On April 2, 2015, we received a report and diagnosis. We were asked all kinds of questions like:
“How are your teeth?”
“You have regular dental checkups, correct?”
To then hear, “You don’t want to have any cavities or infections in your mouth.”
To which I replied, “What the heck does all that have to do with seeing a kidney doctor?”
Ahh, well, apparently, an infected cavity in the mouth during a kidney transplant can be very bad, even kill you. At stage five kidney disease, with kidney function numbers actively dropping, your doctor is put in a situation where he must prepare you for the possibility of a kidney transplant.
To say we were a bit shaken would be kind of an understatement.
There is a reason you must spend time in the Word. Be ready in and out of season. Out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth will speak. In these situations, it is best to take your grandma’s words seriously, “If you can’t think of anything nice to say at all, keep your mouth shut!”
The Word of God in a heart, connected to the mouth, causes you to speak the Words of life instead of death into a situation. Speaking “Let there be” in faith and “Just say the word” causes mountains to move.
So let’s move. We got back to town, and I headed to the gym. I got on the elliptical and pulled up a “Word of Faith General in God’s Army.” Not only did he have the words and the Word of God hidden in his own heart, but he also had the testimony of faith to back it up.
Testimony means: “Do it again, Lord! With the same power and authority that you did then!”
We overcome the enemy and his schemes by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimony! Hearing testimonies increase our faith in a faithful God.
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
— Mark 11:23
“I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
— Matthew 17:20-21
A mustard seed is really, really small. With faith that size, you can move the mountain that is in front of you when you speak to it. A heart abundantly filled with faith causes the mouth to speak, and miraculous things happen.
Being fully persuaded that God can do “All things for them that believe if you believe.”
Believe, get around people, and rub elbows with people who believe. People who have faith and are not afraid to use it! People who walk into the fire instead of running away from it. People who walk into the battle and expect to win!!
You must have faith. Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.
— Hebrews 11:6
Sometimes, it is not a matter of “if” but “when.”
“Waiting rooms” can be a major pain point in our life experiences. Learning to wait and wait well in faith without doubting is a sign of maturity. We have all heard the age-old saying, “Good things come to those who wait.”
Inside the “waiting room,” we experience a gamut of emotions—wonder, anxiety, fear, confusion, excitement, frustration. Add crowds of people to the mix and all kinds of different voices influencing what you are hearing. Our culture and life are full and overcrowd us with information and opinions like none other.
It is no wonder we dread having to wait. But God . . . It becomes vital to intentionally focus on “the still, small voice.” What you are listening to matters, especially if you cannot leave the “waiting room.” This is where I found the words, “I don’t mind waiting on the Lord.”
Managing Fear, Hope, and Rage Gate.
In “waiting rooms,” most people are usually sick. They are waiting for answers, solutions, and directions for what to do next. The how, why, and what. The atmosphere is full of challenges. Navigating the powers that be requires a “faith muscle” that must be fed with the infallible Words of God. In my opinion, the “what ifs” are where the rubber hits the road.
But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
— Isaiah 40:31
That little bitty word . . . wait . . . is a tough one in our culture of
“I gotta have it my way, and I have to have it now!” The words that follow that word are important.
Those who wait on the Lord SHALL renew their strength.
Waiting on the Lord is like strength training in the Spirit. Strength is necessary in our maturity levels. You can not go into a gym and pick up a 200-pound dumbbell immediately. You have to build your muscles in order to do so. It is continual repetitions of doing the same thing over and over that build your strength to come in and eventually pick up that 200-pound dumbbell. Eventually if you do not give up, you will be able to do it.
In the waiting there is a tension in the faith, just like there is a tension on your physical muscle when you lift.
Learning not to give in or let down quickly can make or break you.
And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season, we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
—- Galatians 6:9
That word wait in other translations is translated as trust— “Those whose trust is in the Lord shall renew their strength. In the waiting, our trust is tested by fire 🔥 and it is strengthened. This, through the Holy Spirit, brings RESOLVE!
Resolve: there’s a word you should research. More importantly, learn how you come to it.
Learning to wait, trust, and hope in the Lord is a key to unlocking and receiving your miracle!