Releasing The Promises Of God

Releasing The Promises Of God

02 Nov 2013 Service – Kong Hee

Everything God does, He does according to a pattern and based on a principle of His Kingdom. – Edwin Louis Cole

God’s predictable cycle:
#1 Dream
Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country,
From your family
And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Gen 12:1-3

#2 Decision
A dream is worthless unless you go all out for it. Are you willing to put your reputation on the line?

8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Heb 11:8

#3 Difficulties
But difficulties will come!!

God gave Abraham 7 great promises

2 I will make you a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you,
And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
Gen 12:2-3

One of the fastest one was prosperity.
Just a chapter later …
2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. 13:2

It doesn’t take a lot of faith to be prosperous and successful.

A farmer doesn’t have to be a man of great faith to sow seeds and reap harvest. The seed follows the law of reproduction.

You don’t need faith in the seed. You need faith in the word.
Just believe in the word and bible. If you pay your tithes and give your offerings, obey the bible, your harvest is guaranteed.

But…The remaining 6 promises didn’t happen immediately.

#4 Delay
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Gen 15:1-2

There are different powers for different promises.
Different forces or problems will come against your different promises.
When you have difficulties coupled with delays we come to a…

#5 Dead End
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. Rom 4:19

#6 Deliverance
And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. 3 And Abraham called the name of his son who was born to him—whom Sarah bore to him—Isaac. Gen 21:1-3

#7 Destiny
15 And the water in the skin was used up, and she placed the boy under one of the shrubs. 16 Then she went and sat down across from him at a distance of about a bowshot; for she said to herself, “Let me not see the death of the boy.” So she sat opposite him, and lifted her voice and wept.

17 And God heard the voice of the lad. Then the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said to her, “What ails you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18 Arise, lift up the lad and hold him with your hand, for I will make him a great nation.”
Gen 22:15-18
7 Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.” 8 And he said, “Lord God, how shall I know that I will inherit it?” 9 So He said to him, “Bring Me a three-year-old heifer, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.”
Gen 15:7-9
Abraham needed a breakthrough. What did God do? God asked him to bring him an offering. Arise and build. “Bring a seed and I will meet your needs”.
Satan hates it when you bring your offerings to God…
11 And when the vultures came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.
12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, horror and great darkness fell upon him. – Horror means terror.. The terror that comes at night

You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Psa 91:5

40 But Peter put them all out, and knelt down and prayed. And turning to the body he said, “Tabitha, arise.” And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter she sat up. Acts 9:40

Notice that he refused to look at the body! Only when his faith was high enough after praying then he looked at the body.

This tells us one thing – that The terror of death can challenge and drain away your faith.
The Bible calls it The terror that comes by night.
How do we release the promises of God??
Let’s look at what Abraham did:
A. He kept strengthening his faith
Be careful of what your hear don’t let vultures come and steal away your faith. Chase the vultures!
He kept listening to the word of God.

He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Psa 91:4-5

5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Gen 15:5
B. He kept sowing into others

Gen 20:17
17 So Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his female servants. Then they bore children; 18 for the Lord had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

One verse later…

And the Lord visited Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had spoken. 2 For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him.

There’s always somebody you can bless.

8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Eph 6:8

C. He kept surrendering his best to God

Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” Gen 22:1-5
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” Gen 22:14

Notice that it is a name of a place. You know you can get there by yourself.
But if it’s a person, you never know when the person is going to show up!

Strengthening..
Sowing..
Surrendering..

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