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The Miracle of Sarah’s Conception

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Today's blog is an excerpt from Faith Science.

Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. - Hebrews 11:11–12 kjv

I defined the spiritual method as, “The use of faith in the Word of God as the activation energy necessary to cause matter to change form.” Sarah’s faith in the Word of God directly transformed her physical body. Her faith caused a successful reaction between the spiritual matter of the Word of God and the physical matter of her body, resulting in the miraculous conception of Isaac. Withal, these words of Paul in Hebrews 11:11–12 merely scratch the surface of this powerful case study of the practical application of faith in the life of Sarah.

God promised Abram the same blessing over and over until Abram finally stood up to God in Genesis 15 and questioned him concerning his descendants. In Genesis 15:2–6, Abram complained that even though his blessings were great, he had no children of his own to inherit them. In response, God reassured him that he would have a son and gave him an object lesson by comparing the number of his future descendants to the stars in the sky. He then made a covenant with him that would never be broken.

In Genesis 16, things got interesting. Up to that point, God had given all of his directions to Abram and nothing to Sarai (before the name change). Therefore, Sarai was standing on Abram’s faith, and that was not enough to sustain her. She agreed that God’s plan for the family was great, but she just couldn’t conceive the possibility of it taking place without a little help. She understood her physical inability to have children and came up with her own plan.

In Genesis 16, she offered her servant, Haggai, to Abram so he could have a child. That was not God’s plan, but he allowed it to take place. He blessed Ishmael, the son of Haggai and Abram, but made it clear that his descendants would present a major problem in the future. Even though the name Sarah was placed in the Hall of Faith listed in Hebrews 11, she showed a human side just like the rest of us.

How many times have you tried to help God’s plan by taking steps of your own? Maybe God told you that he would give you a husband or wife on his schedule but you decided to settle with someone because you didn’t want to miss a great opportunity at your age. Maybe God told you that he would bless you with a nice car and you took out a loan on a luxury car that you could not afford.

Maybe you did that with your house. Maybe you did that with your ministry. God promised you great expansion, and you expanded on your own instead of waiting for his plan to come into effect. Twenty-four years after the initial move from their homeland, God renewed his covenant with Abram and Sarai, which included changing their names to Abraham and Sarah. He then promised Abraham that the heir of all of his wealth would come from a union between him and his wife. In Genesis 18, God spoke to Sarah for the first time. God also visited Abraham at his home with two angels in the form of human beings and spoke face-to-face with him.

This is important because some Christians don’t take it literally when God said that he made man in his image and his likeness in Genesis 1:26–27. They cannot conceive that we look anything like God. Well, guess what? God showed up with two angels in Genesis 18:1, and all three looked just like regular men. They sat down, let Abraham wash their feet, and ate physical food prepared for them. Now that’s fascinating! According to 1 Colossians 2:9, the fullness of the Godhead lives in the body of Jesus Christ. Hence, whenever God appeared on earth, whether in the Old or New Testament, he was Jesus.

“Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked. “She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied. Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!” Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband— is also so old?” Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.” But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.” - Genesis 18:9–15 nlt

God told Sarah that she would have a son within one year, and she laughed. Thus, if you think you’re a loser because you didn’t believe what God said to you the first time, you’re in good company. I guess I’m too young to care about the impossibility of some of God’s promises. I believe everything like a little child does. If God says it, then I believe it and I keenly wait for it all to come to pass in my life. One day I’ll lead the church of Jesus Christ to a place where they believe God’s ability to give them victory over physical death through the power of his Holy Spirit.

Maybe it’s laughable to some people, but it’s as real as can be. What has God said to you that you still don’t believe? Do you really think he can’t get you out of poverty? Do you really think he can’t heal you of a terminal illness? Is anything too hard for the Lord? Jesus said in Matthew 19:26 that with God all things are possible, and then in Mark 9:23, he said that all things are possible to you if you believe.

Faith is more than just a religious exercise. Faith is God’s secret to getting things done. Do you want to be like God? Then operate in faith. If he says something, believe it, even if the only evidence you have is what he says. Remember that just because something is invisible and mass-less doesn’t mean that it does not exist. The lesson learned from the miracle of Sarah’s conception is that even when you initially doubt a word from the Lord, if you eventually choose to believe, he’ll still do it!

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Faith Which Results in Promotion

Faith Which Results in Promotion

We just completed a whirlwind trip to Trinidad where we were able to experience new dimensions of God's goodness. Let's first give a big shout-out to Apostles Emanuel and Jemma Duncan of Divine Destiny Worship Centre for providing the platform for us to minister the gospel. Thanks to Sis Michelle and the youth ministry of David's Company for an amazing youth conference. Thanks to Sis Franceine and the Coffee Shop Conversations team for an excellent session. Thanks to the Police Academy for allowing us to address the upcoming graduating class of recruits.

Now Atlanta, it's your turn. Coffee Shop Conversations returns to Starbucks in Midtown this Thursday night and The Body Bible Study returns to Vinings on Saturday. If you want to join us let us know. Nonetheless, today's blog is an excerpt from my latest book, "Faith Science".

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
Hebrews 11:32–34 kjv (emphasis mine)

Let’s continue looking at case studies that support our hypothesis: biblical faith is “complete trust in the invisible evidence provided by the Word of God confirmed by commensurate action.” Near the end of the Hall of Faith, the Apostle Paul grouped several men together, including the prophets. He then listed their accomplishments. We’ve looked at each person whose name is mentioned on the list. In an effort to be thorough, let’s look at those men whose accomplishments were mentioned but their names were not. Among the names mentioned, we have studied faith that subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, and obtained promises.

Now let’s deal with the faith of the prophet that stopped the mouths of lions. This speaks of none other than the outstanding faith of the Prophet Daniel. His recorded visions are some of the most detailed concerning the end times, and as history proceeds, they will increase in importance. All the same, before we get too deep in his life, let’s build a foundation first.

Daniel: Faith to Pass the Food Test

Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the language and literature of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily provision of the king’s delicacies and of the wine which he drank, and three years of training for them, so that at the end of that time they might serve before the king. Now from among those of the sons of Judah were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. To them the chief of the eunuchs gave names: he gave Daniel the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abed-Nego. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the chief of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Daniel 1:3–8 nkjv

The food test is common in God’s kingdom. Adam and Eve failed the food test in the garden of Eden. Jesus passed the food test in the wilderness after a forty-day fast. Let’s take a look at how this one was conducted. Daniel was the chosen of the chosen. After the Babylonians had taken over Judah, he was one of the outstanding young men who were handpicked to serve the king. In contrast to the rest of their people, they were the elite. Not only were they royalty in their own kingdom, but they were placed among royalty in the kingdom that captured them.

Hence, they could easily have developed a sense of complacency toward the things of the Lord. Except for Daniel and his three friends, that’s exactly what happened. Most of them succumbed to the pressure of their new environment. How many of us do the same thing in our own lives? Instead of maintaining the standard of God, we conform ourselves to fit into a certain social circle. We try so hard to be socially acceptable that we gladly do what we know contradicts the Word of God.

It’s that attitude which causes those who are chosen by God to fade into the background. A desire to blend in or stick with the status quo limits the impact of many Christian people. Daniel separated himself by maintaining his faith in God and refusing to compromise his standards. As a result, God chose him out of his peers for a special role in history that spanned several kingdoms and generations. Long before Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den and saw God shut their mouths he was in preparation. Like the lion and bear that David slew before he ever heard of Goliath, Daniel grew with each test. Even though great emphasis should be placed on his victory in the lion’s den, there is much more we can learn from his preparation.

Now God had brought Daniel into the favor and goodwill of the chief of the eunuchs. And the chief of the eunuchs said to Daniel, “I fear my lord the king, who has appointed your food and drink. For why should he see your faces looking worse than the young men who are your age? Then you would endanger my head before the king.” So Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then let our appearance be examined before you, and the appearance of the young men who eat the portion of the king’s delicacies; and as you see fit, so deal with your servants.” So he consented with them in this matter, and tested them ten days. And at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
Daniel 1:9–16 nkjv

In direct response to Daniel’s decision to maintain his integrity, God gave him favor with his superior. What an important lesson for all of us! One of my favorite pastors has the following saying: “You will lose anything you compromise to keep.” If you are willing to drop your godly standards to gain something he doesn’t want you to have, you will eventually lose what you gained. In contrast, the Scriptures say, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires,” (Psalms 37:4 nlt).

While other young men tried to fit in by doing just what they were ordered, Daniel obeyed God and stood out for all the right reasons. The Bible says, “For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another,” (Psalm 75:6–7 kjv). It also says, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him,” (2 Chronicles 16:9 kjv). God judges based on the content of our hearts, so when it’s time for promotion the people with integrity will rise. Let’s examine the first physical miracle recorded in Daniel’s life.

By the wisdom of God, Daniel and his friends made an offer that could not be refused. Instead of expecting the eunuchs to accept their position based on moral grounds, they chose to put their faith into action for a physical manifestation. Their choice to believe in God’s Word was not based on physical evidence but only on faith. In fact, Jesus said, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed,” ( John 20:29 kjv). On the other hand, when dealing with someone carnal, they understood the need to provide tangible evidence.

We should learn from their example. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means.
1 Corinthians 2:14 nlt

Sometimes people need to see that God’s way is the best because even though we believe what we cannot see, they don’t. What happened with those young men was nothing short of a miracle. In only ten days, from a biological perspective, a diet of vegetables and water won’t have such dramatic effects on your appearance. Yet, when done in obedience to a word from the Lord, nothing is impossible. The lesson learned from Daniel and his friends passing the food test is that faith in God’s invisible Word can visibly affect your physical body.

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Ask Donnell: Do Scriptures and Science Agree on Human Material?

I received this question from Claudia;

I was watching a science programme on cable, and they said that man was made out of the atoms in the universe. I know that I read in the Bible that man was formed out of the dust of the earth, therefore “from dust we came and to dust we shall return”. Now are we really made up of atoms, I believe in the Bible, no question in that, but I know that you said that the Bible talks about science. Thanks.

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Don't Just Work Hard, Work Smart!

Hard work pays but it doesn't always pay well. Work smart! - Anonymous

Do you know that many of the hardest working people struggle all of their lives and never get ahead? You can work as hard as you like but that doesn't guarantee success. Unfortunately for some and fortunately for others, success comes from what you know, who you know, how you're positioned and how you leverage those three factors. It is about strategic moves, strategic connections and strategic preparation. That's what works and it's supported by The Bible!

Watch the video, take notes and share it with others you care about! May God bless you on your journey to success!

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