Lately my life has been turned upside down but also I finally got it all surrendered to Him and now I’ve had a couple of days of pure joy. To explain a little: I was ill last week, then I lost a crown before even feeling totally better. The combination of it all along with me being at home alone most days for more than a week, even with my husband going to Tampa without me for the weekend and on and on, had left me in a real slump. I’m always still praising and thanking the Lord (never go that far away – all praise and glory to Him) but I, too, am human. I’ve got a past history of wanting to just keep isolating myself and going into a raging fit like a lunatic, slamming doors & yelling until I finally give up and give it all to Him. (Thank the Lord it seems that anymore when I have these spells of weakness He seems to keep everyone away….oh am I thankful). Well, while reading this devotional, I had a vision in my mind’s eye of a pinball machine. Please think of this while reading this devotional and comment to me, if you will, please:
IN THE FACE OF IMPOSSIBILITIES
“Being not weak in faith, (Abraham) considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb” (Romans 4:19).
The essence of true faith is found in this single verse. God had just promised Abraham he would have a son, one who would become the seed of many nations. Remarkably, Abraham didn’t flinch at this promise, even though he was well past the age of siring children. Instead, when Abraham received this word from the Lord, we’re told he “considered not his own body now dead (nor)…the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”
To the natural mind, it was impossible for this promise to be fulfilled. But Abraham didn’t dwell on any such impossibility. According to Paul, the patriarch gave no thought to how God would keep his promise. He didn’t reason with God, “But, Lord, I have no seed to plant. And Sarah has no life in her womb to conceive. My wife is past the ability to bear children. So, how will you do it, Lord?” Instead of entertaining such questions, Abraham simply “considered not.”
The fact is, when God is at work producing a faith that is tried and better than gold, he first puts a sentence of death on all human resources. He closes the door to all human reasoning, bypassing every means of a rational deliverance.
The faith that pleases God is born in a place of deadness. I’m speaking here of the deadness of all human possibilities. It is a place where man-made plans flourish at first and then die. It is a place where human hopes bring temporary relief but soon crash, adding to a sense of helplessness. Have you been at this place of deadness? Has it seemed you have no options left? You can’t call someone to advise you. The heavens are like brass when you pray, your requests falling to the ground.
I declare to you, this is God at work. His Spirit is working to get you to stop considering the impossibilities—to stop looking to human ways and means—to stop trying to think your way out of your situation. The Holy Ghost is urging you,
“Quit hunting for help from some man. And quit focusing on how hopeless you think your situation is. Those are hindrances to your faith.”
by David Wilkerson
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