Sunday, November 12, 2017
Celebrate - The Seventh "C" for Claiming God's Promises
In our seventh and final "C" to claiming God's promises we learn that we must CELEBRATE or give praise to God even before we see the manifestation of what He has promised. Romans 4:20 in The Living Bible is paraphrased well in regards to this: "But Abraham never doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this blessing even before it happened."
In Isaiah 38:18 we read, "For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not CELEBRATE thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth." The Hebrew word for "truth" here is "emeth" which is in reference to God's faithfulness to His promises. Another translation says, "For Sheol (the place of the dead) cannot confess and reach out the hand to You, death cannot praise and rejoice in You; they who go down to the pit cannot hope for Your faithfulness [to Your promises; their probation is at an end, their destiny is sealed]."
Hence, while we are alive and have breath we are to CELEBRATE (praise and rejoice) over God's faithfulness to fulfill His promises to us long before we see the visible tangible results of our faith. When we do, God will ensure that all that He has promised will come to pass.
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