" A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world." (John 16:21)
Faith! A wonderful word! In this day and age, we have heard great faith teachings and many of us have gotten wonderful breakthroughs. I, as well as many others in the body, have seen times in which we have gotten answers to prayer after prayer until we hit that wall. What happens when we hit that wall? Some of us get discouraged. Other times, we get mad at God. Some would even say that it is not God's will to have his promises.
But, friend, God's word is--- Yea and Amen (1) God is not a man that he should lie. If its a promise that is in his word, it will surely come to pass. In fact, Jesus did what he had to in the cross. He is seated on the right hand of the Father interceding for us so that we may be able to get a revelation of his word. He has given us ALL things that pertain to life and godliness (2). All that you need is already given to you!
If that is so, why don't we have it? Friend, God's promises are not going to fall down from heaven to you. There is a fight of faith. Take for example, salvation. Jesus died for the world and purchased salvation. In fact, he is not willing that any perish but that all come to repentance. So, what is the problem?
Again, the promises of God are not going to fall down on you from heaven---You have a part to do and that is to receive his word. Receiving Jesus as your Savior opens the door to salvation and it starts with your mouth. In fact, that is the pattern that God expects us to use in prayer. When we pray, we need to receive his word.
When circumstances arises and start talking to us, we need to receive the word and talk back to it. A good example is Mary. When she was visited by the angel Gabriel, she received the word. She did not argue with the angel nor allowed herself to be overcome by circumstances. She, just, received the word and became pregnant.(3)
Have you prayed and prayed, only to see it going from bad to worse? Have you confessed God's promises until you are blue in the face, only to see zero results? May I submit to you if you have done all you know what to do, but nothing has improved---You may have pregnant faith. When you receive God's word, it grows inside of you and when the promise is about to come to pass, there is travailing and birth pains. Breakthrough is about to take place!
See the picture above of the happy lady? That is what we are supposed to do, even in the midst of sorrows and pain. We need to PUSH. We need strength! How do we get strength? The joy of the Lord is our strength! (4) Rejoice, sing and start to dance. See the promise as a fact and believe me, within a short time, you will birth that promise.
So, don't give up. Fight the good fight of Faith. The devil has been defeated and with a song in your heart, your manifestation of God's promises will surely come to pass. Before I finish, let me end with this---My son and his wife were separated for 6 years. Family members were telling me to give up. It got worse, but I held on.
After six years, they came back together. I had experienced "birth pains", but after a while, I saw God's promise manifest itself. Too many of us give up and say---Oh well, its must be God's will for me. Don't blame God, but look at yourself and see where you have missed it. Chances are that you may have pregnant faith! If you do, remember to PUSH----The joy of the Lord is your strength! God bless!
Scriptures--- (1) I Cor 1:20
(2) II Peter 1:3
(3) Luke 1:38
(4) Neh 8:10
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