Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. — Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
Today, while out and about, I was making some affirmations/confessions over my life and the lives of those who are connected to me. While enjoying this time, I heard and spoke this out loud; “Your Promise Has Your Provision in it!” Now what do I do with that? I’ll tell you what—I will trust what I believe, is God’s word to us who will believe it.
The Bible is full of promises that, like a seed, if we will sow the promise given—we will reap the provision that is “locked up” within that promise. In other words, God’s promises left unclaimed and unused are no good for us! Any seed left in a packet or bag is no good to anyone. Just like the seed must be planted in order for us to reap…the promise of God must be planted within our heart by faith and trusted to bring forth the life it carries.
According to the dictionary, one application of provision is:
That which is provided or prepared; that which is brought together or arranged in advance; measures taken beforehand; preparation.
This leads me to believe and say, the provision is in the seed! For instance, when the Bible says “…with his stripes we are healed.” (Isa 53:5), I believe it means that within the promise of that verse is the provision of what it promised…healing! It is really not a “new” thing to expect something to provide what it promises. We expect:
- A new car to have…a new car smell!
- Something advertised…to be as advertised!
- A seed planted in the ground…to produce!
Therefore, when something doesn’t deliver, disappointment abound! God’s word has the ability to bring itself to pass. The issue we run into is many, if not most, don’t know how to properly “plant” the word so that it produces! Once again, consider that seed…if it is not planted into good, quality soil and nurtured properly, it will not produce properly.
Quality soil is soil that is prepared to receive the seed. If it is prepared properly it will produce! How prepared are you to receive the promise of God’s word? Do you pray, praise, study scriptures, and forgive when offended—just to name a few? All of these and more are part of preparing the soil of your heart to produce.
Far too often we want to say there was a problem with the seed but could the problem be that we were not prepared to receive the seed of promise. The scripture tells us that it was “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed.” (Hebrews 11:11). In this verse, I hear that although the “natural” circumstances were against her, she conditioned her body to produce the promise through faith! Wow! Can you imagine how many things in our lives would change if we allow the promises of God to be produced?
We must take the promise of the word, deposit it into the soil of our hearts through daily reading and confession or affirmation. Doing this, causes that word of promise to be planted within us. After it is planted, we should nurture it with praise to God for whatever is promised coming forth! Faith does not wait until the manifestation of the promise to praise God—it praises in advance! When we do this we prepare our hearts to receive the seed through faith and thereby expect to see the promise.
Consequently, if we believe in the God who absolutely cannot fail, we should also believe whatever He promised will come forth! So, whenever you find a promise, expect that promise to provide the results!
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