Happy Easter! I know it has been a while since my last post, but like Emily said life has been busy and some rest was needed. The Lord has been working on my heart in so many areas that I have had trouble choosing which area to write about. I think the Father’s faithfulness is the best place to start. I love 1 Corinthians 1:9, especially the amplified version.
“God is faithful (reliable, trustworthy, and therefore ever true to His promise, and He can be depended on);” 1 Corinthians 1:9 AMP
I could sit and meditate on this verse all day long. Every time I read it just blesses me! It doesn’t say he is faithful sometimes or to some people but simply God is faithful. He is also reliable, trustworthy, dependable, and true to his promises. He is always faithful! How many times do we question the faithfulness of God when everything around us is falling apart or when it seems your prayers are going unanswered or unheard? How many times do we question his faithfulness when we are believing for children and month after month our period comes, we get a negative pregnancy test, or a negative doctor’s report? We need to stop questioning God’s faithfulness. God is not the variable, we are. God has already provided everything we will ever need in this life. When Jesus was beaten, bruised, hung on a cross, died for us, and rose again it was done. Over 2000 years ago Jesus provided all we will ever need for this life. The blood that Jesus shed is enough for any situation. He came to give us the abundant life (John 10:10), and it is up to us to receive the abundant life that has already been provided for us. How do we do that? By resting in what has been done for us by Jesus (I encourage you to read Hebrews 4 and get a understanding of what it means to rest in the Lord and how we labor to enter that rest). By renewing our minds with the Word and letting it become more true to us than anything. By confessing the Word and what you believe over yourself, which will build your faith. By learning what we have been promised in the Word of God so we can receive the promises by faith. By learning to walk by faith and see with our spiritual eyes, and rely less on what our natural eyes see. By letting the Word of God become more true to you than anything in the natural and let it fully convince you that what the Lord has promised he is also able to perform. I encourage you to read the whole chapter of Romans 4 about how Abraham received his promised child Isaac through faith.
“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
This is the attitude we need to have. Not only in the area of children, but in all areas of our life. The word of God always trumps any natural circumstances. We need to let the Word of God fully convince us and stop considering what we see in the natural. I know it seems hard to stand when you have been waiting for a long period of time for children (or any promise), and you begin to feel weak. Sometimes your heart just aches and feels broken, and your mind begins to wonder if the promise will ever come true. Don’t let the pain you feel cause you to question God’s faithfulness. I don’t know your story, but if there is one thing I do know it is that my Father is always faithful, and that he cares about my heartache. The Father sent the Holy Spirit to be our comforter and he will comfort you and help mend your heart. Don’t fall into the trap of self-pity. Just continue to trust in the faithfulness of the Father, stand on the promises he has given you, and rest knowing it has already been done for you. Cast out any thought of unbelief, and in its place put the scripture of the promise you are standing on in its place. Thank him for what he has already done and is doing in your life. Remind yourself of how he has been faithful to you in the past, and study out His faithfulness in the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom, and be obedient to what he is telling you to do. Continually renew your mind. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to renew your mind in the Word. Remember to keep your eyes focused on Jesus and not your circumstances. Also find other godly women to pray with you and support you. I am learning myself how important it is to have other godly women in my life that I can trust and go to with whatever is going on in my life. You don’t have to bear your burdens alone, and the word tells us to bear each other’s burdens.
Since last June, I have gotten negative doctor report, after negative doctor report to the point where the doctors are questioning whether I can even have children. After every negative report, I had a choice to stand on the word or to wallow in self-pity and give up. The self-pity thoughts would come and sometimes I dwelled on them more than I should have, but the promises of God that I have written on my heart would rise up in me and cast out those thoughts of self-pity. But the one thing that keeps me strong more than the promises of God, is knowing that my Father is faithful to those promises. Knowing that my God is faithful, and that he has already provided the healing for whatever has been hindering my ability to conceive children to me trumps any negative report. I don’t care what the doctors say I refuse to believe that I can’t have children because the Word of God says I can, and I put more emphasis on what my God says than what the doctors say. It took me a long time to get to that place and had I gone to the doctor sooner and gotten the negative reports I would not have been so strong. This is why I emphasize renewing your mind in the Word because you need to get it in your heart and get revelation of it if you are to stand on it. I want to encourage you to study out the character of God, his faithfulness, and learn to know him as your loving Father. Knowing God as my loving Father and his character made the promises of God come alive to me in a way they never had and it changed the way I read the Bible. Also study out who you are in Christ and what has been done for you.
“By faith Sarah herself received the power to conceive, even when she was past age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.”
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. “
“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”