For the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it. Genesis 13:15
Throughout the week, we have established the importance of seeing ourselves with the promises of God and created in His image in order to have all that He longs to give us! Today, we will talk about not limiting the promises of God based on someone else's experience. Often people don't receive from God is because they ponder and express their concerns about God not coming through for someone else! We all known people who have made statements such as, "Sister So and So was a devoted Christian and still ended up with cancer" or "I don't understand why God would allow that to happen to Brother Such and Such when he is such a good man." If we focus on these people's negative stories long enough, we may believe that God cannot or will not come through in our situations or lives. We may even rationalize delays in receiving from God by making statements such as, " Well Daniel prayed but it took 21 days before he received an answer from God due to the spiritual warfare involved" (Daniel 10:12-13). While it is true that this happened to Daniel, nothing in that particular verse of Scripture indicates that Daniel's faith was purely undiluted in order to receive perhaps even more quickly from God! The Bible is clear when it states, "According to your faith be it unto you" (Matthew 9:29). We do not know if someone is meditating on the Word consistently (Romans 10:17) or if it is deeply rooted in their heart in order for them to receive from God! We just don't know all the factors in another person's life and cannot control what happens in it. We can control what we believe though. We receive the promises of God based on our current faith in God and not someone else's experiences or our own past negative experiences! We must see ourselves as righteous (in right standing with God), created in God's image and likeness, and not defeated in order to receive from Him. Don't base your faith in God on someone else's experience(s)!