A human being lives, but he is given life.
God has given us many promises in the Bible to meet our everyday need. Both the Old and New Testament have outstanding examples of God’s people claiming the promises of his Word when facing difficulties. In his book “ABC’s of Bible Prayer”, Glen Coon talks about the concept of claiming God’s promises.
Ask – “Ask and it will be given to you”. (Mark 7:7)
Believe – “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” (Mark 11:24)
Claim – Claim the promise with thanksgiving before any answer in seen. (John 11:41:43)
Ellen White wrote in her book “Christ Object Lessons”
“In every command and in every promise of the Word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized”
When faced with problems in life, our response should be the same, look to the Lord first. The reason I say this goes back to what we were talking about on day 9. To many times we think we can fix everything when in fact without God we can do nothing.
Note the formula for praying God’s promises and not focusing on the problem:
Supporting Scripture; (Num. 23:19), (Jer. 32:17), (2 Chr. 20:6-12),
Personal Reflection and Discussion
This is so cool because several of us were discussing this last night and we then continued the discussion in sabbath school. To many times we just pray and then moan because we feel that God is not answering our prayers. So many times we do claim the promises He has given to us and we (me) do not thank Him properly either. Our God is good and just and wants the best for us. We just have to learn to step out of the way and let God work. I have so many promises that I hold close but at the moment I feel like claiming John14:1-3. Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so , I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
I like claiming/reminding myself of Romans 8:8 “For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God.” That’s always reassuring that even things may not look good, God has a way in his plan to work it all out for good. It builds trust. It’s so hard to pray for something and not see it come about, especially if it seems it took a turn for the worse. Sometimes we just have to trust God’s direction. We may not always understand how a bad could actually be a good. Example: a car accident and naiviely accepting a settlement; and then seeing how that money can in just the right amount and time for an emergency trip. Even neater, how that emergency trip’s accident became an eye opener and spirtual growing experience.
Blog verse mix-up…the Ask verse is in Matthew, but the last I didn’t find yet.
I have found after looking back at my life that there are many times that I could not understand why some thing happend to me, but now I see it was what I needed. All i can say is thank you God for knowing best.
I love all of the above comments. God has promised us a lot and above all is to be with Him in his throne when we go to heaven. Times and times things may look blink and very uncertain, i assure myself that God knows why. He has control over it and out of it he has a good plan for me. The plan may not seem good to me but God knows it is a good plan. Let me share what happened to me almost eight years ago. I went to US embassy in Kenya for my student visa but i was denied, consulate claimed i did not have the required grades to study pharmacy. I had prayed and many faithful people had prayed for me. I was disappointed and i gave up with studying in US. I went with the option of Australia which was so promising, but then that option vanished. One year later i got a visa to study at the state. During this time period (one year) i went to pharmacy school in Kenya, after given the US student visa i come to ACU and i was given 48 hrs transfer on my undergraduate which helped me graduate within a very short time. God has good plans for us, claim it. It might not look good at that time but down the road you will understand God was in control.
I am very glad you came here Joseph, maybe it was answer to our prayers for a friend like you, that brought you here.