Asking Amiss – Part 2

Jesus said that if we meet this requirement of abiding in Him and He in us (John 15:7), then we may ask what we desire and it shall be done for us.

If we are truly abiding in Him, then we will be in touch with the Lord’s heart and most likely would never ask amiss because our motives would be pure and we would want to please Him.

When you are in love with someone you want to please that person.  Love is unselfish and always giving.  If you are in love with Jesus, and love others, it’s hardly likely you would ask anything amiss.

In the previous posts, we talked about the tongue and about abiding in Christ.  The tongue has the power to curse or bless.  Choose blessing.

The next passage we are going to discuss is James 3:13-18 to help us understand the context in which James talks about asking amiss.

James 3:13-18 talks about the “so-called” wisdom of this world versus living our lives according to the Godly Wisdom from Heaven. If we live according to Heaven’s wisdom, then it’s very unlikely we would ask amiss.

Godly Wisdom Worldly Wisdom
A spirit of humility Pride, prejudice and arrogance
Taking others’ needs into consideration Selfish ambition
Using our tongue to bless and encourage others Using the tongue to put other people down, to injure others
Treating others the way you want to be treated Manipulating others for selfish gain, with no regard for the feelings of others
Sowing seeds of peace Sowing seeds of strife
Allowing God to promote you Stepping on others to get ahead
Being kind and doing good to others Being mean-spirited and malicious
Esteeming others Trying to look better than others
Edifying Others Tearing others down
Encouraging Others Discouraging Others
Secure in who you are in God Bitter jealousies
Wanting to help others succeed Purposely seeking others’ demise
Living a holy life Living for the devil
Being gentle and reasonable Being cold-hearted, blood-thirsty
Integrity and Honesty Two-faced, Deception, Lying, Cheating
Showing others dignity and honor Showing disrespect and dishonor
Helping the poor Exploiting the poor
A spirit of giving and generosity Stinginess, selfishness, greed
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Power of the Tongue

Power of the Tongue

The Lord bless you today.

There is tremendous power in the words we speak. Words can promote life or death (Proverbs 18:21).

Our words set the course of direction for our life (James 3:5)—we shall have whatever we say (Mark 11:23).

If a person, for instance, keeps on saying, “I’m never going to get healed” or “I’ll never be free of this addiction” … or “I’ll always be poor and in debt”, then life may turn out exactly according to what they say.

If on the other hand, a person consistently says in faith, “Jesus is my Provider and I shall be prosperous”, then the Holy Spirit will begin to download ideas of how to generate income and give you the power to excel and increase.

If a person continually says, “Jesus is my Healer and by His stripes I am (and was) healed, I’m coming into complete health, I’ll never be sick another day in my life, God is giving me strength and energy” (plus they are obedient to follow God’s laws of health and nutrition, plus spiritual laws such as forgiveness and walking in love)—then after a period of time healing and wellness will begin to manifest.

God wants us to live in Divine health here on this earth. That doesn’t mean that one day we won’t die, because eventually the body will pass away. Some sicknesses are unto death, and to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8). However, Jesus paid the price on Calvary for all sicknesses and diseases. Our life can be lengthened and we can live in wellness by following God’s principles and speaking according to God’s Word.

The father of the founding pastor of my former church is an example of a person who had a touch of Divine health on his life. He lived to be 105, and was strong, active, in excellent health, and alert until the end. The day he went to Heaven to be with Jesus, his blood pressure was normal that morning. He went to church that day, came home and rested in his recliner. And then peacefully went home to be with the Lord. Sickness didn’t take him out.

God also wants us to live on this earth healed in our emotions and mind. He wants us to live in joy, peace and fulfillment.

All of us have blown it in speaking wrong things, especially in a moment of weakness, anger or frustration. James 3:2 says that only a perfect man or woman is never at fault in what they say.

I know personally what it is like to be battered with verbal abuse for many years almost on a daily basis. It destroys your self-esteem and does tremendous damage emotionally and psychologically. Once words are said, it cannot be recalled.

James 3:7-8 says that wild animals can be tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. It is a restless evil, always ready to pour out deadly poison.

Jesus said that all of us would be held accountable for every idle word spoken. Words spoken will bring justification or condemnation (Matthew 12:36-37).

The Holy Spirit is grieved when we speak unkind or negative words, and words of unbelief (Ephesians 4:28-32). The Holy Spirit is also grieved when we say anything contrary to His will for our lives or that of another person.

Just last week I was talking to my mother about something, and without thinking, I said a doubtful statement that contradicted what the Holy Ghost wants to do in a certain situation. Immediately I felt a sick feeling in my gut, and I knew I had grieved the Lord. I didn’t think what I said was any big deal, but my statement contained doubt and unbelief. God was offended that I would say something that was in disagreement of what He said, instead of completely trusting Him to perform what He is planning on doing.

The Psalmist David asked the Lord in Psalm 15:1-3, “Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?” The Lord gave him the answer, and two of the things God mentions in this psalm concerns words spoken:

  1. “speaketh the truth in his heart”
  2. “he that backbiteth not with his tongue”

When we have a habit pattern of not watching our tongue, our words become a snare to our own souls. We still might be saved, but there is leanness in our souls. And we do not come into the full inheritance of all the blessings and promises of God that He would like to give us.

The great news is that the Holy Spirit empowers us to speak good things. As we continually stay filled up with the Holy Spirit, God helps us to learn to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The byproduct of walking in the Spirit is the fruit of the Spirit being developed in our lives (Galations 5:22-23). To speak life-giving words requires death to carnality and death to the flesh.

The love of God inside of us is the most powerful key to helping us control our tongue and to speak encouragement to others. The love of God is imparted to us by the Holy Ghost. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

Continually meditating upon the Word of God helps us in the battle with the tongue. God’s Word gets into us, even into our subconscious and every fiber of our being. And then it flows out of our lips.

The Bible tells us the kind of words NOT to speak (that bring death), and also the kinds of words TO speak (that bring life).

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES NOT WANT US SPEAKING

 

  • Taking God’s Holy Name in vain (Ex 20:7; Deut 5:11; Lev 19:12; Ezek 39:7)
  • Swearing; Foul language (James 5:12; Eph 4:29)
  • Deadly Poison, Viper’s venom (James 3:8; Ps 58:3-4; Ps 140:3; Rom 3:13)
  • Iniquity, Injustice (Job 6:30; Ps 36:3; Ps 64:6)
  • Crafty tongue (Job 15:5; Ps 83:3)
  • Deceitful tongue (Job 27:4; Ps 34:13; Ps 120:2; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Smooth as butter, but evil motives (Ps 55:21)
  • Enticing words (1 Cor 2:4; Col 2:4)
  • Flattery and Boastful words (Ps 5:9; Ps 12:3; Prov 6:24; Prov 26:28; 1 Thess 2:5; Jude :16)
  • Cursing and Oppression (Ps 10:7; Ps 59:12; Rom 3:14; James 3:10; Balaam cursing Israel Num 23:8; Gen 12:3)
  • Backbiting (Ps 15:3; Prov 25:23)
  • Evil speaking (Ps 34:13; Ps 50:19; Eph 4:31; 1 Pet 3:10)
  • Slander (Ps 50:20; Prov 10:18; Eph 4:31; James 4:11)
  • Gossip (Prov 11:13; Prov 16:28; Prov 18:8; Prov 20:19; Prov 26:20; Prov 26:22; 2 Cor 12:20)
  • Destruction and Mischief (Ps 52:2; Prov 13:3; Prov 18:7)
  • Lying tongue (Ps 52:3; Ps 109:2; Ps 120:2; Prov 6:17; Prov 26:28)
  • Devour people with words (Ps 52:4; Gal 5:15)
  • Tongue like a sharp sword, like piercing arrows (Ps 57:4; Ps 64:3; Prov 12:18; Jer 9:8)
  • Bitter words (Ps 64:3; Job 7:11; Rom 3:14)
  • Hateful words (Ps 109:3)
  • False tongue, Feigned words (Ps 120:3; 2 Pet 2:3)
  • Froward tongue (Prov 10:31)
  • Unclean lips (Isa 6:1-7)
  • Perverse, Vicious, Malicious, Wicked (Prov 15:4; Prov 17:4; Prov 17:20, 3 John :10)
  • Death words (Prov 18:21; Ps 5:9)
  • Judgment, Accusation (Isa 54:17; Rev 12:10 Satan is the accuser of the brethren, and we ought not to get on his team and join in with him)
  • Complaining, Murmuring (Jude :16; 1 Cor 10:10-11; Num 11:1; Num 14:27-29)
  • Doubt and Unbelief (Heb 3:19; Heb 4:6; Heb 4:11; Num 13:32-14:45)
  • Coarse Joking or Jesting (Eph 5:4, NIV)
  • Vain words (Job 16:3; Eph 5:6; 2 Pet 2:18)
  • Words that tear and break others in pieces (Job 19:2)
  • Ensnared by words (Prov 6:2)
  • Harsh, Grievous words (Prov 15:1)
  • Hasty, Quick-Tempered, Not thinking before speaking (Prov 29:20)
  • Blasphemous words (Acts 13:45; James 2:7; Rev 13:6)

 

KINDS OF WORDS GOD DOES WANT US TO SPEAK

 

  • Words of refreshment (Prov 11:25; 1 Cor 16:18, NIV)
  • Words of healing and strength to the weary (Isa 50:4; Ps 37:30-31; Prov 16:24; Prov 15:4; Prov 12:18; Prov 4:20-24; Prov 13:17; Prov 11:25; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 10:11; Prov 11:30; Prov 16:22-24; James 3:13)
  • Edifying words (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:2; 2 Cor 13:10; Eph 4:29; 1 Thess 5:11)
  • Encouraging words (Deut 3:8; Acts 15:32; Acts 20:2; Col 3:16; 1 Thess 3:2)
  • Exhortation (1 Cor 14:3; Rom 12:8; Titus 1:9; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:25)
  • Esteeming and Honoring others (Phil 2:3; Rom 12:10; Rom 13:7; 1 Pet 3:7)
  • Words to strengthen (Luke 22:32; Acts 15:32; Deut 3:8; Job 16:5; Ps 119:28)
  • Words seasoned with grace (Eph 4:29; Col 4:6; Ps 45:2; Ecc 10:12)
  • Comfort (1 Cor 14:3; Eph 6:22; 1 Thess 5:11; 1 Thess 5:14; 2 Cor 1:4)
  • Faith-filled words (Mark 11:23; Matt 21:21-22; Rom 10:8; Num 13:30; Matt 9:20-21)
  • Pleasant words (Prov 15:26; Prov 16:24)
  • Nourishment, Positive Affirmation (Prov 10:21; 1 Tim 4:6; Eph 5:25-29; Eph 6:4)
  • Gentle, Soft words (Prov 15:1; Prov 25:15)
  • Words of Wisdom (Ps 37:30; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 15:2; Prov 22:17; Ecc 10:12; Ecc 12:11)
  • Life words (Prov 18:21; Deut 30:19; Ps 34:12-14; Prov 4:20-22; Prov 11:30; Prov 13:3; Prov 15:4; Prov 16:22-23)
  • Truth, Purity, Sincerity, Uprightness (Job 33:3; Ps 12:6; Ps 19:14; Prov 10:20; Prov 15:26; Prov 22:21)
  • Love and Kindness (Eph 4:32; Prov 31:26; 1 Cor 13; 1 Cor 8:1, NIV)
  • Praise of God on our lips (Ps 34:1; Ps 35:28; Ps 63:3-5; Ps 66:17; Ps 119:171; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Singing praises (Ps 71:23; Ps 100; Ps 126:2; Isa 51:11; Isa 54:1; Eph 5:19; Col 3:16)
  • Speaking God’s Word (Deut 6:5-9; Deut 11:19-21; Ps 1; Ps 71:24)
  • Spoken Blessing (Num 6:23-27; Gen 12:2-3; Gen 22:17-18; Gen 27; Gen 49:28; Deut 11:26-28)
  • Wise counsel (Prov 11:14; Prov 24:6; Prov 27:9)
  • Light (Ps 119:130; 1 John 2:9-11)
  • Sweetness (Ps 119:103; Song 4:11)
  • Pen of a ready writer (Ps 45:1)
  • Wholesome tongue (Prov 15:2)
  • Tongue of the learned (Isa 50:4)

 

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Isaiah 50:4 “The Lord GOD has given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning, He awakens my ear to hear as the learned.”

The Anointing Will Teach You all Things

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

The Anointing Will Teach You all Things

1 John 2:27   “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” NKJV

This Scripture is not saying that we do not need pastors and teachers to teach us the Word and teach us about the things of the Spirit (as that would contradict Ephesians 4:11-12 and Matthew 4:23, and many other Scriptures).

The pattern of Jesus in which He modeled for us in Matthew 4:23 is to:

  1. teach
  2. preach
  3. heal the sick in Jesus’ Name

Ephesians 4:11-12 says, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

When it says in 1 John 2:27 (and xref Luke 12:12 and John 14:26) that the Holy Spirit (or Anointing) will teach you all things, or teach you what to say, it’s referring to:

 

  • The Holy Spirit teaching you to discern between truth and error.
  • The Holy Spirit teaching you things in the Word, giving you insights or pointing out truths in the Scriptures that man did not teach you (because no teacher knows everything).
  • The Holy Spirit giving you wisdom and revelation, illumination and understanding.
  • The Holy Spirit guiding you in the what, how, when, and where in regards to each situation and decision in your life.
  • Many receive the ability to play musical instruments, to learn a particular skill, to excel in business, to prosper financially, to invent something, to have creative ideas by the Anointing teaching them.
  • Words of knowledge and words of wisdom (1 Cor 12:8).  He reveals facts of the present, past and future.  He shows you things to come.  He gives you supernatural understanding about something that normally you would not know.  He gives you strategies and ideas from Heaven.
  • In certain situations where you have to speak or answer questions, He tells you what to say.
  • He brings all things to your remembrance when you need it.
  • He reveals to you the Father and Son.
  • He warns you, prompts you, leads you and at times forbids you to do something or go somewhere
  • He instructs you what to say and what not to say, and how to act and not act, around different people.
  • He is your personal coach.

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Three Levels of the Anointing in the Life of the Believer

Benny Hinn Conference Notes

Jubilee Christian Center, San Jose, California

January 24-25, 2008

Three Levels of the Anointing in the Life of the Believer

  1. Salvation

At the point of initial salvation, all believers are filled with the Holy Spirit when we invite Jesus to come into our heart.  God anoints all believers to hear from God for themselves, to discern between truth and error and to successfully live the Christian life.

The next step after initial salvation is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is to be “endued with power” from on High (Luke 24:49).

Salvation = filled with the Spirit

Baptism of the Holy Spirit = endued with the Spirit

Both salvation and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit involve being filled with God’s Spirit, although the Baptism is a deeper infilling or level of the Spirit.  A believer who does not believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues is still saved, loves God and has His presence living on the inside of them.  But they could have so much more of God by receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The Baptism is an enduement of power and is the door or entrance to operating in the Gifts of the Spirit.  The Baptism of the Spirit enables the believer to walk in greater victory in their Christian life, to live a life where healings, miracles and the supernatural is a common part of life, and to enter into deeper levels in God in worship, the Word and communion with the Holy Spirit.

  1. Ministry

The second level of anointing is when God anoints the believer for the particular ministry that God has called him or her to do.  Everyone in the Body of Christ is called to be in ministry.  There is to be no competition or jealousies, or comparisons among believers, as each of us is given an assignment from the Master (Jesus) to fulfill.  Not all are called to clergy ministry, but all are called to fulfill a specific ministry assignment that God has given each of us to do.

The believer does not have to go in their own strength to minister, but goes in the Name of the Lord and is endued with the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to carry out their particular ministry assignment.  God’s anointing for ministry equips them with the skill, ability, wisdom and favor to function in their area of ministry.  God’s anointing for ministry will bring about fruitfulness.

Often times a person called to a ministry involving speaking before an audience literally feels an anointing descend upon them as they begin to minister, and they may even be a changed person full of boldness and authority while under the influence of that anointing if normally they are shy and quiet.  Then after 2 or 3 hours after ministering, the anointing may lift.

The same example could hold true of those anointed to prophesy.  Normally they may be reserved and quiet, but when the anointing comes on them for ministry, they are a completely different person until the anointing lifts after they are finished ministering.

People called to the healing ministry, while under the influence of the anointing for ministry, may feel literal heat, electricity and power coming out of their hands, or may operate in words of knowledge, and be unusually bold.

  1. Authority

Being anointed with authority in the Spirit is the 3rd level that is higher and deeper than ministry alone.  When flowing in this anointing, your words have the power to plant or uproot.  Your words carry weight, and none of your words fall to the ground.  Your words have the power to decree and command (as led by the Spirit and coming into agreement with and repeating what the Spirit is saying, and speaking under the influence of the Holy Spirit. (It’s not from the flesh commanding or decreeing things.  If it’s just the flesh, it will produce no fruit.) When you decree and command, then God backs up what you say.

The anointing for authority also involves the area of declaring deliverance to the captives, and the captives are delivered and chains are broken.

The anointing for authority involves creative miracles – decreeing and speaking things that are not as though they were, commanding them to be, and it happens just as you say.

The anointing for authority involves an anointing for breakthrough.

Authority is the kingly anointing – to rule and reign with Christ and know who you are in Christ.  To make decrees in the heavenly realms, and it comes to pass.  To have authority over demons and satan, and all powers of wickedness.  To cast out devils.  To raise the dead.

Authority also involves taking charge of distractions and people who would mock or cause interruptions in services, which weaken the flow of the Spirit and thus grieves the Holy Spirit.  You must take charge of distractions from people who try to prevent others from hearing the Word, from distractions that hinder people from hearing the Gospel of Salvation and receiving Christ as Savior, from distractions that make it difficult for people to receive their healing and miracle, and distractions that discourage others in regards to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or distract the flow of the operation of the Gifts of the Spirit.

Taking authority in this type of situation would involve stopping ministering for a minute and openly telling the troublemakers [those are my words not what Benny said] to either be quiet or leave, and if need be, having the ushers escort them out.  It also involves making it clear that there are to be no cell phones ringing and people talking, no constant talking to your neighbor, whispering, goofing off, constantly going in and out of the sanctuary during the worship and the preaching of the Word unless it’s a dire medical emergency.

The anointing for authority involves situations in which Satanic plants are sent to churches and meetings to try to cause distractions and the demise of the pastors and leadership.

Sometimes people who cause distractions are not a Satanic plant, it’s just that they can be rude, inconsiderate, immature, disrespectful and have not been taught to keep quiet and not talk to their neighbor, or on the cell phone, during the worship and preaching. I’m talking about people who are in the habit of talking during most of the service, and they do this all the time. When I was a child we were taught to not talk or goof off during the worship and the Word. If we got restless we could color in a coloring book or read a book. It seems like today so many parents don’t teach their children to be quiet during the services, and they let them talk and run around.

Sometimes distractions are caused by demons manifesting in people. There’s a time to cast out demons (as Jesus demonstrated in His ministry). Then there is a time when you are to command the demons to be silent (as Jesus also did in His ministry).

On rare occasions, the anointing for authority involves, when directed by the Spirit, pronouncing judgment on those who rise up to try to destroy the work of God, and the Lord backs up your words and He carries out the judgment.

An example is Ananias and Sapphira.  The apostle Peter and other apostles pronounced a judgment on them for not only lying to them, but for also lying to the Holy Ghost.

Another example is when Elijah pronounced a judgment on the young boys who mocked him because of his baldness.  He probably was literally bald, but the Scriptures imply that the mocking was deeper than just making fun of his lack of hair, but mocking the anointing on his life.

In the ministry of William Branham, there was a situation that arose in one of the meetings in which he pronounced a judgment (by the leading of the Spirit) upon a certain man.  This man had come up to the stage in the healing line, claiming that he had cancer and for William Branham to lay hands on him so that he would be healed.

The man lied – he did not have cancer.  His intent was to make a false claim about having cancer, in order to “expose” Branham as being a false prophet (because he didn’t believe that God reveals things to His prophets by the words of knowledge).  The man was out to prove that Branham just “made up” all those words of knowledge about people.  When the man claimed to be sick with cancer, the Holy Spirit told Branham that the man was a fake and was lying, and then Branham told the man in front of everyone there that he lied about having cancer.

Then Branham pronounced a judgment on the man for lying not only to him, but to the Holy Ghost, and told him that since he lied about having cancer, that cancer would come on his body immediately and he would be dead by the next day.  It happened exactly as what Branham pronounced.

A curse and a judgment are two different things.

A curse is a prayer or verbal words intending injury, harm or misfortune to come to someone (usually based on hate, jealousy, and wicked intents of the heart).  We are not called to curse.

A judgment is the discernment between good and evil, what is right and what is wrong, and based on the evidence and situation, making a judicial decision and pronouncing a verdict and the consequence/punishment (if applicable) according to the laws established by God.

The authority to pronounce a judgment is granted to you from a Higher Authority (God). It applies to true God ordained Apostles who walk in greater levels of authority.

The anointing to pronounce a judgment is not the same thing as Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, lest ye be judged.”  In Matthew 7:1, it’s not referring to a judicial decision based on right and wrong, but to be critical and despise someone and their shortcomings, and to be very condemning of others, while you yourself are not perfect.  This type of judging involves pride – of pointing out the faults of others, while ignoring the plank in your own eye.  This type of judgment involves judging others for their actions when you don’t know all the facts and have not heard all sides of the story, nor have been in their shoes.

This differs from a judgment made by a judge and jury in a courtroom, based on discerning and separating the facts and reaching a verdict.

On very rare occasions is a judgment pronounced.  The church, as a whole, is not ready for things to go back to the way it was in the early Church in Acts. The glory of the Lord has the power to heal and bring about miracles.  Yet one can also perish in the Glory by things such as irreverence, profaning the holy things of God, lying to the Holy Ghost, and trying to destroy someone’s ministry or discredit them.

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The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!

Are you believing God for a baby or to get married? Are you believing for a promotion or breakthrough? This message will encourage you.

Habakkuk 2:2-3  Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.”

Numbers 23:19  “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?”

God’s Word is filled with many promises for our lives. Have you asked the Lord to do something specific in your life and you know deep in your heart that He said “yes” and made a promise to you that He would do it?

He may have quickened a Scripture that pertains to your situation or maybe He dropped a promise into your heart. Perhaps a prophetic message was spoken over you and it bore witness in your spirit that it was of God, and was a confirmation of what the Lord had been speaking to your heart.

What is your circumstance?  What are you believing God for?

When God first promises something to us there’s the feeling of being overjoyed and a sense of expectancy. It seems like the promise will come to pass right away. In some cases it does, but in most instances a period of time elapses between the time God first shows us something and the time it comes to fulfillment.

Many times months and years go by and it still hasn’t happened. And have you ever experienced that feeling of disappointment that just when it seemed like the promise was finally going to come to pass, there was a sudden turn in the road?

Joseph is an example of having been given a promise and yet seeing a reverse in his situation. At a young age God speaks to Joseph in dreams and reveals to him that one day he would be a ruler and his family would bow down to him. Because of the evil actions of his brothers, he ends up in Potiphar’s house in Egypt. He’s been snatched away from his home and family and is made a slave in a foreign land. Then while at Potiphar’s house, he is falsely accused of attempted rape and is thrown into prison for a crime he did not commit. Joseph was a pure man, and now his reputation is damaged. After all of these negative events, he might have questioned God or perhaps thought that somehow he had missed God.

Then there’s the story of Sarah. She had no children because she was barren. God spoke to Abraham and told him he would have a son and would become the father of many nations. Months went by and then years went by and still Sarah did not conceive. She prayed and waited, and prayed and waited but it seemed like nothing was happening. She yearned and longed for a child from her own womb yet was faced with reality being the opposite. As time passed, now she’s not only faced with the fact that she cannot reproduce, but even if she could, now she’s too old and now Abraham is also too old. The Bible says that his body was as good as dead and Sarah’s womb was dead (Hebrews 11:11-12).

Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.”

What do you do during times like these when you’ve taken appropriate action on your part and done all you know to do, because James 2:20 says that faith without works is dead, yet it still seems like nothing is happening?

And the reality of your situation seems to be a contradiction to the promise or what you’re believing for?

The devil uses these opportune times in our lives to taunt us with words like: “It will never happen” … “Did God really say that?” … “It’s too late for you”.

God’s delay in answering prayer doesn’t necessarily mean denial. God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (2 Corinthians 1:20). Though the promise tarry it will surely come to pass and not prove false. God wants us to have faith and to trust him.

Romans 4:17 says that God calls those things that are not as though they already were.

Many times God uses the waiting process to refine us. The fire of delayed answers is one of the hottest fires to go through and tests our faith like nothing else can. Depending on the situation, sometimes God needs to work some things out first before He brings a promise to pass. The waiting process develops patience, humility, and a deeper level of trust in God. James 1:4 says, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect [Greek: complete, mature], and entire [Greek: whole], wanting [Greek: lacking] nothing.”

For some, they have been in the mode of delayed promises for 5, 10, 20 or more years. The sands of time have brought about a withering away of hope, and dreams seem to be dead or have little life. But God is a God of resurrection, and in His perfect timing, He will resurrect old dreams and fulfill promises He spoke long ago. Where there were years of disappointment, many tears, and lost hope, He will restore with a double portion of joy.

At the time appointed by God, He woke up Sarah’s dead womb and put life back into Abraham’s body. They named their son Isaac, meaning “laughter”. What joy they must have felt! Now all the years of shame and humiliation was finally removed.

And also suddenly (sometimes God acts suddenly), God intervened in Joseph’s situation and gave him the interpretation to Pharoah’s dream. All at once he was set free from prison, was placed as second in command over all Egypt and was given a wife, and she bore him two sons. God restored to Joseph many times over for all the turmoil and pain he had gone through. God turned Joseph’s affliction into joy—so much to the point that when his first son was born he called him “Manassah”, meaning “He has made me to forget my toil”. He named his second son “Ephraim”, meaning “God has made me double fruitful”.

God wants to do something in our life that’s bigger than us. He wants us to believe for the impossible. He’s able to do miracles, even creative miracles.

Jeremiah 32:27 says, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for Me?” In verse 17 Jeremiah declares, “Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by Thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for Thee.”

God is doing creative miracles even now, but in the days ahead creative miracles will increase (as our faith level increases to see God do more creative miracles). We will see or hear more testimonies about God restoring bodily parts that are damaged or not even there.

When Zerubbabel (mentioned in Haggai and Ezra) had faced opposition to restoring the temple in Jersualem and work had been suspended for several years, the situation looked bleak. But God spoke through the prophet saying, “Not by [your] might, nor by [your] power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a [level] plain” (Zech 4:6-7).

We can personalize this for our own lives. Replace the name Zerubbabel with your name or that of a loved one. Declare outloud: “The Word of the Lord comes to _________ saying, ‘It’s not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain? Before _________ thou shalt become a leveled plain.’”

Matthew 21:21 says that if we speak to our mountain and tell it to move out of our way, and do not doubt in our hearts, that it would obey us. What is the mountain in your life that stands in your way and tries to intimidate or taunt you?

Luke 3:5 speaks of Jesus, saying that He would cause every valley to be filled and exalted, every mountain to be made low, every crooked path to be made straight, and every rough way to be made smooth.

God wants us to keep our focus on Him, and see Him as powerful and mighty and awesome. Who else is like unto Him? Who else can do what only He can do? There is none like Him!

Hebrews 11:11 says that Sarah received the promise because she considered Him faithful who had promised. Like Sarah, we need to believe that God is faithful to fulfill everything He said He would do even before we see it happen.

In Psalms 37:4, God promises to grant us the desires of our hearts. Even though there may be a delay in those desires coming to pass, the Lord wants us to keep delighting ourselves in Him.

The Hebrew word translated “delight” in Psalms 37:4 is “anag”. Although the definition of the word “delight” is inclusive of “taking pleasure in”, or “enjoying His Presence”, in this particular passage, the word “anag” is used. It is defined as: “being soft and pliable” (or in other words, allowing the Lord to be the Potter and mold us and have His way in our lives; keeping a soft heart). In the next verse, vs. 5, God promises that if we commit our way to Him and trust in Him, then He would bring our desires to pass.

In God’s way and in His timing, He will fulfill every promise. This is a year when many of God’s prophets and ministers are hearing the Holy Spirit say that this is a season when God is going to fulfill many promises He spoke to people long ago. It’s a season of leaving the wilderness and crossing over into our promised land. There are giants there (new challenges and new devils to contend with), but God will conquer every giant. Although the old can be miserable, it’s familiar. The new seems scary because it’s a place of the unknown.

God has a “promised land” for each of our lives (a place of blessings, joy, abundance and fulfilled dreams). The Lord will lead us there if we take His hand, and be willing to leave the past behind.

Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she [he] that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her [him] of the Lord.”

The Promises of God are YES and AMEN!