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Ask. Seek. Knock. Ask and it shall be given you; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened. (Matthew 7: 7,8)
Religious or spiritual, without faith it is impossible to please Him

Types Of Promises.
The legal basis for the promises is in the covenant. The emotional basis is the love of God which made Him make the covenant.
All promises are based on God's actions which are determined by the people and their actions. There are two major classes of promises whose scope range from the general population to a limited population. Witin these classes the promises might be conditional or unconditional depending on the behavior of the people.
Not By Flood Waters. And I will establish my covenant with you, neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. (Genesis 9: 11-16)
-Jesus ChristHoly SpiritThe Father
PromiseMercySalvationProsperityPowerProtectionEternal Life
NationForgiveFreeBodySoulOvercomeLatter RainPlaguesHellNew Earth
RighteousSinRepentanceHealthLifeResist SinGiftsNoneNoneLife
Wicked SpurnNeglectSickDeathSubmit No RainPlaguesHellSecond Death

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 1: 2)
Every promise has its season. There is always a time and condition under which God must answer His promises immediately.
A promise is a contract made by one or more than one to perform some action that will affect one or both. Implied in the promise is the ability of each person to perform the duties of the contract.

Practically, promises do not work out as seamlessly as one would like, even when one takes into account the righteous behavior of the people.

Blessings And Curses.
Nobody has within them the power to supernaturally bring blessings or curses on you, especially the wicked. People have within them the powers that are available to all mankind. We can help or destroy through our actions and our resources. A criminal can take a life and a good man can help to educate a poor man. When we obey God we can drastically reduce the risk of having evil encounter our lives and we can drastically increase them.

Do Not Be Afraid Of Evil Men. Thus saith the Lord, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them. For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not. They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good. (Jeremiah 10: 2-5)

They Can Kill The Body. So What? And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him. (Luke 12: 4-5)
Be afaid of God. He can kill both body and soul in hellfire.

God sends these, asssuming we have a covenant. If we have a covenant God will neglect us if we neglect Him..
Disasters. Just as it is written in the Law of Moses, all this disaster has come upon us, yet we have not sought the favour of our God by turning away from our sins, giving attention to Your Truth. (Daniel 9: 13)

Failing Promises.
The righteous also suffer the curses. Daniel was enslaved, turned into a eunuch. Jeremiah was badly treated, thrown into a pit and kidnapped by people who refused to listen to him, but it seemed as if they wanted him as a good luck charm. If they never intended to obey God, then how can they hope that his hair-brained schemes would turn out? Other prophets were dragged along with them. Why?
Despite their unfaithfulness God wanted to give them a witness and a hope - even though they don't intend to obey. This is the reason why we suffer.
. Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. (1 Peter 4: 12-16)

Promises That Must Be Kept Immediately.

Appeasing The Gods (Beads, Tokens And Talismans).
What is the difference? A pagan and his ritual prayers and tokens and our behavior? We have even elevated these to an art and a business. We are desperately trying to catch God's attention with everything except what he requires - Justice, mercy and walking humbly with God (obedience).
. What Does It Take. He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6: 8)
But we think there is a short cut.

All these things are getting between you and God. Yes, God does listen to some more than others but He will listen to the others if they will turn to Him. Besides nothing will change His mind if He has made a decision.
But never give up, because God can answer anything.
King Manasseh was wicked, yet he repented and God did not take the kingdom from him. It would happen to his grandson, the third generation. King Josiah was righteous, yet his repentance and turning the nation to God did not stop Babylon.

Excuses For God.
So when our promises fail and the world does not work in the way we imagined and God refuses to respond in the way we think He should, the faithful begin to make excuses for God. Generally, these excuses involve blaming the victim.
The most popular excuse for God is to blame some perceived failure of the seeker because they must have done something wrong, We cannot think that we don't know and that it is OK for us to wait for as long as it takes.

A Formula For Victory?
God always answers prayers and He always responds to everyone. So there must be a reason why we are not getting responses. Or are we? We have certain criteria to meet to receive help. The biggest excuse for God is to blame the seeker because he must be at fault.

Adjusting The Formula.
Promises fail or cannot be immediately granted for a variety of reasons. There is nothing wrong with how God works. There is however a failure of expectations and a failure to communicate. You refuse to hear the terms.

In His Time.
God stores requests and answers them all at once. "There is a season and time for everything".
A Time In Its Season. To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8)
All prayers and not answered as they are requested. The seasonal feasts teach us about when certain requests are handled. God stores requests and answers them all at once, but equips faithful laborers working in the field.

A person who acts with presumption deliberately places themselves in danger so that God can show His power.

Faith is directly related to the claims and promises of God. He will deliver what he has promised and He will respond to every petition. When promises fail or seem to fail, how does the true person of faith respond?

Rejoicing In Adversity.
The heroes of faith show us how it done and what God admires.

My Favourite Promises.
My favorite promises are not about what God gives us but about the incredible love and emotion He has towards us. Caregivers can give excellent care without having the incredible bonds of parent and child. God is much more than a responsible and ethical Care Giver. God is lovingly devoted to the human race. Therefore I reason that if I am loved with such magnificent devotion then nothing that God does or appears to do or not do for me will be interpreted as malice or intention of harm or neglect.

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 70 minutes
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Copyright   First Created 26 January 2010.
Credits: The Holy Spirit and personal experience.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2010)