IF NOT, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO SO TOMORROW.
Romans 10:9. "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved!"
Acts 4:11-12. "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. v12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."
JESUS CHRIST CRUCIFIED FOR YOU!
Woman of Praise
by K. Michael
Obtaining the Promise
It is so important for us to wait patiently for God’s promises. A person who is not patient can create a slew of problems that God never intended for him or her. Abraham was told he was going to have a son; but because the promise took years to be fulfilled, his wife Sarah encouraged him to sleep with her handmaid, Hagar. In consequence, this decision produced turmoil in their household, and Hagar was sent away (Genesis 16).
Going ahead God is never a wise choice. Sometimes, it takes many years for a promise to actualize; but faith together with patience will help you receive the promise. While waiting, your attitude should be one of thanksgiving in order to curb discouragement. Remember, God is always faithful to His word; but we are not always faithful.
The promise can never be realized if you are not walking uprightly before God. Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. v2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
There comes a time in your Christian walk that God will demand your perfection before you receive the blessing. Genesis 17:1 “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” This verse implies to me that Abram was either not walking completely upright before God or that God had foreseen that he was going to falter.
There are many prophecies that have not come to fruition in the lives of individuals, and that are just swirling around in the spirit, not because the prophet was wrong; but because they were disobedient and impatient. Sometimes God wants to bless you in a certain place; but impatience causes you to move away in order to speed it up, and you end up delaying or losing it.
Hebrews 6:12 “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
It takes diligence, faith, and patience to inherit a promise. Your diligence is you praying without ceasing in order to know what the next step to take is. Your diligence is you waiting for the instruction of God before you move. Persecutions, trials, tribulations, and temptations will come while you are waiting for the promise; but just like Joseph, if you keep your eyes on God, and keep walking in the fear of the Lord, you will surely inherit the promise and prevail over the hardships.
Joseph could have yielded to the sexual desires of his master’s wife and changed his entire destiny; but instead, he ran like a crazy horse out of their dwelling (Genesis 39). That’s the attitude we need to have toward sin—we need to run as if we were crazy. The Devil doesn’t want you to get to your destiny. He wants you to believe that it is alright to live in sin and still receive the blessings.
But the Devil is a liar. He has not changed. He is what he has been from the Garden of Eden and will never change. He wants you to perceive God as unfaithful, and he will do whatever he can to delay, if not destroy the promises of God over your life; but with patient endurance you will succeed, and you will inherit the promises if you do not faint or give in to the temptations of the Devil.
Psalm 37:5 “Commit thy way unto the LORD, trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Do not engage in conversations with the Devil; lest you be deceived.
by K. Bamkefa
by K. Bamkefa
When God Asks Questions
Children ask their parents a lot of questions because they do not have the answers; but when God asks questions, it is not because He does not have the answer. In the book of Genesis, Adam and Eve were instructed by God not to eat from a specific tree in the Garden of Eden; notwithstanding, they did not obey God. The serpent convinced Eve to eat from the tree, and Eve convinced her husband too. As a result of their sin, their eyes were opened, they realized they were naked, they hid themselves from God, and God expelled them from the garden.
“And the Lord called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?”
“And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
“And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
“And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.”
God was looking for a man who would willingly obey his instructions, and He is still looking for such a person, today. His questions to Adam were not because He didn’t have the answers; but because He wanted Adam to tell the truth and confess his sins. Parents must encourage their children to tell the truth and confess their sins.
God knows you are going to be tempted by the enemy; so He has made the provision for you to win the battle against sin through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, and all you need to do is accept Him as your Lord and Savior. You don’t have to be naked, afraid, and ashamed anymore. God has provided coverage for you in His Son, Jesus. You don’t have to be separated from Him anymore. You’ve already been restored and all you need to do is receive Him. Sin produces separation from God’s presence.
Romans 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
Things to Consider
A Woman of Praise controls her eyes.
Better to be pure; than to lust.
Better to give praise; than to criticize.
Better to seek the praise of God; than the praise of men.
Better to say nothing; than to say something negative.
Better to pray; than to gossip.
Posted February 1, 2012.