NOTES TAKEN FROM SERMONS BY PASTOR R. BRUCE MILLER
“It is appropriate to understand the process of seeing a promise fulfilled.”
There is Not a clear understanding of when Jesus was born, came into the world, but we know this:
He lived and died and rose from the dead. He is coming again. We look forward to His soon return. (1Thes. 4:16,17)
Came in his earthly form over 2,000 years ago to the city of Bethlehem. Born of a virgin.
Mary was a Woman of faith. She was given a promise and her response to it is key.
Mary, mother of Jesus, as a virgin was chosen among women to carry the seed that would bring forth the Son of God. We see how she responded to the news. It is appropriate to understand the process of seeing a promise fulfilled.
(Luke 1:35-39) You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The LORD God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever; his kingdom will never end." 34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail." 38"I am the LORD's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled."
Mary, a woman of faith and promise, received a promise from God through the angel - her response was, she believed the report of the Lord
Strength is necessary to conceive seed, strength necessary to believe God/ the report of the Lord.
A process – cousin Elizabeth
Even when it seems impossible, hard to believe that God could not be speaking so wonderfully
You can’t force it, rush it to happen in our own strength, the vision comes in God’s strength and God’s timing. Not by your might or your spirit
The Vision is for an appointed time.
(Habakkuk 2:3-4 ) Though it tarry it shall come, in the fulness of time as with Mary
Mary and Elizabeth Received strength to believe and let the seed be conceived in their hearts (Luke 1:35)
Sarah = hall of fame of faith (Hebrews 11:1) delivered of a child when past age because she considered him faithful
Impossible naturally to bring forth in her old age
Usually beyond our control or understanding
But All things are possible
Through faith Sarah received strength to conceive seed when past age,
Abraham and Sarah @ 100 and 80 years old
When God makes a promise we have to ask him for the strength to believe and conceive.
Father came to Jesus can you do anything?
For us – when we receive a promise, the condition of our heart has to be right to receive it.
Must have Proper soil conditions
Heart in proper conditions in order for the seed to bring forth
When God makes a promise, we must have strength to conceive, we must believe God.
Another example - Young boy possessed of demons, disciples could not help
Jesus says to father, “if you can believe”
Father says, “I believe, help my unbelief.”
Some things come not but by prayer and fasting
Ask for the strength to believe and conceive seed to bring forth the promise
Give me strength to believe so it can be conceived and we can bring forth fruit in our lives
Faith of Abraham
Things that were not as though they were
Quicken the dead, against hope he believed in hope
100 yrs old man 80 year old woman to bring forth
Romans 4:17 Abraham staggered not at the promises as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations as it is written, who quickeneth the dead
Already been done, once He says it, it’s “as good as done”! Get your heart in condition
Who against hope believed in hope according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be
No hope in the natural, but the bible says Abraham did not hesitate to believe
He knew that same God
Called those things that be not as though they were
Able to raise the dead, called things that be not worlds were framed by the word of God.
God said let there be light…If he promised it , He will make it good,
Being not weak in faith, considered not his body
God is not moved, now faith is…walk by faith and not sight
They that come to God must believe he is a rewarder of them that believe God
With God all things are possible
Vs 21 Be fully persuaded that what he had promised he was also able to perform
Have faith in this hour to believe the report of the Lord
His word cannot fail neither will it return void
Not by man’s resources, Holy Ghost overshadows yield, humble and submit to the Holly Spirit
He is the one that causes seed to come to fruition
To rejoice and stand in darkness we speak life
Speak prosperity and abundance, death and life is in the tongue
Regardless of what it looks like, we stand on the promises, God performs His word
How to process specific things God has spoken in your life
Things you need to be done that are beyond your ability
He will never leave you or forsake you, his will is that you prosper and be in health , as your soul prospers
Believe there will be a performance of those things because the one who promised is faithful
God has given you a promise. His will that you prosper and be in health
The one who promised is faithful - Steps to receive it,
meditate on the word of God Declare, decree even when not seen
1. Believe it, the key to blessing
Romans 10 the report of the Lord believe in your heart and confess with your mouth
(2Cor,4) same spirit of faith if you believe and therefore speak it
I am father of many nations
Stand with people that are with you
You cannot share with everyone share with those who will believe with you
1. Strength to Conceive, give strength
2. Maintain = through 9 months gestation ,endure ,maintain, manage yourself, something working in me
Want it to burst forth in the fullness of time
3. Keep focus
4. Be Not weary in well doing, in due time, you will reap if you faint not
They that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength
Maintain until the fulness of time
Don’t give up\renew your strength they that wait upon the lord shall renew their strength
Continue to decree and confess
God’s promise sometimes no outward evidence
Hold fast, to the fullness of time
Don’t lose focus on what will burst forth in our lives
Even in the natural, seed in the ground
Conception only occurs under proper conditions
The seed of the word and seed of spiritual conception
Matt 13 the sower and the seed conception occurs under proper conditions
Good seed, bad soil – no gemination (not healthy)
Is the soil good that the seed is planted in?
What condition is your heart as the seed of the word of god needs to be planted in your heart.
Mat 13:18, Mark 4 parable of the sower
“if you can understand this parable, you can understand all parables.
Hear and understand not, received seed by the wayside
Stay, receive and endure for a while, until tribulation, then offended
Cares of the world, deceitfulness of sin choke out the word.
Hear and understand, bring forth fruit
Sow finances, the word
There is much fear and confusion in the world today
Speak a word in season, the tongue of the learned… Sow seeds of hope, encouragement, salvation, healing
Speak life in the midst of confusion
Sow: resources, finances, right words
Promise of God sown In different conditions
4 conditions of the soil/heart will come forth in the fulfilment of the promise
1- wayside soil (Mark 4:19)
Heard the word and birds eat it before it is conceived, before it is understood or has penetrated the ground
People involved in religious activity, not allowing word to get down into their spirit
Saints at Macedonia more noble– studied to see if these things be true
They had a greater commitment to the study of God’s word necessary if we see the fulfillment of what God promised for our lives
Take time to dig into it and meditate on it . get it down in your heart
“don’t let the birds steal the word that you heard”
Tribulation, Persecution, hardship burns away after time and decide to turn back
Aborting the word too hard to continue
Hardships because of the word and they are offended and hardship
3 -Thorny soil
Begins to be fruitful, evidence until other things choke it out
Thorns and thistles, cares of this life, lust of Spirit allows other things choke out the word!
Maintain focus, keep mind and body, miscarriage if body has no strength to take it full term
Cares, etc. distract away from Gods promise
4-Good soil, good ground brings forth fruit!
The Challenge is to make sure our heart is good soil
The Word is good, incorruptible, cannot fail, life in the word
Strong bear infirmities of the weak! Helpers of those who are struggling
Abraham not weak in faith, an encouragement to his wife
Encouragers of one another to believe the report of the lord
Distracted, not holding fast, ask forgiveness
We need strength to maintain,
He gives strength to the weary
Renew our strength, restore the joy of our salvation create in us a clean heart
Don’t take your spirit away from us, let your spirit be upon us cover and empower us.
We believe the report of the lord, begin to rejoice!
Remember the responses of Sarah Elizabeth
and Mary :
Sarah judged him faithful who had promised!
There is nothing too hard for God
(Elizabeth to Mary) And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the LORD.
Luke 1:46-50, 56
(Mary to Elizabeth) Mary rejoiced and praised God
She decided to believe the report of the Lord
46 And Mary said: "My soul glorifies the LORD 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name.
And his mercy, he has shown strength, exalted them of low degree…
56 I have believed the report of the Lord and there shall be a performance of those things which were told me from the lord
I encourage you to consider him faithful, to believe God. You are pregnant with a promise from God and He is faithful to deliver.
We thank you Lord for the fulfillment of every promise you’ve given us….
We will see a manifestation of what you have promised. With you there is nothing impossible, your power is working in us to bring forth life.… we are glad to be in the kingdom for such a time as this.