MAKING GOD FULFILL HIS WORD – By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memory Verse: James 5:18:“And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
Read: James 5:16-18.
James 5:16-18:“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.”
In 1 Kings 18:41-45, after the man of God heard the sound of abundance of rain, he spoke it out. Amos 3:8 says, “The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?”
When God has spoken to you, then you should prophesy. You can declare what He has said except He tells you to keep it to yourself. Beyond declaring it, the man of God embarked upon intense prayer. But why pray when he had already heard from God and he knows what he had heard? Psalm, 115:3 says God does as He pleases. 1 Samuel 2:30 says the same God who earlier made a promise to Eli later revoked His promise. He can say something and because of certain circumstances He can say He is no longer saying so, and there is nothing anyone can do about it. Elijah also knew of God’s promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14, that if he approached God in reverence, humility and submission to His will, God will hear and answer.
This is one lesson we ought to learn today. Many times, we take for granted that because God has said something, He will surely do it. We refuse to follow-up on His promise. Some of us even do things that offend God, capable of changing His mind, yet we expect Him to remain committed to His promise. The truth is that in the process of time, many people have disqualified themselves from an earlier divine promise. Do you take time to pray God’s promises into manifestation? If God says He will give you victory over a particular enemy, hold Him by that promise until He fulfils it. But if it is something negative such as a judgment, go into prayer and fasting and humble yourself yielding completely to Him, so that He can reverse it. While holding on to God in prayer, ensure you do everything to please Him. Praise Him. Worship Him with your whole heart. Obey all His instructions and make Him happy. Keep totally away from sin and also remind Him of His Word. When you do all these, he will surely answer you.
- Thank God for what He has promised you. Now ask Him to bring it to pass today.
Bible in one year: 1 Samuel 29-31