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Possessed by God's Promises

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Wherever you came from this morning, wherever you’ve been you have a divine destiny. You and I know you don’t feel that way all the time. In fact there are times when you question if God really has a place for you at all. The landscape of your life doesn’t seem to fit with what you believe God spoke over your life at one point in time. When you were on the mountaintop it seemed so clear, you were so excited. When you received the word over your life you were in such awe and wonder that you could’t wait to run into the promise of God.
Often, as with David, there is a process that leads to the fulfillment of the promise. During that time, the enemy will use any means necessary to try to discourage and detain your spirit in places of frustration, doubt and fear.
1 Samuel 30:1–6 ESV
Now when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, the Amalekites had made a raid against the Negeb and against Ziklag. They had overcome Ziklag and burned it with fire and taken captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great. They killed no one, but carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, they found it burned with fire, and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him raised their voices and wept until they had no more strength to weep. David’s two wives also had been taken captive, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail the widow of Nabal of Carmel. And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
David’s destiny did not begin as he ascended to the throne of Israel, but on the day God anointed him in a field in the sight of his brothers. Despite the hard days between the two events, David doggedly pursued God’s promise until it was fulfilled, without quitting or taking shortcuts.
This shows us that David clearly believed what God had said.
Hebrews 11:11 ESV
By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

Unlocking the Potential of the Promise

When you are born again, you inherit every promise of God for the believer.
2 Peter 1:3–4 ESV
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.
Peter tells us that these promises unlock our potential to become more Christ-like, but we don’t truly possess these promises until three things happen.
We first begin to possess a promise when it is spoken into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
The anointing does not just tell you what will be, it is creating what will be.
John 16:13–14 ESV
When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.
You must receive the Word.
You must know at all times that it is impossible for God to lie.
Rhema is a word that is often referred to in reference to the spoken word of God. No freshly spoken word from God will ever come to you that does not contain its own ability to perform itself.
Mary received the Word from God, as amazing as it was to believe.
Luke 1:38 ESV
And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Your faith in that Word must be tested and proven.
1 Timothy 1:18 ESV
This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare,
When the Holy Spirit declares a promise over you, He simultaneously is putting a weapon in your arsenal to fight with.
This tells us that 1) you will often have to contend for the Word against someone who will try to steal it from you, 2) if you contend for the promise by using the promise you will be victorious!
Jesus gave us insight into this very thought when He said to Satan;
Matthew 4:4 ESV
But he answered, “It is written, “ ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”

Positioned for Fulfillment

If we want to see the fulfillment of the promise, then we must refuse to define ourselves by anything other then what God has said about us.
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees
Mark 7:13 ESV
thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”
The words making void means to render powerless, giving the picture of pulling the plug on the most powerful thing in the universe- the Word of God!
Nothing can diminish the fact that God’s Word comes fully equipped to perform that which He said He will do. But we can shut off our access to the power of that Word by choosing to define ourselves outside of what God has spoken over us.
This means we must be constantly training our minds in agreement with the Logos and Rhema words from God.
Joshua 1:8 ESV
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
One of the Hebrew definitions for meditate is to mutter. Meditating involves repeating the words God has said OUT LOUD.

Inheriting Promises

It is of vital importance that we “treasure up and ponder” the promises of the Lord over our life.
When you demonstrate value for the voice of the Lord, it determines the degree to which you will attract more promises into your life.
Romans 10:17 ESV
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Hebrews 11:33 ESV
who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,
The link between hearing and obtaining promises therefore, is faith.
When we hold close those words that God has spoken over us, we are demonstrating that we know they are true and that our faith is in them instead of what we sometimes see.
That trust shows God that He can trust us with more.
Your life is not a culmination of the words that people have spoken over you, but God declares that you will live by every word that proceeds from His mouth.
Notice that it says proceeds, meaning He is presently speaking over you now.
What is He saying? Will you receive it?
John 5:37–40 ESV
And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.
The sign that the Word is abiding in you is that you recognize the presence of God and have faith for what He wants to do!
Revelation is meant to bring us into divine encounter, or else it will just make us religious. Religion becomes satisfied with form that has no power.
When we have been given a promise from the Scripture, it should provoke us to seek the One who both gives and fulfills the Word.
We live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!!!When we fail to listen to that word, we cut ourselves off from the fulfilled life He means for us to have.
Write the Words down, even the ones you are unsure of, meditate on them. Lean on His voice, meaning EXPECT to hear from Him
Receive the word, write down the word, meditate on the word, declare the word over your life and let it draw you into your God ordained destiny!
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