Has God made a promise to you? There are so many people waiting on God to fulfill the promises He made to them regarding a spouse. If God has promised you a spouse, you need to have a true understanding of His promises. The father of Faith, Abraham, is the perfect example of the process and the fulfillment of the promise.
God promised Abraham that he would become a father of many nations. “…A son will come from your own body. He will get everything you own.” –Genesis 15:4 NIRV
1. You Must Let Go of the Past, What Was Birthed from Pride
When Sarah heard the promise God made to Abraham, she went ahead of God and tried to make something happen in her own way and timing. Sarah arranged for Hagar, her servant, to have sex with Abraham, in order to manifest God’s promise. From that decision, Ishmael was birthed.
Sarah began to be jealous of Hagar and once Sarah had Isaac, she told Abraham to kick Hagar and Ishmael out. God instructed Abraham, “Do not be so upset about the boy and your servant Hagar. Listen to what Sarah tells you, because your family line will continue through Isaac. “
God has made you a promise, and He will fulfill it, but you have to let go of all your Ishmaels. All the people from your past, who YOU tried to make the one, let them go and let God fulfill His promise. Trust me when I say, He doesn’t need your help. God is looking to bless your Isaac, your promised spouse, let Him.
2. The Promise is Received by Faith
The greatest revelation I’ve had of God’s promises is that they are gifts to us. “This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift.” – Romans 4:16 MSG
The word gift is defined as “a thing that is given willingly to someone without payment”. You must understand that the promise God has given to you, the spouse God has promised you is a gift. That means God doesn’t require you to pay for it, actually, you could never pay for it. You could never earn it, never work hard enough, only He can do it; which is why we must trust in God.
If you can’t work for it, and you can’t earn it, how can you receive the promise? Look again at Romans 4:16, “This is why the FULFILLMENT of God’s promise depends ENTIRELY on trusting God…”
Another translation reads, “So the promise is received by faith…” –NLT. We know that “faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” – Hebrews 11:1 NLT
Have confidence. Have confidence in His promise, in His word, His unfailing word. We thank you, Father, that we don’t have to confidence in our own selves and in our own power, but in You. You cannot receive the promises by earning it, it is a gift that must be received by faith and it’s a gift only the Father can give.
3. Take Your Eyes off of What Seems Hopeless
When God told Abraham of His promises, He was pretty old and so was Sarah, in fact, Sarah was considered barren, past the age of childbearing. Yet, Abraham took God at His word and looked past his circumstances.
“Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say,” “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up. He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said.” -Romans 4:19-21 MSG
I know it seems hopeless and impossible, but God is a God that can do anything but fail! Take your eyes off of your circumstances and place them on God’s faithfulness.
God promised Abraham a son through Sarah, and He came through. “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” –Numbers 23:19 NLT
God’s word is a sure thing. Let go of your Ishmaels, believe in the promises He has given you, wait on Him to act, He will carry out His promises!
Written by Terria Queen
Bio: My name is Terria Queen, I'm 22 years old and I'm currently a college student. I dedicated my life to God a year ago and since then I've developed a love for His word and for writing. I hope that my writing inspires other to fully trust God and to walk in faith.
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