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Feb 19, 2016
There is Power in Promise, Purpose and Praise
God is a God of promise. His Word, the Bible is full of His promises to mankind. He has to be faithful to Himself by being true to His Word. In Numbers 23:19 we see "God is not a man, that he should lie. He is not a human, that he should change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through? " So when doubt attempts to distract you from your God given dream of your life's purpose, remember, His promise has purpose, so you must purposefully praise your way to attain it.
There was a season in my life where I was discovering the power of true praise and worship of the Living God. I was called to a place of growth in this area where I could actually encounter His Presence and consequently grew in Him exponentially. At the same time, there was such an attack on the promise of God concerning my destiny. It felt like I lost my breath, as if hit in the stomach with a baseball bat. I was tempted to quit after doubting God with all of the confusion and weariness from intense harassment. But rather than give in to all of that, something rose up within to believe in The One who promised. So, what did I do? Warfare. I spoke to the mountain of oppression (believe it or not that did try to entangle me), I said "Move!" I had instant breakthrough. I praised: I kept my mind on the promise: I worshipped, I remembered the promise: I studied the word of God: I remembered the promise: I forgave, resisting bitterness: I kept my mind on the promise. I refused to bow to fleshly responses. I grew in the things of The Spirit: I remembered the promised. I was on a great quest to know Whose I was, to know God, and therefore to know who I am. I kept my mind on the promise God gave me and I did not give up in the fight. I had to listen for the voice of Truth and I grew even more in Him and became very thankful for this experience, for God worked it for my good (Romans 8:28).
Look at Hannah as a biblical example in the first three chapters of the book of 1 Samuel. Remember Hannah became the mother of Samuel, who was used in establishing a new order of Kingship in Israel. He was a divinely ordained leader resulting in Israel’s protection and blessing once they devoted themselves and lived obediently to the covenant. Samuel was recognized as prophet of Jehovah, and the Bible says in 1 Samuel 3, "for the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord" and "the Lord let none of his words fall to the ground." Samuel was a prophet, but he was also in the fight, he was a warrior; cleaning up some things for the kingdom that were left undone; and yes, he used his sword for some of the clean up. Samuel, this gift of God given through Hannah was powerful. So I ask you Whose Idea was Samuel? God’s. Was it because Hannah cried so much that she got the consecrated child? No, but the hunger and desire to live out her purpose and live right before God could only help her cause. Hannah’s hunger grew and she passed some tests before God opened her womb to release Samuel, a prophet destined by God. I almost think that God had the idea first. What say you?
Needless to say, Hannah endured some 'stuff' but stayed in worship. There was a strategic attack of the enemy. She endured rivalry (the Bible refers to Peninah as her rival). Year after year she encountered envy, jealousy, bitterness, competition, harassment, agitation and depression. How do we know she overcame it? I don’t read that she got in a cat fight or that she had a pity party and stayed in bed watching reality TV and YouTube to escape reality (I know, I know, YouTube had a ways to be developed back then but you see my point :). What did Hannah do? Set out to worship. Notice, while setting out to worship, she was attacked - attacked while she worshipped. She continued to go to the temple to give her sacrifice, worship. That very place in her life where she received the criticism is the very place she received her answer. God arrived in her worship. I could very much relate to Hannah and her situation. Now, what I find fascinating is the fact that she received her answer and gave birth to her heart’s desire, the gift of God (Samuel) and SHE GAVE THE GIFT BACK! What is the relevance in this? The gift in you is for God and His purposes, however, you get to enjoy it because when you get to the place of finally delivering the thing that you have travailed over, contending for all these years (which is what "Fighting the Good Fight" means), through all of the ache and pressing, you get to finally rest and be yourself and enjoy the gift because you are fulfilling purpose. Hallelujah!
There is power in purpose and power in the promise of God. We have to press through with our praise. So you better be getting on your way! Are you sitting next to anyone right now? High five 'em and tell them "I'd better be getting on my way!" Praise Him! Worship God. Power comes in worship. Don't forget, because He descends in worship, your rival may attempt to take out your worship. You worship. Your gift has something to do with the day you are in, like Samuel. He came right on time. Israel needed him, Hannah stayed true to her vow and gave up her son for God’s service after all of those years of desire to have a child, she still stayed true to the vow she made in worship. God trusted Hannah to bring forth Samuel. Note that Peninah did not get Samuel! She got benched!! God trusted Hannah and opened her womb right on time!
Worship and watch change happen. You may not get the thing you are believing for but you may get that and then some. Out loud can you say “That and then some”? As Hannah would go to the temple every year, she brought her son a new coat. The Bible says in 1 Sam 2:19-21, "Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "GOD give you children to replace this child you have dedicated to GOD." Then they would go home. God was most especially kind to Hannah. She had three more sons and two daughters. The boy Samuel stayed at the sanctuary and grew up with God." Can you say “That and then some!”?
Hannah lived her purpose. She didn’t quit. She made room for God to bring forth great purpose out of her life. This story reminds me of something I saw in my yard on an early spring morning. I saw a leaf from the previous fall that had covered up great potential on fertile ground. But instead of staying down and buried under what was dead with no value, a beautiful flower rose up under it and went right through the sturdy oak leaf, wearing it like a necklace so to rise to its place of purpose! So let it be with you. If your potential has been seemingly buried under dead issues of the past, doubts, insults, accusations, hindrances and problems, do as this flower did, as Hannah did: Worship God! So rise up, believe God and get your promise! You were meant to live your dream!
Romans 11:28-29 "For God's gifts and his call can never be withdrawn."
1 Timothy 6:12 "Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses."
Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy."
Proverbs 13:19 "It is pleasant to see dreams come true, but fools will not turn from evil to attain them." Tell yourself "I’m no fool! My dream is coming true!"
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