REVELATION # 2 – Why I Trust A.L.S. Will NOT Take My Life
Pastor Kevin Kinchen
December 15, 2015
A few weeks ago Graham Cooke posted this on Facebook. “If you’ve got a prophetic word that connects to your future, it means that you’ve got one. This is not rocket science. If you’ve got a word about your future, it means you’re going to survive everything in between now and then. Remember David? He goes up against Goliath. What is he running toward? He’s not running toward Goliath. He’s running toward his future. Every problem, every difficulty, every obstacle, every giant between where you are now and your future has already been taken care of. That’s why you’ve got this prophecy. You embrace the prophecy. You embrace your inheritance.”
His post definitely got my attention because I have received a number of prophesies. So, after thinking on that for several weeks, on Tuesday morning, Dec. 15, I was watching Gloria Copeland. She was talking about believing and trusting God’s Word, the Bible, the written Word. Then I watched John Osteen preaching the same thing.
After all that, I dove into the Word and read Romans chapter 4 about Abraham and the promise God gave to him……something I have read hundreds of times. Nothing really jumped off the page at me but I was encouraged by the faith of Abraham.
Within minutes, as I was in silence (in the bathroom) the Lord asked me, “How did I give the promise to Abraham?” I was puzzled. I didn’t think there were any written Scriptures at that time so I replied, “I guess You spoke Your promise to Abraham.” He told me that’s exactly how He did it. He also said that Abraham not only believed the promise but he also had to believe the SPOKEN WORDS PROMISED were from Him.
THEN God asked me, “Have I ever given YOU a promise through the words I speak?” My quick reply was YES. When me and Pastor Al went to Africa in 1988, I was in my hotel room looking out the window. I was day-dreaming about me preaching the Gospel around the world. I asked God, “When can I do this?” He very clearly said, “Isaiah 55:4-5.” I immediately dug my Bible out of my luggage to see what these verses said……”I made him a witness to people, a leader and a commander for people. And now I’m doing it to you: You’ll summon nations you’ve never heard of, and nations who’ve never heard of you will come running to you; Because of me, your GOD, because The Holy of Israel has honored you.” (GW, MSG)
God asked me, “Has that promise been fulfilled yet? Are you a witness to people, a leader, and a commander for the people?” My response was, “I feel like I am a witness and I believe I’m a leader…..but I know I have NOT become a commander yet.” (Commander means: to constitute, enjoin, to appoint, command, give orders, lay charge, give charge to, set in order) GOD said, “Then YOU don’t have anything to worry about do you? Until the ENTIRE promise that I gave you is completely fulfilled, your main consideration is to TRUST ME like Abraham trusted Me.”
I went back to Romans 4 to read it slower and with a listening ear. The following things I highlighted jumped off the page this time…….
Rom 4:13 (Message Bible) That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed.
Rom 4:16 This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on TRUSTING God and HIS WAY, and then simply embracing Him and what He does.
Rom 4:17 ……..Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing.
Rom 4:18 When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live NOT on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said He WOULD do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
Rom 4:19 Abraham didn’t focus on his own impotence and say, “It’s hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child.” Nor did he survey Sarah’s decades of infertility and give up.
Rom 4:20 He didn’t tiptoe around God’s promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God,
Rom 4:21 sure that God would make good on what He had said.
Rom 4:22 That’s why it is said, “Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right.”
Rom 4:23 But it’s not just Abraham;
Rom 4:24 it’s also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless.
Rom 4:25 The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
The revelation I received from this is……. God’s promises, whether they are found in the written Word of the Bible or they are “heard” by the Spirit of God personally, they are both promises that He is responsible for and He will fulfill them….His way! Our responsibility is to believe and TRUST IN HIM to do it.
A seasoned Christian usually has no problem believing a promise in the Bible. However, when we personally HEAR a promise from God there can be doubts that arise during rough times; which makes us “hope” it was God that spoke to us. God quickly erased that thought telling me there’s no difference between the written Word and His spoken Word. The written Word was not penned by God Himself. It was penned by human beings as HE inspired every Word to be written. So, we have to TRUST those written Words we read in the Bible to be God’s Inspired Words. Likewise, we have to TRUST that the spoken Word we received from God is indeed from God. It all comes down to faith and trust.
In “The Preachers Commentary” I found this great paragraph about Romans chapter 4, concerning Abraham’s faith.
First we must note that Abraham’s faith was confidence in a PERSON: When it comes to the subject of faith it is amazing how vague people become. To have a “lot of faith” is applauded, and the need for “more faith” is often expressed. People of “strong faith” are revered, those of “another faith” are distrusted. In all these common expressions of contemporary understanding of faith there is one major misunderstanding. The object of faith, is that which really matters more than anything else. Abraham’s faith is not exemplary because of its strength or lack of it, but because its object was God. Despite all the obvious difficulties bound up in such a promise Abraham believed God implicitly. With complete abandon he trusted himself and his most cherished ambitions to his God and what his God was committed to do.
To sum it up, though I’ve quoted Isaiah 55:4-5 thousands of times since 1988, now it has unleashed a whole new realm of faith and a peace I can’t describe for my future. I feel a lot like Abraham because his biggest battle was his own body. My body definitely has challenged my faith. But, after this revelation about God’s personal “Word” that He promised me, I can take my eyes off my body and focus on God’s faithfulness. HE is the object of my faith. He’s the ONLY ONE that can fulfill His promise to me. Phil Driscoll said there’s a difference between faith and trust. His family had faith that he would be acquitted from the one-year Federal Prison sentence for a tax evasion charge. But that didn’t happen. He said that is when he and his family had to TRUST God. The result of his trust while in prison is a new realm of glory. He is a broken, humble servant and it comes out in his music; all you hear is pure worship to God.
So, I have dared to trust God to do what only God can do: raise the dead to life, and with a word make something out of nothing. Though everything looks hopeless, I believe anyway, deciding to live NOT on the basis of what I cannot do, but on what God said He WOULD do. (Romans 4:17-18)
PS – After God showed me all this I checked my Facebook page and saw that Methodist had reposted my video. After almost 19,000 views, it’s like God set that up to confirm my status in His promise to me. With hundreds of comments and emails it’s obvious people see the “witness” part of the promise. And many even confirmed the “leader” part by posting how their lives were changed. But no comments in any way referred to me as a “commander.” How do I feel about that? I feel like my future is secure!