“Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.” (Deuteronomy 28:4-6, NKJV).
This week I had the privilege of attending the ICFM (International Convention of Faith Ministries – for more info, visit icfm.org) international convention in Branson, MO. It was a great week of iron sharpening iron; a good mixture of not only sitting under the Word – something every pastor or minister should do – but fellowship, something ministers tend to struggle to do.
A pastor friend of ours told the story of when she and her husband, already having sons, wanted a daughter. Because this lady was in her late thirties, they decided to pray about it, sharing it with only a few family members, to receive direction from the Lord.
The Lord impressed upon this pastor’s mother (the grandmother), that He did indeed have a daughter for them, but that in prayer, they would need to receive this daughter by faith and call her into her mother’s womb. “In the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did” (Romans 4:17, NKJV).
Jesus spoke these words to his disciples (this is for you and me): “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” (Mark 11:23, NKJV). Jesus used the mountain as a point of reference, but the implication concerns whatever your need or challenge may be at the time.
The hopeful mother-to-be did as instructed. Two weeks later she was pregnant. A couple of months before the baby was to be born, there was visual evidence that a miscarriage may be taking place. The grandmother spoke to the baby, still in the womb to “settle down and be born on time.” All evidence of a miscarriage left and the baby girl was born healthy and normal. That was 18 years ago.
When we believe God’s Word, these things work – but they work only by faith! You might think this sounds impossible, but for those who believe, these things are easy for God.
What about the needs of your family; the food and supplies for your home? Years earlier, this same family was called to start a church. The Lord told the now grandmother to spend eight hours per day with Him in prayer, studying the Bible. She argued with the Lord: “I have to work and pay bills and provide groceries.” The Lord assured her, “Those I hire, I pay well.” She told the Lord, “Okay, but if my family misses one meal, I will go out and get a job.”
God’s word to her proved true. Why is this important? Pastors are not special people; they are examples to encourage and build up the body of Christ (see Ephesians 4:11-12)– to demonstrate the goodness of our God.
More next week.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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