Living Faith Realities

  

Promises Delayed

 

Rev. Edith Fram

 

What do we do when waiting for a promise to manifest? People usually tell us to be patient, or delay is not denial. This is all truth but let’s go a little deeper today. We are going to look at 7 issues we may face while waiting.

 

1. KNOW GOD’S PROMISES. 1 John 5:14-15 KJV: “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything (Greek - a certain thing) according to his will, he heareth us; And if we know that he hears us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” The first thing we see here is that the ANYTHING in Greek is a certain thing, in other words we are being very specific in our asking. We know God hears us which brings confidence in prayer. We do not pray, ‘Lord if it be your will’ because God’s Word is His will. So, I must know His Word, the Bible, so I can pray it back to Him. So many times, we take the problem to God instead of His Word and we remain in the problem. When we pray The Word, we are starting with the answer we desire. We must make sure that the promise fits our situation. Habakkuk 2:3 encourages us: “though it tarry, wait for it, for it shall surely come.” Yes, this pertains to a vision but I believe we can apply it here also. We must see us with the answer, see us with what we are believing for. Meditate upon the promise, meditation brings revelation, and revelation brings manifestation.

 

2. ADMIT WE ARE HURTING AND NEED HELP. Proverbs 13:12a. KJV “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick;”. We all at some time have experienced anguish of soul or heartache. Any hurt, including promises delayed or unanswered prayer can cause heartache. Jesus, who is always our example, experienced a time of great emotional distress. One such time was when He was praying in the garden, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless, not my will, but thine, be done.” Luke 22:39-44 Can you not hear His struggle?

 

In this stage of waiting we may be tempted to deny we are hurting and stuff or push our emotions down. We may feel that we are rejected by God or that He is not hearing and answering us. This could lead to self-pity or a poor me attitude. When emotions are not released, they build up like a pressure cooker and resurface later in unhealthy or destructive ways. Anger may develop. It’s okay to admit we are hurting! David, a man after God’s own heart cried out to God often. Psalm 102 MSG “God, listen. Listen to my prayer, listen to the pain in my cries...pay attention! This is a cry for help! And hurry--this can’t wait! I’m wasting away to nothing.” Sometimes our cries and prayers sound a lot of David’s, desperate.

 

3. RELEASE OUR ANGER. “Anger; an acid that can do more to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Anonymous. If our anger hurting us or someone else, then it is sin. How we express anger determines if it is sinful. The Bible does not say “don’t be angry”, it says: “be angry and sin not.” Ephesians 4:26 NLT. Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil...don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words are an encouragement to those who hear then...get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger. Acknowledge and talk WITH God about the situation. Correctly express the anger about delayed promises. We need to move on. Don’t get stuck!

 

4. KNOW GOD WILL COMFORT US. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles…” Our problem is we are waiting for divine intervention, the promise to manifest. James 4:8 encourages us, “If we draw near to God and He will draw near to us.” Look for His Presence, prophetic utterances, Him speaking to us, Godly counsel, and His Word. Practice God’s Presence by practicing the discipline of thankfulness and praise, pray in the spirit, and listen to worship music. Praise is a CHOICE. David said, “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Psalm 34:1. When we praise…God comes into the situation, “He inhabits, is enthroned in the praises of Israel, His people.Psalm 22:3. Prayer brings the angels into the situation, they are moved, obeying the voice of His Word. Psalm 103:20.

 

5. KNOW OUR VALUE TO GOD. Circumstances, people, the devil, and even a bad childhood are always attacking our sense of worth. We need to remind ourselves our value and worth comes from God and His love for us. Psalm 139:17-18 NLT. “How precious it is Lord to realize you are thinking about me constantly! I can’t even count how many times a day your thoughts turn towards me and when I waken in the morning you are still thinking about me!” Jesus said in Matthew 10:30 KJV. “The very hairs of your head are numbered.” Ephesians 1:4 AMP. “Even as (in His love) He chose us (actually picked us out for Himself as His own) in Christ before the foundation of the world…” Our minds sometimes have a hard time understanding this truth which is why we receive it by faith and walk with Him by faith in His love.

 

6. KNOW THERE IS ALWAYS ENOUGH GRACE. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves. It is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 We walk out the rest of our lives the same way, by grace through faith. Dennis Burke wrote, “Faith in God removes mountains, Grace keeps the mountains from moving you.” Philippians 4:13 Phillips Translation “I am ready for anything through the strength of the One who lives with in me.” No matter what we are going through and facing, be it a test, trial, or time of waiting we are assured of an abundance of God’s grace is being poured out to us. In other words, God makes up the difference where I am lacking.

 

7. KNOW THAT GOD WILL NOT LET WHAT WE GO THROUGH GO TO WASTE. We must allow the painful experiences we go through to become an asset. Don’t just GO through them, GROW through them, LEARN from them, allow them to EQUIP us to build the Kingdom by building people. We can learn much from looking at the life of Joseph. Through all he endured, the result was...God will not let our struggles go to waste! The question is, Will We?

 

 

This article was Adapted from a teaching by Dr. P. Habib: “How to flow in the anointing when you’re the one hurting.”