PROMISE. PASSION. PREPARE. POWER. Week 1 – PROMISE
Well here we are
Week 1 of my PROMISE. PASSION. PREPARE. POWER. 4-week series
We’ll kick things off with some lessons about your promise
And how powerful it truly is
You know, that promise God gave to you
Way, waaayyy, back?
The promise that, well, had so much – promise?
And you’re now wondering
If you’re going to die of old age before it’s realised?
…Yeah, that PROMISE
1, YOUR PROMISE IS POWERFUL
If you don’t think your promise is powerful
Then you’re in good company
Look at, Abraham, Joseph, Noah and Moses
They probably didn’t even comprehend how powerful their promises were
And, just like you, they probably had their moments of asking God
“When will I see my promise fulfilled? Someday? One day? If ever?”
You know – those moments of gut-wrenching agony
When you think you’re never going to see your promise come true
2, WILL MY PROMISE EVER COME TRUE?
I had a promise given to me when I was 15 years old
That God had His hand on me for Leadership
And He had some special and exciting things in store for me
A big responsibility, right?
A huge promise, yes?
To be honest, it totally scared the pants off me
As I think back to that snivelling teenager on the back row of our Church
(Yep, that was me. Total rebel)
I have often wondered, did God get it right?
Like me, maybe you’ve seen glimpses of the promise on your life
But even after years of waiting, you’ve yet to see the complete fulfilment of it
3, TRUST THE PROMISE-GIVER
At the time of my promise being told to me
My Mum was into recording sermons
No, she didn’t serve on the Multimedia desk
Multi – WHAT!?!
There was no such thing back in the 1980’s, at least not in our Church
She just pressed the record button on my Dad’s cassette tape recorder
And recorded anything that was said by the preacher
The sound quality wasn’t that great
Because when we played back the tape
We’d hear every cough, chair move and fidget that went on during the sermon
(Move over Apple Genius Bar we’re dealing with some pretty high-tech stuff here)
But here’s the thing
She re- listened to my promise that the preacher delivered from God
And wrote it down
‘Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run.’ Habakkuk 2:2
I am so grateful my Mum had that forward thinking
Because I have read and re-read that promise God gave to me all the time
In fact, I’ve literally stood on my promise!
Now, years later
After many de-tours, obstacles and wrong turns (I think)
I’m starting to see parts of my promise come to pass
You need to understand that the important thing is this:
That it’s really not about the promise, it’s about wanting to know the Promise-Giver more than the promise itself
Until you trust God completely
You won’t take the risks that will get you to your promise
God asked me once, “Do you trust Me?”
To which I replied, “Er, not sure, dunno, maybe not – no.”
Well played God, well played
You’ve got me there
Trust is a massive part of seeing your promise come to pass
So, no matter how long it takes
Keep your promise at the forefront of your mind
Stand on it
And above all else
Trust the Promise- Giver
Because His Word NEVER comes back to Him empty
Trust God that your promise will be fulfilled!
So, what about you? Has God given you a promise? If so, I’d love to hear from you! Feel free to comment in the box below
And, be sure you don’t miss next week’s post Week 2 – PASSION
See you there!