Have you ever felt like a situation you were in was coming down to the last few minutes, even last few seconds? Have you ever felt like your situation was in the eleventh hour, even at 11:59 with seconds ticking away from what could possibly be the end for you? Have you ever felt like if God does not come through then we’re sunk, we’re doomed. It could be a health issue, financial issue, job issue, family issue…you name it, at some point in our lives we all have felt the weight and the pressure of time ticking away and not knowing how the situation will end.
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” True faith relies on God and believes before “seeing” because God’s desire for us is to BELIEVE His Word without needing other evidence. It’s simply taking God at His Word. We can take Him at His Word because the Bible teaches us that “God cannot lie.”
Titus 1:2 – “This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever.”
Hebrews 6:18 – “So God has given both His promise and His oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie.”
When God speaks to us through His Word or when the Holy Spirit impresses us with something, we can know that we can TRUST GOD and take HIM at HIS Word…Because when you look beyond the words that are spoken and look at the character of the One who is speaking, then you realize that God cannot lie and whatever He has spoken to you will happen.
Moses found himself in the eleventh hour, even at 11:59 with seconds ticking when he was leading the Israelite’s out of Egypt and came to a large body of water that he could not go over, under or around. Behind them the Egyptian army was coming to assassinate them. At this point he was an example to us in that he looked to the God of Heaven for deliverance. In faith, Moses cried out to God and the Lord heard his cry for help and the Lord parted the Red Sea…
Though our situations will most likely not be as dramatic as Moses’, the Lord gave us this example to follow. We, like Moses have two paths to choose from. One is a path of FAITH –taking God at His Word and the other path is a path of unbelief. God told Moses that He would deliver His people. Moses could have come to this place of an impossible situation and thrown his hands up and surrendered to the Egyptian army. What He did though was remember the promise that God had made and instead of looking at the circumstance and being overwhelmed by it, He cried out to God in faith.
And God was faithful to deliver. Because what He says, He will do.
There is an age-old lie that the enemy of our souls wants us to fall for. Maybe he has posed this question to you as he has to me and long ago in the Garden he posed to Eve…
Genesis 3:1 – The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”
See satan trips us up by posing the question to us – “Did God really say that?”
What happens many times in our lives is that satan plants the question into our minds, then we begin to DOUBT God’s Words to us and sometimes we spiral so far down that we even begin to question if God even exists…we begin to question God’s Word, then we begin to doubt God, and from there we begin to come up with our own plans try to figure our way out of that situation we are in.
In the eleventh hour is most often where we tend to take the path of unbelief and try to take the situation into our own hands coming up with a plan to save ourselves… and as we all know, taking things into our own hands instead of leaving them in God’s does not normally end well.
Remember, FAITH is taking God at His Word…Believing before seeing…Not needing any evidence before believing.
And this is the battle before us…to have Faith and take God at His word.
Let the words to the song “Always” by Kristian Stanfill minister to you…
“Oh, my God, He will not delay, My refuge and strength always, I will not fear, His promise is true, My God will come through always, always
Troubles surround me, chaos abounding, My soul will rest in You, I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm, My help is on the way, my help is on the way.”
In the eleventh hour, even at 11:59, remember the truths that God is still on His Throne…have Faith…and praise Him because our God will come through, ALWAYS, ALWAYS…
Matthew Henry once said, “We can depend on God to fulfill His promise, even when all the roads leading to it are closed.”
Romans 10:39 says, But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.
I write all of this to encourage you, but to also remind myself and the people of Vertical Community Church of these truths as we are in an Eleventh hour situation. For the past three months we have been blessed to be meeting in the pool house of an area neighborhood. It has been a blessing to us and we thank God for our beginnings there. As we have grown though, the need is for us to have a larger place to meet. Also, because it is undergoing construction over the next couple of weeks and then the pool will be open for the season, it is no longer available to us for meeting. After pursuing various places and asking many people in Fayetteville, we still have no place for our congregation to meet this coming Sunday. This is a time that in my flesh I want to panic and start making a way, planning our own course and looking for anything and everything to make something happen.
This is what I read in God’s Word though; this shows me the path that we as a congregation will take:
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Philippians 4:6
So, as many in God’s Word before us have done, time and time again, we will remember what God has promised to us, and we will trust that He has a place for us. A church is not a building. We are the Church and in this time we are learning to lean and to trust evermore in Him.
I can’t wait to keep you updated on the ways in which our God will come through. Thank you for partnering in prayer with us!
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