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Holding God to His Word

Updated: Feb 20


 

Sermon Summary:


Many times, I find myself contemplating whether individuals within the body of Christ truly grasp the profound significance of approaching God's throne boldly. It's a humbling realization that I, a mere mortal, have the audacity to hold God to His word. This conviction is grounded in the understanding that the only reason I persevere is the profound sacrifice of the cross. My determination stems from not praying in my own name, for I cannot afford to neglect approaching the King. It's essential to acknowledge that God doesn't owe us, and we can never earn the right to compel Him to listen. However, we do have the privilege to stand upon the solid ground of what God has spoken.


Jesus emphasized the vital importance of maintaining a constant prayer life, urging believers to persist in prayer and never lose heart. Discerning the will of God requires a commitment to an unwavering prayer life. To illustrate this point, Jesus shared the parable of the persistent widow, a figure of low status in her time. Despite her seemingly powerless position, she tenaciously sought justice from an unjust judge, ultimately prevailing because she knew the laws that protected widows.


This parable echoes the events in Egypt, where the people's cries led God to remember His covenant. Similarly, in our lives, without an awareness of God's promises and what He has spoken, we cannot effectively hold Him accountable. While Christ fulfilled the law, granting us His righteousness, it has not been abolished but continues to bring blessings to those who now inherit from Him.


Believers, having been regenerated by the blood of Christ, belong to a new generation, inheriting everything that was His. The blessings of the law are now ours through Christ's work; we simply receive them by faith. Understanding what God has said and done is crucial for approaching Him boldly and holding Him to His word.


In the present generation, believers and even pastors face demonic oppression, causing uncertainty and fear. Yet, there is a clear call for the people of God to come before the throne boldly, remembering God's covenant and promises. The enemy seeks to distract and instill fear, but believers must reclaim their time and effectiveness for eternity.


The narrative shifts to the time of King Jehoshaphat, illustrating how, even in seemingly dire circumstances, prayer and a remembrance of God's character can bring about miraculous deliverance. Jehoshaphat essentially accused God, questioning if He wasn't the God of heaven, the deliverer, and the one who sets free. Such bold and confident prayers are needed in this generation to witness God's power and deliverance.


In conclusion, knowing what God has spoken and standing firmly on His promises empowers believers to approach the throne boldly and hold God accountable to His word. In the face of adversity and oppression, the call remains for the people of God to rise up with faith, remembering who their God is and boldly declaring His promises.


-Pastor Stan Mons

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