Like children in the back seat of a car on their way to a fun place, we ask, God, are we there yet? Our faith stirs excitement. We trust the best is yet to come and believe in our glorious destination. However, impatience tries to steal our joy. When we understand that trials along the way test our faith, it helps us deal with the bumps on the road.
The back seat can be uncomfortable and over time makes us restless. When traffic hinders progress, we fight doubt and weariness. When traffic moves very slowly and other cars pass us, we become impatient. When the car breaks down, we combat discouragement and depression.
Patience is the ability to endure trials without being annoyed or anxious. This endurance, James tells us, is working to bring us to maturity. He tells us to let it work, and that is what we do when we close our eyes in the back seat, pray, worship and trust God, from glory to glory!
James 1:2-4 “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
Can we believe in miracles? When the impossible becomes possible; the supernatural becomes the natural; and what cannot be accomplished by men can be accomplished by God; then, we remember our Savior’s birth and gain faith for all the miraculous expectations we carry in our hearts.
When the doctor announces an incurable disease to a patient; someone gets laid off a job at a time when unemployment is high; an unforeseen divorce brings hopelessness; or finances diminish to nothing; then, we may be caught up in despair and fear of an uncertain future. The question is: was Jesus born of a virgin? Our answer to that question stirs up faith and brings us divine answers for whatever we face.
The angel told Mary about Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy, so not only could she believe, but we could believe as well. We learned that miracles not only pertain to Jesus, but are available for everyone. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we celebrate the amazing, astounding and astonishing works of God. Yes, we do believe! Nothing is impossible with God. Our walk of faith expects divine steps at every turn, 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.”
Can our lack of faith get in the way of God’s sovereign plan? Is our faith in the faith we are able to muster up, or in God? As the author and finisher of our faith, is Jesus able to meet our needs? When it seems as though the promises of God are delayed and our faith for them diminishes, do we still stand by faith in God?
Zacharias, a priest, performed his duties religiously. He served God faithfully. However, when it came time to believe the news the angel Gabriel spoke to him, his faith in the God he served turned out to be lacking?. He was told he would be a father even though he and his wife were both well advanced in years. Because of his unbelief, he became mute and unable to speak until the birth of his child. Nevertheless, it did not stop God’s purpose.
As a child of God, we believe, therefore we speak. Unbelief quenches our witnessing. It hinders our testimony and silences the powerful words of life we can speak, in Jesus name. On the other hand, when necessary, God knows how to keep unbelievers quiet and bring forth His divine plan, from glory to glory!
Luke 1:20 But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.”
Before we know the Lord, we seek independence. Once we know and believe in the Lord, we learn to live a life of dependence upon Him, from faith to faith. The more we rely on Him, the more we find we can fully and consistently trust Him—in and for everything.
We rely on God for answers to our specific requests and for the unknown in every situation. We count on Him to watch over all that concerns us. Often He has handled an issue before we even knew there was one. Depending on God means we count on His knowledge of all things and trust our Father always knows best. It’s not depending on what He is going to do as much as depending on Him as omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He works all things together for good as His purpose is established far better than we could ever ask or think. It is His amazing goodness.
Whether or not we know what we are waiting upon the Lord to do in our lives, let’s rest in trusting His loving care. When thoughts come to walk by sight and question His ways, we take every thought captive and rest assured, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” We can rely on God’s grace, from glory to glory!
Psalms 73:23-24 “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand. You will guide me with Your counsel, And afterward receive me to glory.”
The Spirit of God moves in many different ways, and manifests His power based on what is needed. One way He moves is through the “Teflon” anointing: a spiritual protective garment protecting us from all the fiery darts of the enemy. In the natural, Teflon is a coating placed on cookware to prevent things from sticking to the pans. Nothing of the enemy can stick with us when we are under this anointing. As we put on Christ, we put off every work of darkness.
When the enemy targets us to stir up evil works, his attacks cannot prosper and they cannot stick. The very opposite occurs, our fire and passion for the work of the Lord increases. The enemy knows when the anointing is on us. There are no more ups and downs, he can’t touch us and darkness has no impact. The enemy may try to stop us, but whatever he tries to do through circumstances or others will not stick. We do not slow down to deal with the enemy. We don’t even smell like smoke!
We continue to stand and trust in the Lord as we step forth so the Kingdom can come in all its glory! The impact of the Lord makes a difference everywhere we go. We recognize when things are trying to stick with us when we have difficulty shaking the dust off our feet. When that happens, we put on Christ, by faith, so we can be clothed with the Teflon anointing, from glory to glory!
Romans 13:12 “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”