To the Very Day


How many of us believe in God’s sovereignty to the point that we believe that He accomplishes things “to the very day” of His plan?

Exodus 12:40-41 (NIV), “Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypt was 430 years.  At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD’s divisions left Egypt.”

The Israelites were in bondage for 430 years as slaves in Egypt.

  • 430 years . . . in other words . . .
  • 5,160 months
  • 22,360 weeks
  • 156,950 days

And yet, even after that length of time during which time and again the Israelites despaired and lost heart  in God’s ability to keep His promise; He still fulfilled His promise “to the very day.”

In my almost 36 years of walking with Christ, I have been amazed at our lack of faith in believing and our waiting with faith-filled hearts for Father to do what He has promised us — both the promises of Scripture and the promises He has spoken and confirmed to us personally or corporately as a church body.

2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV), “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.”

In my ministry of prophetic intercession, I have the honor and privilege of journeying alongside many brothers and sisters who:

  • are placed in the crosshairs of fierce spiritual attack
  • expectantly waiting to receive an answer to a desperate need
  • longing to be freed from emotional or physical bondage
  • waiting with faith-filled hearts for Father to do what He has spoken and confirmed to them personally or corporately as a church body

What have I found time and again?

He is our Father who does not give us stones when we ask for bread, nor does He give us snakes when we ask for fish (Matt 7:9-11).

So what promise today is Father prompting your heart to believe Him for?

If you are despairing or wavering in your belief in God’s ability to keep His promise, may you say along with the father whose son was possessed by an evil spirit , “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NIV)

If you are fearing that Father will follow through on His promise to rescue you, may you hear Jesus say to your heart, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:36, NIV)

For He is the God who promises, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. . . .What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” (Isaiah 46:10-11)

And He does it “to the very day.”

 

 


Don’t Be Afraid – Just Believe

Don't Be Afraid
“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Jairus’ daughter had died while Jesus was en route to heal her.  Men came and told Jairus, “Your daughter is dead. . . Why bother the teacher any more?”

Jesus was not swayed at all. Rather, He told Jairus, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” (Mark 5:21-24, 35-43)

In our walk of faith, we will be faced again and again with Jesus’ challenge, exhortation, and words of amazing comfort: “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

The last thing we want to do in the face of death is to be brash and unfeeling.  And yet in that very moment Jesus ignored what Jairus’ friends said and brashly reassured him,  “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

As we read this account, we don’t find Jesus’ words brash for we know the end of the story . . . he raises Jairus’ daughter to life.

Yet, how many times in our lives do we choose to be afraid rather than to believe? We don’t have the end of the story in printed form and yet we follow a God who

  • Is not man that He should lie nor son of man that He should change His mind.  Does He speak and the not act?  Does He promise and then not fulfill? – Numbers 23:19
  • Promises, “What I have said, that will I bring about; what I have planned, that will I do.” – Isaiah 46:11
  • Promises, “In My Father’s house are may rooms; if it were not so I would have told you.” – John 14:2

What is it that you have been praying and believing God for that you have grown weary in your faith, lackadaisical in persisting in prayer, wishy- washy in believing that He will bring it to pass.

Do not let your present circumstances, situations, and input from family and friends cause you to be “. . .like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind” – James 1:6

“Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

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Between Two Stances: Shaky Legs or Firm Footing?

Kneeling Prayer

Time and again in the New Testament Jesus speaks of Father’s passion, “’It is written,’ he said to them, ‘My house will be a house of prayer . . . .’” Luke 19:46.

In their book, Experiencing God , Blackaby and King write, “The greatest untapped resource that I know of is the united prayer of God’s people.”

How much are we putting into practice and how deep is our belief in the promise of James 5:16?

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

Powerful and effective . . . guaranteed.  Are our churches houses of prayer?

In Jeremiah 33:3 Father gives an astounding promise, “‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’”

In my ministry as a prophetic intercessor,  I have seen time and again the contrast between two stances and beliefs found in Isaiah 7:9 and 9:7.

  • Shaky legs . . . Isaiah 7:9, “‘If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all.’”
  • Firm footing . . . Isaiah 9:7, “The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this.”

In Luke 18:8, Jesus asks, “‘However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’”

Will Jesus find his people praying in faith and believing when he returns or will he find his people with shaky legs?

 

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