“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)
I came across this verse the other day in my daily Chronological Study Bible (NKJV) reading and although I’d read it many times before, it stood out to me as never before. I wanted to weep because of the powerful impact the verse had on me. The Word of God literally transformed from a logos (written word) to a rhema (living word) before my very eyes! This, for me, was a seal of God’s approval on my current life situation as well as an encouragement to keep believing and trusting in His Word. The next verse in my mind and words out of my mouth were, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” Have you ever been there before?
In March of this year, I felt the need to visit my spiritual father. I needed to hear a word from him that would speak into and transform my situation. Real talk: being a twenty-something running your own business and building your own literary platforms is NOT easy. Yet I knew that that was what God had called me to do. Spiritually, I was sure, yet realistically I looked crazy. (You don’t have to be a Christian to feel this way, only a visionary.)
In November of 2011, a friend-of-a-friend offered me a very lucrative position in his company that suited the terms I was looking for job-wise (I was trying to set aside my business to look for a regular, temporary 9 to 5). Indeed it seems that he actually set up the position with me in mind. Yet, immediately after hanging up the phone with him, I had this sick feeling in the pit of my stomach that I knew meant I wasn’t supposed to take the job. Logically, everything about the job made sense—the ability to work remotely, the money, the employer, etc.—yet I knew spiritually, I wasn’t supposed to take it. I had no reason, no facts to back up my decision; only a feeling.
When it came time to start explaining why I wasn’t taking the job—never easy when loved ones are involved—I was at a loss. I was able to explain to my friend whose friend had suggested the position in the first place and he—after thorough questioning—left the matter to my judgment. However, my beloved mentor did not respond so well.
Months later, after I thought an understanding had been reached, he informed that he believed I had “missed it.” With all the love of a concerned father and friend, his words were not intended to harm or hurt, but they did. Yet I knew what I believed and despite the looks of my situation, I stuck to my guns. Fast forward to visiting my spiritual father.
I got EXACTLY what I needed from God! He gave my pastor the words I needed that would seal my actions and push me further in the right direction:
“I (God) didn’t call you to work for man; I called you to work for Me. I have called you to have your own business….I am going to give you ideas—every one is a business; write them down.”
It confirmed to me, not only my decision to pass up the job offer, but also the future of my company and the expansions, ideas, and inventions thereof! What an awesome word!
When God gives you a word, it will always be better, smarter, and wiser, than any piece of advice or direction your advisors, colleagues, and loved ones can give. Even if the world disagrees with you (which it often will), you must remain true to God’s Word!
Professional matters are not the only areas in which God can give you promises. More often than not, it has to do with some area of your personal life: relationships, family, friends, ministry, etc. I will not bore you with the details of my personal promises, but I will say this: just as all of Herod’s army was released to murder every single male-child aged two and under in attempt to kill Jesus, Satan too will release every distraction and destruction possible against you to discourage you from believing in and thus, receiving the fruit of your promise.
Just think about this: when the Virgin Mary was being prophesied to by her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1:45, she was living in a time when young women were stoned to death for sex outside of marriage—which is what most people would assume the teen had participated in, Mary’s divine conception did not appear to be a blessing or realistic. The only other logical alternative to Mary willfully fornicating would have been that she was raped, and with imaginations running rampant, people probably would have assumed little Mary was raped by a Roman soldier. Basically, unless she moved somewhere people didn’t know her, Mary’s reputation was totally shot. This is exactly what the enemy would love to do to your reputation.
Satan would love to cause you to doubt in the Word of the Lord for your life, but if you give in, you’ll be guilty of doubt which is the opposite of faith without which it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Dwelling in doubt will cause you to speak words that cancel out God’s promises and you don’t want that. Instead of giving into Satan’s deception of doubt, take your cue from me (and the man in the Bible) and cry out, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” That way, you admit your faith and ask God to increase it at the same time! God will ALWAYS cause His word to come to past. And when it does, you will indeed experience the “fulfillment of those things which were told” to you!
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