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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~ Study Week 19

Graham Cooke: pgs. 42-46

Joshua 1.9

INHERITING THE PROMISE

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so
that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who
through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when
God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by
no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY
BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having
patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with
them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER

In the same way God, desiring even more to
show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness
of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two
unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement
to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope
we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and
steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where
Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a
high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)
At the heart of all God’s dealings with us, is the issue of
our inheritance in Christ. We are the Beloved of the Father, the
Bride of Christ, People of the Spirit.
Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a
blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose
that you might inherit a blessing.
(1 Peter 3:9 NASB)
We are called to inherit. It is what we demonstrate to the
Earth. We are people of promise. We have hope, an inheritance
and a language in which we communicate our confidence in the
Father. That language we learn from Heaven. The Holy Spirit
communicates the heart of the Father in such a powerful way
that we are radically changed by the conversation and the content.
We then communicate to others in exactly the way that
it was delivered to our heart.
To inherit we need two priceless things which we receive
from God in the process of our circumstances. These are faith
and patience. This is a wonderful contrast that is only learned
through process. Process is a series of steps designed to achieve
a particular goal or learning objective.
Faith speaks about immediacy and patience refers to eventuality.
Most Christians want the magic Midas touch of instantaneous
receiving from the Lord. Faith is a gift to be received but
also a disciplined confidence that must be learned. We cannot
go through life always requiring a gift of faith. God gives those
as He wills. He wants us to learn how to grow faith, increase in
it and walk by it. For this to occur we must attach patience to
our faith so that we walk on the path that God has provided.
Circumstances are often so intense that they seem to last for
ages. Primarily this is because we face them in our emotion
rather than our will. The will is the vehicle for faith to attain
the will of God.
The promise is secure. God does not lie. The issue is always
process. The path of God (process) is always about increasing
our confidence, enlarging expectation, learning to stand in
peace, being stretched in faith and being schooled in how to
see God and hold onto Him. His word is the anchor point for
process to be attained.
What is the gap between the promise and the provision
for you in your current situation? What is the process that is
designed to fit that space? What is the pathway that God has
chosen for you to develop greater confidence as well as receive
the provision? Meditate on these things and activate your will
towards the Lord. Learn what your current process is all about
and how you can cooperate with the Spirit. This is walking by
faith.
Faith is confident expectation, patience is calmness and
composure. The two combined produce a fortitude and consistency.
There is a serene persistence that allows us to keep God
in our sights and rejoice in Him. Serene persistence is anathema
to doubt, fear and unbelief.
God is unchanging and trustworthy, so is His word. When
promising Abraham a son, the Father took an oath in His own
name. The oath and God’s name are the same. God’s name and
His nature are equally the same. Because of Who He is, our
confident expectation (hope) is anchored in His personality.
His promises emanate from behind the curtain i.e. the division
that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
This is the place Jesus occupies as our High Priest. He is in God’s
Presence at all times, continuously interceding for us to be all
that the Father intends.
The promise may be fulfilled immediately because the Lord
may be showing you how to handle a gift of faith. The promise
will always be fulfilled eventually through the process of faith.
Give yourself to the Father of lights, from whom every gift
is given (James 1:17). He is the Unchanging One. We see Him
best when we are single minded (focused) about His goodness.
Double-minded people are always disappointed and eventually
disinherit themselves.
Process is the key to walking by faith. Actively combining
your faith with patience gives a guarantee of inheritance. Serene
persistence…there is nothing more precious in a faith lifestyle.

 

In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encour­agement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)      My Comment:  There is so much more to the Christian lifestyle that develops after we find salvation and forgiveness.  It is our beginning as a new creation, meaning the old sinner is gone and the heir of the promise is before us.  Our journey begins with the Holy Spirit as our guide.  Each step of faith measures our spiritual growth and maturity.  Something beautiful begins as we watch God developing our story in a Christ Centered Faith. We read in scripture God desires for each believer to be heirs with His Son, Jesus.  What a comfort to know we have Jesus as our high priest interceding on our behalf.  These are the treasures of our inheritance; hope that anchors our soul, the promise of purpose, strong encouragement and God’s oath which is steadfast and sure.  When we are instant in prayer, focused on his word– we are engaged and He is present with us.  His Holy Spirit will comfort, guide in truth and speak the language of Heaven to our hearts, so in turn, we may speak the same to someone who needs to hear of the promise of His unchangeable Love.

 

This section speaks on a topic that is very dear to my heart – inheriting the promise.  If I could slow down the speed of this section like a phonograph, in order to absorb the rich keys of wisdom, it would be to 33 1/3RPM, which (as I realize) is ironically around the age of Jesus when his life came to the fullness of inheriting the promise from His Father.  ~

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Proverbs 31 Challenge ~ Chapter 19

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Proverbs 19

Amplified Bible (AMP)

19 Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is perverse in his speech and is a [self-confident] fool.

Desire without knowledge is not good, and to be overhasty is to sin and miss the mark.

The foolishness of man subverts his way [ruins his affairs]; then his heart is resentful and frets against the Lord.

Wealth makes many friends, but the poor man is avoided by his neighbor.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes out lies shall not escape.

Many will entreat the favor of a liberal man, and every man is a friend to him who gives gifts.

All the brothers of a poor man detest him—how much more do his friends go far from him! He pursues them with words, but they are gone.

He who gains Wisdom loves his own life; he who keeps understanding shall prosper and find good.

A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he who breathes forth lies shall perish.

10 Luxury is not fitting for a [self-confident] fool—much less for a slave to rule over princes.

11 Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.

12 The king’s wrath is as terrifying as the roaring of a lion, but his favor is as [refreshing as] dew upon the grass.

13 A self-confident and foolish son is the [multiplied] calamity of his father, and the contentions of a wife are like a continual dripping [of water through a chink in the roof].

14 House and riches are the inheritance from fathers, but a wise, understanding, and prudent wife is from the Lord.

15 Slothfulness casts one into a deep sleep, and the idle person shall suffer hunger.

16 He who keeps the commandment [of the Lord] keeps his own life, but he who despises His ways shall die.

17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and that which he has given He will repay to him.

18 Discipline your son while there is hope, but do not [indulge your angry resentments by undue chastisements and] set yourself to his ruin.

19 A man of great wrath shall suffer the penalty; for if you deliver him [from the consequences], he will [feel free to] cause you to do it again.

20 Hear counsel, receive instruction, and accept correction, that you may be wise in the time to come.

21 Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.

22 That which is desired in a man is loyalty and kindness [and his glory and delight are his giving], but a poor man is better than a liar.

23 The reverent, worshipful fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it rests satisfied; he cannot be visited with [actual] evil.

24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, and will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will learn prudence; reprove a man of understanding, and he will increase in knowledge.

26 He who does violence to his father and chases away his mother is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

27 Cease, my son, to hear instruction only to ignore it and stray from the words of knowledge.

28 A worthless witness scoffs at justice, and the mouth of the wicked swallows iniquity.

29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, and stripes for the backs of [self-confident] fools.

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Teach us to pray

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When I first got saved, I did not know what else to do. I gave my life to the Lord but I needed someone to guide me. The church that I was going to ( yes, I was going to church but was not saved, and I got saved in my bathroom at home not at church), didn’t seem to notice the difference in me. When God is ready for you one cannot hide. I remember calling up different key people at church and asking questions and they all seem bothered. These were old time saved people. The ones that was born into the church so they say!!! lol. Never got connected with anyone, I guess I was rambling because I knew not. So I picked up the Bible for myself and began to read. From page 1 and  I tell you it read like a novel. The Bible is my favorite book of all times forever. I read and reached the Lord’s prayer in Matthew and smile, but when I reached,

Luke 11:1 (NIV)

11 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

I thoughtfully stopped and this became my pattern for prayer:

Our Father: Prayer should be about us not me. We are part of the body of Christ and God is every ones father.

Who art in heaven: Father we know that you sit above us, able to see all. Every good and perfect gift comes down from heaven.

Hallowed be thy name: All praises to you my father and as I enter into prayer Lord with the mindset that You will do good in my life.

Thy Kingdom come: Lord we have been given dominion on earth and we are humbly asking you to come into us.

Thy Will be done. Lord let your Will be done according to Your Word,

On earth as it is in heaven. Lord we know we can only do with Your strength. If you Lord the King is in us then your kingdom is in us. Lord continue to bless us and keep everything that is not of you Lord out of us.

Give us this day our daily bread: Lord we have faith that you will provide for us everyday. We are not to worry about tomorrow, we only can eat enough for today, tomorrow God will provide again.

Matthew 6:26 (NIV)

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

And forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.

Matthew 18-24-25 (NKJV)

24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all. 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil:

Matthew 4:1-10 (NIV)

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

He will command his angels concerning you,

and they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.

God does not tempt us. The tempter is the devil. The devil is our enemy and he will take good desires and tempt us with it

For thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever! Amen