Expect Great Rain

I was recently looking at the life of Elijah. I love the stories of the Old Testament. I get so many life lessons from them.

Elijah’s servant had a front row seat to how God miraculous worked through this man of God. One instance was when the three-year famine was about to come to an end.

Elijah told his servant, “There is a sound of abundance of rain” (1 Kings 18:41). While on Mt. Carmel, Elijah was so confidant rain was coming and the end of the three-year famine was upon them, he sent his servant to look for coming rain. But nothing.

Every time the servant returned to report NO RAIN, Elijah sent him back because his expectation was of the Lord. It was not until the SEVENTH time, the servant was able to report: “…Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand” (v. 44). Not long after that, the heaven was black with clouds, wind and there was a “great rain” (v 45).

You’ve been waiting. You’ve been praying. You keep going to God – MORE than seven times. But nothing.

Has God made a promise to you? How long has it been since you received that Word? Are you weary? Battle weary? Has your faith wavered? Are you wondering if you truly heard from God? Have all you seen was a “little cloud”?

He’s promised you that husband. He’s promised you that baby. He’s promised you deliverance of that child. He has promised to raise you up off your bed of affliction. He has promised you restoration in your marriage…the salvation of your children. What has He promised YOU?

Keep going back to God. Put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26). Nothing He has promised you shall fail.

“Look toward the sea” (43). Look with expectation. Expect a “great rain” (45). To borrow the words of singer Sinach: God is a way maker, miracle worker, light in the darkness.” He is a promise-keeping God.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Preparing to Receive!


You wouldn’t believe some of the things I have done in faith. There are some things, if I share, I would be labelled desperate or crazy! Nevertheless, I am of the firm belief in preparing for what I’ve prayed for. The Word says in Psalm 84 v 11 that God will not withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly. I also once read that the highest form of faith is preparation.

In fact, I remember when my daughter was in her final semester of college and had to do independent study for a course because she was the only one requiring it at that time to graduate. We certainly had some road blocks including her application reportedly being lost at one point. However, like I told her, she was in that institution for too long! I said, “Dis ya last semester!” And I was serious!

In faith, I took out my old graduation rob that she was also to wear and I hung it in the front of the closet in an act of faith. I eyed that rob everyday as it hung front and centre outside the closet. I prayed in faith, taking the matter to the Lord with expectation that He would open the door. And with the help of the Lord, she got the independent study release aproved the FINAL day of registration. She literally ran onto the line, slipping in moments before the line was cut off. That May, she graduated and it was not luck! Thanks be to God!

I also had a dear friend of mine whom I was joining in prayer for a baby. I believe faith without works is dead, so what did I do? In faith, I went to the store and bought her a few baby items and had them wrapped. I told her to open it with her husband. They were both pleasantly surprised. It was simply an act of preparing for what we were praying for!

And no, God is no magician with some magic wand, but I believe in calling those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4 v 17) and walking by faith – not by sight (2 Corinthians 5 v 7).

You might ask, “What if God doesn’t grant the desire?” Well, ultimately He is sovereign and His will be done, but don’t let it be because you lacked the faith that He is more than able! Trust Him even when you can’t trace Him.

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

The Faith of Chesea Taylor’s Mom

Photo credit: relevantmagazine.com

This is Chelsea Taylor. In this photo taken on Sunday past – just six days ago – she was lifting her hand and voice in praise and worship to the Lord, Almighty. The Hillsong worship leader fell ill shortly after exiting the stage of the church, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and was rushed to the hospital, where she underwent a reported nine hours of brain surgery. She had an aneurysm.

Chelsea is still alive and we thank God! We pray that God would lift her off her sick bed and work a miracle. In fact, what is so amazing is Chelesa was out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) by Tuesday, when it was expected she would be in there for three weeks! And on Thursday, she was able to venture out of her room and down the hall – even eat breakfast! LOOKA OUR GOD!!!! Hallelujah!

But it’s Chelsea’s mother’s faith that resonated with me. Her mom said:

“She walked into church Sunday morning in her white sneakers! I am taking them into her room today as A declaration of Faith that she is going to walk out of this hospital 100 percent healed in Jesus’ mighty name.”

Chelsea in her white sneakers.

Chelsea’s mother is putting faith to action. Faith without works is DEAD (James 2 v 26)! She is believing for her daughter’s recovery. “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5 v 7). It is my prayer that Chelsea would walk out of the hospital in these sneakers and eventually into that worship centre in them, to glorify God in the precious name of Jesus! May He raise her up that others would believe!

Take a listen to a sample of one of Hillsong’s beautiful worship songs, What a Beautiful Name. May Chelsea continue to call on that name!

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah

Six Lessons Hannah Taught Me

No matter how many times I study Hannah’s life over the years (1 Samuel 1 to 2 v 1-11 and 18-26), it always inspires me. Here is what I learned:

1) Take Your Desires and Problems to God

Hannah wanted a child badly. She craved, yearned…deeply wanted a baby. We learn in 1 Samuel 1 that this took a toll on her emotionally and physically to the point “she was in bitterness of soul…and wept sore” (10). She also confessed to being, “a woman of sorrowful spirit” (15) and described herself as being in “grief” (16). Interestingly, it was GOD who, “shut up her womb” (5). What exacerbated the matter, was that her husband’s other wife – who had children – provoked her to the point she did not eat and wept sorely. She considered being barren as “an affliction” (11).  Here we read descriptors that give vivid imagery of how deeply she desired a child! In fact, she “poured out (her) soul before the Lord” (15). She took it to the Lord in prayer. You too ought to take everything to God in prayer.

2) Be Specific with Requests

Hannah was quite bold to the point, she struck a bargain with God, in my opinion. She negotiated: You give me a male child and I will give him back to serve you all of his days. 

Honestly, I do not bargain with God, but I do admire how specific she was with her request for a son. I do believe because God already knows our hearts anyhow, as Christians, we can boldly approach His throne of grace, letting our requests be known unto Him, as encouraged by Paul. Be specific.

3) Believe the Word God has Given You

The priest, Eli, thought Hannah was drunk while in the temple as her lips were moving, but her words were not audible. However, Hannah shared that she was grieved and presenting her petition to God.

Eli told her, “Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou has asked of him” (17). 

This so pleased Hannah, she ate and her countenance changed.

Clearly, she believed the word of the priest; how much more should we take God at His Word? He will do what He said He will do! Hallelujah!!

4) Worship While You Wait

Hannah and her husband rose early the next day and worshipped the Lord. THEN, when they returned to their house, she and her husband were intimate and “the Lord remembered her” (19).

I love the fact that she had such faith in the word of the priest – whose word was ultimately from God – that she worshipped even before there was physical evidence of conception. She believed and acted upon that belief.

I encourage you to worship God in faith, as you wait for the promise, whether the promise of that baby, the promise of your husband, your wife, that house, job…the promise of God opening that door for you…the promise of healing.

I once read that the posture of holding our hands out to the Lord while we wait for what we desire, is the same posture of worship. Worship while you wait.

5) Pay Your Vows 

Solomon tells us, it is better to NOT vow than to vow and not pay (Ecclesiastes 5 v 5). Whenever we vow, we MUST keep our end of it, whether vows made on our wedding day or a vow to God Almighty. 

Hannah kept her vow to God. When her son, Samuel was weaned, she took him to the temple to serve the Lord with Eli, seemingly only seeing him once a year when she and her husband visited to offer the yearly sacrifice.

6) God does the Exceeding Abundantly

Hannah requested ONE son, but I believe because of her faith AND her faithfulness, God honoured her. He opened the flood gates of heaven and poured out a blessing upon Hannah, giving her THREE more sons and TWO daughters.  LOOKA GOD!!!! (one of my FAVOURITE sayings!) He showed up and showed out! The exceeding abundantly above what we can ever ask or think GOD!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!!

Isn’t it beautiful when we can receive so many lessons from one story in God’s Word??!! Remember, the God of Hannah, is the SAME God yesterday…today…forever!!!!

Growing in Christ,

Hadassah