Which Way are We Looking?
by Georgina Buchanan
On one particularly hard day as I meditated on the goodness of God, It was revealed to me how much my feelings were based on what I SEE instead of what I do not or cannot see. At first I was not sure what was being revealed to me, and then I remembered the scripture in Hebrews that says, "Now faith IS the substances of things hoped for and the evidence of things NOT SEEN." (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
Then I got it, I was looking at the wrong thing! I was going by my "seeings" instead of my "sayings." Like so much of the body of Christ, my husband and I have been going through a very difficult season. It has been a time of great silence and very, very little physical evidence of the presence of God. It has felt as if God took a leave of absence from His throne room.
I have been serving God since the age of 6, and I have gone through many hardships along the way. Some were harder than others, but all came to pass away, however, this particular season seems to be without end. I have fasted, prayed, wept, tithed and given many, many seed offerings and yet to seemingly NO avail. As evidence that God really is still in His throne room, the Scripture in Isaiah 43:19 came flooding back to my mind. "Behold I do a NEW thing. Now it shall SUDDENLY spring forth Do you not understand that?" (my paraphrase).
His Spoken Word makes the Unseen, Seen
All that God does comes from his spoken word into the unseen realm, and then what he says, SUDDENLY IS! Look at Gen 1:2, 6,7 (NKLV)
"The earth was without form, and void; and darkness were on the face of the deep. Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so."
We Can Have What We Say, Instead We Say What We Have
I want you to remember that we can also bring it, (whatever it may be) into the seen realm by speaking what He said, and believing what we say! Look what Jesus told His disciples in Mark 11:22-24 NIV
"Have faith in God," Jesus answered. "I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
We instead speak from what we see and are disappointed when we get more of the same. Jesus said We can have what we say... but instead, we say what we have (i.e. "my bills are paid, in Jesus name, I have no lack" or, "Look at all these bills, I'm never going to get ahead!") Which do you want?
Speak it...it Shall Come to Pass
We get so discouraged when the manifestations of God's promises don't manifest. In our hearts we give up and walk away from the promises of God. I have heard Christians say "I do not want to hear one more promise or prophecy. I have had enough. It is always "going" to happen, but nothing ever does. I don't want to hear anymore." I completely understand how they feel. But, my friends, we must remember that everything was first spoken before it came to pass.
"By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible." Hebrews 11:3 (NIV)
Though our wait for the fulfillment of God's promises seems to be endless we cannot stop expecting them to manifest. As we keep speaking, what God has spoken over our lives, we are assuring their fulfillment. We have the God given authority to make sure that ALL God has promised to us WILL come to pass by simply repeating what he has spoken.
Faith is an Action Exercise
When we wake in the morning and everything looks the same we must REMEMBER the promises come from the unseen realm NOT from the SEEN realm. As I practice SPEAKING the promises of God over my life I can feel my faith growing stronger every day. God's Word reminds me not to focus on what I see, but by focusing on his promises and prophecies I can change what I see. God wants his children to prosper in every area of their lives. The Apostle John proclaims this so well in 3 John 2 (AMP)
"Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and [that your body] may keep well, even as [I know] your soul keeps well and prospers."
He has given us ALL power to do just that, but the power is IN His Word. That very word we don't want to hear anymore is what will bring us into the manifestation of what was promised. So my friends I am reminding myself as much as you, I WILL not turn loose of my confidence in the promises of my Lord and savor for it has great rewards. Time is not my master. It will not dictate to me the faithfulness of my God.
Hold Fast to Your Confession
In other words, do not despair if it has been 6 years since God promised a better job, or He promised you a child, or a husband or wife. The passing of time does not weaken His promises, but when we hide His Word in our hearts it strengthens us. His word WILL come to pass. Do not let ole stupid (the enemy of our souls) deceive you into walking away from YOUR promises. Hold fast to every word He has spoken to you.
The Bible is full of wonderful life sustaining promises. They are ALL for you and me. We are at the beginning of a brand new season. We will see manifestations of the spirit of God as never before. Though you may be travel worn and battle weary DO NOT GIVE UP! The next thing you see will be the fulfillment of what has been spoken over you.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV)
This is the time to rejoice with ALL your might for God is an ON TIME GOD.
I bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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