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God’s timing is not always our timing; but His timing is always perfect.
Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels? It seems as though no matter what you do, nothing changes. You continue pressing forward, but everything stays the same. You don’t see anything changing. I think that sometimes God wants to do something in the present moment of our lives, but maybe we are not in agreement with Him. We must declare His vision for our futures, for our lives. How do we do that? Choose carefully, the words that you speak. Speak life over yourself, over your family, over all that God has given to you.
Has God given you a promise but you have yet to see it fulfilled? Have you given up because the word or the vision that God gave you years ago seems as if it will never come to pass? Have the days and years gone by, and you’ve become discouraged? Maybe you need to change the words that you speak.
God told Abram that he would be the Father of many nations. It was actually 25 years from the time that God gave Abram the promise and the time that Isaac was born. The name Abram means Exalted Father; and the name Abraham means Father of many Nations. The name Sarai means Princess; and the name Sarah means Princess of many. In Genesis 17 God changed both of their names from the singular form to the plural form. I’m sure Abram didn’t understand how this was going to happen since he and Sarah were so old, but the Bible says that Abram believed God’s promise. Genesis 15:6 says, “And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.”
They had waited 24 years for God’s promise to take place. Abram even tried to help God’s prophecy along by having a child with Hagar. We have all done that at times. We think that God needs our help. You have to remember that Abraham was 99 years old, and the Bible says Sarah was beyond the child bearing age. When their names were changed, every time they called out to one another, they were speaking – declaring God’s promise over one another.
Their words had to change. We don’t know what words were spoken during that 24 years before God changed their names. Maybe they were grumbling about their lives and how it was turning out. Maybe days and years went by and they gave up. Maybe they settled to live in the place they were because hopelessness told them nothing would ever change. Yes, we are to be content with where we are in life; but what if God has more for us? Being complacent in a place where we’re not supposed to be will not bring contentment. It will probably be a breeding ground for negativity, discouragement, hopelessness, confusion and more.
I love how the Lord allowed them to walk their own way for 24 years; but then one day it was as if God said, ok, enough is enough. I’m going to help them change their destiny by changing their words. We know the story, after God changed their names to Abraham and Sarah, Isaac was born one year later.
Sometimes we need to be reminded about the words we speak. Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV) says: 21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Let’s declare through positive words our destiny for this life. Allow faith to rise up within you to believe that God really and truly has your best interest at heart. Jeremiah 29:11 will begin to feel true to you.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV) 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
As 2016 begins, be conscious of the words that you speak. Make a decision today to not think and speak negatively. Let’s speak life over our households. Maybe it’s time today to align our thoughts and words with what our Heavenly Father thinks about us and declares over us. Maybe today is God’s timing, and He’s just waiting for us.