Some people spend their entire lives asking something of The Lord, and when they receive it they have no idea how to cultivate it.
Sometimes, ok a lot of times I make bad decisions as a Mom. Kind of like today when I woke up early to study the word and ended up hitting the snooze button. Suddenly I was achy and feverish. This resulted in a row of other bad decisions.
When I’m sick , my children see it as an opportunity to pray for me. Oh, and take advantage of my weakness. Mostly that last part. Rhema usually is the one that does it the most, bless her.
Trying to figure out the easiest thing to make for lunch, as Asher was home from school with a serious case of the sniffles as well… I raided my pantry and came up with , let’s all eat cereal. Then I realized we were out of milk. Blast.
” But we had that for breakfast mom!”
Oh yeah. Ok. What about grilled cheese?
” I want that chocolate cake !”
I wasn’t sure what came over me, but I cut her a slice. It could have been my feverish state, or just pure insanity but either way , she was confused.
” What’s this!?”
” Rhema , you just asked me for cake right?”
” Yes, but I didn’t think you would give it to me!”
Often times we ask our Father for things that either deep down we don’t really want, or wouldn’t know what to do with. Sometimes it’s material things, but in my life it’s been spiritual. Like a lot.
About a year ago during a conference at our church The Lord told me to ask my Dad for the first born blessing. It was as if I couldn’t control my mouth or my body asking him. After he blessed me with more spiritual anointing I knew in my heart I was in for a rough season. I knew also that I would come out victorious.
This morning as soon as I awoke I felt this expectancy in my spirit . I knew something was going to happen this week that would chance my course a little and open up doors for my ministry. The Lord asked me if I wanted this opportunity. Without skipping a beat I said yes to him.
A year ago, if he would have asked me this I would have been more reserved. Well, what about my children Father? Don’t they need me home 24/7? And my husband, won’t he miss me when I’m away , or busy with writing?
Calling out lies of the enemy is one of my new favorite hobbies. Some people enjoy fishing or swimming, some stamp collecting, but I just really like to call out Satans lying toosh.
So I knew after I said yes to the Lord I had to stick with it. He had me read the book of James last week, it really taught me that when we ask him for wisdom , in our hearts we need to be in a place to receive what he has to say. Otherwise, we are using our opinions of his will in place of his will for us.
I knew it was time to pull out every prophetic word spoken over my life , put them on the kitchen counter and read every single one. This took several hours, and by Gods grace my children were fed and didn’t kill each other.
I got out my old prayer journal and started stating words out loud. When our ears hear it , so does heaven. They are reminded of promises they have to fulfill.
A line immediately popped out to me:
” If he can push it through you, he will give it to you.”
The verse I received after I said yes to a life of ministry, whatever that may mean…. Was this :
5 “Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you:
A prophet to the nations—
that’s what I had in mind for you.”
6 But I said, “Hold it, Master God! Look at me.
I don’t know anything. I’m only a boy!”
7-8 God told me, “Don’t say, ‘I’m only a boy.’
I’ll tell you where to go and you’ll go there.
I’ll tell you what to say and you’ll say it.
Don’t be afraid of a soul.
I’ll be right there, looking after you.”
9-10 God reached out, touched my mouth, and said,
“Look! I’ve just put my words in your mouth—hand-delivered!
See what I’ve done? I’ve given you a job to do
among nations and governments—a red-letter day!
Your job is to pull up and tear down,
take apart and demolish,
And then start over, building and planting.”
After we receive a prophetic word, it’s important that we are trained. That we seek him to fulfill it. But I’m learning that often they are not instantaneous. Because they are conditional of our actions. We can’t just sit around and wait. We need to act.
I’m also learning that sometimes a word you receive is at the end of a rough season. Because you will further more want it, and go after it. Appreciate it.
So just like Rhema, when we ask for a piece of chocolate cake, don’t be surprised when he gives it to you. You’re supposed to eat it and enjoy it. Not sit and stare at it because you don’t have any milk.
And I really don’t have any milk.