Have you ever slipped into discouragement and began to lose hope because it seems as if your prayers were not being answered? I have done this many times. This is a tool the enemy uses to make us doubt God’s word and promises for our lives. If he can get us discouraged, he can gain a foothold into our lives.
After the birth of my first child, we decided that we wanted one more child. Getting pregnant was very hard for me and discouragement filled my heart. The endometriosis was making pregnancy nearly impossible. I felt in my heart that God was going to give us another child but I didn’t know how he was going to do the miracle. We struggled for eight years standing on this promise. It was not easy and I grew very discouraged throughout the process and I even was getting ready to give up and say forget it. I couldn’t handle the roller coaster ride that I was on. There was an endometrioma on my only ovary left so the doctor was going to go in and remove the growth and leave me with a little sliver of ovary to see if I could become pregnant. I waited about a month to really think about and process everything and went back to the doctors to get the surgery scheduled. Well, when I took the pregnancy test it was found that I was pregnant. My husband and I were very excited. I was told that I would never be able to get pregnant again because of the female problems I had. There are eight years between my first and second child. The doctors performed an ultrasound very quickly to make sure the pregnancy was not in my tube. Everything looked great and the heartbeat was very strong. God had answered our prayer and given me the desire of my heart.
About a month later I began to have cramping and bleeding. I called the doctor to see if I was having a miscarriage. He told me to come in and took me right into the ultrasound room where they found that the baby that God promised me had died. There was no heartbeat. My doctor was a Christian and told me to wait one week and pray. I’m not sure why he said this but God must have placed it upon his heart. So, I went home with my dead child in my womb and just began to sob and cry out to God. I couldn’t understand how He could fulfill the promise and then take it away. I was an emotional wreck. And so I waited.
It was a Friday afternoon when I had to go back to the doctors and I was dreading it. All of a sudden, I felt the child moving in my womb! Life was being breathed back into my child. The doctor confirmed what I was feeling: the child is alive!
If you have prayed and asked God for something according to His word, you can rest assured that God is at work behind the scenes even when nothing appears to be happening.
I didn’t know how God was going to answer my prayer when my child died in the womb. I wasn’t even emotionally strong enough at this point to fight that battle, but, my husband and church congregation were strong enough to fight it with me. In the midst of the storm something was being formed to be birthed. I had two choices that I could make here: I could submit to fear and discouragement and abort the promise of God, or, I could trust what God’s word was to me and stand on His promise and give birth to my miracle.
Some of you reading this are at a crossroad in your life where you have spent years trusting God for your miracle and you feel like giving up because it feels like He has forgotten you. My word to you today is don’t let go of the promise right before the miracle has been birthed. Don’t stop at a false finish line. Don’t allow satan to rob you of your blessing. When he begins to tell you that you are serving God for nothing and He doesn’t care about you, begin using the sword of the Spirit and declare God’s promise over your life. It may seem like your hope is gone, but it’s not, because the Word of God says that I overcome by the blood of the Lamb and by the Word of my testimony. (Rev 12:11). Not only will you begin to receive new hope and strength by quoting the Word of God, but James 4:7 says that when you resist the devil, he will flee from you.
2 Corinthians 10:4 says:
“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
The weapon God has given us is His Word. “For the word of God is alive and active. sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Don’t allow satan to still your promise right before the manifestation of your miracle! Stand on the word of God and His promises and watch what He will do for you.