How to Respond to the Promise

Dec. 20, 2017 | By Creflo Dollar

Summary

God’s grace has made available to us everything we will ever need in life, and all we need to do to access the promises He made to us is respond positively to them. We need to learn how to be practical about our response. We certainly respond to His Word by faith, and it is important to know the nuts and bolts of exactly how to do that. Breaking it down step-by-step, our response should include things like actively using Scriptures that apply to our specific situation, believing, letting the Word sink down into us, and using our God-given authority to deal with problems. We can also meditate on the Word, reflect on the power of love, faith, and patience, confess God’s promises, and acknowledge the angels God has placed around us. Additionally, we can speak into existence things that are God’s will, understand the power of our words, forgive, and reverently respect Him. Responding to God correctly moves us into a position to receive from Him.

  1. Pursuing the promises is an active, not passive, response.
    1. And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all (1 Samuel 30:8).
      1. It is okay to pursue the promises of God. We should not simply sit back and do nothing; our active pursuit is one way to respond.
      2. Responding to what He already did is different than “making it happen.” Our faith-response to the Word is not the same as our works of the flesh to get God to do what He already did.
  1. We must search for what we need, believe, and be confident.
    1. One way to respond to what Jesus did is to find the specific promise in the Word that covers our situation. The things pertaining to life are held for us in the Word. When we have the Word regarding our circumstance, we literally have God on it.
      1. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh (Proverbs 4:22).
      2. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises…(2 Peter 1:3, 4).
      3. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 14).
    2. Another way is to believe. Belief results in physical manifestations, but unbelief blocks them.
      1. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth (Mark 9:23).
      2. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23).
      3. And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matthew 17:20).
      4. Rest is the true test of whether or not we really believe. The Bible says that there were some who did not enter into the rest because of their unbelief (Hebrews 4:6).
    3. We must settle in our minds that each promise made in the Word is God’s will for us. When the leper asked Jesus for healing, how he phrased his request indicated he was not quite sure if healing was God’s will. He knew Jesus was able, but he was unsure if He was willing; this is the mindset of many Christians today.
      1. And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed (Mark 1:40-42).
    4. We can ask in Jesus’ name, and release our authority. The Greek translation of the word “name” is “authority.” We must operate in the authority Jesus gave us, and we do not need to beg when we pray. We should stop talking to God about our problems, and start talking to our problems about what Jesus did.
      1. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it (John 14:13, 14).
  1. Meditating on and confessing the Word are both powerful tools.
    1. Meditating daily on the promises made in the Word allows God to teach us how to deal wisely in the affairs of the world. This is not a work of the flesh, but a legitimate response to grace. We must take in the Word through our eyes, ears, and mouth, and allow it into our hearts.
      1. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
      2. My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life(Proverbs 4:20-23).
    2. We need to understand that nothing in God’s kingdom operates without love, faith, and patience.
      1. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love(Galatians 5:6). We must take this Scripture in context; if we do not believe God loves us, our faith will not work.
      2. Under the Law of Moses, the focus was on how much we loved God. Under grace, it is now on how much He loves us. We love him, because he first loved us (1 John 4:19).
      3. By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God (Romans 5:2).
      4. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36). Patience does not mean “putting up with” something, but being consistently, constantly the same, no matter what.
      5. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing (James 1:2-4). When our faith is tried, we employ patience.
    3. We can turn the promise into a confession. We must be consistent with whatever Scripture we choose for a confession.
      1. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (Romans 10:9).
      2. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses (1 Timothy 6:12).
    4. Give voice to the promise; in doing so, we employ the angels. When we say what God has already said, the angels listen. Angels are real and they surround us at all times.
      1. We are told to be careful when entertaining strangers, because we might be entertaining angels without being aware of it (Hebrews 13:2).
      2. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word (Psalm 103:19, 20).
  1. The words we speak in faith bring us into alignment with God’s Word.
    1. We can call things into existence. We should not wait until we see something before we agree that it is real.
      1. …Before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were (Romans 4:17).
    2. When we respond to what grace did, we must not speak anything but the Word concerning the matter.
      1. The Bible says that we are trapped by our words (Proverbs 6:2).
      2. Words are powerful. God tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).
    3. We must believe we have received the promise.
      1. The only thing that can hinder God is our capacity to receive.
    4. We must forgive.
      1. We cannot respond to the promises if we are in strife or unforgiveness.
    5. We can live in the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord is not about being afraid of God. It is about confidence, thankfulness, extreme honor, respect, reverence, and being in awe of Him.
      1. The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil (Proverbs 19:23).
      2. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them… O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him (Psalm 34:7, 9).
    6. Consistency is the key to breakthrough.
    7. When we are out of line, prayer and fasting get us back in line.

Scripture References

1 Samuel 30:8

1 John 4:19

Proverbs 4:22

Romans 5:2

2 Peter 1:3, 4

Hebrews 10:36

John 1:1, 14

Mark 9:23

Mark 11:23

Matthew 17:20

Hebrews 4:6

Mark 1:40-42

John 14:13, 14

Joshua 1:8

Proverbs 4:20-23

Galatians 5:6

James 1:2-4

Romans 10:9

1 Timothy 6:12

Hebrews 13:2

Psalm 103:19, 20

Romans 4:17

Proverbs 6:2

Proverbs 18:21

Proverbs 19:23

Psalm 34:7, 9

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