"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you." - Mark 11;24
We must continue to maintain the environment of expectation. Think of the environment of expectation as a garden. To reap a good harvest from a garden, the garden must be maintained. Gardens must be weeded, watered and cared for on a consistent basis.
It is the same with the soil of our hearts. When we plant the seed of the word in our hearts, we must be sure that the lies of the enemy (weeds) don't choke out the nourishment needed for the seed to grow. This is why we must spend quality time with the Lord and ask Him to open the eyes of our hearts. He is faithful to speak and show us areas of our hearts and mind that need attention.
A BIRTHING SEASON
The key is to keep maintaining an atmosphere where expectations can continue to arise until the vision is finally fulfilled. We must also be careful to not compare ourselves with others and their progress as this will only fuel more disappointment and frustration. Each of us has our own unique assignments from the Lord and He will bring breakthroughs forth in His divine timing.
God is giving us strategies when it appears that nothing is happening. Spiritually speaking, we must believe that we have the promise, the favor of God, and the breakthrough BEFORE it manifests.
2 Kings 3 begins with Joram, the King of Israel, setting out with Jehoshaphat, the King of Judah and the King of Edom into battle against Moab. After a seven-day march, they were OUT OF WATER for themselves and their livestock.
Vs 10) "What!" exclaimed the king of Israel. "Has the Lord called us three kings together only to hand us over to Moab?"
Vs 11) But Jehoshaphat asked, "Is there no prophet of the Lord here, that we may inquire of the Lord through him?"
An officer of the king of Israel answered, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to pour water on the hands of Elijah."
Vs 12) Jehoshaphat said, "The word of the Lord is with him." So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
Jehoshaphat suggests to the others that they inquire of the Lord through Elisha, the prophet. Elisha responded when the three kings asked for his help. He asked for a minstrel! He had a harpist begin to CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT FOR WORSHIP! And during worship, the hand of the Lord came upon Elisha and he said:
"This is what the Lord says: Make this valley full of ditches. For this is what the Lord says: You will see neither wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle and your other animals will drink. This is an easy thing in the eyes of the Lord; He will also hand Moab over to you. You will overthrow every fortified city and every major town. You will cut down every good tree, stop up all the springs, and ruin every good field with stones." 2 Kings 3:15-19
This passage speaks to us today concerning the power of worship! When we are dry – worship! When everything seems hopeless – worship! When we need a miracle – worship! When we worship, the hand of the Lord comes upon us and we receive what we need!
The Lord said to begin digging ditches, even though they would see no wind and no rain at all, yet the valley would be filled with enough water for them and their livestock. Even when we can't see the promises being fulfilled, God is fulfilling them! Yes, begin digging your ditches. Even if you don't see anything occurring in the natural, God is faithful to fulfill His Word!
God told them: "This is an easy thing for the Lord!" Yes, it's easy for God to move your mountain. It's easy for Him to fulfill His promise. All we have to do is our part – begin digging! Act upon His Word; believe what He says and He will do His part. When you worship, you are digging ditches. Whenever you pray and/or intercede, you are digging ditches! Renewing your mind to the truths of God's Word is digging ditches. Believing His Word and applying faith to promises is another example of digging ditches! He is promising you today, just as He did to the three kings, that He will empower you to defeat your enemies.
THE LAND FLOWED WITH WATER
Scripture states that the next morning (after they dug those ditches!) the land was flowing with water from Edom. What would have happened if they hadn't dug those ditches?
Most likely, there would be no water; why take a chance to not dig? Why don't we believe God when He gives us a promise, even though the odds are stacked up against anything miraculous? I'm certain the three kings were excited they dug those ditches, even if it took a while. So water they got and victory over their enemies.
DIG THOSE DITCHES
It is time to believe the Word of the Lord and begin digging those ditches. But also we should remember that standing on the promises of God involves a level of spiritual warfare. Paul encouraged his spiritual son, Timothy, with this important key "...according to the prophecies which led the way to you, that by them you may wage the good warfare" (1 Timothy 1:18).
In other words, for each of us today, we need to take our promises and prophetic words that speak concerning the certainty of our future and wage warfare over them. Israel was told by God that their inheritance was the Promised Land, however, Israel had to drive out the enemies from their land of promise!
The Lord is encouraging you to take a firm stand, hold onto our promises, and maintain an atmosphere of faith and expectancy. Pull out every lie and every weed in your garden of faith and believe... believe... believe! There is NOTHING too difficult for God!
ALBERT FINCH MINISTRY