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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

“It’s Not Over Till It’s Over”

Fresh Manna
by Pastor Tim Burt

If you watched the recent elections, you watched countless commentators trying to predict it's outcome. We face many situations in our lives where those around us are discussing and trying to predict the outcome of the situations we face. Sometimes the circumstances look bleak and everyone including the devil wants to predict the outcome. They’re predicting “Your toast! You’ve lost this one.”

Sometimes it looks like it is over and that we have lost. When hard circumstances look me in the face and the fear of failure tries to come upon me, I get into God’s word and meditate on the promises of His Word. I come away again and again renewed and saying – “Don’t count on it devil – It’s not over till it’s over!”
Abraham and Sara were written off. Many must have thought or said to them, “It’s over – there won’t be any children for you two.” Abraham was old yet God told Abraham He would give him a flesh and blood son. When God tells you something, it’s not like when others tell you something. God does not and can not lie. Romans 3:3-4 (NLT) says it like this: “…just because some people their promises, does that mean God will break His promises? Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true.” Numbers 23:19 (NLT) further tells us, “God is not a man, that He should lie. He is not a human, that He should change His mind. Has He ever spoken and failed to act? Has He ever promised and not carried it through?"

We need to learn that nothing that God promises is over until He has said it is. We need to remember that God does His part and we do ours. It's our part to believe and trust in His promises! That is why we have to become one who says, “It’s not over till it’s over.” For Abraham, God made Him a promise but frankly the thought of it coming true seemed insane. Every natural circumstance had said it was over, but to Abraham what was impossible, was God’s ability to lie. He couldn’t and Abraham knew it. Therefore he had faith in His only God - the true God of the impossible.

Romans 4:18-19 reminds us, ”When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed Him. God had also said, "Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars," even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife never had children and her womb was dead.“

Circumstances to rob our faith don’t get worse than what Abraham faced yet he knew that because of the promise of God, “It wasn’t over till it was over.” He may not have understood how, but He knew that God was true to His Word.

Romans 4:20-22 continues saying,  “Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything He promised. And because of Abraham's faith, God declared him to be righteous.“
What is it that the devil has tried or is trying to steal from you? Even if the circumstances look like the devil has succeeded, has God spoken a promise to you? Are you letting God’s Word be so intimate, alive, and personal to you that it has made you grit your teeth, shake your fist at the devil and say, “Devil, you obviously don’t know my God. You future is laid before you and it’s less than bleak while mine is blessed of God, and, It’s not over till it’s over! God will decide and determine when that is and I know this - I will be on the victory side!”

Learn and know the promises of God! Declare them. Sing them. Pray them. Rejoice in them. Turn off the nightly news that robs your faith and open up the Word of God. Let your eyes feast on His promises and they will lift you up.

Psalm 9:9 says, “The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble." And, Psalm 46:1 "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble." And, Psalms 37:39 "But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: He is their strength in the time of trouble."

I thank God that the devil is defeated and the Lord is exalted and His Word prevails in our lives – by faith!  Learn to say, “It’s not over till it’s over.” Let your faith grow strong like Abraham’s and let God be true and every man (and circumstance) be a liar. As you meditate on today’s Fresh Manna verse - “Abraham never wavered in believing God's promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God” Romans 4:20 (NLT)  Let it be your testimony!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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