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Kneeling on the Promises of God

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Kneeling on the Promises of God

James 5:14–15 ESV
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
Matthew 8:17 ESV
This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: “He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.”
James 5
John 14:14 ESV
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Matthew 8:17
Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Philippians 4:19 ESV
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Observations regarding God’s Promises.

1. God’s promises are not automatic.

2. Not every promise in the book is mine.

3. Some promises are conditional.

1 John 1:9 ESV
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 3:5–6 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:

4. Sometimes God speaks a promise to your heart.

Principles for seeing God’s promises come to fruition in our life.

I. We must be Obedient

1 Kings 18:1 NIV
After a long time, in the third year, the word of the Lord came to Elijah: “Go and present yourself to Ahab, and I will send rain on the land.”
1 Kings 18:1
1 Kings 18:2 NIV
So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. Now the famine was severe in Samaria,
1 Kings 18:3 NIV
and Ahab had summoned Obadiah, his palace administrator. (Obadiah was a devout believer in the Lord.
1 Kings 18:4 NIV
While Jezebel was killing off the Lord’s prophets, Obadiah had taken a hundred prophets and hidden them in two caves, fifty in each, and had supplied them with food and water.)
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1 Kings 18:10 NIV
As surely as the Lord your God lives, there is not a nation or kingdom where my master has not sent someone to look for you. And whenever a nation or kingdom claimed you were not there, he made them swear they could not find you.
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1 Kings 18:11 NIV
But now you tell me to go to my master and say, ‘Elijah is here.’

II. We must have Faith

II. We must have Faith

II. We must have Faith

1 Kings 18:41 NIV
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
1 Kings 18:43 NIV
“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
1 Kings 18:13 ESV
Has it not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of the Lord, how I hid a hundred men of the Lord’s prophets by fifties in a cave and fed them with bread and water?
1 Kings 19:13 ESV
And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
Hebrews 11:1 KJV 1900
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 ESV
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

III. We must separate ourselves in Prayer

III. We must separate ourselves in Prayer

1 Kings 18:42 ESV
So Ahab went up to eat and to drink. And Elijah went up to the top of Mount Carmel. And he bowed himself down on the earth and put his face between his knees.
1 Kings
Mark 9:2 ESV
And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them,
Luke 9:28 ESV
Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray.
Luke
Mark 9:26 NIV
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”
Luke 9:26 ESV
For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
Luke 9:26
Mark 9:27 NIV
But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
Mark 9:
Mark 9:28 NIV
After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
Mark 9:29 ESV
And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”

IV. We’ve must pray Persistently

1 Kings 18:43 NIV
“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
Colossians 4:2 NIV
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 ESV
pray without ceasing,
1 Thessalonians 5:
Ephesians 6:18 NIV
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Ephesians
Romans 12:12 The Message
cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder.
Luke 18:1 ESV
And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.
Luke 18:1–5 NIV
Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ”
Luke 18:1
Luke 18:5–8 NIV
yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’ ” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
Luke
Psalm 5:2 NLT
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.
Psalm
Psalm 5:3 NLT
Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

V. We must live Expectantly

1 Kings 18:44 NIV
The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ”
1 Kings
1 Kings 18:45 NIV
Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
1 Kings 18:46 NIV
The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Closing Observations

1. God’s promises are for all people, not just Old Testament prophets.

James 5:17 ESV
Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.

2. God’s promises are available, but they are not automatic.

3. The God who makes the promises (when we do our part) keeps the promises.

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