Sunday, 21 October 2012

The Promise And The Problem


The Promise And The Problem

How many of us run from the problem and rob ourselves of the promise?

We fail to get the promise because we don't want to deal with the problem. We want the fit body but don't want to go to the gym. We want the promotion but not the responsibility. We want armchair results but God said "I go before you to make your path straight" (Isaiah 45:2). He made a promise and He is not man that He will not fulfill His promise.  Actions comes before motivation and if we would only take the first step toward overcoming the problem He will walk us through the problem to the promise.  He is always with us.  To get to the promise we may have to go through the valley but He will not abandon us, His rod and staff (Word & Spirit) will be with us (Psalm 23).  When we step up and deal with the problem He will give us what we need on our journey. At the beginning of our journey we will be weak but He will strengthen us, He will give us our daily bread, He will feed us enough for each day of the battle. He gives us what we need on our journey to the promise. Once we make the first step He will energise us, He is the Waymaker (Exodus 3:21)

The promise always comes with a problem but God ordered us to have dominion (Genesis 1:26-28). The promise land was called the promise land because it was a promise but Moses and the children of Israel had to work to get there. They encountered problems on their journey.  God never said the journey to the promise was going to be easy but He said He will be with us all the way.  Joshua and Caleb saw giants in the promise land but Caleb knew that they had the favour of God and was able to take on the problem and win (Numbers 13:30). The land was the promise but the giants was the problem.  Don't rob your self of the promise by not handling the problem. 

Don't delay, the promise is on the way. The promise is hidden in the problem. What are the problems in your life that you're running from? Peter, Jesus' most loyal disciple wanted the promise of eternal life but when the problem before the promise came he bottled out (Mark 14:66-72).  He did not want the hassle of acknowledging Jesus as his friend.  His association with Jesus posed a problem for him. Adam and Eve was in the Garden of Eden, God gave them the promise of eternal life but the problem was the tree of knowledge. The promise was delayed because they couldn't handle the problem.
God said we are to wear Him at all times (Ephesians 6:11) and we will be protected from the problem.  We were created to be conquerors not to be conquered (Romans 8:37), to be overcomers not to be overcome.  Go through the problem don't let the problem go through you. He will make you the head and not the tail    (Deuteronomy 28:13) Don't let the tail wag the dog, let the dog wag it's tail.  

The Promise is yours, the problem is His

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