Preparing To Receive The Promise


Going into the Promised Land is a joyous and momentous occasion. Or at least it should be, right? We often receive “prophetic words” about walking into our “promised land” and all of the “blessings” that come along with our arrival. However, those who speak these “prophetic words” often never tend to mention anything about the turbulence often experienced during the journey between receiving the “prophetic words” and the acutal possession of the “promised land“.

Like beginning new phases with most things within the realm of the Kingdom of God, there must first be a period of preparation. Jesus said,

“For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, ‘This man began to build, and was not able to finish.’ Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth ambassadors, and desireth conditions of peace…” (Lk. 14:28-32).

As we prepare for the journey to the Promised Land, there are three things we need to understand. First, we must understand that when we read the Word of God, that God has always promised to command ‘the blessing’…’not blessings‘ (Mal. 3:10; Gal. 3:14). We also need to understand that once God commands the blessing upon us, we become blessed and the favor of God continues to rest upon us as long as we remain obedient to His command (Deut. 28:1-14). Finally, the believer must also understand that the blessing will not come without opposition from the enemy (Lk. 4:1-13).

When all is said and done…we must be careful to whom we are listening when people begin to utter “prophetic words” into our lives. We must understand the receipt of the blessing is often offset by the period of preparation over time because we oftentimes cannot handle the initial blessing and the subsequent favor of God upon our lives all in one setting. As we successfully navigate through each level and obtain more territory, God will continue to release His favor upon our lives…#thinkonthesethings


3 thoughts on “Preparing To Receive The Promise

  1. Wise words, Sean. I like your distinction between ‘blessings’ and ‘blessing.’ I’m also thinking about Mary–who was told she would be ‘blessed.’ Not an easy assignment. Also, I appreciate your emphasis on getting ready. There’s no magic wand here and no pot of gold! Just faithful preparation and waiting for God’s good timing.
    Blessings to you in this Advent season!

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