.
Numbers 13:1,2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”
What Kept the Children of Israel from Receiving the Promise?
Numbers 13:31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.”
Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”
Unwillingness to Fight/Giving Up
Numbers 14:2,3 And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! Why has the Lord brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”
How can you Ensure YOU receive YOUR Promise?
Never forget what God has promised you.
2 Peter 1:4 And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires
Speak life over your promise.
Proverbs 18:21Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Prepare in your time of waiting.
1 Corinthians 9:25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.
1 Samuel 7:12 Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.”
1 Thesselonians 4:7,8 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
Be willing to fight and continue to fight.
Joshua 1:10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying, “Pass through the camp and command the people, saying, ‘Prepare provisions for yourselves, for within three days you will cross over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess.’”