In the Hebrew there is no special term for promise. Promise is simply "word." God's word is His promise. With God no more is needed. He is so powerful and so unchangeable that a word is enough. He speaks, and it is done. Those who marched around Jericho dared, on the authority of God's Word alone, to claim a promised victory when there were no signs of this victory being accomplished.
When Christ makes His home within us, our response is a desire for Him to use us. I read a story* from China about the magnificent stately Bamboo who longed to be used by the King. One day the King had a job that he knew the stately Bamboo could do well.
The image of a cow chewing its cud is often used to describe the practice of meditation. First the cow goes out and gets some grass and then sits down and chews it awhile and then swallows it. A little later, the cow regurgitates its cud and chews some more, then swallows again. We can visualize the cow processing and reprocessing the food until it is fully digested!
Ann Preston was a simple Irish lady who lived nearly 100 years ago. Her education began and ended in little more than a week, but in that time she exhausted the patience of her teacher. After many vain attempts to teach Ann the first letters of the alphabet, he gave her a tap upon the head as he remarked before the class, "Poor Ann! She can never learn anything." With this he sent her home in disgrace.
After we began Women Alive! magazine, I would go to the post office each day, eager to see what was in our mail box. I began to notice that on the days many subscriptions arrived it was easier to rejoice than on the days when there were few. This bothered me. If I were really trusting the Lord, if this were His work and not mine, should it matter what came in the mail?
Rees Howells founded a mission in which many were brought to Christ. After three years, Satan tempted his co-worker, "Unless you leave Rees Howells, you'll never be at your best. You need to have a work of your own."
One night during devotions when I was a high school student living in a Bible school dorm, a strong insistent voice began throwing accusations into my mind. I was so troubled that the next morning I told a teacher about the experience.