The Sign for the Father’s Promises
A sign can be described as an object, quality or event whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else. It can also be said to be a gesture or action used to convey information or instruction.
The promises of God are sure and His words abide forever. Whatever He says must surely come to pass. God, however, understands that when He makes promises to us His children, being mortals as we are, we tend to seek signs from Him in order to authenticate those promises and also to receive the conviction that they will happen (I Cor. 1:22).
Such that throughout the scripture, from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see how God gave signs to His children, indicating that the promises He had made to them will certainly come to pass (John 3:14-15).
In I Kings 18:1, God asked Prophet Elijah to go and show himself to King Ahab and that afterwards He will send rain upon the earth. The word of God had gone into the supernatural to effect what He has said, and it could not have returned to Him unaccomplished. But after Elijah had shown himself to Ahab, it did not appear yet that rain would fall. So Elijah began to inquire from the Almighty again. For Elijah to be convinced that the promised rain was about to begin, God had to show him a sign (I Kings 18:44).
God had impressed it upon my spirit that there are some promises He had made to us that are still pending; He says these are still in the making and that He has not forgotten. But for us to be convinced that those promises are definitely going to happen; He will give us certain signs we will be able to relate to. It is my prayer that we will be more expectant; be able to recognise such signs; and that we will be eventual partaker of those promises in Jesus name. Amen!
Expectant can be defined as “Expecting; anticipating or hopeful”. It can also mean “Having expectations especially of possession of something or prosperity”. Promise, on the other hand, can be defined as “A declaration that one will or refrain from doing something specified”. It can also mean “Something that is promised”.
In this day and age where life is so complex and people are so unpredictable; it is very difficult to hold unto most promises. Anyone can give their word today, and tomorrow renege on what they have said. I would think that one the strongest expectation of promise is that which exists between a child and his/her parent. Every child believes that whatever his/her parent says; they will do it. Most parent will strive to provide whatever they have promised their child, no matter what it takes. We, however, have Someone who can do beyond all that we can ask or imagine (Ephes. 3: 20). He is called “The Everlasting Father”.
As Jesus was rounding up His assignment on Earth; He charged and later reminded His apostles to wait for the Father’s promise before they commence their own assignment (Lk. 24: 49; Acts 1: 4-5). What was this promise? The Father had promised long before that a time would come when His Spirit will not just come upon man temporarily; but will permanently reside in man (Joel 2: 28-29); and that as a result of this, man will be able to do amazing things.
When the apostles did what Christ had said; to their amazement, the Father’s promise was delivered to them and they became extraordinary vessels in God’s hands (Acts 2: 1-4).
In this month of April, I am persuaded by the Spirit of God that certain promises the Everlasting Father Himself has made to us as a group and as individuals will be delivered. I, therefore, charge us to allow our expectation regarding such promises to be very high; and also be very hopeful and eager to receive them. Our expectation shall not be cut off nor denied in Jesus name. Amen!
Help can be defined as “To give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist. It can also mean “To save; rescue or succour”. When these come from God, it is termed as Divine help. I have come to accept the fact that all humans need help in one way or another in life. Also, those people who usually say, “I don’t need the help of any of anybody”, are usually those who need help the most.
The race of life in which we are is very challenging; the fact that no one is sincerely certain of their tomorrow makes the race even more daunting. While it is good and necessary to be hardworking, diligent, studious, etc., the truth is, human efforts are limited. It is only God that is limitless in power, reach, knowledge, etc. He has also promised that He will always help His children and that He will never leave nor forsake us.
In Neh. 1:1-11, news came to Nehemiah about the bad state of Jerusalem and the agony of those living in the city. He was so sad and troubled, but he was at the same time helpless. All he could do was to mourn, fast and pray, that God would grant him favour before King Artaxerxes. God made help available to him as per his request: God arrested the attention of the king; melt his heart towards Nehemiah; grant Nehemiah the permission to leave his duty post in the palace; allowed him to travel to Jerusalem; command that security and material provision be made available to him for the project; and also kept his position in the palace intact for him at his return (Neh. 2:1-11).
God has impressed it upon my heart that He will make specific and crucial help available to us in this month and beyond. Help needed to erect our lives; homes and the entire church will be made available to us by God. May this be evident in our lives and our Assembly in Jesus name.
Draught can be defined as the drawing in of a fishing net; the fish taken at one drawing; a catch. It can also be an act of moving a load by drawing or pulling. Great on the other hand can be defined as something that is unusually or comparatively large in size or dimension; large in number or numerous. Great draught, therefore, is the pulling in of a large catch.
It is very tasking to move load by pulling or drawing, especially if the load is great or large. Necessary preparation for such object moving is needful. It may be that one will need to train their muscles; acquire necessary skills or knowledge on moving and handling; purchase durable apparatus for such task; form partnership and cooperation with those who will be helpful; or obtain endurance training.
In Luke 5: 1-11, Peter experienced a great draught in his profession as a fisherman. Though he had toiled the night before and caught nothing; Jesus asked him to launch into the deep for a draught and he obeyed. What he caught was a huge load of fishes that was too much for him and his brother to draw.
Their net could not withstand the draught; their boat too small for the load; their muscle too weak to pull; their skill and knowledge inadequate. They could not endure the pressure anymore, they had to shout to nearby fishermen for help.
God says a great draught is coming our way this year. He is, therefore, giving us an alert to get prepared, increase our capacity, and obtain necessary skills and tools that will be helpful before the draught is at our doorstep. May God enables us in Jesus name. Amen!