28 June 2013 by Donna Uning CM –
There are seasons when God doesn’t make sense, said Apostle Julie Bailey at the 8th Apostolic and Prophetic Conference in Sibu recently.
“I feel that when we’re going to take over the seven mountains, you got to understand that you’re taking over dominion,” she said. Apostle Julie reminded the church about the Seven Mountains, “The enemy has taken illegitimate authority over the seven mountains. You’ve got to understand he’s not going to roll over and give it to us.”
And there’s seasons when God doesn’t make sense. We’ve got to believe what He says is yes and amen. “I know just recently you had your elections and it didn’t quite make sense and you might be feeling a little discouraged because you believed God, you’ve pushed in. But you didn’t see the change you expected.” She continued telling how God always doesn’t make sense in the bible.
“Keep pushing through and believing because His words will make sense, and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” But you’ve got to believe it, shake off your disappointment, and you’ve got to keep pushing forward.
She told how amazing that Australia was a convict nation and that South Korea was in fear of North Korea all their lives, and both are now in the Top 20 economies in the world. “But, they haven’t allowed their enemy to crush them, they pushed forward with destiny and purpose and now they are in the Top 20 in the world. C’mon, if men can do that, how much more can we as God’s people?”
“As His people, we’ve got to believe and we’ve got to push through, because God will make sense. His Kingdom will come and His will be done in Malaysia!” she called, telling if we don’t believe it, who’s going to do it?
Starting with Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 17:12,
“As surely as the Lord your God lives,” she replied, “I don’t have any bread—only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it—and die.”
1 Kings 17:12
Elijah said to her, do not be afraid. It doesn’t make sense, she said. Elijah we know was well fed, he was by the brook and God sent food to him. This was her last meal. God sent the prophet and asked her to give some food to him first. For that woman, she could look at Elijah that he was well fed, ‘why should I give the meal to you?’
Would you agree God wasn’t making sense; why wouldn’t He send Elijah to someone with lots of food? The first thing he said was, “do not be afraid.” We should have no fear. It goes on to say, “Go home and do what He says and make a small cake for me from what you have.”
“In other words, give to me first and make something for yourself and your son,” she said. In whatever situation, there’s always a choice to act by faith or by fear.
“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”
1 Kings 17:14
She had a choice then whether to believe the act of the Lord or act in fear. When it seems like we’re in dire situations, we have the choice. Verse 15 showed that when she did what Elijah told her, He not only provided for Elijah, but for the woman and her family. When we’re obedient to God, He does pressed down, shaken together, running over. “He not only provided for her, but for Elijah and her family. When we trust God and are obedient to the Lord, He gives over and above; when we act in faith and not in fear.”
“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
Here it is again, ‘do not be afraid’. I learned that when you hear ‘do not be afraid’, God is going to ask me to do something big, she said. But He prepares us, do not be afraid. He’s your shield and your great reward.
Genesis 22:2 says this, Then God said,
“Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
The Lord is a personal God; He says ‘take your son’ because He knows Abraham loves this boy and named him by name, Isaac. He was a promise. Abraham and Sarah were old. God gave them a promise, but God asked them to kill the promise. Back then, they were not allowed to kill. Would you agree that God doesn’t make sense?
“He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
In his obedience, Abraham got up early the next morning. He didn’t have a committee meeting, he just acts on what the Lord tells him and I’m sure he never told Sarah, she said. No mother would let him take that boy. She’d say, ‘You’re not killing my boy, I’d kill you first!’ That was a hard thing. God wasn’t making sense.
“When you take over the seven mountains, you’re going to realize it’s an act of warfare. You’re going against the enemy. Sometimes God is not going to make sense; you pray, you believe God, and nothing happens right then or God gives you the promise and the He asked you to kill the promise. C'mon, that doesn’t make sense, but God will always make sense!” she exclaimed.
It is profound what Abraham said, ‘And we will be back’, she told. That’s faith decreeing, “We will be back.” He didn’t understand but He knew that God is going to do something because Isaac was the promise. Job tells us:
“What you decide on will be done, and light will shine on your ways.”
I believe he was speaking in faith, ‘we will be back’. We will worship. When you have the spirit of heaviness, you need to put the clothing of righteous, of worship. It lifts off the spirit of heaviness. We know the rest of the story.
“God’s promises will always come to pass. He will always make sense,” she said, speaking on the second day of the conference. In the second part of her message, she continued with her testimony and more on “When God doesn’t make sense.”
Apostle Julie Bailey is from Christian International in Australia and New Zealand. Both Apostle Julie and her husband Apostle Greg, from Forever Church in Brisbane, Australia, were in Sibu for the Apostolic and Prophetic Conference held earlier this month.
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