Too good to be true

Luke 24:36-41 (MSG)

“While they were saying all this, Jesus appeared to them and said, “Peace be with you.” They thought they were seeing a ghost and were scared half to death. He continued with them, “Don’t be upset, and don’t let all these doubting questions take over. Look at my hands; look at my feet—it’s really me. Touch me. Look me over from head to toe. A ghost doesn’t have muscle and bone like this.” As he said this, he showed them his hands and feet. They still couldn’t believe what they were seeing. It was too much; it seemed too good to be true.”

The disciples doubted Jesus had been raised from the dead even though they were seeing Him with their own eyes. It all seemed so surreal and ghostly to them.

The fact of the matter was, He was dead and now He was alive! How could this be? It was beyond amazement, too good to be true.

God wants to do a ‘too good to be true’ miracle in your life. It will blow your mind and go beyond natural ability or comprehension. It is His way of revealing Himself.

What has He shown you that may appear too good to be true? That thing that would make you fall to your knees in amazement when it happens? Maybe it’s a drug addicted teenager coming back to Him, your relative in the last stages of cancer getting healed or perhaps having a baby after being declared barren?

Whatever your ‘too good to be true’ miracle is, you need to start believing that not only is it good but it’s also true!

“Now to Him Who, by (in consequence of) the [action of His] power that is at work within us, is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly, far over and above all that we [dare] ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams].”
Eph 3:20 (AMP)

Let the promise come to you

Ruth 2:2-3 NLT

‘One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go out into the harvest fields to pick up the stalks of grain left behind by anyone who is kind enough to let me do it”. Naomi replied, “All right my daughter, go ahead”. So Ruth went out to gather grain behind the harvesters. And as it happened, she found herself working in a field that belonged to Boaz, the relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech.’

As we commit ourselves to serving the Lord, His glorious plans for us unfold before our very eyes? Ruth made a decision that no matter what, she was going to work hard for the Lord and her mother-in-law.

She had a revelation of what God had called her to do and she didn’t look back. As she got her priorities right, her promise just fell into her lap. Boaz was right in front of her.

In fact, Ruth’s SERVING WORK and her PROMISE crossed paths and collided.

Are you withholding God’s plan for your life as you wait for an answer to a promise? It is the very act of doing God’s will that will lead you into the promise.

‘Seek the kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously and he will give you everything you need.’ Matt 6:33.
It’s time we start putting God’s will above our own and watch Him bring our promise out of nowhere when we least expect it.

Your promise will come back to you!

Is this not the coolest story in the bible? It’s just so amazing to see what God will do with something so precious to our heart when we trust Him…

Exodus 2:1-9 NLT

About this time, a man and woman from the tribe of Levi got married. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She saw that he was a special baby and kept him hidden for three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she got a basket made of papyrus reeds and waterproofed it with tar and pitch. She put the baby in the basket and laid it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile River. The baby’s sister then stood at a distance, watching to see what would happen to him.

Soon Pharaoh’s daughter came down to bathe in the river, and her attendants walked along the riverbank. When the princess saw the basket among the reeds, she sent her maid to get it for her. When the princess opened it, she saw the baby. The little boy was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This must be one of the Hebrew children,” she said.

Then the baby’s sister approached the princess. “Should I go and find one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?” she asked.
“Yes, do!” the princess replied. So the girl went and called the baby’s mother.
“Take this baby and nurse him for me,” the princess told the baby’s mother. “I will pay you for your help.” So the woman took her baby home and nursed him.

What is it that God has promised you? For this Hebrew woman it was her special baby. She laid down her beautiful boy, only to have him back again in the most divine of circumstances.

How creative is our God when working this one out?! The promise did not die when she gave it to God, in fact he was handed straight back into her arms.

You will also be required to lay down your promise to show God it is not an idol and not elevated above Him. Lay it down amongst the reeds. Lay it at the foot of the cross. Give it over to God and say, “even though it is so precious to me, I have carried it and nurtured it, it came from You, so I will be obedient to You, believing that You will give it back to me as You desire.”

AMAZING! The promise returned to her with an even greater blessing: She was paid to look after her own child! Not only does God plan to give you back your promise, but He intends to bless you abundantly through it. You will overflow and be better off than before!

So hand it over, watch it be raised up, and wait for the promise and supernatural blessings to follow.

He will not rest

Ruth 3:16-18 (NLT)

‘When Ruth went back to her mother-in-law, Naomi asked, “What happened, my daughter?”
Ruth told Naomi everything Boaz had done for her, and she added, “He gave me these six scoops of barley and said, ‘Don’t go back to your mother-in-law empty-handed.’”
Then Naomi said to her, “Just be patient, my daughter, until we hear what happens. The man won’t rest until he has settled things today.”’

Ruth, the Moabite woman had been diligently working in the field collecting grain to support her mother in law, Naomi. It becomes apparent to Naomi that the man in whose field she is gleaning from is actually a kinsman redeemer.

Ruth takes a risk in obedience to Naomi’s direction and approaches Boaz in the middle of the night, lying at his feet and petitioning him to spread the corner of his cloak over her to signify marriage. He responds by reassuring her that although there is a relative closer in line than him to receive Ruth, he will do whatever is necessary to acquire her as his wife.

The rich man, Boaz, has been generously giving to these widows and this time he sends Ruth home with six scoops of barley for Naomi. In Jewish culture the number six was linked with the first six days of the week on which there was to be no rest. Upon receiving this gift from Boaz, Naomi recognises the code in the number of scoops and responds by declaring “The man won’t rest until he has settled things today”.

While the custom of those times actually required the widow to negotiate with the nearest of kin, God here, reveals a foreshadowing of New Testament grace.

It is Boaz that takes it upon himself to do all that is required to ensure the Promise is fulfilled. He is a representation of our Kinsman Redeemer, Jesus Christ who bought for Himself a Gentile bride with the payment of His own blood. He desires to fulfil every promise He has spoken over our lives by interceding for us before our Father.

YES, you can be assured that He will not rest until the full fruition of the promise comes to pass. Its fulfilment is on the way and only then will He be content to rest.

Let the Holy Spirit guide you to the promise

Luke 2:25-35 MSG

In Jerusalem at the time, there was a man, Simeon by name, a good man, a man who lived in the prayerful expectancy of help for Israel. And the Holy Spirit was on him. The Holy Spirit had shown him that he would see the Messiah of God before he died. Led by the Spirit, he entered the Temple. As the parents of the child Jesus brought him in to carry out the rituals of the Law, Simeon took him into his arms and blessed God:

God, you can now release your servant;
release me in peace as you promised.
With my own eyes I’ve seen your salvation;
it’s now out in the open for everyone to see:
A God-revealing light to the non-Jewish nations,
and of glory for your people Israel.

Jesus’ father and mother were speechless with surprise at these words. Simeon went on to bless them, and said to Mary his mother,

This child marks both the failure and the recovery of many in Israel,
A figure misunderstood and contradicted—the pain of a sword-thrust through you—But the rejection will force honesty, as God reveals who they really are.

Simeon had waited a very long time pregnant with the promise to one day see his Messiah. God had revealed to him well in advance the great promise of salvation that awaited him long before Jesus Christ entered the world.

As he was carrying out his God’s work, the Holy Spirit led Simeon into the temple where Jesus was, and suddenly but divinely, he came face to face with Jesus.

His prayers were answered and his promise fulfilled as he held in his own arms God in the flesh. Because he was so in tune with God, he knew exactly Who it was he was holding and the glorious power was overwhelming. Out of his spirit flowed this precise and prophetic word. Simeon never lost sight of the promise, even at the end of his life.

God is looking for faith like Simeon’s that will last the test of time.

Are you pregnant with a promise and awaiting to behold it? As you are led by the Holy Spirit you won’t miss it. Like Simeon at just the right time you will encounter the very thing you have been waiting for.

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