Rehearsing the Promises

Trouble won’t throw me
Won’t break me
Won’t scare me
No more
Fear must have thought I was faithless
When it came for my heart
‘Cause I got a song that will never die
I know Your love is the reason why
I’ll sing the night into the morning
I’ll sing the fear into Your praise
I’ll sing my soul into Your presence
Whenever I say Your Name
Let the devil know not today
This song lyrics from ‘Not Today’ gave me goosebumps during the Hillsongs United X Young and Free concert in Araneta Coliseum last June 14, 2018.
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Learn how to silence the enemy by rehearsing God’s promises over and over again until they are embedded deeply in your spirit. God has promised to perfect all things concerning you. He is not in a business of serving up half-baked cookies. You don’t want to partake on that kind of meal, anyway. Trust His timing for your life because He is busy fulfilling His promises for you.

In the meantime, allow God to hold on to your heart. He is able to keep what you commit to Him; it’s like placing it in a safe. Admit to yourself that you haven’t done a good job for keeping your heart safe from heartbreaks; hand it over to Him.

God gave us the will-power to choose whether to trust Him or not, sometimes we tend to choose not to trust Him and then we fall into unnecessary pain and discouragements. God never intended for us to endure that kind of pain. Yet it is a pain He can’t allow us to escape because of the circumstances of our choices that leads to sin. Yes, God will forgive us, but He cannot stop us from burning ourselves if we choose to touch the fire.

Lets go back to the story in the Old Testament, Sarah was married to Abraham, a man who truly believed the promises of God. But there was one promise Sarah couldn’t believe: that she would bear a child for Abraham and be the mother of many nations. Well, at the age of 90 it was no wonder that she had trouble believing. Sarah became anxious and took matters into her own hands. She initiated the suggestion of Abraham sleeping with her servant; Hagar and Abraham willingly agreed.

Sometimes God’s promises in our lives is so amazing, so unbelievable that we can hardly comprehend it or contain it, and it causes us to doubt and do things in our own ways.

Despite the fact that Sarah chose to take matters into her own hands, God carried out His plan. At the appointed time, God chose to glorify Himself by fulfilling His promise, and He did so in the face of seemingly impossible circumstances. Sarah bore Abraham a child in her old age. Yes, God delights in impossible situations; they are opportunities to prove His power, His love, His determination to fashion us into overcomers.

Sometimes we think it is too late for God to work. We think we are too old, or we have been praying over our situation too long and with no answers. No results. One of the hardest things we face in life is when there seems to be a delay in God’s actions. We pray. The answer is delayed. Our situation only gets worse. Time ticks away. We fret and try to fix the situation ourselves. What is wrong when we do this? We are not trusting God. We doubt either God’s ability to do what He has promised or God’s timing.

Let me mention also that even though God had His way and fulfilled the promise for Sarah having a child, named Isaac, she was forced to deal with the circumstances of her own handiwork. Hagar bore Abraham a son, and the boy was named Ishmael. These two brothers created a rift that still at war today, acted out in the roles of Israel and Arab nations. You see, the consequences of not allowing God to deliver His promise according to His plans and His time schedule affected not only Sarah and Abraham but the entire world. In similar terms, the choices we make rebound far beyond our personal space. They affect more people than we will ever know.

God’s timing is always perfect and He knows what’s best for us. Let’s not get ahead of Him and create all sorts of problems that could be avoided, just because we’re not willing to wait on His best.

This story made me ask myself: Have I ever become impatient or weary while waiting for God to fulfill a promise in my life? Have I ever been tempted to take matters into my own hands, instead of trusting God? How well do I wait on the Lord?

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As a reward for the wait, your Heavenly Father promises that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). Why? Because He is able and anxious to do abundantly, above all that you can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

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