The Process of a Promise or Prophetic Word
1. You must know who is making the promise or from where the prophetic word is coming
2. You must understand if any, the conditions of the promise or prophetic word
3. You must wait for the promise or prophetic word to come
We are temporal beings, people who live in and by time, there must be a process and typically we don?t like process? don?t want the process? and most often won?t even recognize that we are in the process. Sadly, all we want is the promise. We want what we want now! Sure, we get happy when we read Matthew 7:7 where it says ask and you shall receive but often forget to continue to read down to Matthew 7:13 where we are told to enter into the straight gate. See, if you don?t enter? you can?t ask. With the promise there is both a process and a condition.
Let?s look at the process in an account of the Lord interacting with His people.
Turn with me please to Exodus 3 verse 15-17
15. And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.
16. Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say unto them, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared unto me, saying, I have surely visited you, and seen that which is done to you in Egypt:
17. And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.
And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
We all know the story of Moses who as a man of God, would lead the people out of captivity. Moses went to Pharaoh and told him that the Lord said let my people go so that they may serve Me in the wilderness. Notice the Lord did not say so they may serve me in the land of milk and honey, He said in the wilderness. Why? Because there had to be a process before they could get to the promise. The peoples heart was not prepared to receive the promise.
God let Moses know before hand that He would cause Pharaoh?s heart to harden and would not listen. Because of that, Moses would have to go before Pharaoh and his servants several times to make a request and to prophecy of coming plagues:
1. Water Turned to Blood 2. The Plague of Frogs 3. The Plague of Lice 4. The Plague of Flies 5. The Plague of Murrain 6. The Plague of Boils 7. The plague of Hail 8. The Plague of Locusts 9. The Plague of Darkness 10. Death of the Firstborn
Though it was God?s plan to show Pharaoh and the Egyptians just who He was, the one true living God, those things were not done solely for the benefit of the Egyptians but also for the Hebrews as well. This speaks to my first point. If we look back at chapter 3 versus 15 and 16 God instructs Moses to remind the people of just who He was. When they heard the names Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, they had an assured tangible thought and idea of who and how great and mighty the one true God they had been praying to for centuries was, they remembered the stories passed down from generation to generation, and now they were going to be able to add to His praise. Remember, Moses said and performed many things right in Pharaoh?s court where many of the people were servants. I am sure as Moses carried out the Lord commands those things were reported back in the village. So not only was God showing the foolishness there was in honoring other gods, God also did it for the people He was going to lead through a process He had planned for them. He wanted them to see the mighty hand they would be following. They saw and was reminded before they were on their journey just who the Living God was and what He would do to demonstrate to the world the extent of His love for them. But as a people, I don?t think they recognized that they were already in a process that would get them to the promise. Why do I say that? Because, at the first sign of trouble, they doubted the same God that brought them out of bondage. They actually thought it would have been better to stay in bondage than to trust in the love that was demonstrated.
What use to always puzzle me is why? Especially when they had the Lord before them both day and night, as a cloud. For many years I found myself unable to get around that. Having clear evidence in front of you that the Lord is with you and yet you still doubt.
But then I realized, I do that myself all the time? and more than likely so do most of you. How often has God shown Himself to you in your life? And you gave coincidence credit. Or, how often have you kept Him from showing favor in your life because you chose not to trust Him? More than once or twice I am sure; simply because you didn?t like the feeling or look of the approaching wilderness. We can apply the recent teaching many of us have received of ?as a man thinks in his heart? here.. When you really believe you are a Blessed Child of God then you start walking, talking, and acting like a Blessed Child of God. Why? Because as a man thinks in his heart so is he!
Anyway, the Lord splits the red sea and drowns the Egyptian army. Well, if I didn?t understand that the people were in a process I would think that must not have been all that impressive either because as soon as the people got thirsty and hungry again?. What they do? Started murmuring and complaining. This is when the Lord started to really disclose His plan and let us know what we must do to be successful in our process and inherit our promise.
In Exodus 15:26, GOD said, If thou wilt
a. diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God,
b. and wilt do that which is right in his sight,
c. and wilt give ear to his commandments,
d. and keep all his statutes,
I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
In other words; do these things and you won?t have to deal with the same things your enemies deal with.
Heares a quick word study:
Diligent = thorough, careful, attentive, conscientious, search out for His voice in every situation
Righteous = blameless, honest, honorable, Holy (being separate unto God)
Give ear = to listen to; to heed, as advice or one advising. To actually follow what you have been advised to do for your own good.
Statutes = Decrees, order, instruction
This is point two. These are the conditions you must meet to reach your promise or have your prophetic word appear in your life. This is the part of the process we are responsible for and this is the part we falter.
But God, our Father points out one thing that will keep us going. He reminds us, He is the Lord that Healeth. Jehovah-Rapha. I know sometimes we go through desert places. And I guess it?s in our nature to ask why me? Why now? Instead, we should be asking what? What would you have me learn here Lord? What are you trying to heal in me? I will say it again, He is the Lord that Healeth! The Lord does not place us in or allow us to be in a particular place as punishment but to further educate us and to prepare us for the next big thing in the process. Because there isn?t just one mountain we must meet but several and the next is usually larger than the previous. Not only that, but we are expected to worship Him in the process of climbing and descending those mountains. The Lord will sometimes purposely put us or allow us to be in a particular place to test us. Not so He will know or to prove anything to Himself, but for us to know and to strengthen us so that we are able to do what seems to be the impossible. He will continue to shape us and remove from us those things that will hinder us from getting to the promise He has for us all. To be conformed into the likeness of His Son.
It took an entire generation to pass in the desert and the faith of the next, who never saw the plagues or miracles that the previous generation witnessed, before the Lord allowed them to inter into the promise of the land of milk and honey. But between Egypt and Canaan there was process. God has a plan concerning you and I just like He has one for that generations of Israel, and nothing can stop His plan, including our selves.
You know the birth, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is one of God?s greatest promises to us fulfilled. And Jesus said ?if you love me you will do as I command.? That sounds like the same thing the Lord said to the Israelites to me.
So you may ask, What about point three? When will my promise or prophetic word manifest itself? How much longer must I wait? Well, let me close by asking you some questions that only you can answer. First, Where are you in your process?
If we believe? why are we always upset, bothered and complaining? Why are we still struggling with the some of the same things we struggled with when we first met Jesus? What?s keeping us from flowing in the process of Exodus 15:26, of being diligent, righteous, and giving ear to his commands? Jesus also said ?Seek ye first the Kingdom of God?? First: denotes a process. So, what is it we are making the priority in our lives instead of putting the Lords business first? So in conclusion heres a final question that you can ask yourself whenever you find yourself in a desert place and you think God has forgotten you: Whos report do you really believe in your heart? Your own or the Lords?