Have you been given a promise by God which you are yet to see fulfilled?
Recently, the Lord has been stirring my heart about a promise that He gave me about the place I live. Many years ago, I saw in the Spirit a vision of people falling in the streets crying out to God for salvation. They were overcome with conviction of sin by the power of the Holy Spirit. I saw a river of God’s healing and restoring presence flowing through our town and region.
The bible verses the Lord showed me were from Ezekiel 47 which talks of the river of God flowing from the temple and getting deeper and deeper. These verses particularly spoke to me of the fishermen having full nets. Many people were being saved and healed.
“When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: “This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many.”
Over the years I and friends and many others have prayed for our town and area. The Lord is stirring us once again through His Holy Spirit and reminding me of this promise. I have also been really encouraged by posts from fellow Christian bloggers. Their posts about the faithfulness of God and in particular the post about Simeon and Anna. Both had been promised that they would see the Messiah, the Saviour and they did with their own eyes.
“And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”
When the Lord called us out of the fellowship I had been in for 25 years it was a difficult decision but the Holy Spirit had made it clear it was time to move. I went to meet the Pastor of the new fellowship and he asked me about my passion and vision. I told him about this Promise from God.
He listened and then told me to turn over a piece of paper which was face down on the table next to me. I did and on it was written Ezekiel 47: River of God. I was overcome because the Lord was powerfully confirming not just the promise but that I was being led by the Holy Spirit on the next part of the journey to seeing this promise fulfilled. Praise God. The Pastor had a similar vision for this area which had brought him from Turkey to the church (more of which for another post).
What promise is the Lord stirring in your hearts today? Is there a promise you need to actively start praying about and it’s fulfilment? Follow where the Holy Spirit leads you dear friend. Our Lord can do exceedingly more than we could ever imagine by His power and grace.
2 responses to “The Promise”
I’m excited by the calling you had to leave a church you called home, and your obedience to actually leave and move on (many ignore that sort of a call because they don’t wish to risk losing their network of friends, or a position they may have been given). It takes a lot to trust that God has something better, especially when we already know that the thing we’re already holding, is good.
I’m excited by the confirmation God put in place with the scripture your new pastor already had (it’s reassuring when we step out isn’t it? to have something that helps us see the decision we’ve made!!)
I’m equally excited by the question you pose at the end.
With us resuming filming again, having checked this is what God wishes us to continue with for a while longer, I was immediately struck with the usual doubts I’ve come to recognise and expect (and also reject!): “No one sees what you do”; “get a job that pays well”; “it’s a waste of your time and others”; others are much better than you”.
I share the doubts because they used to work and they no longer have a hold over me, because “to obey is better than sacrifice”
I recognised them for what they were because of their source ie not from God, because the proof was feeling low and down, not convicted and uplifted.
So, I’m encouraged Nicola to press ahead with what I know God has called us to do, in the very house we know He has called us to live in.
Thanks for being open to the guiding of the Holy Spirit, to be used by God, to encourage us as a family, and me, in particular, this morning!!
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I’m glad it’s encouraged and blessed you today 😊
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