Good Morning everyone,
It’s the 1st of August! Seven months have breezed through quickly, thanking God for His mercies! I pray and decree that every eye that sees, every ear that hears this message will not end in 2012 but be ushered into 2013 with all glory and honour. Amen!
Psalms 91:7- A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
Amen!! All of us shall see 2013; none of us shall be victims of accidents, death, wastage, delay, sickness or disappointment. Amen! Neither shall our families, friends or loved ones! Amen!
I got a prayer request yesterday about a woman who had to undergo fertility treatment to get pregnant. She did get pregnant but during the birth, the child died! That must have been an extremely tasking disappointment for the family! I know many have been through similar. Sometimes, you go to the hospital and get a test and when you receive that call, the news isn’t so great! You’ve prepared day and night for your ACCA exams, you even fasted and prayed but when the results came out, you failed. Where do you go from here? Today’s message is inspired by a sermon by Dr Samuel Chand. I attended this sermon on Sunday-8-July-2012. It was extremely inspiring and encouraging. I hope it will touch you .
What do you do when you believe you’ve received a promise but are waiting for it to manifest? What do you do when you drive to the hospital with several balloons expecting to meet your grandchild for the first time and it was a still birth? What do you do?
Please read 1 Samuel 30:1-19
Deal with your pain- Vs 4
You have to deal with your pain. If you don’t deal with your pain, it will deal with you. Have you noticed that people who have been hurt, also hurt people? Don’t be one of those. Deal with your pain so you don’t self medicate or become a drug abuser or fall into self harm or overeating. Like David in vs 4, cry, weep, pray! Do everything you need to do to face the pain.
Deal with the people- Vs 6
Don’t let people label you our use your past against you. Don’t let them! Yes, you may have has five miscarriages, don’t let them label you as a result! You may have failed the exam seven times, so what? Let them know that you are not defined by your past but by what God says about your future. Forget your “jacob”, think about your “Israel”. Amen.
Deal with the pull- Vs 7
Don’t lose your spiritual covering. Don’t let people or circumstances pull you away from God or your Church. Many people make this mistake! When they are going through turmoil, they run away from Church and from God! No, it should be the other way around, it is only God who can heal you and bring you healing and restoration. Only Him! When going through your crises, you need God more than anything. He is the one who will encourage and comfort you.
Deal with your provider- Vs 8
David spoke to the Lord and asked Him what to do and God told Him to pursue the troops and they will surely overtake them. Speak to God, pray to Him. He will surely send you a word. That one word can change your life, it can change the direction of your life. Stop waiting for long words, He may give you just one word. Hold on to it and have faith in Him.
Deal with the promise- Vs 8, 19
God promised David that he would overtake their enemies in Vs 8 but it was only in Vs 19 that it occurred. There was a lot of pain before the promise and after the promise! Some promises are manifested immediately; others take time as was the case in this story. If God has said something, forget what is occurring right now and focus on the promise. It may take days, weeks, months or years, that doesn’t matter! If God has said it, no amount of time can stop it from happening. No matter how impossible things may seem, if God said you will bear a child, you will! If God said you will be married this year, you will! If God said you will be the head and not the tail but today you are still at the bottom, forget about today and focus on the promise. Stay faithful in Vs 8, 9, 10, 11…until you get to vs 19.
I hope this has encouraged and inspired someone to stay faithful to God because your promise is greater than any pain you may be going through. I will end with a quick story on Dr Samuel Chand.
In the 1970s, Dr Chand was from a middle class home in India, he moved to the USA to pursue a degree; it was very expensive and so he got a sponsor. Everything was going well until the great recession hit and his sponsors could no longer support him. He found himself penniless and had to look for a job but because of the recession, he couldn’t find anything. He went through residential neighbourhoods, knocking on every door asking to clean their gardens for free. The home owners would ask what he wanted in return and he would ask for a sandwich! That was how he lived by tending to gardens with no pay but a sandwich. Later his university was recruiting for a janitor, he took up that role, he was also a chef in the University. At one point, he had three manual labour jobs in the same University he was studying at. He just kept on; while all this was going on, God had told him he would be great and would address thousands of people. He didn’t know how but he kept on holding on to the promise. Ten years after this, he was invited back to the university as the president, through which he addressed thousands of students. To this day, Dr Chand is a motivational speaker, senior Pastor and an authority in Church culture and leadership.
What this says to me is- Hold on to your promise but whatever work your hands can do, do them and diligently so and the God who made you will certainly reward your diligence and promote you. Amen. God bless you all.