Confess, Rest, and Be Quiet
While reading Charles Capps book, ‘Success Motivation’, he said, “You can get built up to the point where you confess the Word of God…pray…and believe you receive and…even thank God for it. There is no doubt in your mind…but…five days later when it hasn’t come to pass…and…the Devil comes along…this is not the time to start trying to make a confession of your faith…Just rest on what you said in faith five days before….because it is possible to make right statements in fear.” When I read, ‘Just rest’, I felt relieved because I don’t know about you, but during those times, the enemy tries to press me to speak. Usually, I either start complaining, verbally assault him or think about the situation for a moment; allowing his threats to marinate in my head. Not realizing that God isn't expecting me to pull out my confession pistol every chance I get.
Don't Say Anything
Photo Credit: Oprah.comThis can be proven in Mark 5. Here we see Jairus telling Jesus, ‘My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her that she may be healed, and she will live.’ (Mk 5:23) At this point, Jairus was in faith. He made his confession, believed that if Jesus came she’d be well and even walked alongside Him as the crowds flocked to the Lord. But shortly thereafter, it was reported that his daughter died. In that moment, the Lord told Jairus, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe.’ (Mk 5:36) In other words, don’t say anything and don’t ask any questions. Because in this situation, wouldn’t the first thing you’d want to know is what happened? And that one question would have meant that he really wasn't in faith. And the same is true for you.
Some of you are having a Jairus moment; in that your relationships, finances or health seem lifeless. So here’s your Word for the day; When you’ve made your confession, shut up! I know that’s harsh but huursh! And another thing; stop asking questions! Stop asking yourself ‘What’s wrong?’ and ‘Why is it taking so long?’ Those questions generate confusion and if you’re still trying to understand why it’s not happening, then you really aren’t in faith; which means, you may have to wait even longer. Who cares if your situation seems lifeless? If you brought that thing to the Lord, rest and believe only! And that means only. Not rest and review, reassess, reason, or rationalize. Just be still, be quiet and believe. Makes no difference what’s going on or who said what. Rest and let the Lord do what the Lord does. And since I’m fussin’, let me throw this in. Notice that when Jairus asked the Lord to come to his house, that the Lord didn’t stop what He was doing. Jesus kept pressing through the crowds and even healed a woman along the way; which means, your 1-1-9 isn’t necessarily a 9-1-1 to the Lord. Jesus is a grown Man and if He has some business to take care of before He gets to you, then have a seat…and just rest in what you said while you were in faith. But until then... Pray this with me: Heavenly Father, please forgive me. I'm still trying to figure out why this happened and why nothing has changed. I know to believe, but I'm too busy trying to make sense of it all instead of resting my mind, heart, and nerves. Lord, please help me to rest. Show me what to do when everything and everybody tries to pressure me to react and respond. Please teach me how to confess, rest and be quiet. In Jesus' name.
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Capps, Charles. Success Motivation: Scriptual Solutions for Being Successful in Life. Tulsa, OK: Harrison House, 1982. Print.