In a world full of false hope, we can place our hope in a safe place, the hands of God, and be a people that stand firm on his promises.
Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:9
Our God is a God who promises. We see all throughout the Bible that the Lord is very interested in making promises with his people and speaking new life, hope, and direction into futures. He made a promise with Abraham to bless a whole nation through his lineage, he made countless promises with Israel, and he promised to send his beloved Son Jesus. We see throughout scripture that God always has a plan for his people and he reveals those plans through promises. Our God is always doing a new thing. It is his speciality. He is a masterful creator after all and what better way to breathe new life into a destiny then to cast a fresh vision and promise (Isaiah 41:18).
When we receive a promise from the Lord, whether this is a promise already given in scripture or a specific promise through prophetic word and prayer, we are actually being given a fresh download and revelation from heaven itself. We always measure and weigh the validity of any promise we receive. Is it scriptural? Does it align with God’s nature? Does this promise make sense with the talents, giftings, callings he has placed on my life? This, of course, is our responsibility. But when we have determined this is a destined promise God has given, we can be steadfast in locking our gaze on him and following the spirit of truth that leads us (Numbers 23:19). When we feel despondent because dreams deferred make the heart sick, we can rest in the assurance that our God is a God of breakthrough, he does work on our behalf, and he will work all things together for our good and for his glory. Our task in this promise waiting is to hold fast to the promises he has given us, speak life into dead places that need resurrection, circle that prayer again and again, praise his faithfulness, stand firm, and don’t back down. Keep hoping because hope is a manifestation of faith and God can do a lot with a little bit of faith!
What words of promise has the Lord given you? Do you need fresh vision or a new promise from him? Simply ask him.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
I am a person who believes the promises of God.
Here are some of the specific promises spoken over Northlands throughout the years…
Our church is an oasis for the community
Our church is a place where dreams come true
There is a roar in the heavens over our church and there will be no more delay
Northlands is a church that bats above their standing
We are an apostolic household where God will raise up many spiritual fathers and mothers
We are a church who rebuilds the ancient ruins to restore and repair
We are a church assigned to unstop the wells
We are a resource church
Lord, we thank you for the promises that have already come to fruition. We thank you when there is no way, you make a way. Jesus help my unbelief, help me to respond in faith and confidence because who you are is good, true, and faithful. You are completely trustworthy and want to bring forth the promises spoken over my life. To the promises still waiting, I say no more delay, it is time!