At times, we all come to the place where we are believing God for something specific we are working hard and praying hard but still do not see the breakthrough we need. At this particular time, I find myself in this place, both in ministry and personally.
Through my Bible reading, emails, text messages, and other confirming words of the Lord, God has spoken an encouraging and guiding word to me this week. Although this applies to life well beyond our ministries, it is especially applicable to the situation at Global Action.
My recent Bible reading has been in the book of Exodus, from the deliverance out of Egypt into the wilderness, from great provision to great complaining, to great covenant and promises and victory. God gave Moses a task…to lead His people out of slavery and domination into the land that He promised them. Although it never seemed easy, and things always seemed so difficult just before deliverance came, He always provided what they needed and deliverance did come EVERY time. Not always did the children of Israel have foresight and faith that God would come through but Moses knew that He would somehow.
God has given us a task…to lead people out of slavery and domination into a life He has promised them. We don’t always see with our natural eyes how we can do this but we, as leaders, must see this with our eyes of faith. When there seems to be less provision than we think we need, when we are hungry and thirsty, when we seem to be going in circles, when others seem to have all they need and we don’t, those are the times when we absolutely must remember the mission and press forward.
We have prayed. We have worked hard. Now is the time, more than ever to add deeper faith to our prayers and hard work. Faith is the currency of heaven. Faith moves mountains. Faith is holding on to the covenant and the promises of God.
My father recently shared when he was going through a very tough time with one of his children, and no, not me. He and my mother had prayed and had done everything they knew to do but there was no still no breakthrough. At that point, he began to go through the scripture and every time he found a promise for children, he put a “C”, for “covenant”, next to it. He began to insert the name of his child and claim God’s promise for that child. He turned God’s promises into the first person tense and made it personal. Eventually, he and my mother saw incredible breakthrough, at a most unexpected time.
Holding God to His word, we must make His promises personal, in our ministries and in our own lives. I encourage each one of you to begin to meditate on His promises to us and not generally speaking but to insert our name into the blank.
Here are a few that I am standing on:
“I am the Lord…I have established My covenant with Phil Long, to give him the land, the land of his pilgrimage, in which I am a stranger…and I have remembered my covenant. I will bring you out from under the burdens…I will rescue you from your bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I will take you as son and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens. I will bring you into the land which I swore to give you and will give it to Phil as a heritage: I am the Lord.”“Phil, Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He promises to make our paths straight.”“Phil, you can do all things through Christ that strengthens you!”"If Phil will seek me and my kingdom first I will provide everything you need so don't worry.”“Delight yourself in me, Phil, and I will give you your heart’s desire.”“Come to me, Phil, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you instead of the burdens of ministry provision for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”God granted Abraham the promise through his faith not by sacrifice or through the law. God gave him a promise and he believed God. Romans 4And on and on...Not enemies, not finances, not discouragement, not anything will stand in our way from accomplishing His task for us or receiving His blessings. Stay the course, believe in faith, and encourage others to do the same. If you are lacking in faith, ask God as the disciples did in Luke 17:5, “Lord, increase my faith.” I have to do that regularly!
You can do whatever God has asked you to do!