Today is the thirteen day of my Face Book fast. If you’ve been following my blogs you’ll know that I believe God for some really amazing things. As I sit here on this wonderful day of rain I have been given a renewed vision of this dream.
This morning I awoke to have my devotions. Usually I make a list of those people I love and for whom I have concerns for as well as conversation with the Lord, but this morning it was strictly conversation with the Lord.
I told him about talking with folks about this vision and how I still talk a little nervously about it because my human self knows it sounds crazy.
It IS crazy.
But I know the Lord is with me. While I prayed, the Lord brought to mind a situation in the Old Testament with Isaiah and Ahaz, the king. I thought the verse was talking about the fear of people, but the verses I was thinking about didn’t say anything about that. The Lord told Ahaz (through Isaiah) “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm.” (Isaiah 7:9). This verse could be a blog all by itself, but it wasn’t really what I thought, so I set it aside.
I continued to pray then suddenly I was struck with a thought that stopped me dead center. I remembered (without reading it earlier) that Isaiah had told Ahaz to ask God for something large, huge… but Ahaz wouldn’t do it. I opened my Bible to Isaiah 7 and read the passage, verses 10-14
“Later the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz: ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want – as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.’
“But the king refused. ‘No,’ he said, ‘I will not test the Lord like that.’
“Then Isaiah said, ‘Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well? All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look!”
Since I don’t believe in coincidences I believe the Lord brought that verse to my mind. But I wondered why so I asked the Lord about it.
I asked the Lord if he was asking me to ask for something hard… harder. Not knowing the answer, I said, “if you’re asking me to do this then I would ask that the building I’m praying for be given to John and me.”
Now, remember I believe the Lord for something impossible anyway, so why not up the ante a little? The whole earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. He gives and he takes away and nothing is too hard for him.
Psalms 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
Jeremiah 32:27 I am the Lord, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?
Yes. Coleen has gone off the deep end, but remember, this whole dream is a dream to glorify the Lord in all I do. He is the one who can accomplish this and if he wants to use me it will glorify him that much more: I'm a drop out from the very first semester of college.
I know the Lord has spoken to me about this, especially after my prayers were over this morning.
After prayers I felt the need to write to our sons’ in-laws to let them know we pray for them. I also felt the need to send Bible verses. I started looking for Bible verses that would be encouragement to these couples; but instead of finding a verse to send these people, I kept getting verses for me:
Psalm 27:14 Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes. Wait patiently for the Lord.
Psalm 118:21 I thank you for answering my prayer and giving me victory!
Psalm 25:10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep his covenants and obey his demands.
And finally one that made me want to cry, “My heart has heard You say, “Come talk with Me,” and my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8
And so I have to shout Psalm 118: 21
I THANK YOU (LORD) FOR ANSWERING MY PRAYERS AND GIVING ME VICTORY!