Standing on God's word is easy in speech, but walking this word, has been one of the more difficult, but necessary lessons I've learnt in this Christlike walk. As I have stated in previous posts, I have been in a 'wilderness season' for a number of years; in this season, all I have to stand on, is the promise of God that was spoken in the "secret place". What do you do when you look around and what you see contradicts what God said? What do you do when you have sown and watered, sown and watered, sown and watered and the fruit seem so small? What do you do when there are no options left, no options right, no options up or down? What do you do when you all you can see and feel is stuck? What do you do when depression, heaviness and sadness overtakes your heart and the only prayer you can offer are in the form of tears? I have learnt in this season, that the statement that seems so easy in speech, is all I can do in actuality; Stand on His Word!
Friends, when the Father gives us a word, it will be tested. You will be tested when you are full of faith and you will be tested when your faith seem to wane. I used to ask the Lord, why do we have to be tested like this? The Holy Spirit guided me to a simple response through a series of questions, how do you know friends are loyal and true? How do you know you are loved by another human? Can love exist without sacrifice? I answered each of these questions and realised that my relationship with God, though the most important relationship, is likened in nature to human relationships, the only thing is, unlike humans, He is perfect. You know your friends are loyal because of different events they 'ride out' with you. You know you are loved by someone because their actions towards you and sacrifice for you gives proof of what is in their hearts. The Father tests us because the true nature of our hearts is revealed by the fire or through tests. Some people walk away from God because He didn't answer their prayers the way they thought HE should, or He didn't move in the time they wanted; in other words, their faith in God and who God is,was dependent only on what He did for them. None of us want relationships where people walk away just because we didn't do what they wanted, when they wanted it; and I have learnt, neither does God. Many of us have had to repent because we wanted the blessing or the promise more Blessor or the Promisor. I too have had to repent for this very thing over the years. The Lord yearns for intimacy with us. Through the testing, He draws us to Himself so we can commune with Him, hear Him, be encouraged by Him, run to Him, and in that space, He gives whatever we need. Afterall, He is the I AM. Our intimacy with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, is of great importance if we are ever to triumph in a season where we have to stand on His word.
Now, even while I am still waiting, I know I must continue to be anchored to Him, and I encourage you to do the same. I know I am not the only one who is in the waiting room. If you are anchored, and remain anchored, despite the waves from the storm, your faith will remain. So friends, stand on His word, stay anchored to Him.
Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. Ephesian 3: 16 (AMP)