It’s the beginning of the April Convention, 2023 and the Lord has starts to visit us with His word and power, upon which we can hinge our faith for whatever we are trusting Him to do in and for us in this season.
This evening’s message is about validating the word of God, and how true they are even in the face of what looks like “it can’t come to pass”. How true is the word of God to give you a child when you’re striking in age, how true is the word of God when you can’t reconcile what He’s saying with your circumstance? Is the word of God even true? If true, how true? Are there specifics to God’s word that are true? Can you even prove the word of God to those who don’t believe in God? Follow through and you definitely will be able to build your confidence in Him again to trust Him for all things in your life.
But as God is true, our word toward you was not yea and nay. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, even by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2Corinthians 1:18-20
We can mirror our lives with the occurrences in Abraham’s life. God made a promise to Abraham, and years were rolling upon years and they never came to pass (according to Abraham’s timing). Yes, he must have thought that God could not bring His words to pass, which was why when he received contrary advice, he succumbed and tried another alternative. You can’t believe in God and believe in what is not God at the same time. If for any reason you take another alternative, it is because you have disbelieved God –you have to disbelieve God to believe in a lie. The word of God came to pass nonetheless, despite his staggered steps in between. The fulfillment of God’s promise is not for those who are strong, it is not for those who can believe Him perfectly without doubting, for no man can. But in all our doubts and fears, He still proves Himself true and faithful. It is only the Perfect One that can make us perfect. No man is perfect but God is.
We have read in scripture of Elijah running past the chariot of Ahab, which is impossible to science, but the word of God defies science. We have read of a woman giving birth to a child at 90 years of age, we have read of God meeting the need of a widow during famine and feeding her through the years, and thousands of people have been fed with a very seemingly insignificant quantity of bread and they were filled. A man, after four days, was raised out of the dead. The God that wrought miracles in those days is still alive. The scripture says “All the promises of God are yea and Amen”. We need to realize this before struggling with God: we never sat with Him in eternity to determine the course of our lives, He sovereignly decided everything according to His prerogatives, and He knows what He is doing. He has it rightly planned. But we struggle with God by doubting Him. Try to believe God first before asking why you should. In this day of His power, it will take those who believe to the dawning of the day. God is waiting to demonstrate His power. Nazareth was not an impossible place for the Perfect One to bring good things out of.
Why should we believe in God? Let me tell you, it is because of His “THUS SAITH THE LORD”. If you understand what that means, it will help you. The revelation of the word of God is Amen! This means Amen is a personality. In Revelation 3, here is what it says;
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
If this is true, and there is none greater than Him, all His promises are Amen (let it be so). But, let’s flip this a bit. If He speaks to us, we can say “Let it be so (Amen –saying Yes to God)”, but how does God speak His word? THUS SAITH THE LORD is the Amen of God. There is no “maybe”, or “no” with God. He is perfect, and everything that comes out of Him is perfect. So, when He was to create Light, all He said was “Amen, Light” –which means “Let there be light”. Amen is God’s action word.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Hebrews 6:9-18
THUS SAITH THE LORD is God swearing by Himself because He is the greatest, that He will do what He promised to do. He is binding Himself to an oath that He cannot but bring to pass exactly the way He said it. You don’t want to doubt that –you don’t want to disbelieve the swearing of the One who has never and cannot fail. What you should say to Him was what Mary said, “Be it unto me according to your word”. Has He said anything to you, and it feels like it cannot come to pass, maybe you have even advised Him that He should not worry about it because you feel you’re not qualified anymore, I have good news for you, He swore when He said it to you, and He cannot but bring it to pass. All you need do is believe and say yes to Him.
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