A faith filled Christian woman prayed and worshiped God everyday. One spring day, as the woman was praying, her atheist neighbor overheard her through an open window. Listening to her thanking the Lord for groceries, he thought he would prove to her there was no God. So he bought her food, sat it on the porch, rang the door bell, and hid in the bushes. When she saw the groceries, she began jumping up and down praising the Lord. The neighbor jumped out of the bushes and said, "Ha! God didn't give you that food, I did!" She was so excited, she ran down the street rejoicing and proclaiming, "Praise the Lord! I knew God would provide, I just didn't know He was going to make the devil pay for it!"
Romans 4:19-21 "And not being weak in faith, he (Abraham) did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. And being fully convinced that what He (God) had promised He (God) was also able to perform."
Daily, there is something, for which we all are standing in faith. Whether it's healing, finances, or a change in circumstances, the devil tries to inhibit God's promises. It may come through discouraging thoughts or friends and family conversations. Yet no matter the avenue, he's trying to test your faith. Do you really believe what God said? Is that promise for now? Is it for you? He often tells us we are not worthy to receive a blessing. Perhaps, because we got angry or we think we don't live up to the expectations God expects. The quick resolve - repent and ask forgiveness. (1John 1:9) Slate clean, now receive!
The scripture says, Abraham was strong in faith and did not consider or give thought to the circumstances. He didn't allow his mind to go there. He held onto what God said, and strengthened his faith by giving glory to God! So here we can learn that #1) Don't rent your mind to corrupt thoughts. Renew your mind to the Word of God, and think on the right things. (Rom. 12:2 & Phil. 4:8) #2) Give glory to God! Thank Him, praise Him, and worship Him for the end of your faith! True faith believes it has already received. Col. 2:7 (GW) says, "Sink your roots in Him and build on Him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving."
The key to totally receiving your promise from God is: being fully convinced! Abraham was absolutely confident that God would do what He promised! If we are positively assured, we will take possession of that promise. We will act as if we own it! That promise will be so embedded within us, we won't be able to see any other result. No thought or conversation will persuade us otherwise! We encourage you to keep your grip on the promise of God for you!
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."