By Kenneth E. Hagin
Is there something you want God to do for you? According to His Word, there are several things God wants to do for you—good things that we all desire. So what's the catch? The condition is that you must set your love upon Him.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
In these two verses there are five things El Shaddai—the God Who is more than enough—said He will do for the person who sets his or her love upon Him.
God said, "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore I WILL . . .":
- Deliver him.
- Set him on high.
- Answer him.
- Be with him and deliver him.
- Honor him.
We need to understand the importance of the simple phrase "I will" or "I shall."
A very learned man once addressed a group of us young ministers. Recognized as the leading Hebrew and Greek scholar of his day, this man had an excellent working knowledge of many languages. In fact, when one of the young ministers asked him how many languages he was fluent in, he replied, "32."
When he visited with us, he explained that there are things in the Greek and Hebrew for which we have no idiom in the English language.
"For instance," he said, "in John 14:13, where Jesus said, 'whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do . . .' the King James Version says, in effect, 'I will.' " In other words, Jesus said, "I will do it."
This scholar went on to explain, "Now, the translators felt they ought to use either 'I will' or 'I shall,' because that is the strongest assertion you can make in the English language. You can't say anything stronger than 'I will do it,' or 'I shall do it.' The translators thought they should make it the strongest assertion that can be made in English."
The scholar read the verse to us in the original Greek (it was all Greek to me!). Then he said, "Now I'm going to translate that literally for you."
This is what that verse literally says: "If you will ask anything in My Name, if I don't have it, I'll make it for you"!
"I'll make it for you"! Thank God, He can, because He is El Shaddai—the God Who is more than enough!
I was reminded of this incident because in Psalm 91:14–15, God says He "will do" the following five things.
1. "I will deliver him."
Thank God, the God Who is more than enough is a delivering God!
God told Abraham that his descendants would be sojourners in a foreign land for 400 years, but He promised, "I will bring them out with a strong hand."
God doesn't forget His promises: 430 years after Israel's captivity began in Egypt, God raised up Moses and Aaron to lead Israel out of bondage—and He brought them out with a strong hand. He is still the same delivering God today! He is more than enough!
According to Acts 10:38, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing ALL that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."
Satan is the oppressor. Jesus is the deliverer.
2. "I will set him on high, because he has known my name."
We will look at this when we consider the fifth point.
3. "He shall call upon me, and I will answer him."
God has always been a prayer-answering God. Throughout the Bible, God said, "I will answer."
Jeremiah 33:3 says, "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."
In Isaiah 43:25 God said, "I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins." Then He added, "Put me in remembrance" (v. 26).
Remind God of His promises! Remind Him of His Word! He is faithful to cause it to come to pass in your life.
The New Testament also proves that God hears and answers prayer.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.
God will hear and answer your prayers! He doesn't want you to worry or be anxious about a thing. Philippians 4:6 says, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Be careful for nothing! Or, a better translation is, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything" (Amplified).
Why shouldn't you fret or have anxiety? Because God is the One Who is more than enough! He is the All-Sufficient One, the One Who never changes and never fails (Heb. 13:8). He is just as able today as He ever was, and He's interested in you! He's concerned about you! That's why He said, "Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore . . . I will answer him."
4. "I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him."
God didn't say you weren't going to have trouble just because you've been born again and filled with the Spirit. In fact, He rather infers that you are going to have trouble because you're a Christian.
The world is going to persecute you. They're going to talk about you. They're going to speak evil of you. And the devil, who is the god of this world, will put pressure on you at every turn.
No, God didn't say we would never have any troubles. But He did say, "I will be with him in trouble."
Psalm 34:19 says, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all." Does the Lord deliver us out of half of the afflictions or troubles? No, He delivers us out of all of them!
5. "I will honor him."
God said, "I will honor him" (Ps. 91:15). This statement is similar in meaning to "I will set him on high," which according to Psalm 91:14 is the second thing God wants to do for us. These are two things God said He would do for the person who has set his love upon Him.
I would rather have God's honor than have the greatest honor this world can bestow. The world honors politicians, statesmen, generals, educators, superstars, athletes, and inventors. But if they ever honor a preacher, they honor some humanistic preacher who doesn't believe in the Virgin Birth or the authenticity of the Word of God.
The world as a whole will never honor a real Bible-believing, tongue-talking, divine healing-practicing preacher of the Gospel any more than the world honored Jesus. No, you must compromise if you want to receive the honor of this world. But I would rather have God's honor. The world's honor will pass and fade away, but the honor God bestows will last forever.
Are there circumstances in your life from which you need to be delivered? Are you in a difficult situation and there seems to be no way out? God promises you deliverance!
Have you been crying out to God about problems in your life? Do you have prayers that need to be answered? Thank God, He will answer you when you call upon Him!
No matter what you are going through right now, no matter what the doctor reports or the news forecasts, God will be with you in trouble. And not only will He be with you in trouble, He will also deliver you!
When you set your love upon God and know His Name, He will honor you and set you on high. I don't know about you, but I want to be set on high where the devil and circumstances and problems of this world can't touch me!
If your love is set upon God, begin to thank Him today for these five promises that He's given you in His Word. Thank Him and praise Him for delivering you, for setting you on high, for answering you when you call, for being with you in trouble and delivering you, and for honoring you. Thank God for all He is doing in your life!
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