As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before him who he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
Paul was a prisoner on a Roman ship that was destined to be destroyed in a storm. The apostle had advised against setting sail that day but the Roman Centurion refused to place his trust in the word of the Man of God. Days had passed since they had seen the sun. The ship was coming apart and it seemed that all hope was lost. The captain of the ship resigned himself to his fate and allowed the ship to drive refusing to fight the wind and waves any further. All was lost. Nothing could change his fate.
We as individuals are incredibly gifted at describing the storm. We can tell you how hard the wind blew. We can show you our rain gauge. We brave the weather to collect a handful of hail so we can post the pictures on social media. We can bring you to place where the limbs came crashing down on our fence. We know if it was EF2 or an EF3. We watch the forecast carefully and know exactly what Dr. Forbes is predicting for next week. We already know what the Torcon is and we have our storm shelter swept out. We have resigned ourselves to what adversary is pedaling as our fate.
God, however, gave me a revelation for you and that’s simply that those feelings of inferiority that you struggle with are not from God. Instead of talking about how things are…we need to start talking about how we want things to be. People have pushed you down with words. It’s time that you get up with words.
We know a couple of things from the start. We know that God is good and we don’t have to beg him to be what He already is. We also know that God is omniscience and that He knows what we are going through. Why spend another minute speaking negative words describing how things are…when we can spend our time describing how we want things to be.
“For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:”
1 Peter 3:10
Good days are ahead for you. Start talking about those good days. Start talking about that better job. Start talking about the kids coming to visit. Start talking about healing, restoration, and life. Speak faith and watch God bring it to past.
All of the crew of the ship were afraid for their lives. They were bracing against the wind and enduring the rains while they missed the angelic visit. But Paul said in Acts 27:22-23 “…be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God whose I am, and whom I serve,”
I challenge you this week to take your eyes off of the storm and expect a holy visitation. Talk how things are going to be and not about your situation. I challenge you to create an atmosphere in your life that is conducive for miracle. God will show up.