Summary: This morning I would like to preach a message that I believe the Lord has place on my heart. The title of the message is “When all you have is a Promise.”
“When all you have is a Promise.”
King James Version
[Heb 10:35-36 KJV] 35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
New International Version
[Heb 10:35-36 NIV] 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.
36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.
This morning I would like to preach a message that I believe the Lord has place on my heart.
The title of the message is “When all you have is a Promise.”
What do you do when you have a promise from God, but the situation is still the same?
What do you do when God has given you a promise, but it has been a while and it hasn’t happened yet?
What do you do when God has given you a promise, but people are telling you different?
I think it is in those times that you and I need to know a 2 things.
1. That whatever God has promised He is Able.
Tell your neighbor God is Able. Now tell them God is Magtig.
The Bible says in Jeremiah 32:17
[Jer 32:17 KJV] 17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, [and] there is nothing too hard for thee:
[Jer 32:27 KJV] 27 Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?
How many know that God can fulfill all His Promises?
God can do what He said He would do.
Can I hear an amen?
Now check this out, not only is God Able to fulfill His Promises.
2. He is Faithful to His Promises.
The Bible says in Number 23:19
[Num 23:19 KJV] 19 God [is] not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do [it]? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
Tell your neighbor God is Faithful.
See It is good to have a promise and it is good to know the one who promised is able, but it is also good to know that one who promised is faithful.
Not only does God promise, not only is He able to fulfill that promise, but He is faithful to the promise.
That word faithful is important in this sentence and let me explain to you why.
See I can make you a promise and I can be able to fulfill that promise, but the challenge is will I follow through on that promise?
Will I be faithful to the promise?
Here is a quote: People with good intentions make promises. But people with good character keep them.”
Being faithful is important because the person who is promising not only needs to be able, but they also need to be faithful, in other words they need to follow through.
Let me give you an Example:
Lets say I make you a promise that I am going to pick you up for church.
I can have the ability to follow through on that promise such as having a car and petrol,
but the question is am I going to follow through on that promise and pick you up?
I can be able, but I also need to be faithful.
Being able and being faithful are two different things.
If I am able, I have the ability, but If I am faithful, I follow through.
How many times have you and I made promises, or we gave our word that we will do something, and we were able to do it, but we just did not follow through?
It is not that we didn’t have the ability to do it, we just didn’t do it.
Help us Lord.
That’s why it is good to know not only is God Able, but God is faithful.
Somebody say able.
Somebody say faithful.
It is hard to count on someone who is not faithful.
We can make the promise, we can be able to do the promise, but the most important part is do we follow through on the promise.
After a while you and I may stop depending on that person because you are not sure if they will do it, but God will always come through.
God is not only Able to fulfill His Promises, but He is Faithful to fulfill His Promises.
If He said it, then He will do it.
We see the 3 factors in a promise coming to pass: