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Keep Believing God’s Promise to You

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God’s Promise is Only the Start

Joseph has a dream that he would have a position of authority. His dream is followed by 13 years of slavery and prison, in which he rises to the positions of authority. Each place has parts of his dream, but it never realizes until the day he is brought before Pharaoh.

David has an extraordinary experience of the chief religious leader of his time declaring him king of Israel after each of his brothers were overlooked for the position. He has some immediate successes with Goliath and advancement in Saul’s army, but it is 15 years before that word comes to pass.

Abraham gets a word from God, a promise that he would be made a great nation. He believes the word but has to wait 25 years before he even gets one son.

What Assurances Do You Need of the Promise?

The thing that stands out to me is not necessarily the wait but the acceptance that the promise would come to pass. What assurances did any of these men have that what they were told would happen? How many dreams have you had at night were from God? How do you know what someone says to you is from God?

Even the story of Abraham doesn’t explain how God spoke to him. Did he hear an audible voice, or was it just God’s voice spoken into his thoughts?

The Promise Gets Tested

I do not doubt any of these men’s experiences, but it makes me wonder how can I be so sure. Several months ago I started my newest walk of faith which I mentioned in my post, Does Your Life Make Zero Sense to UnBelievers. Now I face what Blackaby calls the crisis of belief.

“When God invites you to join Him in His word, He has a God-sized assignment for you. You will quickly realize you cannot do what He is asking on your own. If God doesn’t help you, you will fail. This is the crisis of belief when you must decide whether to believe God for what He wants to do through you.”

“At this point many people decide not to follow what they sense God is leading them to do. Then they wonder why they do not experience God’s presence and activity the way other Christians do.”

“The way you respond at this turning point will determine whether you become involved with God in something God-sized that only He can do or whether you will continue to go your own way and miss what He has purposed for your life.”

Henry Blackaby – Experiencing God

Jesus said He came that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10). In order for us to step out and actually believe this as true, we will be called to believe Him for things that only He can do. To be honest I am am a bit scared, but I cannot give up hope that what He promised (even if it is what I only believed He promised), He will do. God you alone know the path to what I was made for.

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12 Responses to “Keep Believing God’s Promise to You”

  1. T. Murray says:

    Hold on. Never give up. Refuse to doubt. Refuse to allow fear to rule you. When u fear, seek his face. Choose to believe in his goodness in spite of what may happen. Only believe. These are easy to say but quite different when it comes to living by them. I know it is not easy but it will be worth it. I am praying for you brother.

  2. Dan Black says:

    Reading this list makes me reminder the importance of patience and waiting for God’s timing. I think so many people want to be an overnight success when it fact success takes time(Often years and decades) to accoplish. Great post.

    ps. I just found your blog and really enjoy it. Looking forward to connecting more.

    • Dear Dan,
      Thank you for your comments. I am glad that you like the blog. Sometimes God’s timing is longer than we had hoped, but we are still to press in and desire a quick resolution (at least not longer than as is needed). Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
      Blessings, Kevin

  3. Daniel says:

    Wow, loved your post Kevin.
    I feel like my generation especially struggles with patience. We want it all right now and not many are willing to “build the wall in front of them”, which ultimately prepares them for their destiny. I’ve often times found myself unsatisfied with where I’m at and where I want to be when it comes to influence and impact.
    On the other side I don’t want to enjoy the moment so much, that I lose my drive and vision for the greater things of God. I guess we need to continuously learn how to keep the fine balance in this.

    Thanks for this great reminder to learn how to enjoy and value the process.

    I just tweeted this post out to my followers!

    • Dear Daniel,
      I appreciate your comments. You are an amazing man who has walked out your faith in radical obedience. It is a tension to desire God’s promises now and learning to wait patiently for Him.

      Thank you for sending this out to your followers. Let me know if you want to write a guest post. I’d love to have you.

      Blessings,
      Kevin

  4. Steve Montano says:

    Kevin this really spoke to me. My whole family is in the midst of moving and at times it’s really walking by faith and scary. But I keep holding onto promises and I just have to stay focused on that with patience. Thank you and bless you!!

    • Dear Steve,
      Kevin Dedmon says faith is spelled R-I-S-K. If we are going to walk by faith then we will need to step out beyond where reason can take us… which is scary! I am glad to know scary people. 🙂

      Blessings,
      Kevin

  5. RJ says:

    That was in 2012, Kevin. Have you received the promise yet? I hope so. I wait as well…

  6. Krystal R says:

    Thank you for being honest that you are (or were) scared. I’m also afraid to do what God has called me to do. Although I think I’m more afraid not to do what God has called me to do and live a life less than what God planned for me.

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