When do we receive God’s promises?
Question: “God's word contains thousands of promises. When can we expect to receive them?”
Anything the bible proclaims as God’s will, we can ask for in prayer, claiming promise as our own. And anything the Bible doesn’t specifically say is against God’s will, we can ask for in prayer, believing it is in His will.
We pray, thanking God for the answers, believing by faith that He will send the answer just as soon as His perfect timing is fulfilled.
While we all want our prayers to be answered and hopefully immediately, it is important to realize that while God desires to bless us, His Word clearly declares there are actions in our life that may stop Him from blessing us until those situations are cleared. When Israel wondered why they were not receiving God’s blessings, God clearly stated that their disobedience was blocking his blessings in Haggai 1:9. You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little … Why? … Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. But in 2:9 He also promised even greater glory if they would obey. The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty. While correcting them for their disobedience, He also gave them hope for their obedience.
Today, we are that house. Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you (1 Corinthians 3:16).
And how do we open the door to God’s blessings? By spending time with God in prayer, His Word, worship, growing in obedience, loving Him and our neighbors and in love telling others about God’s salvation. We move closure to God by cultivating a deeper hunger for the things of God and the move of His Spirit. Unfortunately, most of us only go to church, pray, and read the bible if time permits. We put the things of the world ahead of the things of God. Only when the enemy starts to attack us and we become entangled do we turn to God. But some endanger their situation further by blaming God for their problems rather than seeking Him for the solution.
Normally God does not inflict punishment, but he may, but rather He removes His blessings and protection, permitting the devil to reigns. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12).
Let us seek God as never before so that we can experience His power, glory and blessings as never before. It is God’s desire to bless us if we will permit Him.
We can rest assured that God will do His part when we do our part. That we will receive from God when we walk in faith and obedience. That He will answer our prayers in His perfect timing.
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