Thursday, October 3, 2013

YOU CAN SET THE TIME FOR YOUR MIRACLE - PART II

by Aziza Uko

Read the first part of this 4-part series HERE

Question #2:
Do we determine when we get a blessing in life? In other words, do we have any control over the timing of our miracle?

We absolutely do. The Word of God says that the earth, God has gave to us (not Satan). We lost that dominion to sin, Christ Jesus came to take away our sins and restore our dominion on this earth and he succeeded. We have been restored to God's original plan, the original dominion, the original relationship for man. We are the gods of this world. We rule, we control things. Heaven is open. We just have to take it. (Read: Genesis 1:26-27, Psalm 115:16, Luke 19:10, Colossians 1:19 – 20,
Matt 28:18-20, Job 22:28)

If it is all in God's hands as we have been misled to believe then there would be no need for prayer, faith would have no role to play because whether you believe or not, when God is ready, he will send you your blessing. Whether you pray or not, God's timing supersedes everything.

Let us look at what God says about our power, about our control over what happens.

In Mark 11:24 Jesus says, “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

Job 22:28 says, “
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.”

In Mark 11:23, Jesus Christ said, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”

Isaiah 54:17 says, No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me,” saith the Lord.”

The next verse underscores how relevant we are in the scheme of things:

Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, unless He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.”

Question #3:
Is there anything we can do to get a miracle when we want it? In other words, is there anything we can do to move heaven on our behalf?

Yes, we do. Let's look at what people in the Bible did to move Heaven on their behalf and set the time for their miracle.

Abraham
God promised Abraham a son and promised him the son again but the son didn't come. (Read: Genesis 15:1-6, Genesis 17:1-22). Note that God didn’t put a time on it. He never said when he would give Abraham the son, the promised heir. Abraham believed God. Most Christians agree on the importance of faith in receiving from God. So, it cannot be over flogged. Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Then one day, Abraham received a visit from three men, the Bible says that one of them was the LORD. What did Abraham do? With haste, he told his wife to quickly prepare bread, he selected the best sheep, killed it, made a rich meal, and presented it to the angels. He made a sacrifice to God. And then the following conversation happened:

And they said to him, Where is Sarah your wife? And he said, [She is here] in the tent.
10 [The Lord] said, I will surely return to you when the season comes round, and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son. And Sarah was listening and heard it at the tent door which was behind Him.
11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in years; it had ceased to be with Sarah as with [young] women. [She was past the age of childbearing].
12 Therefore Sarah laughed to herself, saying, After I have become aged shall I have pleasure and delight, my lord (husband), being old also?
13 And the Lord asked Abraham, Why did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I really bear a child when I am so old?
14 Is anything too hard or too wonderful for the Lord? At the appointed time, when the season [for her delivery] comes around, I will return to you and Sarah shall have borne a son. (Amplified Bible)
He received God, he made haste, he choose his best, he sacrificed it, he presented it to God. He moved God to set a time for his miracle. Even when Sarah laughed at the Word, God restated his promise and it came to pass.  (Read Genesis 18:1-16)

Hannah
She was a childless wife in a polygamous marriage. Every year, she went up to Shiloh with her husband , co-wife, and children to sacrifice and worship the LORD.  This particular year, she not only sacrificed and worshiped, but she prayed fervently, she made a vow onto the LORD, and the priest Eli, made a pronouncement on her request.

Note the 4 elements, the last 3 – fervent prayers, a vow, and a pronouncement from the priest were the new things that happened that year and Hannah got her miracle. (Read: 1 Samuel 1)

King Hezekiah
Hezekiah was a King of Judah and he was ill to the point of death. The LORD sent Isaiah the prophet to tell him that his time had come for him to die. Hezekiah turned his face to the wall, and he prayed fervently, he asked God to bring to remembrance his faithfulness. And an immediately, God told Isaiah to go back with a new message, God had heard him, God had answered his prayer, the prophet set the time for his healing, and gave an instruction on what should be done and God added 15 years to the king. Note the 3 things Hezekiah did – he turned his face to the wall (away from all that was around him), he prayed fervently. (Read: 2 Kings 20:1-11)

The Shunammite Woman
There was an unnamed woman who was childless who showed kindness to the servant of God, the Prophet Elisha. She provided him and his servant with lodging when they passed by her town because she perceived him to be ‘a holy man of God’. So one day, Elisha asked what could be done for her. His servant noted that she was childless and her husband was old. And the Prophet invited her and said:
14 Later Elisha said, What then is to be done for her? Gehazi answered, She has no child and her husband is old.
15 He said, Call her. [Gehazi] called her, and she stood in the doorway.
16 Elisha said, At this season when the time comes round, you shall embrace a son. She said, No, my lord, you man of God, do not lie to your handmaid.
17 But the woman conceived and bore a son at that season the following year, as Elisha had said to her.
Note: She gave something to a man of God because she perceived him to be a ‘holy man of God’, she sacrificed and the man of God set a time for her miracle. (Read: 2 Kings 4:8-37)

If you do what these people did, you get the miracle they got. God is not partial. If you receive God into your life, you sacrifice (animal sacrifice is not done in Christianity, you sacrifice your life as a living sacrifice, you sacrifice your time, talent, and your resources to the Work of God, let the Holy Spirit lead you when it comes to what and where to sacrifice), you pray fervently (take God’s Word back to him, be fervent, talk to God, forget enemies, talk to your Father), believe. You will get your miracle. 

This is the 2nd of a 4-part series. You may read the 3rd part HERE and the 4th Part HERE



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(c) 2013, Aziza Uko. This work is the original work of the author and copyrighted. It may not be reproduced in part or in whole in any form without the permission of the author and proper acknowledgement.

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