God aligns every part necessary for the accomplishment of His purposes in our lives. As part of this preparation, He brings clear confirmation.
A confirmation brings verification of something we believe in our hearts. We first have faith in what God has spoken to us, and then see God affirming His word along the way. He desires us to have surety in our steps. He knows we only want His will to be done because He hears the prayers of our willing hearts. We pray not to go any other way but His way, with confidence in His ability. God confirms and affirms His word to us unexpectedly, surely and clearly.
The more impossible something appears to be, the more affirmation we receive. God watches over His word to perform it, assuring us with care and love. A confirmation for Mary was her cousin Elizabeth, who had been barren, but was now expecting a child. We often are connected with others of like precious faith who also believe in miracles. It confirms to us that with God the impossible is possible. With God, the supernatural is natural, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:36-37 “ ‘Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.’ ”
The Word of God is not only the Bible; it’s one of the names of Jesus Christ. He is the Word of God. He is the only begotten son of the Father. He is the Word that spoke all things in creation into being. He is the Word that was promised and spoken by all the prophets. He is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.
The Word of God is living and powerful. He is the living Redeemer and Mediator, and He lives forevermore. He is the author and giver of all life. He is mighty, and we see that in all He created and holds in His hand; in all His miraculous works; in the supernatural manifestation of His love and grace.
He is sharper than any two-edged sword. By the words of His mouth and the power of His Spirit, He pierces our hearts, even to the division of soul and spirit. He touches all that is seen and not seen. He is the discerner of the thoughts and intents of our hearts. Through the Bible, the Word of God communicates to us, by His Spirit. All that He is becomes alive and powerful in and through us. The Word of God is not just to be read, but what is seen as it is lived. We are living epistles, from glory to glory!
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
God can enable us to do what we cannot. He tells us to do things that we cannot to show us we can depend on His ability, regardless of the obvious difficulties. Jesus told the man with a withered hand to stretch it out and as he did, his hand was restored. When the Lord directs us to do something that is impossible in the natural, we can trust He will give us His ability. His authority is always accompanied by His ability.
The man’s hand was withered, paralyzed, and completely unable to function. We may not have a hand that is withered, but we may be withered emotionally, financially, physically or in our relationships. We cannot move because of pain and He’ll tell us to rise up. We are unable to forgive and He’ll tell us to forgive. A situation brings fear to our soul and He’ll tell us not to fear. The moment we obey Him, the situation is touched by His glory. As we press through the natural impossibilities, the unction to function flows from the Lord in and through us.
By faith we stretch out our withered conditions. We stand on the Word of God and trust His promises. By His stripes, we were healed, in every area. The Lord desires and delights in touching and healing what we stretch out, believing in Him. He is able and faithful. As we obey His Word, His ability is released, from glory to glory!
Mark 3:5 “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”
When the Lord leads us to do something in His name we can trust it will be anointed because it comes from Him. He told the servants to fill the pots with water and after they filled them to the brim, He told them to draw some out and take it to the master of the feast who needed wine. When we are given an assignment, we can trust that as we draw out what He has placed in us, what is needed will be manifested.
We are like the pots. We are filled with the Lord; He has deposited so much in us, more than we can see. When it’s time to do what He tells us to do, regardless of how small or great it appears to be, we can withdraw by faith in what He has for the mission. When we fill up a drink to the brim and place the cup in our car, the liquid spills over when we drive over a bump. In our lives, we are to fill ourselves to the brim with the things of God so that when we drive over a bump it’s His ways that spill over. The bumps others bring into our lives cause what the Lord has placed in us to be drawn out.
The supernatural comes out unexpectedly. Out of our hearts flow rivers of living water. We never run out of what is drawn out to water others so that the Lord is glorified. There is always enough in the cup, and the overflow increases. Our cup runs over and the more we give, the more we receive, from glory to glory!
John 2:8 “And He said to them, ‘Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.’ And they took it.”
All works of the believer must be of God and through God. It cannot be our work. God doesn’t mix His own work with the work of man’s flesh. He leads us to the end of our works so we can let Him do His marvelous works. Faith often leads us to do things in opposition to the desires of our flesh.
We first must cease from our own works, and then wait for God to do His work. To cease from our own works is a work of faith. Faith is trusting, depending and waiting for God to manifest His work of healing, love, peace and restoration in our lives. Waiting for God to work takes place in our hearts, and is invisible. Ceasing from our own works is external and can be seen. This great work of faith ceasing from our own works, cannot be done without God.
We do not possess this kind of faith naturally; it’s given by God. Through the Word, prayer and fellowship with our Lord, we receive the faith that only comes through Him. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We receive the assurance that God will do the work. Our work is to believe in Christ. We rest from laboring with our natural strength, and wait on His supernatural strength, from glory to glory!
John 6:28-29 “Then they said to Him, ‘What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.’ ”