Participating in Promises

This past Sunday in church, the guest speaker, AJ Swoboda, spoke about participating in promises. 

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All throughout the Bible, God makes promises to His people-- and every single promise that He makes comes to fruition. 

However, something poignant that we don't often think about is that all of God's promises are participatory. 

Participatory?

If you think about it, the promises God makes are the ones He can fulfill only through action and trust. You've all heard the saying, "You can't drive a parked car..." That's exactly how it is with God. 

God doesn't make things appear out of thin air, or money fall down from the sky. That would be nice for sure, but it doesn't work that way. God works when we say, "Okay- I know you've promised to protect and provide for your people, those who love you, so I'm going to act on that." That might be getting off the couch and searching for a job. That might mean seeking counsel from others on a situation you don't know how to handle. That might mean working really hard in school to graduate from college and have  more doors open. That might mean healing a relationship where you take the first step in humility. That might mean seeking God in prayer and pouring out the desires of your heart before him. It could mean anything depending on your life situation, but all of those things require action.

We have to be participatory in the promises that God makes towards us. We have to trust Him in what He says about His people (that first of all, He will never leave us or forsake us - Hebrews 13:5), but then move forward in faith to see those blessings poured out on us. When God promised to protect Noah from the flood, Noah had to first go out and spend years building the ark as God asked him to. 

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I've totally seen God's faithfulness in my life play out this way,  even when I didn't know where to walk (or even have the strength to). Somehow, I picked each foot up and let God move me. It's amazing to look back on my life and see so many answers to prayers and so much faithfulness when I didn't even come close deserving it. (Actually, let's be honest-- I never do!)

If we're not moving forward, God cannot direct our footsteps.
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