What a Week 12! Although it’s Tuesday, we’re still on a high from Sunday. It just keeps getting better and better. We hope you had a fun and relaxing Independence Day weekend. Without a doubt, we are proud to be Americans. As believers, we know the true cost of freedom.
Pastor Kristen encouraged us from Numbers 23:19. The Word offers us comfort in that “God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” This verse can be summed up with three points:
- God hasn’t changed His mind about us.
- God promises and He fulfills.
- God turns curses into blessings.
In Numbers chapter 23, the main characters are Balaam and Balak. Balak makes an odd request of Balaam--he asks him to petition God to curse Jacob and denounce Israel. Three times Balaam goes to the Lord and three times the Lord tells him no, He will not curse them. On the final time, the Lord sends a message back to Balak, which we find in the 19th verse. In this passage, we can find comfort that God does not change His mind about us. His love for us never fades. We can rest assured that no matter what, God is on our side.
There will be times in our lives when the enemy will try to thwart God’s plan. He will step in the way and hurl challenge after challenge at us, hoping to defeat us. But we can’t forget God’s promises. Maybe you are believing in a promise from God and it’s taking everything in you to not give up and walk in an entirely different direction. We want to encourage you in the waiting. God may not come when we want Him, but He’s always on time. His timing is impeccable.
Isaiah 40:31 reminds us that those who wait on the Lord will have renewed strength. If we believe that God’s promises are sure, then we must wait. For in the waiting, God is working. Even when we think He isn’t, God is always working on our behalf. In the same way that He was turning curses into blessings for Jacob back then, He can do the same for us today.
Jeni, our Environments Team lead said: “Pastor Kristen’s word on Sunday was a timely and incredibly powerful message. It was an arrow into my spirit and I walked away on fire with the Holy Spirit. I felt comforted but at the same time called to action. He has plans for my life, he has placed gifts in my heart, and people in my life, so I can step into my calling. God’s promises are being fulfilled in my life, I just have to walk in obedience.”
Because God remains the same, we are given the power to change. We can stand firm on His promises, and nothing will ever be the same. How will you commit to walking in your promise this week?