Good morning and welcome to The E-quip Devotion. Well, I know you haven’t heard from me since Monday, but Praise God here I am. I had a small accident as I was backing up in my living room. My dog, my blind diabetic dog Otis, was laying on the floor behind me and down I went. Lots and lots of pain in my shoulder and arm were the outcome. My family wants me to at least get an x-ray (hopefully today) so agree with me for TOTAL HEALTH! Also, Stephen and Megan, who travel the world with us, had their first baby last Saturday night; little Samuel David. Little Samuel is still in the hospital due to jaundice. Pray that everything will stabilize and that his “bilirubin level” will become normal so he can come home quickly. Remember, “ONLY BELIEVE!”
Yesterday morning, as I was “mulling” over the pain in my arm, among other things in life that can be a pain to any of us, I heard a WORD FROM THE LORD. I had asked Him, “God…what is going on here with all this stuff and what do I do about it? Enough is enough.” God clearly spoke these words, “FAITH IS: What you DO with what you DON’T have!” I knew immediately what He was talking about. Hebrews 11:1 in the GODS WORD Translation says, “Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.”
I knew I was called to the ministry the day I got saved. Long before I was ever asked to preach I had a message prepared, printed, and placed in my Bible. I even went and bought a suit so I would be ready IF I was ever asked to preach. On a Wednesday night, Pastor Al was about to start preaching his message. There I was on the front row in my suit with my message notes in my Bible. All the sudden he stopped, took his microphone off, and said, “I think I will have Kevin preach tonight.” What did I “DO” with the calling on my life BEFORE it was ever manifest? You see, the message I had prepared and put in my Bible was my FAITH, which “convinced me of the existence of things I could not see.” I believed I was called to preach and DID WHAT I COULD WITH THAT WHICH I DID NOT HAVE…YET. Do you see that?
I am doing the same thing with the ALS. I am SPEAKING as though I have (my healing) that which I do not yet see. That is faith. How can I do that? Well, because the Word of God says I have it…whether I see it or not. When I speak the words, “By His stripes I have been healed” (1 Peter 2:24) I am agreeing with God. God is always faithful to fulfill His Word when He has someone who BELIEVES (has faith) in it. I choose to believe. I choose to agree. I choose to speak that agreement….regardless of how I FEEL, what I THINK, or what the DOCTORS SAY. In other words, DO something with what you DON’T have (in this case, what I don’t see yet). THAT is faith. And faith pleases God. Amen? Amen.
I am not perfect and I am not always in the right frame of mind, but together with YOU, we are all growing up into the mighty men and women God has planned for us to be. So, join me with your situations as we remember, “FAITH IS: What you DO with what you DON’T have!”
Thanks for praying for little Samuel!
Pastor Kevin Kinchen