God’s promises elevated over God’s power seems out of line, out of order, out of balance, or at the very least, not quite right. However, if we read the story in Luke 10:1-23, Jesus taught His disciples to rejoice in God’s promises rather than His power.
However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you,
but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.
When I read Luke 10:20 two questions come to my mind:
- Wouldn’t anyone rejoice over such results as demons submitting to their authority?
- Why would Jesus correct them over rejoicing in the power God gave them?
Then my past study about faith comes to mind.
- Hebrews 11:6 says we can’t please God without faith.
- Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things unseen.
So, we please God when we focus on the unseen rather than the seen. Hebrews 11, the chapter known as the Hall of Faith, commends men and women who believed in something they never saw in their lifetime. These ordinary, yet mighty men and women grounded their faith in God. As a result, He used them in His kingdom in many ways.
When I mix these two teachings together (Luke 10 and Hebrews 11), I realize the problem Jesus addressed was that their rejoicing was based on what they could see in the physical rather than God’s Promises.
The problem with rejoicing based on what we see is getting tripped up with discouragement. We will go through seasons when nothing in the physical shows us that God is at work, though He is. When that happens, we tend to get discouraged.
Discouragement Disillusions Us Towards God’s Promises
That’s when we start thinking things like:
- God isn’t working. But the Truth is:
Psalm 121:3-4 – …He who keeps you will not slumber…nor sleep.
- Surely God isn’t interested in my stuff. But the Truth is:
Matthew 10:30 – the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
- God has bigger fish to fry. But the Truth is:
Acts 10:34 – …God shows no partiality.
- Maybe God is punishing me. But the Truth is:
Psalm 103:10 – He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities.
Thoughts based on discouragement usually equate to Do I Really Matter and are normally out of line, out of balance, and simply not true. Consequently, when discouragement takes over, we have a hard time getting our focus back on the truth of God’s promises. We often lose our joy and find we are swimming in a sea of doubt and discouragement that can shatter hope and destroy dreams.
BUT if we keep our eyes on God’s promises, we will not stumble into a pit of discouragement. This, dear Sister, is one huge reason focusing on God’s promises over God’s power is so important to us
Dear Sister, here is a prayer to help you rejoice in God’s promises
Prayer: Precious Heavenly Daddy, Help me to keep my eyes on You and what You have done for me. Give me a passion for Your word that empowers hopes and dreams rather than focusing on only what I see in the natural. You daily load me with benefits and those benefits are always displayed for me in Your word. Give me a heart and mind to diligently seek You through Your word and to rejoice in Your promises. I love You! In Jesus Name. Amen.