The Covenant of Promise (Part 4) NY

by Creflo Dollar | 1 Sep 2018

Summary

God has made many promises to us, but we need to know how to respond to those promises in order to receive them. The general answer is to respond in faith, but we can break that down into specific things we can do to conquer whatever issues rise up against us. These strategies work for our healing, our finances, our prosperity, and anything else we need in life. As believers, we are empowered to succeed in situations that defeat others. We are in a spiritual battle, and we win when we stand on the promises found in God’s Word. The enemy will do everything he can to push us off the Word, but employing our faith in what Jesus has done keeps us from being moved. Believing in what God tells us results in blessings, not because we deserve them, but because of His favor toward us.

  1. To strengthen our faith, we must remember what God tells us and keep it in our hearts.
    1. 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 (Proverbs 4:20-22).
      1. The first thing to do to win in spiritual battle is locate the promise we are believing for in the Word.
      2. Once we find the specific Scripture that deals with our situation, we will encounter opposition that tries to steal it away from us. This is why we must keep it in our hearts.
    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: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (2 Peter 1:3, 4).
      1. The second way to respond in faith is simply believe.
      2. God has already given us His promises; we must learn how to lay hold of them.
    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).
      1. The Word of God can bring into manifestation all of His promises.
    4. The third strategy is to settle in our hearts that the promise we chose to stand on to deal with the problem is God’s will for us. His will is His Word.
      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).
  1. We must firmly trust in God’s promises that we have been given to overcome the problem.
    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).
      1. The leper knew that Jesus had the ability to heal, but questioned whether it was God’s will for him. Jesus’ response convinced the leper that healing is God’s will.
      2. We must believe the promise. Believing is much more than just mental acrobatics; when we really believe something, we will be at rest.
      3. It is not His will for us to be sick, poor, or defeated.
    2. 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. The fourth way we fight the enemy is ask God for what we want, according to His Word. There is nothing wrong with asking.
      2. What we ask in God’s authority, He will do. “Anything” refers to what is within the boundaries of what grace has made available.
      3. His Word will shape our asking.
    3. 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).
      1. The fifth strategy is to meditate daily on the promise that covers the situation. This is how we conduct spiritual battle.
      2. God has done everything that needed to be done for our victory; our part is to stand on the promise. The enemy will try to push us off and move us away from it.
      3. We must meditate on the Word until we can see ourselves doing what we believe. We need to develop an inner vision of God’s promise applying to us.
    4. This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe  and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely  and have good success (Joshua 1:8, AMPC).
      1. God will give us wisdom and show us how to conduct ourselves. His wisdom tells us what to do when we do not know what to do.
  1. Constantly and consistenly using our faith to stand on the promise eventually brings results.
    1. That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12).
      1. The sixth way is to understand that nothing in God’s kingdom operates without faith, love, and patience.
      2. Patience is simply prolonged faith. It is being consistently, constantly the same, regardless of what happens.
    2. 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).
      1. Many Christians do not see manifestations because they do not allow their faith to remain at work.
      2. The enemy will challenge our faith in whatever Scripture we choose to stand on.
    3. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise(Hebrews 10:36).
      1. Consistency is the key to breakthrough.
  1. We can also confess the promise and use our authority to speak things into existence.
    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).
      1. The seventh strategy is to turn the promise into a confession.
      2. Salvation has already been made available. There is authority in confessing God’s Word.
    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).
      1. Our profession is how we make our living, but the word “profession” in this context translates into “confession.” Our profession is our confession: we will have what we say.
      2. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy (Psalm 107:2).
    3. 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 eighth way we win at spiritual battle is to give voice to the promise and employ angelic forces.
      2. The angels have been sent to minister to those who are heirs of salvation.
    4. (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) 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).
      1. The ninth strategy is to call things that are not as though they were. This is different than calling things as we see them on the physical level.
      2. This works with our emotions, our finances, our health, and on many other levels.

Scripture References

Proverbs 4:20-22

2 Peter 1:3, 4

John 1:1, 14

Mark 9:23

Mark 11:23

Matthew 17:20

Mark 1:40-42

John 14:13, 14

Joshua 1:8

Joshua 1:8, AMPC

Hebrews 6:12

James 1:2-4

Hebrews 10:36

Romans 10:9

1 Timothy 6:12

Psalm 107:2

Psalm 103:19, 20

Romans 4:17