I want to share my experience surrounding my eldest son’s birth, because I believe that it will help you, as it continues to help me, to live by faith.
Living by faith involves:
1. Conceiving the promises of God (Mark 4:20)
2. Carrying the promises by hiding them in our hearts (Luke 2:19)
3. Nourishing the promises by guarding our hearts while continuing to hear and speak the promises of God (Proverbs 4:23; Proverbs 18:20-21; Romans 10:17)
4. Birthing the promises (Romans 4:17-21; Galatians 6:7-9)
My eldest son is my child of promise. In February 2003, I was leaving out of a salon and a client’s husband stopped me, saying;” I don’t usually do this, but the Lord told me to tell you that you are going to have a son.” I thanked him and continued, knowing that he had heard from God, because earlier that same morning I had met with my doctor to discuss having a baby. I had conceived the promise from God and began carrying it in my heart. (See steps 1 & 2)
In March of 2003, I was pregnant! Excited does not begin to explain how I felt, and I began preparing for my son. My first preparation was to read the book Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Mize. I read that book and confessed the Word of God -His promises daily. (Step 3)
The excitement I felt learning that I was pregnant was only surpassed by the feeling of devastation when on Easter Sunday 2003 I miscarried. What had happened to the promise?!! What did I do? Doubt at once flooded in, but living by faith requires us to believe, without doubting, the promises of God.
- Oftentimes there are huge obstacles between the promise given and the promise manifested.
I was in bed for 3 days recovering from the miscarriage and later surgery. On the 5th day, I was to attend a leadership conference that I had planned. I can tell you I was in no mood to attend anything! I had cried the first and second day; by the third day I was rested and assured that I would one day have children. No one had spoken a prophetic word to me; it was just a deep knowing on the inside that the promise was still alive. At that conference, I began to sing, dance and praise God and He began to speak. I left the event knowing that at the appointed time I would be giving birth to a son.
40 days later we conceived…and my child of promise is now 18 years old!
I’m sharing this blog to encourage you. As believers we never stop living by faith, there is always a promise, a victory to be won, and a testimony to share to encourage others to hold on to the promises.
“(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
18Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:
20He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” Romans 4:17-21