When we are believing God for something in our life It is like being “pregnant with a promise”. God speaks a dream, a promise, His plan for us and faith and the substance of what we see is conceived inside of us.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. (Hebrews 11:1)
However we must be patient even when we can’t see any evidence of this promise. We can’t let go, but are to keep on believing. That promise gets bigger and bigger on the inside of us. Our faith and patience go to work until that which we are believing for is “birthed”.
I’m always saying I’m “bigger on the inside”…I am “pregnant” with houses, land, blessing, multitudes of people coming to know Jesus, healings, miracles and revival. I know what God has said and I keep building into that by focusing on God’s word, taking care of the promises, the dreams and words that have been conceived in faith within me.
While I wait for the “delivery day” I need to be mindful of what I speak, hear and listen to. It is too easy to let go of the things which God has spoken and revealed. It is too easy to let go of visions and dreams because they seem to be taking a long time to come to pass.
While we patiently wait we must know what the Bible says about testing’s and trials. We need to know what to do when what we are “pregnant” with seems to be under threat and/or taking a long time to arrive.
Tradition and religion says that trials and tribulations develop faith. Trials and tribulations do not develop faith…the bible says that ”faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:16)
But Trials and tribulations do develop PATIENCE.
James 1:2 says, “my brethren count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
The same thing is stated in Romans 5:3, “And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation produces perseverance (patience), and perseverance character; and character, hope.
When pressure (tribulation) comes it is our faith; based in God’s word and undergirded by patience that will enable us to hold on and not let go of the promises of God when we are under pressure.
“Blessed is the man who endures temptations for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is temped say, “ I am tempted by God”, for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone”. (James 1:12-14)
It is vitally important that we know from God’s word that God does not tempt or test men with evil.
A test or trial is anything that applies pressure on our flesh. Any pressure that tries to draw us away from God, bringing doubt and fear is the beginning of a test.
When Satan applies pressure on our bodies to make them sick, we don’t have to succumb to that pressure. When he presents us with financial stress, or relationship and family issues we don’t have to yield to the temptation to fall into fear, doubt or anger and impatience.
We instead have opportunity to use our faith in God and the truth of His word. We let patience develop and have its perfect work in us.
Don’t forget the work of the Holy Spirit in all of this. He is continually working in us; teaching, interceding, and backing our faith and patience with His mighty power.
Suffering is more often than not the result of an attack of Satan. He is the one who comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10)
Jesus himself declared “I have come to destroy the works of the devil” (1 John 3:8)
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Troubles may come our way, but through the goodness of God, He will always make a way for us to triumph. (2 Cor 2:14)
1 John 5:4 “ For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith”.
Instead of being on the defensive, always just waiting for the next bad thing to happen, why not instead you go on the offensive?
Exert the force of faith in your life and circumstances. If you aren’t “carrying” a dream, or believing for God to do anything in your life then start! Seek God; ask Him to plant the seed of a dream, a vision, a purpose for your life. If you are alive then He still has a plan for you.
Get into God’s word and discover for yourself that God wants to bless and prosper you, to give you a hope and a future. Don’t settle for less than what Jesus died and rose again to give you.
Today you put some pressure on and push back. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour you have resurrection, hardcore, devil stomping dynamo power on the inside of you! See where the real enemy and origin of the trial and pressure is coming from and make a stand.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ”. (Ephesians 6:12)
Make the devil sorry when you get out of bed in the morning.
Speak God’s promises, praise God, tell as many people as you can about His goodness. Count your blessings. Pray, believe and shout, because your faith and patience working together will overcome and cause “your promise” to arrive.
Prayer: Lord, help me to hold on to the promise you have spoken to me. Thank you that I have resurrection, hard core, devil stomping dynamo power on the inside of me that causes me to triumph. I stand in faith and patience. In Jesus Name Amen.