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The Word of God is filled with promises of shelter, peace, provision, and spiritual abundance. It is like being given an umbrella while standing in the rain.

We, as Christians, run into trouble when we forget that these promises were made in covenant agreement. Obedience for the promises. To disobey the commandments of the Word is to step out from underneath the umbrella. And then what happens? We get wet.

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There is torment in the worldly life. There are nights of tossing and turning. There are onslaughts from the enemy; spirits of torment sent to break us down. We cry and we sob. We scream and we yell. We hurt and we ache.  We’re crippled by pain.

But we shall stand. We shall proclaim the Word of the Lord and the Word shall not return to us unfulfilled:

  • No weapon formed against us shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17)
  • We shall not be afraid of the terrors of night nor the attacks of day (Psalms 91:5)
  • No evil shall befall us nor pestilence come near our home (Psalm 91:10)
  • All things work together for our good (Romans 8:28)
  • God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)
  • God is with us, He will strengthen us, and uphold us in His righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10)
  • We will enter into peace and rest in our beds (Isaiah 57:2)
  • God will guide us continually and satisfy our souls in drought (Isaiah 59:11)

These are the covenant promises of God. He can no more break His covenant than He can cease to exist. But we must remember that a covenant is a two sided agreement.  We must remember our end of the agreement (to submit to the Word of God) in order for God to fulfill His. For the Word also warns:

Isaiah 59:2 ( NKJV )    But your iniquities have separated you from your God;
And your sins have hidden His face from you,
So that He will not hear.

If we honor the covenant, the covenant promises are ours.

When the ground trembles,
And fear grips our heart,
When the earth is troubled,
By tsunamis and earthquakes,

When the children cry,
And few are comforted,
When the women weep,
And nobody hears them,

When the debts pile up,
And the bills go unpaid,
When the IRS calls,
With those taxes we hate,

When disease eats our bones,
And sickness fills our souls,
When the stomach rejects food,
And the heart’s lost all tune,

When temptations beckon,
And weakness surrounds us,
When images and magazines,
Tell us what to believe,

When families break,
And marriages fail,
When youth run away,
To sell drugs in the streets,

When the past arises,
And binds us with chains,
When the future seems bleak,
With promises of pain,

When hope seems so frail,
And the Word, so pointless,
When dreams don’t avail,
And God seems so distanced,

Will we pray nonetheless,
Though life seems so broken?

Will we sing all God’s praise,
Even when He hasn’t spoken?

Will we dance to His name,
As tears streak our face?

Will we hold on to the promises,
When we don’t see manifestation?

Yes.
We.
Will.

We will stand on the Word.
We will worship the Lord.
We will pray by the Spirit

Because if one thing is truth,
If there’s one thing that’s real,
It’s that children of God,
Are never forsaken.