DAY 97 - BIG PICTURE IN A YEAR - THE PROMISE
No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations.
Genesis 17: 5
Reading: Genesis 17:15-22; Romans 4:16-21.
A highlight of the Promise story is the moment when God changes the name of Abram to Abraham and the name of Sarai to Sarah. The name Abram means “exalted father”, the name Abraham means “father of many”. Sarai means “princess” while the name Sarah means “my princess” which denotes her becoming a mother of nations (verse16).
Why did God change their names and does that have any relevance for us today? Remember, God does everything to communicate the wonders of the salvation He has brought to us. Notice that this name change happened in the story after Abram and Sarai failed to believe that God could overcome the sickness of barrenness. These name changes required Abraham and Sarah to declare that they had many children - by faith – even before they had even had one child. They learned that in order to grow their faith they were going to have to say what God said about them and not be stumbled by their condition.
This is how faith works.
When you know what God has said about your situation or condition, He will expect you to boldly declare what He has said and to come in agreement with Him. Abraham declared boldly for 20 years that he was the ‘father of many’ - by faith. If you are going to receive the promises of God and not make your own “Ishmael” you cannot afford to be passive. You must boldly declare that you believe what God has said about you and your condition if your faith is going to rise up and break through.
See FOR THE FAMILY.
FOR THE FAMILY
Explain that there are many things in the Bible that God says about us that we can boldly declare and believe, every day. Choose one declaration per day to speak out and pray over each other. Here is a list to help you get started.
- As I live in God, my love grows more perfect. I can face Him with confidence on the day of judgment because I live like Jesus here in this world (I John 4:17 NLT).
- I receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness. I reign in life through Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
- I am kind and tenderhearted to others. I forgive them as God in Christ has forgiven me (Ephesians 4:32).
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).
- I ask God to set a guard over my mouth. He keeps watch over the door of my lips (Psalm 141:3).
- I let the peace of Christ rule in my heart. As a member of one body, I am called to peace and I am thankful (Colossians 3:15 NIV).
- I walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects. I bear fruit in every good work and I am increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10 NAS).
- I am being strengthened with all power according to His might. I have great endurance and patience (Colossians 1:11 NIV).
- God has not given me a spirit of fear. He gives me power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV).
- God loads me daily with benefits. He is my salvation (Psalm 68:19).
- I am God’s servant and He takes pleasure in my prosperity (Psalm 35:27).
- I meditate on God’s word day and night. I am successful and prosperous (Psalm 1:2-3, Joshua 1:8).
- God makes all grace abound toward me so that I always have all sufficiency and an abundance for every good work (2 Corinthians 9:8).
- I honor the Lord with my wealth and the first fruits of all my produce. Then, my barns will be filled with plenty. My vats will overflow with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).
- I bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. He opens the windows of heaven for me and pours out a blessing so great that I don’t have enough room for it (Malachi 3:10).
- I prosper in all things. I remain in health just as my soul prospers (3 John 1:3).
- God abundantly blesses my provision (Psalm 132:15).
- I give and I receive. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will it be put into my lap (Luke 6:38).
- Jesus Christ is generous in grace. Though He was rich, yet for my sake he became poor, so that by His poverty He could make me rich (2 Corinthians 8:9).
- Christ redeemed me from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for me (Galations 3:13 NIV).
- I experience all blessings as I obey the Lord my God (Deuteronomy 28:2 NLT).
- I am blessed in the city and blessed in the country (Deuteronomy 28:3).
- I am blessed from the fruit of my body. I am blessed with today’s equivalent of the produce of the ground, the increase of my herds, my cattle, and the offspring of my flock (Deuteronomy 28:4).
- My kneading bowl and basket are blessed. It is the means by which I am tangibly increasing (Deuteronomy 28:5).
- I am blessed when I come in and blessed when I go out (Deuteronomy 28:6).
- The LORD causes my enemies who rise against me to be defeated before my face; they come out against me one way and flee before me seven ways (Deuteronomy 28:7).
- The LORD commands His blessing on my storehouses and in all that I set my hand to do, and He blesses me in the land that He is giving me (Deuteronomy 28:8).
- The Lord has established me as a holy person to Himself. I keep His commandments and walk in His ways (Deuteronomy 28:9).
- All the people of the earth see that I am called by the name of the LORD. Deut 28:10
- The LORD grants me plenty of goods, in the fruit of my body, in the increase of my livestock, and in the produce of my ground (Deuteronomy 28:11).
- The LORD opens to me His good treasure, the heavens to give the rain to my land in its season and to bless all the work of my hand (Deuteronomy 28:12).
- I lend to many nations but I will not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:12).
- The Lord makes me the head and not the tail, above and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).
- I am my Father’s daughter. I am always with Him and all that He has is mine (Luke 15:31).
- God blesses me and surrounds me with favour as a shield (Psalm 5:12).
- My ways please the LORD and He makes even my enemies to be at peace with me (Proverbs 16:7).
- But by God’s doing I am in Christ Jesus. He became to me wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption (I Corinthians 1:30).
- The God of hope fills me with all joy and peace in believing so that I abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
- The Lord of peace is peace. In every way, He always gives me His peace (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
- I always rejoice and pray without ceasing. In everything, I give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for me (I Thessalonians 5:16-18).
- I am steadfast of mind. He keeps me in perfect peace because I trust in Him (Isaiah 26:3).
- The joy of the LORD is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
- I am confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in me will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ (Philippians 1:6).
- God works in me both to will and to do His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13).
- I do all things without grumbling or complaining so that I will prove myself to be blameless and innocent. I am a child of God who is above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom I appear as lights in the world (Philippians 2:14-15).
- I hold fast to the word of life. In the day of Christ’s return, I will have reason to glory because I did not run or labor in vain (Philippians 2:16).
- I always rejoice in the Lord and my gentleness (graciousness or forbearance) is known to all people (Philippians 4:4,5).
- I am anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving I let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard my hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
- I choose to meditate on anything that has virtue or is praiseworthy. I think about things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8).
- I press on, that I may lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).
- The Lord is my God! He is mighty to save. He rejoices over me with gladness and singing. I am quieted by His love (Zephaniah 3:17).
- God instructs me and keeps me as the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8).
- I am a crown of glory and a royal diadem in the hand of the LORD (Isaiah 62:3).
- I am no longer called, Forsaken or Desolate. My new names are Hepbzibah (my delight is in her) and Beulah (married). He delights in me and I am married to Him (Isaiah 62:4)!
- God rejoices over me as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5).
- The LORD has chosen me for Himself as His special treasure (Psalm 135:4).
- I speak God’s word and hearing the word increases my faith (Romans 10:17).
- I declare God’s word about who I am, what I have, and what I can do in Christ Jesus who gives me strength. I am established as His daughter in all ways and I shine in His light (Job 22:8, Isaiah 60:1).
- I speak God’s word and His angels do the voice of His word (Psalm 103:20).
- I speak God’s word and it does not return to Him void. His word accomplishes what He pleases and it prospers in the thing for which He sends it (Isaiah 55:11).
- I persist in speaking God’s word until it accomplishes its purpose. It is like fire. It is like a hammer that shatters a rock (Jeremiah 23:29).
- The Lord has given me the tongue of the disciples. I know how to speak a word in due season to those who are weary (Isaiah 50:4).
- The Lord God awakens me every morning to fellowship with Him, and He opens my ears to hear as the learned (Isaiah 50:4).
- I speak pleasant words that are sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. I am wise and I bring healing (Proverbs 16:24, Proverbs 12:18).
- I have a wholesome tongue which is a tree of life to myself and others (Proverbs 15:4, Proverbs 11:30, Proverbs 18:21).
- I speak words of life. I am satisfied with the good by the fruit produced by my words (Proverbs 12:14, Proverbs 18:20).
- As I speak God’s word, He sends it to heal and deliver me from my destruction (Psalm 107:20).
- God forgives all my iniquities and heals all of my diseases (Psalm 103:3).
- God redeems my life from the pit. He crowns me with lovingkindness and compassion (Psalm 103:4).
- God satisfies my mouth with good things and renews my youth like the eagles’ (Psalm 103:5).
- Christ bore my sins in His own body on the cross and I am healed by His stripes (1 Peter 2:24).