6Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off. 7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. 8 The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ps 138:6-8 (KJV).
These are God’s promises to His children. However, Last Friday we taught about Faith, you cannot please God without faith, irrespective of how you are feeling, you see, feeling don’t have anything in the world of faith. God is with me, and His power is always available whether I feel it or not. I’m not basing my faith on what I feel; I am basing my faith on what God said. And He said “…I will never leave Thee, nor forsake Thee”… The Lord is my Helper (Heb. 13:5-6). Is that what you are saying? Are boldly declaring, “The Lord is my helper” that’s what you need to be saying!
So quit saying the wrong thing and start saying the right thing. Say, “The Lord is my helper (Heb 13:6). Is He? Then say that He is. Say, “The Lord is my Healer.’ Say, “Jesus took my infirmities, and bore my sicknesses” (Matt 8:17). Didn’t He? Then keep talking about God’s delivering power. Say the right things and believe the right things. You see, the devil can’t defeat you because Jesus has defeated the devil for you. Satan doesn’t defeat you; you defeat yourself. Or if he does, you permit him to do so. It’s a consent of ignorance.
So say, “The Lord is my Helper”. “The Lord is my strength” Real faith in the Word says, “If God says it’s so, then it’s so.” If God says by His stripes I was healed, then I’m healed (Isa. 53: 4, 5; 1 Pet 2:24) If God says He shall supply every need of mine, then He does it (Phil 4:19). If God says He’s the Strength of my life, then He is (Ps 27:1)
Thank God, I have what the Word says I have. I am what the Word says I am. If God says I’m strong, I am. If He says I’m healed, I am. If He says He cares for me, then He does. So I just simply quietly rest on the Word, for the Word says, “for we which have believed do enter into rest… “(Heb. 4:3) and God’s promises are yes. Let go on and discover more:
For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore the “Amen” is also through Him for God’s glory through us.—2 Corinthians 1:20
God keeps every promise He makes. When we walk in intimate fellowship with Christ, we have the assurance that every promise God has made in Scripture is available to us. This truth should motivate us to search the Scriptures for each promise in order to meditate upon its potential for our life.
Jesus promised that when you ask for something in His will, He will give you what you ask (John 16:23b). This promise is available to every Christian. If you ask God if this promise applies to your life, His answer is yes. If you are not now experiencing this promise, it does not change the fact that God has said it. You may need to seek God’s answer for why His promise has not yet reached maturity in you.
Paul claimed he had tested each of these promises in his own life and found them all to be abundantly true. That’s why he could speak of the “exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7b) and the “unsearchable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8b). Paul had found a wealth of God’s promises and enjoyed them all in abundance.
Don’t become discouraged or impatient if you are not experiencing to the fullest all of God’s promises in your life. God may want to prepare you to receive some of the great truths He has made available to you. Walk closely with your Lord and, in time, you will see Him bring His promises to fruition in your life.
Our problem is that we don’t believe God and what He can do but our text this morning says that God promises is “Yes” therefore be anxious for nothing:
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.—Philippians 4:6
Don’t be anxious! Paul said there is nothing that should cause a child of God to worry. He was well aware of things that cause anxiety. His nation was occupied by a foreign army and ruled by corrupt leaders. He was writing from prison, where he was being held as a result of false accusations. He was separated from those he loved; his motives had been questioned, and he had been misrepresented.
Some were trying to undermine all that he had accomplished in starting churches. He suffered physically and faced imminent execution (2 Cor. 11:23–29). Yet Paul said there would never be a crisis so troubling that God could not bring peace in the midst of it!
God will not necessarily take your problems away, but He will carry the load for you. He wants you to experience His peace, which is beyond human comprehension. You will never fully understand how God could give you peace in some of the situations you face, but you do not have to understand it in order to experience it. This peace is not just for those who “handle stress well”; it is for everyone!
You may know that God wants you to experience peace but wonder how this is possible, given what you are presently facing. Yet, Scripture says to be anxious for nothing. God’s word clearly indicates that there is nothing you can face that is too difficult, too troubling, or too fearful for God. No matter what your circumstances are, turn your anxiety over to God and let His perfect peace guard your heart.
Quietly rest on the Word regardless of natural evidence that would satisfy the physical senses. Real faith is built on the Word! We should meditate in the Word and dig deeply into it and feed upon it then the Word will become a part of us just as natural food becomes a part of us.
In other words, what natural food is to physical man, the Word of God is to the spiritual man. So this Word builds into me- the real me, the inward man- confidence and assurance. Remember, “… faith cometh by hearing and hearing the Word of God” (Rom 10:17)
So what is it, child of God that you desired of Him, stand on the Word, meditate therein and there will be manifestation. Praise the Lord.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
Evang. Ifeoma Ohondu.