Thursday, July 18, 2013

WAITING ON THE LORD


Hebrews 10:23 "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised".

Isn't it amazing how we always like to take the easy road in life? We have become an 'instant' society in which everything comes either ready made, or partially made, so that we can produce results without too much effort. I think often the problem is not so much getting things done without any effort, but seeing the results. You don't mind making an effort if you start to see results for your effort. But when you have to continue pushing hard and you don't see the results, you start to get discouraged.

It is a bit like planting seeds. You place them in the ground and water them every day. But each day as you go out to water, you look anxiously for the sprouts that signal the growth you have been waiting for. And everyday you see nothing! Eventually you begin to wonder if all this effort is going to pay off. Have your seeds died perhaps? Did some creature come and eat them up when you were not looking? Or maybe they were bad seed and have all died. Perhaps the ground was too hard and is stopping them from coming up. These are the kind of thoughts that go through your mind as you go every day to check, and there is still no sign of growth.

Trusting the Lord is often like that. You put your faith out in prayer and in speaking forth the Word and you wait to see the results. But often instead of things coming right, they get worse. The situation that you have been praying about seems to intensify. Financial needs seem to increase, health seems to deteriorate. People seem to turn against you. The person you were hoping would change, goes from bad to worse. You begin to wonder if you are wasting your time standing on the Word and seeking the Lord.

But you know what happens with a plant? It germinates and begins to sprout under the ground. The root comes out and starts to go downwards into the ground. And then the plant stem starts to grow and push its way upwards towards the surface of the ground. And one day, quite suddenly, you see a whole bunch of these plant stems bursting through the surface of the earth and showing themselves. Where did this sudden growth come from? Did the plant suddenly start growing yesterday? No it was growing all along. You just couldn't see it. But now that it has shown itself, you notice all the growth that was taking place during those days when you faithfully watered it and waited.

Your faith and your prayers are very much like that. You are getting results without realizing it. Things are happening in the spiritual realm that you cannot see with your naked eyes. As you have prayed, God has begun to work in your situation. He has sent His angels to arrange things for you. They have been moving people into place and out of the way. They have been arranging circumstances that will be needed before the answer to your prayer could be manifested. They have been causing people to make decisions that would affect your life. And God has been speaking to those who are going to be involved in bringing about what you have asked for.

It has all been happening there behind the scenes, just like that plant sprouting forth under the earth. And then suddenly one day it all starts to happen - probably when you reach the point of despair and are ready to give up. And at times like this we are often tempted to think, "Wow I got lucky today." No you just began to reap the fruits of what you have sown over a long period of time.

So don't give up hope when you don't see things happen right away. And don't stop believing or praying. Don't give up your hope. By all means take a break every now and then. After all, if you forget to water the plants for one day, they will not die. But then after you have done all that you can, learn to just leave the end results to the Lord. And as you wait on Him, you will be surprised one of these days to suddenly see it all start to happen. The finances suddenly start coming in from nowhere, health returns and sickness becomes a dim memory, and peace and harmony come where there was strife.

It will surely happen for you. So expect it and do not give up hope. And above all - keep your faith out in the field.

Jesus Christ is Lord!
Pastor Edith

Sunday, July 14, 2013

CALL DOWN FIRE FROM HEAVEN



TEXT:   2 Chronicles 7:1 and 2 - Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord's house.

When was the last time fire came down from heaven when you prayed? Really - when was the last time you got knocked off your feet by the presence of God? Or was your last moment with the Lord something like, "Lord, thank you for a good day. Please guide me tomorrow and may the traffic not be too hectic?" Or do you spend your time in gossiping about others.

While it is great to bring to the Lord your every need and thought, when was the last time you prayed so deeply from your heart that the ground shook? When was the last time you felt the Lord move so mightily in your spirit that you felt lifted from this earth? I am not talking about a social meeting here with others, but rather your private time with the Father, where He shows you things for yourself and you tell Him such deep matters of the heart.

In the passage today Solomon had just prayed before the Lord in earnest, humbling himself before the Lord. In all his majesty and riches he groveled before the Lord, opening his heart in a very personal way. You become so used to normal everyday prayer times that you limit the Lord from showering fire from heaven. He has a great outpouring just for you and you need to stop long enough and get earnest enough for the Lord to give it to you! You need to seek it, you need to desire it, and you need to expect it.

I am not just talking about a once off experience here. I am talking about that fire coming down so strongly that it lasts, just like the priests could not walk on the ground because it was so saturated with the presence of the Lord. When was the last time people fell under the power when you walked past? When was the last time God was so alive in you that the very air buzzed around you as you walked; that people were influenced by the spirit in you, and that their lives were changed just by your being in the same room?

You think it is impossible? Tell that to Elisha, who was so filled with the Spirit of God that his dead bones brought a man back to life! Each of us has that awesome power within us. I challenge you today to take that power, to tap into your spirit and use the resources the Lord has given you. I encourage you to take that fire within you, fan it, encourage it and revel in it until it is an inferno that you pour upon others - changing their outlook, changing their hearts and changing their lives.

Jesus Christ is Lord!
Edith Chima