“Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, [we] press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil.                      Things happened fast. But what that verse says is this: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” It’s con­ditional: If you confess, then He will forgive. Prayer: Loving Lord, I believe in Your promises for my life. How did Elijah persist in prayer? 14     From where he sits enthroned he watches all the inhabitants of the earth—. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory.—2 Corinthians 1:20. "…whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. – Hebrews 10:23 This was an act of submission and humility in Middle Eastern culture. May our lives, as well as our lips, glorify you. Eat and drink—celebrate! We waver, we flinch, we doubt, we’re frightened. Elijah kept sending him back until, on his seventh trip, the servant spotted a tiny cloud. He might have thought, Maybe I didn’t hear God right. Tragically, many Christians treat the promises of God the same way.  They may hang them on the wall, they may recite them to their children, they may believe them in their heads – but they do not know how to appropriate God’s Promises. God called Abraham to move to a place where he didn't know a soul. Read God’s promises and find hope in the victories others had in the Bible through faith. Builds trust in God. One of the greatest promises God made in history was the deliverance of his people from Egyptian slavery. Look at Psalm 37:3-5:  Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this. He set these things in motion. His Truth reminds us that He's with us, always. And that is why, 2,800 years later, we are still reading about Elijah. Then brokenhearted Christian asks, “What happened?  Why didn’t God answer my prayer?”/  Sadly, some people have had their faith shattered because they have not understood the biblical principles involved. Most of us are surprised when our prayers are answered, but Elijah would have been shocked if God had not answered. For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. Holman Christian Standard Bible Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. This verse is often rattled off, almost like dialing 9-1-1. God is true to His laws that He has set in motion, and when you meet the condition of the promise, He will fulfill it.  Once you have met that condition, your job is to remain faithful in prayer until God intervenes.  Trust that God will fulfill the promise – in due season. “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 20     Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. I don’t know how long it will take, but I will remember the faithfulness of God, the Promise Keeper. Both men had just seen the power of God manifested in the greatest supernatural intervention since the Exodus. If God’s promise is conditional, you cannot escape the conditions. I don’t completely understand persis­tence in prayer, but in Scripture it is obvious that there is something about persistence that belongs together with God’s promises. What do you think Elijah was praying for on top of that mountain—”Oh, Lord, bless everybody every­where”? You can Click Here to order my new book Clinging to God’s Promises. Elijah prayed obediently, specifically and persistently and he also prayed expectantly. God must be true to His Word. We feel the task is too heavy, so we end up with a “bless every­one everywhere” type of prayer. Elijah was adamant that everybody know that this great act was God’s act, not his own doing. 22     Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. She stayed until He answered (Mark 7:24—30). About IHOPKC Leadership About the Prayer Room Works of Justice Weekend Services Global Bridegroom Fast. After the first time Elijah could have given up. The prayers of God's people, in agreement, ascend to him like sweet, fragrant incense. This … He believed with all of his heart that God would keep His word. What came in the beginning, then from Sinai, from Calvary, from the mouths of God’s spokesmen, from countless altars where the body and blood of Jesus was distributed, from the time and place where you were baptized, is a beautiful sacred mystery of being one — in Christ, with Him, with you and me and all the saints who have gone before. We can tell how expectant Elijah was by his reac­tion when the servant finally spotted a tiny cloud “as small as a man’s hand.” At that moment Elijah started handing out umbrellas—that’s expectancy in prayer. But when a person claims a promise—without understanding its conditional or personal nature—and then nothing happens, she feels devastated. 34:1, 3 KJV). Inheritance: Clinging to God's Promises in the Midst of Tragedy Yet Elijah also shows us another problem that often travels with victory: depression and discouragement. God DID NOT make frivolous promises that He does not intend to keep.  God is faithful to all His promises.    God’s promises may not be fulfilled exactly the way we want them to be, or at the time we want them to be, but He always keeps His promises. Crowfoot treasured the pass.  He put it in a leather case and proudly wore it around his neck for the rest of his life.  // Yet there is no record that the chief ever once availed himself of the right to travel on the Canadian Pacific Railroad. God’s promise to Elijah was not only personal, it was also conditional.  When Elijah obeyed God, meeting the conditions of the promise, then God fulfilled it. Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel to kneel on the promises of God, while Ahab went down to eat and drink. “There’s nothing there,” the servant said. Do you want to be blessed financially?  Examine your checkbook and see how much seed you have sown lately.  Do you want to be blessed spiritually by having victory in a certain area in your life?  Examine your calendar to see how much time you have spent in the Word and in prayer, specifically seeking that victory.  Do you want your family to be blessed?  Take a good look at your time spent with them for instruction, teaching and praying. They are like Abraham, who “didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. In him we are loved, ransomed, healed, restored, and forgiven. As we enter this first Sunday of the New Year, we should each pause and reflect upon the brevity of our life; and how God wants us to live each day. To read Corey Russell’s full story, and exposition of all five psalms, we recommend his book Inheritance: Clinging to God’s Promises in the Midst of Tragedy. *Hymn of Response   # 312        “”Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus”. Nothing else stays with us. You can claim them to be true in your life. Read the Word. 10 Promises to Cling to when Life Takes a Turn 6:7—9). But he never doubted God, and he never got angry at God. He had no permanent place to live, no community to rely upon for support, and no one to call in times of trouble. Claiming the promises of God… Helps you to claim God’s Word for your own life Trains your mind to think about what’s true. Immediately after God’s incredible intervention on Mount Carmel, when the fire fell from heaven and supernaturally consumed everything in sight – stones and wood and ox and water – Elijah told King Ahab to celebrate now because before long he would have to get home because of heavy rains. You can’t just live any way you please and then claim 1 John 1:9 for forgiveness. The result of this will be a stirring of faith, an anchoring of our souls in the character Clinging To His Promises. Community Relations Endorsements Christian Creeds Press Center Statement of Faith Affirmations and Denials. Scripture says that while Elijah was praying on Mount Carmel, he sent his servant to look for clouds. These pick-and–choose Christians are like three little sisters who had just returned from a wedding.  They decided to play their own game of wedding, and each child had a role to play:  bride, groom and minister.  As the little bride and groom stood next to each other, the one playing the minister asked, “Do you take this man for richer or for poorer?”  Without hesitation the make believe bride replied, “for richer.”. Some people will claim they have confessed, when all they really did was mouth some words. I’ve seen others who, when victory comes, begin to take credit for it. 3:12–14). Or have you simply given up, tired of waiting for God?/////. That was the condition for rain.  When Elijah confronted Ahab and Jezebel and the 850 prophets of Baal and Asherah, he met God’s condi­tion. It was repeated in Chapter 22. Elijah obeyed God, and he prayed specifically.  He also prayed persistently, clinging to the promises of God. Deliver me from this sickness. Are you refusing to keep the conditions, rationalizing that you don’t really have to? But it will fill your heart and satisfy your deepest desire. Rain is on the way; I hear it coming.”,             Ahab did it: got up and ate and drank. Here are just some of the promises of God and some of his attributes that you can cling to and be strengthened by no matter what trial you are facing: God is sovereign. Our "with us" God will never leave us or turn away. And so David is clinging to this promise, he's embracing the promise by faith, so much so that it gets deep into his heart and it changes him. God will accomplish his will. Confession without the determination to change is cheap repen­tance and does not obligate God to forgive you. The promises of God are certain, but they don’t always mature in ninety days.  When God makes a promise, faith believes it, hope anticipates it, and patience quietly awaits it. Miracles happened right before Ahab’s eyes, but they did not pierce his heart.  When you are engulfed in spiritual blindness, a miracle makes no difference.     Â, *Doxology                                                                                       #572. Cling to God's promises! Meanwhile, Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bowed deeply in prayer, his face between his knees. Think of it this way – if you give me a check and I never deposit it or cash it, the check is useless to me; I never appropriated your gift.  Similarly, the Holy Spirit has given us promises:  They are recorded in God’s word.  But what you do with these promises, how you apply them in your life, is up to you. He gave you everything (Rom. 8:32) in order to keep His promise to you, to give you all things, that you would never be separated from Him. May more people experience what it means to live victoriously as they cling to God’s promises. ... We feel God is continually showing us areas we need healing, but also reminding us where we have been, all the while, taking us to a new place – a new physical place, where we can continue that healing. Isaiah 41:10. I want you to notice one last thing about Elijah’s prayer. Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? “It would have happened anyway.”. 26:36—46). Let’s look again at the biblical record and see how Elijah clung to the promises of God.  There are two principles we need to learn about God’s promises.  One principle is that some of God’s promises are conditional and others are unconditional; the second is that some promises are universal and some are personal. There is something else that I want you to note about Elijah’s prayer.  When Elijah went up to pray, he prayed specifically.  Can you see his specific prayer in the text?Â.  God’s timing is not always our timing.  Meet the conditions for God’s promise, then trust Him – day by day – and he will fulfill it. These things shall have no end. 12     Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage. Gives confidence. God is faithful to God’s promises. Verse 18 reads: “And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.” Now a promise is of no more value than is … (Psalm 138:8) It was difficult to … Then he said to his young servant, “On your feet now! Prepare us in mind and spirit for our worship, and tune our hearts to sing and speak your praise. God is the one who justifies. But many individuals do not rely on God’s assurances. When you pray back the truth of God’s promises it changes you. It will not follow your needs and wishes. According to 2 Corinthians 1:20 all of these promises find their "yes" answer in Christ Jesus, therefore you can confidently respond to God's promises by saying, "Amen, so be it … O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together” (Ps. The second principle relating to the nature of God’s promises is that some are personal and some are universal.  A personal promise is limited to one person at one particular time.  A universal promise has no limitations and no expiration date; it is for all believers in all time periods. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me. You have given us new birth into a living hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the part that is the greatest challenge for me:  persisting in prayer. Charles Stanley (November-30-2019) Daily Devotion: Clinging to God’s Promises. When God fulfilled His promise, when He sent rain in answer to Elijah’s prayer, the prophet stayed humble before God. Some Christians want to short-circuit God’s law of sowing and reaping. Know that God is with you. Yet to think that you love us like that makes us long to break our silence—to shout for joy and sing your praise. Next time we will look at how to handle this post-victory depression. Before you die, you will find the acceptance and the love you crave. Another conditional promise that is often misused is 1 John 1:9. They cannot possibly be bound by time or limited by worldly orders to shelter in place or work from home. The Bible makes it quite clear why Jesus told the disciples this woman’s story: “to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (v. 1). Most Christians today love to claim the promises, and multitudes are following the “name-it-and-claim-it” preachers, who have centered their entire ministries on claiming promises. Whenever you fulfill the condition of the promise— this is true “naming-it-and-claiming-it”—you can safely claim the promise and it will be fulfilled. May 8, 2013 By Kristin Sterk Leave a Comment. It strengthens your faith! What you sow is what you reap—in due season. So if you want to receive the promise, you must meet God’s conditions. 17     The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. Pharaoh didn't take God's … In Luke 18, Jesus told of the woman who pestered the ungodly judge and kept beating on his door. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the prop­er time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. God’s promise to Abraham was first spelled out in Genesis Chapter 12. He is God’s truth, “our confidence alone” (Lutheran Service Book 909:1), the guarantee of life in the secure, blissful joy of His risen and ascended presence. During any season, but especially in hard times, God’s promises provide an anchor for our soul. “Do you not know … To run before the king meant to subordinate yourself to him as a servant. So many of the promises in Scripture are conditional promises. Bless and multiply these offerings for the cause of your Kingdom and allow them to be used for the good of all people in every circumstance of life. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Himself persisted in prayer about the will of the Father (Matt. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Fights the enemy Puts faith into action. Accept our worship and praise, whether silent, spoken, or sung, to the glory of your holy name.—Larry Ellis, *Hymn of Praise          # 225        “Standing on the Promises”, Scripture Text                                                                      1 Kings 18: 41-46,              Elijah said to Ahab, “Up on your feet! But one went off to eat and drink, and the other went up in humility before God, clinging to His promises. 21     Our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. But very small, no bigger than someone’s hand, rising out of the sea.”,                    Quickly then, on your way. I am offering 2 coupons this week and they are valid until December 9th. It is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times seeks to overwhelms us.” – Trusting God. If you were to ask me for my street address, and I told you 166 Pinehurst Ave, but was ambiguous about the unit number. Elijah could have said, “Now I have Ahab exactly where I want him.” But he didn’t. Inheritance: Clinging to God's Promises in the Midst of Tragedy [Corey Russell] on Amazon.com. They can handle a crisis, but somehow they can’t handle bless­ings. NEEDS – through prayer God promises to provide for every need in the perfect time and amount to give you the greatest joy in him now and forever.

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