What do we do when what we hear around us is in opposition to what we are praying for? A man’s natural propensity is to doubt that eventually brings confusion and fear. Sometimes even a mature believer reacts the same way, but the beauty of being the redeemed of the Lord is is that the Holy Spirit is always ever ready to quicken and convict us of our righteousness in Christ. It is He Who reminds us to BE STILL and KNOW that God is God!
I have been praying for someone’s deliverance for over a decade now. A couple of months ago, I heard the good news of his improvement. His family and friends celebrated him. I was equally thankful to God together with everyone else around him who have been praying for him. But, much to my surprise, recently I heard that he is back in bondage again.
My first response was to check my heart if there was any doubt that surfaced from deep within me. Thankfully, there was none. God’s grace and mercy sustained me in the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. He kept me still and brought to my remembrance the promise that He gave me years ago.
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11 AMPC)
Who can question what He knows? The beginning of the verse emphasized His ultimate and absolute knowledge of you and me, “FOR I KNOW … “! That itself should bring comfort and peace into our very being and super-override the voice of the enemy. The One Who created the universe by the word of His power KNOWS and He has SPOKEN!
When the Holy Spirit lifts the veil for us to have a revelation of His word, light pierces in that displaces darkness. He enables us to think right and believe right. He allows us to hear His still small voice. It may seem like a gentle whisper but it comes across inside our hearts magnified that one can never miss it. No amount of stony heart can stay hard enough when He speaks. Instead, it becomes a heart of flesh, formable and transformable.
The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
The God of glory thunders;
The Lord is over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars,
Yes, the Lord splinters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes them also skip like a calf,
Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness;
The Lord shakes the Wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth,
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everyone says, “Glory!” (Psalm 29:3-9)
When He speaks, He also enables us to paint the picture inside of us of what He has spoken, and when we SEE it, He is ready to perform His word.
“Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” (Jeremiah 1:11-12)
The enemy is always on a lookout whom he can devour. It is just but his job to shake us to discredit what the Lord has spoken. But God Who is rich in mercy and abounding in love is much more on a lookout whom He can continually reveal Himself to. “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) His intimate nearness is clothing us. But it takes stillness in our hearts to be able to recognize and acknowledge His continual presence. When we do, the joy of the Lord starts to arise and strengthen us. Once our hearts are filled and re-established in His presence, out of the abundance of what has been deposited in us will flow out.
Before we know it, decrees and declarations come out effortlessly from our mouths that changes the atmosphere of where we are at. We know how powerful our words are and how we can frame our world with our own words. When we give voice to His word, mountains melt like wax. Our confidence in Him shoots up and puts us back on track in believing Who He says He is, that “He is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man that He will change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19) What He has spoken, SURELY He will make it come to pass.
Let our hearts then be anchored in the HOPE that never disappoints. Jesus is the HOPE of glory. All because of His finished work, we can be confident that He Who began a good work in us is faithful to finish it. We can be assured that we shall SEE the goodness of God in the land of the living. We can joyfully anticipate and expect that He will make all His goodness pass before our very eyes just as He has promised.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You, for Your grace and mercy that sustain us at all times. Although we may see and hear things that go against Your spoken promise, You are faithful to pursue, intercede and strengthen us. You never sleep nor slumber and are always on lookout, ever committed to be always with us, never leaving us nor forsaking us. Thank You, Jesus, for sealing us into this new covenant with better promises. When You said, “IT IS FINISHED!”, who can come against what You have decreed. We indeed SHALL SEE Your goodness in the land of the living. Thank You, Holy Spirit, for choosing us to be Your dwelling place. Have Your way in us. Amen!