The Promises Of God Are Sure News Letter: Week Ending 9-10-11

 In this week’s newsletter I want to exhort you to hold fast to the promises of God. Even if things began to look opposite of what you expect be steadfast in your faith in God’s promises. Paul says it this way: “For all the promises of God in him are yea and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20). God is glorified when we demonstrate by our faith and perseverance the manifestation of his promises. Hebrews 6:12 states: “Through faith and patience we inherit the promises.” Acts 1:4 encourages us to wait for the promises. The act of waiting involves services, commitment and cheerfully giving of ourselves to the will and purposes of God, while enduring the period of pending manifestation of the promise. The Question arises: How do I wait when I have already waited so long? I would offer these spiritual antidotes to the weariness that may be incurred during your wait:
1. Wait- Romans 12:1-2 “ 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. 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.” A renewed mind energizes, refreshes, and empowers our personal resolve to overcome the weariness. In addition to the new found strength accessed through this process, a renewed mind gives us the ability to have a synergic and productive thought process that is an invaluable assistance in proving what is the good (Functional) acceptable (pleasing) and perfect (most excellent) will of God. Thus obtaining the promises becomes more accessible to the empowered believer.
2. Faith - Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. By application of your faith we draw near to the assurance of Promise (Hebrews 10:22). Remember the just shall live by faith (Gal. 3:11) so during your period of trial be faithful to things of God. Extend yourself and exercise some spiritual muscle through worship, prayer, study, and joyful expression. In 1 Timothy 6:11, Timothy says it like this: “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
3. Rest - In the reliability of the Lord, faithful and able is his name. He is not a man that he should lie. In Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the Lord stand ye in the old ways, and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk there in, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” In that scripture Jeremiah 6:16 the Lord has given instruction for waiting for the promise to manifest.
Be sure to enquire of the Lord and stay steadfast. This period Aug 21st-Sept. 30th a time of consecration, fasting, worship, prayer and dedication. I end with these 2 thoughts in Jeremiah 29:8 the nation of Israel was in a period of trial and captivity in Jeremiah 29:7 God the Lord of host had caused it to be so for their disobedience. He promised them peace in captivity and he gave them a period of time 70 years pending a visit from him and the performance of his good word (promise). God the Father had set the duration and conditions for the promise which involved a period of trial. He gave instruction to build houses dwell in them plant gardens eat fruit of them, take wives begat sons and daughters and increase. Yet in the mist of this promised that came through Jeremiah came a word from Hananiah the false prophet. Jeremiah exposes Hananiah as a result of Hananiah’s own words. (Read Jeremiah chapters 28-29) Remember that opposition is a real enemy of your destiny. In Jeremiah 29:8 Thus saith the Lord of host the God of Israel; let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed. For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name, I have not sent them, saith the Lord. In verse 11 of the 29th chapter he goes on to say “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end. In this hour it is critical that we know the voice of God and the true men and women of God and we should know who the true man and women of God who are sent of him. During this 40 day trial we are being challenged to not only hear God’s voice but also to expose the enemy to ensure that the people of God access the promises of God. “Beloved believe not every spirit, but try the spirit to see if it be of God.” “And remember the promises of God are yea and Amen.”

To God be the Glory,
Jesus is Lord
In His service
Apostle Bobby G. Johnson