Do You Believe God Long Enough to Receive His Promises?

waitingNo unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. – Romans 4:20-21

Abraham waited 25 years for God to carry out His promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son. Yet, Abraham didn’t waver in unbelief during those long years of waiting.

How about you?

Are you wavering in unbelief concerning the promises God has spoken over your life?

As a prophetic intercessor, Father has me spend hundreds of hours praying His promises over the lives of His people. Sadly, I am astonished and amazed again and again by how quickly Father’s children let go of promises He has spoken over their lives because it’s taking too long, in their mind, for Him to fulfill the promise He spoke over their lives.

How does Father speak promises over our lives?

Through . . .

  • Bible verses — He highlights in our reading of the Word and speaks specifically to our hearts as a promise He has for our lives
  • Other believers — promises they sense Father is speaking over our lives and then Father confirms it to our spirit and mind as we pray about it (For more: When Father Speaks – see Receiving and Testing a Word of Prophecy section and Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge by Adrian Warnock)
  • Prayer — a verse of Scripture He brings to mind that He wants us to pray and believe over a situation or circumstance we are praying about

In His hometown, Jesus did very few miracles.

Why?

And He did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. – Matthew 13:58

May that not be the truth concerning our walk of faith . . . that Jesus did not do many mighty works in our lives . . . He didn’t carry out His promises spoken over our lives because we didn’t believe Him long enough to receive them.

The question is not whether God can carry through on His promises (Isaiah 46:9-11, Job 42:1-3).

The question is are we willing like Abraham to not waver through unbelief while we wait for God to carry out the promises He has spoken over our lives.

For More:

5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises Series

Prophecy Isn’t a Formula

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Everything (When Father Speaks series)

“I thought of everything.” — Father

One of my favorite biblical illustrations of this concept is the account of Elijah in 1 Kings 17.  The entire chapter details the desperate circumstances Elijah and the people of Israel faced during a three year drought and famine.

What are the desperate circumstances you have faced or are currently facing?

Father told Elijah to reside by brook that provided him with water and ordered ravens to bring him bread and meat.  Father thought of everything.

And then the brook dried up.

At this point, Elijah may have wondered as we do when we find ourselves in similar circumstances,

Father have you forgotten about me?  Don’t you know I need ___________? (fill in the blank with your need)

Father replies, “I’ve thought of everything my beloved child.”

And to Elijah, Father instructed that he go to Zarephath where a widow would provide him with food.  This widow wasn’t an Israelite who knew God, but rather a foreigner who knew about God and the Israelites.

The widow answers Elijah’s request for a piece of bread with a description of her family’s final meal:

“As surely as the LORD your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.” — 1 Kgs 17:12

Once again, Father has thought of everything and miraculously causes the widow’s jar of flour to not empty nor her jar of oil run dry (1 Kgs 17:16).

I wonder how many of us would’ve missed out on the experience of that provision, because originally the widow had nothing.  Elijah obeyed by faith and as a result experienced Father’s amazing provision.

Elijah believed that Father always thought of everything.

Do you believe that too?

Then the biggest blow comes; the widow’s son gets sick and dies.

This isn’t just a brook drying up; this is all the family the widow has left.  And her son dies while she was providing food and shelter for Elijah.

Even Elijah seems at a bit of a loss, as he cries out, “O LORD my God, have you brought tragedy also upon this widow I am staying with, by causing her son to die?”  — 1 Kgs 17:20

Even in our most gut-wrenching, heart-tearing tragedies, Father has still thought of everything.

Father raises the widow’s son back to life.

The widow’s response is priceless:

“Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth.”  — 1 Kgs 17:24

In this experience, the widow goes from knowing about God to knowing God.

Isn’t that what Father’s goal often is with us?

He’s thought of everything — always.

And yet, He still allows the brooks of our lives to dry up, the flour and oil to run dry, and those dearest to our hearts to be taken away.

  • He is a waster of nothing.  He will work it for our good (Rm 8:28-29).
  • He will always provide for He has always thought of everything.
  • His greatest goal in it all is to conform us to the likeness of His Son, Jesus. (Rm 8:29)

When we look back on our lives, we will say, “Father you thought of everything in perfect faithfulness.” (Is. 25:1, 9)

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When Father Speaks Series

When Father Speaks

When Father speaks to our hearts, it is much like a mountain climb.  For there is a change that will take place in our heart, circumstances, situation, and our very lives if we let Father’s words change us from within and then let them guide our actions.

When hikers return from a mountain climb, they want to share about the view, their adventure, and the reflections they had about what they experienced and saw.

I am one of Father’s prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3) and I’ve delivered messages from Father to many different people locally, nationally and globally.  All of the messages are coming through my human vessel so they must be tested (1 Thess 5:19-21), weighed (1 Cor 14:29) and the end result seen (Jer 32:6-8).

As a prophetic intercessor, I will spend thousands of hours of my life interceding for churches that need cleansing, marriages that need strengthening, and ministries that need the wind of the Holy Spirit’s fresh empowering.  In the hundreds of hours that I’ve already spent interceding, one focus verse that I’ve prayed countless times and challenged many to daily pray is Isaiah 50:4-5.

The Sovereign LORD has given me an instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.
The Sovereign LORD has opened my ears,
and I have not been rebellious;
I have not drawn back.

What follows in this series, When Father Speaks, are phrases that Father has repeated many times in several different instances, during various intercession assignments He’s given me to complete over the past 17 years.  These assignments have lasted anywhere from weeks, to months, to years.  I pray this series is both an encouragement and a challenge to you.

Below is a helpful tool I share with others concerning testing prophetic words. If you’re interested in reading further on hearing Father’s voice, Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere is an excellent resource.  For more on discerning Father’s voice, read Discord: Voices of Confusion from my 5 Pitfalls While Waiting on His Promises series.

Receiving and Testing a Word of Prophecy

1)  Receive seed (truth or prophecy — 1 Cor 14:3) with a humble heart and an open spirit

2) Weigh, test seed (1 Thess 5:19-21, 1 Cor 14:29-33)

3a) Father confirms seed to spirit and heart; plant in heart

OR

3b) Father does not confirm seed; set seed aside (see 5b below)

4) Get counsel from others on words of prophecy shared (Prov 11:14, 15:22)

5a) If truly of Father, He will cause planted seed to grow your heart and to resonate in your spirit, further confirming that the truth or prophecy is from Him

If 3b; 5b) if Father doesn’t go back to those seeds and confirm them in a different way or at a different time, then eventually He will tell you that you can discard that seed (truth or prophecy) as refuse.

When Father Speaks Series

Obey or Disobey

When is the last time, you vividly chose between obeying or disobeying?

In choosing, what were the blessings or the consequences of your choice?

Pastor Steven Furtick, author of Sun Stand Still, does an excellent job detailing the consequences of our disobedience in his post, “A 13:13 Moment.”

“You acted foolishly,” Samuel said. “You have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you; if only you had, he would have established your kingdom over Israel for all time.”
1 Samuel 13:13

It’s a moment you never want to have.
A 13:13 moment.
The moment you realize just what you could have had, if only you had…

In the ministry of prophetic intercession Father has given me (Heb 7:25, Job 16:20-21, Ro 8:34), I am amazed again and again at the attitude that 13:13 moments are things of biblical past or only applicable to the commands of Scripture.

Father still speaks prophetic words over His Beloved children’s lives; the Holy Spirit still confirms those words to our spirits and hearts (1 Thess 5:19-21, Is 50:4-5, Is 30:21); and Jesus still requires obedience to what He has clearly confirmed as being of Him (Num 23:19, Is 48:17).

I once wrote this response to a pastor, also a dear friend, who was grappling with this aspect of my prophetic intercession:

Why does Father show me, have me intercede over, and sometimes involve me in the possible outcomes of people’s life choices when He sovereignly knows that they’re not going to choose that  step of obedience and thus that outcome.

In pondering this question, Father brought to mind the examples of Esau, Jonah, King Saul, the Israelites, Judas Iscariot, Ananias & Sapphira.  Each one experienced Father laying before them an outcome they sadly didn’t choose . . . and so they missed out on Father’s best.

Each disciple of Christ has the same choice . . . and for some reason Father sometimes uses His prophetic intercessors to lay out the choice at hand and intercede over the choice of obedience for long durations of time .  . . when He knows, in the end, they won’t choose it.

Obey or Disobey?

Blessings or Consequences?

 

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