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Claim the Promise

A winning lottery ticket, purchased in Florida as not been claimed. This multi-million dollar ticket will expire if left unclaimed within the few remaining days of the six month term.

Pondering the unclaimed ticket reminds me of all the promises in God’s Word that we often fail to claim. Scholars suggest the Bible contains over 8,000 promises, that’s one promise a day for almost twenty-two years!

At forty years old I am walking through a newly discovered chronic illness of unknown origin. Until recently, I’ve been active and healthy. I often wonder why this and why now? I cannot allow my mind to dwell there; that is the place where the Enemy hides. He lurks in the shadow of doubt ready to pounce on any hint of spiritual or mental weakness.

Instead, I marinate my mind in God’s promises.

I shared in the article What Promise Has God Given You, the specific promise God showed me for this season on battling a chronic illness:

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10, NIV)

When the answers don’t come as quickly as I like, when doubt roars louder than peace,  when I begin to question God’s timing, I remind myself of this promise.  

Knowing Christ Himself will restore me, make me strong, firm and steadfast is a promise I am claiming and “It is well with my soul.”

~April Dawn White

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