How to download and activate pending promises or blessings is our focus in this article. This is because any pending blessings not downloaded and activated may not be consummated.This is because the Bible tells us that the kingdom of God permits violent moves and only the violent in spirit can posses it. To be able to appropriate miracles, blessings or pending promises, one must learn to involve God. One must learn how to invest his/her time, money, energy, intellect, talent, etc, in relevant area of the vineyard of God and God will, in turn, act unhindered. For example, for someone trusting God in the area of the fruit of the womb, s/he can invest in or be relevant in the children department, or for some other believing God for job employment, s/he can be active member of Sanitation Unit or if s/he is a skilled applicant, can join the technical department or other skill related area and offer his/her skill to God’s service free of charge.
“Blesssed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:” (Ephesians 1:3)
Activating with a Vow
One can seal a deal in form of vow with God as Hannah did and Samuel came forth, or as Jephtha did in Judges and won the battle even though his was an irrational and regrettable vow.
Activating with a Sacrifice
The king of Moab in 2 Kings 3:26-27 sacrificed his first son to God when he discovered that the battle was fierce against him and the Israelites were almost winning the battle. And, even though he was an alien and enemy of God as a Moabite, he won the battle against Israel.
When one is looking unto God for His speedy divine intervention, we can make a (rational) vow with God. For example, someone who is trusting God for breakthrough in the area of employment, can make a vow to God that a certain percentage of his salary would go to, say, an orphanage for a certain period of time or would sponsor an indigent child through primary school or one can even take it further by giving a sacrificial gift to God and tying it to the need in point as done by the King of Moab during a very challenging, life-threatening moment confronting him. Even though the Moabites are generational enemies of God, the King got God’s support and won the battle against Israel, the covenant people of God.
So, for speedy victory and answer to prayers, a sacrifice can be offered unto God. Desperate situations demand desperate moves. The King of Moab understood this and capitalized on it to gain victory. Even God had to sacrifice his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, by making him an offering in order to redeem sinful and condemned man from eternal destruction. He gave up Jesus as an offering in order to reap the whole world.
Do not Make a Vow You Cannot Fulfill
“When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.” (Deut. 23:21)
“When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.” (Eccl. 5:4-5)
The fact remains that, whether one makes a vow to God or not, God would still do what He purposed to do. So it will be foolhardy to make a vow to God that one would eventually not fulfill or be able to fulfill. Remember Jephthah who irrationally, because he was under pressure to win the war, made a vow unto God to sacrifice anything that first came out of his doors to God. Unfortunately, it was his only daughter that came out to welcome him from the war and to celebrate his victory. Even though Jephtha still kept his vow, he lamented and grieved for his rash and erratic action.
Do Not Sacrifice What You Cannot Let Go!
There is a common axiom that when you sacrifice a goat, you also let go of the rope. The implication of this saying is that; do not sacrifice what you hope to retrieve back later. A sacrifice is expected to be given up completely, and forgotten.
Vow or Sacrifice is not Bribing God
Making a vow or sacrifice is not to bribe God as some think but a demonstration of faith in the immutability and reliability of the almighty God. God is a covenant-keeping God and cannot fail in or break any covenant he makes with or agrees to with man.
“That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:”(Hebrews 6:18)
“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not dot? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
“And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.” (1 Samuel 15:29)