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His promises WILL be fulfilled in your life...and sometimes there is a gap in between as Helen shares here:
Be encouraged in your trials of faith...dawn IS on the way! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Your Father is faithful. He is a keeper of promises, and He is watching over His Word in your life to fulfill it (see Deut. 7:9, Josh. 21:45, Jer. 1:12).
I believe God is speaking to many of you who are waiting for a specific prophetic word – a personal promise from Him – to be fulfilled.
The answer has not come as quickly as you initially expected, instead, there has been what seems to be a prolonged time of preparation. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to see what lies ahead. It may even seem, at times, as though the opposite of your prophetic word is taking place. You can be assured that behind the scenes, your Father is at work.
Night Before Dawn: Your Faith is Under Trial
Sometimes, God leads us by a way that is not of our choosing. It is a journey in which we experience a cost for our obedience. Our faith comes under trial. If you can relate to that today, be encouraged by this story from 2 Kings chapter 3.
The kings of Israel, Judah and Edom are taking their armed forces out against Moab. After seven days of marching in the wilderness, there is no water for them or their animals. Jehoshaphat, King of Judah asks, "Is there a prophet?"
Into this dire situation, the prophet Elisha brings a prophecy: "Thus says the Lord: 'Make this valley full of ditches.' For thus says the Lord: 'You shall not see wind, nor shall you see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water...'" (2 Kings 3:16-17 NKJV).
There is disparity between some Bible translations, because they were positioned in a valley, and a dry riverbed could have received the water. Yet the Hebrew word translated "ditches" means, "something dug". In this period of time, between the problem experienced and the promise revealed, God calls on them to dig by faith – to exert effort – and then wait a whole night through. Think about this for a moment: These people have had a seven-day march. They have no water. They are faced with a physically demanding battle ahead.
Between the promise declared and the promise fulfilled, there is a trial of faith...there is a gap. It's a tired, thirsty, dark night of a gap. Perhaps you relate to this today. You are waiting on God for a promised provision, change or breakthrough. In the interim, you are digging. You are persevering under trial; but dawn is on the way.
You Are Participating with God in the Fulfillment of His Promise
There are times when God simply requires us to receive, or to wait. But most of the time, He will call on us to participate with Him in the fulfillment of His promises.
Esther fasted, risked her life and prepared two banquets before she overcame the enemy Haman. Nehemiah needed to lead, labor and endure threats before Jerusalem's walls were rebuilt. Many times, God gives instructions that must be followed and then, following a time of perseverance, the breakthrough takes place. Simply waiting and receiving is one manifestation of God's grace – His undeserved favor.
It is equally a manifestation of His grace when He gives us the honor of participating with Him – of being with Him and co-laboring with Him. It is such grace that we have the privilege of being empowered to rise up and possess His promise! That we would get to know the fellowship and anointing of the Holy Spirit! It is grace that He trusts us with His promises. And this is also grace: He values your faith so highly that He allows circumstances to bring forth gold.
Yes, there is weariness and there is labor. Yes, there is a dark night in which the answer cannot be perceived, except by faith. But the dawn is on its way. And with it, the heavenly answer. When daylight comes, so does the water, at the time of the morning sacrifice. In the Scripture, during that final moment of offering, a flash flood swept through the valley. It filled the dry riverbed and the ditches prepared for the water.
Today, be encouraged. Receive a fresh anointing from the Holy Spirit. Your endurance heralds the dawn and the beginning of great miracles. The enemy is being overcome, and God will get the glory. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Helen Calder is a prophetic minister and writer, and founder of Enliven Ministries, a part of the David McCracken Ministries family. Helen has a unique gift of equipping in the areas of hearing God's voice, prophetic ministry and prayer. She is known for Enliven Blog, an online prophetic training and mentoring resource that reaches thousands of people globally. Helen and Malcolm have been married for 34 years.
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