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Turning the Promises of God Into Reality

Turning the Promises of God Into Reality

     Hebrews 11:6 says, "But, without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him."

     First of all, we must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ before we can ever hope to see any of His promises become reality in our lives. You could say that believing on the Lord Jesus is our part.

     Know this: Faith is the key which opens the lock to the supernatural.

     Also, in order to turn the promises of God into a living, breathing reality, we must believe that the Bible is the living, active, inspired Word of God and that it is relevant for us today.

     We must learn to put our faith into action to obtain the promises of God. It is faith that makes room for God and it is faith that releases God's mighty power.

     Let's look at a biblical example of faith in action.

     "Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He (Jesus) entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him (Jesus) closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. But, He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had a withered hand, 'Arise and stand here.' And he arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, 'I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?' And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, 'Stretch out your hand.' And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other" (Luke 6:6-10).

     This miracle took place in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Jesus asked the man with the withered hand to stand up, probably so all who were there could see what was about to take place.

     The man believed Jesus could heal him so he stood up and obeyed Jesus' command. Then the man, in obedience to Jesus' command, stretched out his withered hand and put action to his faith. And when the man acted on his faith, he received total healing of the withered hand! GLORY TO GOD!

     At this point, allow me to ask you a question. Do you believe all things are possible with God?

     Do you believe the words of Jesus in Mark 9:23, which say, "...If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes"?

     Know this: Jesus still answers when you act on your faith. So come to Him in faith and ask and then believe that you have received when you asked.

     Another example of faith in action is found in the Old Testament. In Isaiah 38, we find the story of King Hezekiah. "In those days Hezekiah was sick and near death. And Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, went to him and said to him, 'Thus says the Lord: 'Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live.' Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord, and said, 'Remember now, O Lord, I pray, how I have walked before You in truth and with a loyal heart, and have done what is good in Your sight.' And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And the word of the Lord came to Isaiah, saying, 'God and tell Hezekiah, 'Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: 'I have heard your prayer, I have seen your tears; surely I will add to your days fifteen years'" (Isaiah 38:1-5).

     The Bible tells us that Hezekiah, King of Judah, was very ill and even near death. Isaiah the prophet came to him with a word from the Lord: "Set your house in order, for you shall die and not live."

     Well, those words had to be very disturbing coming from the prophet of God, but Hezekiah decided to put his faith into action. He wanted to live! Isaiah 38:2 says, "Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the Lord." King Hezekiah prayed fervently and he repented. The Word of God says he wept bitterly.

     The experience of Hezekiah has a message fo us today: When the bad report comes, turn your face to the wall and pray. To "turn your face to the wall" means this: "turn away from everything but God." Focus on Him and Him only. Trust in Him and Him only.

     King Hezekiah reached out to take hold of the God he knew. He called upon his merciful and compassionate God. The result of Hezekiah's faith-filled action was that the Lord God heard his prayer, saw his tears, and extended his life by fifteen more years.

     Know this: God has made faith a determining factor in the execution of His divine purposes in the earth. Since God is a "faith" God, He operates in, by and through faith.

    What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 describes faith this way: "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:3 goes on to say: "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." Romans 4:17 says, "God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did."

     So, God wants us to come to Him in faith, fully believing and completely trusting that He is well able to perform what He has promised.