Answered Prayers continued...
In knowing the promises of God we can appropriate them, but we can only appropriate them if we believe them. We must solidify the promises of God in our hearts, and believe Him at His word. We know He is able. We know nothing is impossible for Him, and if He promised He would carry us through the storm, if He promised He would carry us through the fire, then He will do it, regardless of how improbable, or even impossible it might seem.
My God is able! This has been my go-to motto for the past twenty-five years, and He has not failed me yet.
I was doing a radio interview recently, and in talking about a God of power, and a God of miracles, the interviewer asked me to give at least one example of the miracle working power of God.
I could have gone back in time, to stories of my youth, wherein I had seen the power of God manifest in very unique and wonderful ways, but what God compelled me to do, is give the interviewer an example of a miracle that has been ongoing for the last fifteen years.
Fifteen years! Not fifteen days, or weeks or months, but fifteen years.
Our ministry opened the Hand of Help orphanage in 1997, and this year is our fifteen year anniversary. In all this time, the children in our care have never once gone to bed hungry, naked or cold. We don’t fundraise. We don’t give out hats and cups and t-shirts if people support the orphanage. I don’t promise anyone I’ll put their name on a plaque if they give a certain amount, and yet God still speaks to hearts, God still provides, and all the bills get paid, and all the kids get fed, and all the staff is compensated for their time.
So yes, I believe in a God of miracles. I know His promises, I believe His promises, and because I believe His promises I can appropriate His promises.
There is comfort and peace and joy in knowing the promises of God - because no matter what the trial, no matter what the circumstance might be - there is a promise in the Bible that will be as a balm for you.
Psalm 50:15, “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
This is a promise of God, for whenever you find yourself in trouble. God promises He will deliver if we call upon Him, and once He has delivered us in our day of trouble, we will glorify Him.
Instead of going to the word of God, instead of seeing what God has to say concerning our day of trouble, we have the tendency to panic, to hyperventilate, to seek refuge of our own making, and cry out more in frustration and anger than in a spirit of prayerfulness.
The promise is there for every child of God! Call upon Him in the day of trouble and He will deliver you. God did not quantify His promise. He did not stipulate that He would deliver you if He had time, if He wasn’t busy doing something else, if He was awake, or if He wasn’t on vacation.
He simply said: ‘Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you!’
Psalm 91:15-16, “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
Yet another promise of God left gathering dust, because believers are too busy doing other things.
Once again God promises that if we call upon Him, He will answer. If we call upon Him, He will be with us in trouble; He will deliver us, and honor us.
Keep in mind these are not the promises of man. These promises are not contingent on whether someone feels like keeping their word, or if they have time in their busy schedule, or if they remember having promised you something in the first place.
These promises were made by God, whose memory is not short, who is not constrained by circumstance, and who keeps His word and His promises from generation to generation and age to age.
The only reason we’re not seeing the promises of God being fulfilled and made manifest in our lives is because we have not done what was required of us to do. God tells us to call upon Him that He might deliver us in the day of trouble. As such, logic would dictate that if we were not delivered in our day of trouble, we didn’t do our part and call upon Him.
‘But brother Mike, you don’t know the trouble I’m in.’
No, I may not know the trouble you’re in, but God does, and once again, he does not quantify His promise based on the degree of your trouble’s difficulty. God never said that if you couldn’t be delivered from your trouble in ten minutes or less His promise was void. There are no stipulations to the promises of God save for those we find in His word.
Any man who attempts to add to what God has promised, and creates his own stipulations and qualifications, is a liar! No, God won’t keep His promise to you only if you support a certain individual’s ministry. No, God won’t keep His promise to you only if you make a vow of faith to one of the sleek and surgically enhanced televangelists staring back at you from your television set.
If you call upon Him, God will answer you! He will deliver you, honor you, satisfy you with long life, and show you His salvation.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.