prom·ise noun ?prä-m?s\n: a statement telling someone that you will definitely do something or that something will definitely happen in the future
: an indication of future success or improvement
: a reason to expect that something will happen in the future
Happy Cheshvan! We are now in the 8th month of the Hebrew calendar year. The number eight in the Bible signifies eternal revelation and new beginning. The Great Flood of judgment began and ended in Cheshvan. Then God revealed the sign of His covenant with the world – the rainbow. It was his divine promise to Noah that he would never again destroy all mankind with a flood. Noah, a righteous man, received a special grace in the midst of God’s judgment.
God has me thinking about promises lately. Yesterday during my quiet time I read 2 Peter 1:3-11:
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Did you catch that? Through God’s own glory and goodness, he has given us his very great and precious promises. I would encourage you to do a search in your Bible of God’s great and precious promises for those who believe and call Him LORD. Here are just a few to get you started:
*Phillipians 4:19 – He promises to supply all we need.
*1 John 2:25 – He promises eternal life
*Psalm 34 – He promises to deliver us from all our troubles.
*Isaiah 43 – He promises to comfort us with His presence
*Romans 5:1 – He promises peace
There are literally dozens of promises given to us from our loving and good Pappa God that we can claim and expect when we submit ourselves to Him.
In addition to the promises that everyone can claim, God wants to touch you individually with His plan and purpose. He wants you to believe deep in your heart His promise in Jeremiah 29:11-13:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Do you have specific promises from God that you believe and expect Him to fulfill in your life? If not, maybe it’s time to ask Him. Some people call these promises their life verses. Often they are verses that God reveals to you during significant events in your life. If you have a need and you find a Scripture that meets that need, that is God’s promise to you. Sometimes other trusted believers will speak a word over you. You can claim that as your promise as well. My only caution when claiming promises from places other than the Bible is to make sure they line up with God’s Word.
When you have promises for your personal life, then it is time to ask God for promises for your home, your family and other loved ones. He has a perfect plan and purpose for each of us!
Asking God for specific promises is not just so we feel good and live in His abundant blessing. That is the fruit of living a righteous life. However, God has an even bigger purpose in speaking His promises over us. He wants us to grow up and be armed with our promises so that we are effective warriors in His Kingdom here on earth.
We have a job to do! The talents, gifts and anointings that God has placed in each one of us are unique. Only you can do what God has called you to do.
Robert Heidler teaches in his book A Time to Advance that this month of Cheshvan is “reserved for the anointing in which God pulls you aside to draw a new anointing out of you. This can be an easy month or a hard month because He must press the anointing out of you. Cry out for the anointing to get pressed out of you.”
In Bible times, people were anointed with oil to signify God’s blessing or call on that person’s life (Exodus 29:7; Exodus 40:9; 2 Kings 9:6; Ecclesiastes 9:8; James 5:14). A person was anointed for a special purpose—to be a king, to be a prophet, to be a builder, etc.
What are you anointed for in God’s Kingdom? Perhaps you’ve been standing on promises from God for years. Keep standing on them! God has a special grace for you to speak out your promises this month. It is time to begin operating in new revelation about who you are and what you are called to do in the kingdom of God. It is time to stand in your authority as a believer in Christ and declare your future of hope. Out loud! Speaking Scripture verses out loud is a great way to start. It is time for you to change the atmosphere around you by speaking words of zoe life.
Draw near to God and let Him help you find a new beginning in His covenant promises this month.
Standing on the promises of God,
For more about the month of Cheshvan, check out Robert Heidler’s webcast teaching from Sunday, October 26, 2014 at www.gloryofzion.org. You will hear an amazing message about Noah and the flood as well as the tribe of Manasseh. Don’t miss it!