We live in an instant world. Drive through take away, microwave oven food: ready in 3 minutes. Unfortunately we have brought this into the church but we have to understand that the ways of God are not always instant.
Let’s look at an example in scripture:
After the flood, God said that man’s days would be 120 ( Genesis 6: 3), however do you know that it took a while for the physical manifestation of that word to fully come to pass? The Word was spoken, however it took time to be become effective in the earth, As a matter of fact, Noah lived for 950 years (Genesis 9: 29), even longer than Adam. Did that change Gods spoken word? No it did not, just as when you receive a word from the Lord. It will come to pass.
The pattern after the spoken word was that man’s life span started to decrease after the flood. Genesis 11: 10 gives the life span of the descendants of Noah.
Therefore when you receive a word, or you begin to make faith declarations the word is being effective. Even if you prayed and it appeared that the situation got worst, don’t be discouraged, Gods word is coming to pass. Remember that Noah after the spoken word lived until 590, and his son Shem, 600, Both lived longer than Adam but did that change what God said? No not at all. If you look at the pattern, Eber lived for 473 years and after that there was a big drop in age from 473 to 239 and so it continued to drop. Abraham died at 175 (Genesis 25:7), Joseph died at 110, Sarah 107. Today if someone lives slightly beyond 120 they are in the Guinness book of records, because it is rare.
According to this criterion, the longest human lifespan is that of Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who lived to the age of 122 years, 164 days.
As you stand believing God for your breakthrough, begin to thank Him for the improvements and gradual progress
Just as there was sudden drop from age 473 to age 239, so shall you make a sudden significant improvement until the full manifestation of what was spoken over your life, or whatever you are believing the Lord for according to His word comes to pass. God’s word cannot fail.
So hang in there. God is faithful!
When you look at the genealogy of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the book of Matthew, bearing in mind that David had many children, Jesus Christ actually came thorough Solomon.
The things of God are spiritually discerned. Now the question is, how sharp is your discernment?
1 Corinthians 2: 14 – 15 Amplified Version
But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters]. 15 But the spiritual man [the spiritually mature Christian] judges all things [questions, examines and applies what the Holy Spirit reveals], yet is himself judged by no one [the unbeliever cannot judge and understand the believer’s spiritual nature].
Moses was instructed to make the tabernacle after the pattern that he was shown (Exodus 25: 9) in other words, Moses did not just build his own thing.
One section of the tabernacle is described below:
Have you ever come across a difficult person in church, your home group or home church? The honest truth is that we are all work in process, and there are various reasons why a person can be out of character.
Galatians 1: 15- 19
15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace,
16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
17 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
19 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
Many of us have heard of the account in the bible where Moses disobeyed the commandment of the Lord. He was told to strike the rock, but he smote the rock. But if you pay close attention, it was both Moses and Aaron that were instructed and both paid the price for disobedience.
Many of us are familiar with the account of Abraham and his obedience when God asked him to offer up his only son. The account can be found in the 22nd chapter of Genesis. We have heard sermons of how faithful Abraham was in obeying the Lord, however have we ever thought about the impact on Isaac?
How we see God is so critical to our Christian walk. God is good (Psalm 34: 8, Psalm 145:9) and God is love (1 John 4: 8, 1 John 4: 16), these are just two of the many attributes of our loving father.
We need the eyes of our understanding to be enlightened to know who God really is. We need revelation knowledge (Ephesians 1: 18) to perceive and know our father.
Sacrifice is a step beyond convenience. Bill Johnson