Color is but an occasional flame peeking out over still largely green landscapes… yet…creamy yellow gold startles my eyes in the way of sudden sunlight through a cloud as I drive around a corner. Here, it is already falling, collecting in piles, like treasure, at our feet…
Stirring a scurrying, scuttling schottische of promise on the wind…
For, I don’t see individual leaves in this line of yellow stretching out and winding round the corner… No, I see promise of the Glory that is fall, sure to come, and I believe.
But, do I need to SEE with my eyes to believe?
God whispers, “Do not look at only what you can see, touch or feel. If you begin to see the invisible through faith in Me, you can do the impossible. ” Like all the ordinary, human “Hall of Fame-rs” whose stories we find in Hebrews 11 (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham…) .
Like you and I, none of them is perfect…they simply made the decision to receive what God had promised by taking God at His Word and clinging to it. By Faith. Saying only what they heard the Father say… declaring a thing so, against all signs to the contrary, before they saw it. Holding fast to assurance in what they could not yet see. Encouraging us too, NOT to see things as they appear in the here and now, but to envision the promise as already fulfilled on His say so… and to hold on through thanksgiving that it is already a done thing, sure as fall coming, in Him.
Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence,
for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.
~ Hebrews 10:35 [Amplified]
Quick! Would you classify worry as a sign of deeply caring for someone or something that is in desperate straits at the moment? That it is driven by your love and nurturing as a mom or dad, sister or brother?
Or… is it masquerading fear – propelled by the enemy – fear most of all that God just might not do what he said, after all? (The enemy is so cliche, isn’t he? Still hitting us with the false arrow he used in the Garden.)
“You don’t know what I’m going through night and day,’ you may answer, “the never knowing what stone is going to drop next, if my loved one will come through okay or fall off a cliff in the next ten minutes…the never knowing what I am going to come home to… the being afraid to answer the phone and hear of some terrible fate… I’ve prayed and prayed and prayed, but He just isn’t answering–“
I hear the crackling tears in your voice, and chokingly in my own, I DO know. I remember the days and nights and years of worrying… praying, standing on faith… desperation… worrying more. The calling out, “Where ARE you, God?”
God understands our cries, hears them, is moving behind the scenes in ways we cannot see…asking us to see our loved one outside of current time and wholly restored, but how do we cling on, in that War Room prayer sort of way, by faith?
Our beloved older son was so desperately lost and troubled, turning our lives and hearts in somersaults almost minute by minute, until my husband and I came to a strong resolution. By faith, we were going to stand on speaking out God’s Word as truer than anything, even more deeply than we had been doing throughout our whole married lives — no matter how long it took.
God has shown us we cannot look at what we see with our eyes, we told ourselves. We cannot listen to the bad reports we hear and get stuck there, or we will sink like Peter on the water. We have to grasp hold of fear each time it starts, recognize it as the devil’s sneer – “Ha! you think all your praying is going to make a difference! I’ve got him, and he’s going down… “
“No, you don’t, devil!” we began to exclaim. “We laugh in your face! You are under our feet. Because greater is our God who lives in us. We declare Jesus is greater in our son!”
Years went by when nothing seemed to change, and in some instances even escalate. Still we had to keep our eyes on what the Lord says and not what we saw. So we turned constantly to the Word, held it up to God and spoke it out. We spent long nights holding hands and declaring God’s promises over our boy.
“Lord, you said you are shield and a buckler around him,” we reminded Him, each time we heard some desperate news.
“Father, Thank you that our son is being transformed by the height and depth and breadth of your love! That your love is sinking deep down inside him now, reaching in and pulling him up out of the mire!” we praised when hearing what looked to be just the opposite happenstance.
I remember a time when we were out to dinner, finally relaxing after a long, weary week or so of speaking and teaching. A phone call came, announcing the worst scenario we could imagine. Fear started to wrap like a tight cloak around us till we heard the Holy Spirit above the roar…
‘I refuse to fear!” I proclaimed. “In Jesus’ Name, our son is restored and serving the Lord, whole and sound in every way…” In the natural we were not calm until the Word on our tongues spoke the invisible possible into a deeper picture of reality in our souls than what we could see and hear all round us. Peace, only God can give as we declare His promise as the greater truth.
Today, our son is happily married, serving God, joyously ministering to others – the invisible that was then has become the glorious answer we see today... That’s why I encourage you to never give up speaking out the Word over those you love! Cling to it when doubt comes in. Speak to the doubt and tell it to go in Jesus’ Name. For God’s love is a lion that won’t surrender when His Word is the banner over our prayers! In the same way, so must our Words of His Word be!
~ Cathy Mink
I’m so worried about [name].
God, is not answering.
What are we going to do?
[Fill in your own fear and/or doubtful phrase that keeps coming to your mind.]
(Determine that for as long as it takes, while you are driving, taking a break, making meals or whatever…to let each of these linger in your mind, on your tongue, and speak them aloud over the one on your heart! In the same way, seek the Lord for additional specific words from His word that apply to speaking over you and yours…)
- I refuse to fear! I have nothing to fear for the Lord is with me. I will not look around in terror and be dismayed, for the Lord says to me and mine – “I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes I will help you; yes I will hold you up and retain you with my victorious right hand of rightness and justice.” ~ from Isaiah 41:10
- Lord, you have promised that You Yourself will search for your sheep and look after them! As a shepherd, you look after [Name] your scattered flock! I proclaim your promise as already true! You have rescued [Name] and bring [Name] back to the land you have given. You yourself are tending [Name] in good pasture. [Name] is feeding even now on your rich pasture! You bind up the injured parts of [Name]. You strengthen [Name]. You have broken the yoke off[Name] and made them to know you are their Lord! ~ from Ezekiel 34:11 -27
- You Lord, have given [Name] a heart to know You, that You are Lord. [Name] is become God’s people and The Lord God Jehovah is their God! [Name] will return to God with all their heart! ~ from Jeremiah 24:7
- Thank you, Lord, for your glorious promise that you, yourself are a wall of fire around [Name]! You are the Glory within [Name] and Your Glory reigns over and transforms this situation in You! You have declared it so! I declare this with you! ~ from Zechariah 2:5
- Lord you are guiding [Name] always. You satisfy [Name’s] needs in a sun-scorched land. You strengthen [Name’s] frame. [Name] has become a well-watered garden, whose spring will never fail. ~ from Isaiah 58: 11
- O Lord, you search [Name] and you know [Name]. Where can [Name] go from your Spirit? No matter where they go – up to the heavens or down to depths – you are there. If they rise n wings of dawn or settle on the far side of the sea, your right hand is surely guiding [Name], holding [Name] fast. If [Name] says, ‘surely darkness will hide me,’ even the darkness will not be darkness to you. You have created [Name’s] inmost being. You knit [Name] together in the womb. All [Name’s] days are ordained for [Name] in your book! How precious are your thoughts toward [Name], O God. You never forget [Name] – How vast is the sum of your thoughts towards them! [Name] is engraved on the palms of your hands! You lead [Name] in the way everlasting! ~ from Psalm 139
© Pam Depoyan
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