The Promised Child

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Hebrews 4:2, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

Meditate on that a while.

Really. Try reading and re-reading it multiple times.

Let the words sink in.

Now, read it this way… Hebrews 4:2, (Amy paraphrase) “For indeed the gospel was preached to me and them, but the word which I heard did not profit me, because I didn’t mix my faith with it when I heard it.”

Ouch! That hurts. But it is true. The Word has the power to work miracles. However, the power is only present if (1) we read and know the word and (2) we believe what the word says.

There is a part we, as believers, have to do: We must mix our faith with the word which we hear. But, how do we do it? Practically, in our daily lives, how are we to mix our faith with the word?

Let me give you an example from my own personal life. (Click here for another personal example in a post called Faith in Action.) Two years ago I had a dream. In it, I was sitting in the stands of a football game. One at a time, friends and family walked up the bleachers and sat down next to me. While I was glad to see each of them, in my heart, there was one specific person I was looking for. I had an incredible expectancy, despite the fact that I did not know who it was I was so anxiously waiting for. With each person that arrived, my expectancy grew. The longer it took, the more excited I became.

After what felt like hours, as I looked off in the distance, I finally caught of glimpse of her. It was she who I had been waiting for. Her name… was Rachel. In her arms, an infant lie sweetly snuggled in her bosom. With chocolate eyes and dark hair, the child draped across her chest looked just like his mother. Undoubtedly, they were blood. Tears streamed down my face as I embraced her and her new baby.

Then, my eyes shot open.

The Lord speaks in many different ways. He speaks through the Bible, sermons, people, prophecy, and directly into our spirit. The Lord also speaks in visions and dreams. I couldn’t know for sure, but I believed the Lord was speaking to me through this dream. After all, it was no ordinary dream. This dream was alive. The urge to celebrate this child was so intense that I awoke with large droplets streaming down my face. It was so powerful, that I actually got out of bed at 4am to write down the message. Desperately, I wanted to share with this woman, whom I did not know very well, that the Lord was giving her a child. And not only that, but a few weeks later, I felt the Lord prompting me to take one of the riskiest leaps of faith I had ever taken… To give Rachel a baby shower for the promised child.

Questions flooded my mind. “Lord, should I tell her this? If so, how will she receive it? Does Rachel even want children? What if the doctors have told her she will never be able to have them? What if I tell her, and it doesn’t happen? What if I look like a fool? Lord, what if I make you look like a fool? What if I am out of my mind and you really aren’t speaking this to me at all?”

All of my questions were real. They exploded in my mind like fireworks on the fourth of July. And sitting in my family room, I had no answers. What would I do with this word that I believed the Lord had entrusted to me? How would it shape the future? Would I mix my faith with it? Would I hold it in my heart and hope it came true? Would I truly believe God speaks to me? Or would I be too afraid to step out and share what I believed God was telling me?

Oh, the torment that flooded my mind.  Surely you can relate. What would you do in a situation like this? What should we, as followers of Christ do, any time we are asked to believe God for the impossible?

I believe the word is very clear about our part. As unnatural as it might be, we are to mix our faith with that word.

As the book of Proverbs says, I decided to trust that the Lord was directing my steps . I decided to take the risk. I chose to take the leap of faith. In the fall of 2013, I told Rachel. And to my pleasure, she received the word with open arms.

With Rachel’s blessing, two months later I planned a baby shower. With no earthly confirmation that even a single woman would show up, I bought the invitations. I went shopping for a gift, decorations, and a “Congratulations Mommy ” cake.

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Then we waited for the day to arrive. To my absolute delight, twenty-five powerful women of faith joined Rachel and me that beautiful Thursday afternoon. We had, what may be, the first baby shower ever given to a promised child- one who had not been conceived in the world; whose only guarantee was from the Lord of hosts.

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Some would call this foolish. I would be lying if I said the thought has never passed through my very human mind. Even as I write this post, there is an element of uncertainty trying to rear its ugly head.  “What if this is just one more step toward a promise that may never be fulfilled?” Yet, I feel the Lord pressing me to share the testimony of what –  faith, walked out in the flesh- looks like. So once again, I push aside the questions and choose to mix my faith with the word that I have heard. And I answer, “Yes. Yes, Lord. I will mix my faith with your word. I will share this walk of faith.”

Walking out our faith is normal Christian behavior. While this story may seem extraordinary, it shouldn’t be. From start to finish, our life as Christians is a walk of faith. How deep we go with God and whether or not we use our eyes of faith directly impacts what we see come to pass in the flesh. What we see come to pass, often depends on whether or not we mix our faith with His promises.

Two years have passed since we had that baby shower for Rachel and Carlos’ baby. As the world sees it, nothing has changed: My dream. Their dream… has gone unfulfilled. In their home, sits a crib and clothes, bibs, bottles and burp cloths. But in our heart sits a promise that is greater than anything this earth could offer. A promise from a faithful God. One who never quits. One who never fails. And One who will deliver in His perfect time.

Of this I am convinced.

Hebrews 4:2, “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them, but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.”

One thought on “The Promised Child

  1. WOW!!! This was amazing and challenging at the same time. Your scripture, Heb. 4:2, goes along with 2 Cor. 1:20
    For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes; wherefore also by Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us. We do need to give our Amen to His promises and that you got 25 women to agree to this wonderful promise for Rachel is a wonderful testimony to God.
    I look forward to meeting this promised child!!! God is not a man that He would lie.

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