Thursday, April 10, 2014
"On Fire": Believe in Your Faith. Not in Your Circumstances.
"And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform."---Romans 4:19-21(NKJV)
While I was penning a devotional today...
I "happened upon" (Proverbs 16:33-AMP) the Scripture up top *and immediately*, some of the "On Fire" women came to mind.
Now I will say this: It's one thing to want something so badly that you *assume* God promised it and indeed, if wanting a husband is so consuming for you that you haven't even consulted God's actual plans for your life, that is something that you should do. As soon as possible. First. After all, it was Christ himself who said this on the topic of marriage:
"But Jesus said, 'Not everyone is mature enough to live a married life. It requires a certain aptitude and grace. Marriage isn’t for everyone. Some, from birth seemingly, never give marriage a thought. Others never get asked—or accepted. And some decide not to get married for kingdom reasons. But if you’re capable of growing into the largeness of marriage, do it.'"---Matthew 19:11-12(Message)
Spiritual maturity is needed to be married. (Hebrews 5:12-14)
Capability and grace are required to be married.
This is not something that we should presume that we already have. It's something to ask the Father about.
That said, if you are someone who believes (Mark 9:23) that you are called to be married (callings are irrevocable, right?-Romans 11:29) and you're wondering how/when you'll be married, then the Scripture is *especially* for you. Right at this very moment.
The beautiful thing about Abraham and Sarah's story is that even with their age and reproductive issues, it didn't change the fact that God made a promise (Genesis 15) and since God cannot lie (Titus 1:2), *he had to keep it*. And so, although it was "Genesis 15" when God first said that he would cause Abraham's lineage to grow and yet it was "Genesis 21" before Isaac was born, *Isaac was still born*. Just as God said that he would be.
In part, because of God's word, no doubt...
But don't forget the other things that played a direct role too:
1) Abraham believing in the promise and not wavering; no matter what. (James 1:1-8)
2) Abraham *giving glory to God* for the promise. (When's the last time you did that?)
3) Abraham being *fully convinced* that what God promised, he was able to perform.
This is a powerful formula, y'all and it's definitely to ponder (Proverbs 4:26) within ourselves.
If indeed God has promised you (PROMISED YOU) that he will bring you to a husband (Genesis 2:22), no matter how "barren" you may feel at this moment (or up the pike), are you following Abraham's model?
Do you believe in God's promise...unwaveringly so?
Are you praising God, even now?
And are you *fully convinced* that God can/will do just what he said?
It's *that* kind of mindset that moves God's heart and makes things happen:
"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise."---Hebrews 6:15(NKJV)
That verse? That is also referring to Abraham.
I know God needed someone to get this today.
You don't have to worry about God keeping his promises to you. *That's his job*. (Oh, and please avoid "making a relationship happen" like Abraham and Sarah *made an Ishmael* because Sarah was, well, wavering in her faith [Genesis 16]. God is fully capable of manifesting his promise to you. Avoid "putting a promise together" on your own.)
You simply need to discipline yourself enough to...
Believe in your faith. Not in your circumstances.