Pressing in for the Promise

The Lord spoke something to my heart recently that has had me pondering this pivotal truth for days.

He said, “if you pressed in for everything else like you did for that one thing, you would see the same answers you saw in that situation.”

Allow me to explain.

A few weeks ago, I heard some news about one of my grandchildren.  When I heard it, I didn’t even respond.  When my daughter questioned my lack of response, I said, “we are not agreeing with that, we are not even allowing those words to come out of our mouth.  I cancel the effects of those words and they will not prosper in Jesus name.”

For the next couple weeks I said nothing but what God’s word said about the situation.  I refused to look at what my eyes were seeing and said only what the word of God said.  I spoke to the situation and commanded it to bow its knee to the word of God.

I prayed, fully believing I received when I prayed. (Mark 11:24-25)

I refused to move off that truth.

There were people in my family, who would say things that didn’t line up with what I was declaring and I wouldn’t even listen – I refused to allow doubt or unbelief.

Within a few days, a little over a week, I began to see what I was declaring.  I called those things that be not as though they were, like the word of God says, and I saw it manifest.  It took more time before I saw the full manifestation but I knew I was on the right path.

Let’s look at Romans 4:16-21; Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed–God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Today as I was pondering the events of this recent situation, I realized I was walking in Romans 4:16-21.

First, I began to call those things that did not exist as though they did.  I declared and decreed the word of God over the situation, without wavering.

Like Abraham, I hoped against hope.  When I had no reason to believe, I believed anyway.  My faith was grounded in Gods word as the only truth.

Next, I did not consider what my eyes saw.  When I didn’t see change, I refused to look at that – I looked only to the word of God.  I refused to allow my mind to think about what I was seeing in the natural.  I certainly did not speak anything negative out of my mouth.

I refused unbelief and doubt.

We all have an opportunity to slip into the arena of doubt, if we allow ourselves to.  Especially when we are seeing things in the natural.  It is at this time, more than any other time, we must absolutely refuse unbelief and doubt.

Most of all, I stayed in the word of God, daily strengthening myself in faith.  The Bible says we build ourselves up on our most holy faith when we pray in the Holy Ghost. Therefore, I prayed often in the Holy Ghost.

The word, strengthened, in Romans 4, means Abraham increased in faith and continued increasing.  We must continue to increase when we are walking through challenging situations.

One translation says, Abraham increased in faith by giving glory to God.

I heard Keith Moore say that a heart of thanksgiving increases your capacity to receive.  If we complain and talk negatively about the promises of God, we are wavering in our faith.  The Bible says a man who wavers will receive nothing from the Lord.

However, if we cultivate a heart of thanksgiving in the midst of our stand of faith, if we continue to give God glory in the midst of the waiting for the manifestation of the promise of God, our faith increases.  Isn’t that awesome!

Abraham was fully convinced that God would do what He said He would do.  We must have that same conviction.

If you find yourself in a time of challenge, you can see total victory.  You will need to do exactly what the word says to do.  You will need to do what Abraham did.  Do it God’s way and refuse to move off His truth.

God made us a big promise.  If we do things His way – we will see ultimate victory.  Regardless of what we see with our eyes, we have the power to change the situation, through the word of God.

I have often heard… “one word from God will change everything”.  My one word came through a pastor friend.

She called me and said to me, “Kim, you have heard that you can’t change this, that is a lie, you have the power to change it, the power is in your covenant with God, your faith and your words.”

We all see things going on around us that we think we cannot change.  But the Bible says life and death are in the power of our tongue.  The Bible says we can call those things that be not as though they already were.  The Bible says we have what we say.  We do have the ability to change things.  We only have to grab onto the word of God and refuse to waver.  We only need to press in for the promise.

 

Meditate on this:

I receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. I reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).

 

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