The promise is sometimes given after the storm and in the dark. We all are waiting on a promise. Maybe it is something the Lord has spoken over you since you were a child, maybe it’s a dream that you keep having in your heart, maybe it’s a place you long to go, maybe it’s a marriage you long to have or a baby that you can’t seem to bring to life. Although, these are all promises that we wait for, the transformative power isn’t so much in the promise, but the cultivating journey to get there.
The promise is sometimes why we wait. We stop doing what we should be doing or doing the things that we love in hoping that as we stop, our wait will bring the promise. We wait for the promise to come and then we will be happy. We wait for the promise to come and then we’ll change. We wait for the promise to come and then we’ll be better. But what if the promise wasn’t meant for that? What if the promise is just the moment after we realize that everything we ever needed was within us. To realize that Jesus is the one who gives us what we need before the promise. Yes, he will in fact keep his promises. Philippians 4:18-19, “I have received FULL PAYMENT and have MORE THAN ENOUGH. I am AMPLY SUPPLIED, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will supply all of your need according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus.”
Notice that this scripture states that THERE WAS FULL PAYMENT AND I HAVE MORE THAN ENOUGH. These statements were made BEFORE the gifts that were AMPLY SUPPLIED. Your supply will come. God always provides for your needs through Christ Jesus. But you must understand that your value doesn’t lie in whether or not the promise ever comes. Your value lies in what was done for you already paid in full with death on a cross as the final stamp of approval.
We didn’t need the promise to value us. We are already valued by the promise maker. Whatever promise you’re waiting for, know that you don’t and must not be still in the waiting. You must keep putting one foot in front of the other allowing yourself to be changed and transformed by the renewing of your mind. Don’t just wait around. Don’t just settle. The promise will indubitably come, that is for certain. But in what presence you receive that promise is up to you.
Sometimes, God cares more about the attitude in which you receive the promise more than he cares about giving you the promise. Sometimes, our bad attitudes will ruin a promise that would have been a gift to our lives, but instead lead to ruin because we did not allow ourselves to be cultivated in the value that we have already received in Christ Jesus.
Let this revelation sink in your heart today to know that you are being PREPARED FOR A PROMISE THAT YOU ARE ALREADY VALUED WITHOUT!