I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I AM who I am. John 13:19
The truth is you and I are in control of only two things – how we prepare for what might happen and how we respond to what just happened. The moment when things actually do happen belongs to God.
In the context of the scripture Hesus was telling His disciples that He would be crucified (killed) in a short while. He alerted them that He would be crucified, denied and betrayed, and eventhough these things were nowhere in sight He exhorted then saying “I tell you this before it happens, as a testimony to you, that I am God.”. See our logical minds, tend to believe and rely on what we can prove, so when we are told things that would happen in the future we hesitate. The narmture of this flesh is to believe by its senses: depending on what it can see, hear, touch, smell and taste. When you visit a restaurant, you are usually driven to buy the plate that you see. In commercials we are sold products by what we hear and see in the commercial. And if a friend gives testinony of a delicious plate or a great product, we may consider it. If we walk by a restaurant which looks pretty dingy on the outside, but has an A rating, we may skip it because we lean more towards what our own ears can see and noses smell. We are to be careful, to receive God’s prophetic utterances in the spirit not in our flesh (in a sensual way).
In the book of Exodus, God told the people the land I am giving you is a rich land with milk and honey. But when they went to see the land, some of them hesitated because they saw giants. When God promises great victories, we must face battles.
This reminds me of many of the things God has foretold me, some are still in the works but many have been fulfilled. Years ago God spoke to me about my husband, after years of mistakenly believing this guy was the one or maybe that one instead: one Saturday aftrrnoon, after a fast, God said to me ‘tonight you will meet your husband’. God gave me a vision with Zaccharius, John the Baptist father. In the vision, his mouth was sealed with a white cloth. Knowing the scripture, God wanted me to believe and receive, not doubt like Zaccharius. And I did, I even rebuked the devil. The funny thing is that when the angel came to Zaccharius, he announced his wife Elizabeth would bear an anointed significant child, but the blessing seemed like a longshot. It was an easy option for Zaccharius to not believe: he knew his “reality”. The reality was that Elizabeth was barren, and she was older in age. But with God, all things are possible, and before John could sabotage the miracle, the angel had to shut up his mouth.
I did meet my husbad that night, and I am also still single as a dollar, but I know God made me a promise. And like the Israelites saw the promised land, I too saw the promised land. Before we get to the promises of God, in ministry, in family, in our personal lives: we must go through battles. The Israelites crossed the Red Sea, their hearts were tested and purified in the wilderness, they fought battles, and had to be circumsized before entering the promised land in the book of Joshua. We learn that the Israelites do conquer the land promised to them, but they had to face their enemies first. I’ve always identified with Caleb, because he claimed his land but was not able to settle down for 40 years, not until he helped the other people conquer their lands. Caleb actually helped the others around him to fight, but like Caleb declared, let us declare: “the LORD has kept me alive and well, as he promised, for all these forty-five years since Moses made this promise–even while Israel wandered in the wilderness. Today I am eighty-five years old. I am as strong now as I was when Moses sent me on that journey, and I can still travel and fight as well as I could then. So give me the hill country that the LORD promised me. You will remember that as scouts we found the descendants of Anak living there in great, walled towns. But if the LORD is with me, I will drive them out of the land, just as the LORD said.” (Joshua 14:10-12)
If Caleb had been sensual, looking with his eyes at the circumstances, or giving ear to the people around him, he would have forfeited his promise. Even though he was older than when God made the promise, he was willing to fight. And he was confident in God, confident he would receive the victory.
Father God, I thank you for your strength, even as our flesh wastes away we are being renewed in the spirit. I thank you for your faithfulness, and your grace which sustains me. I present to you all the people who have been waiting for promises you have made them, whether it has to do with transformation, ministry, calling, family, spouses, businesses or healing. I present to you each person, myself included Lord: my friends and family in the faith who are heavy on my heart. I ask you to fill us with hope and joy in believing. I know it can be hard for us to keep believing when it seems like a longshot, or when we have to go through pain, and it seems life does not change, but I believe you know what is best for us. And I pray that from the faith I have, you may bless those people who are losing or have lost faith in the process. I pray for spiritual awakenings and renewals, increase our faith and confidence in you. In Jesus name, Amen.