As Pastor Cymbala was on a fishing boat, recovering from a cough-due to Inflammation/ buildup of mucus in his lungs, he sensed the Lord saying to him,
"If you and your wife will lead my people to pray and call upon my name, you will never lack for something fresh to preach. I will supply all the money that’s needed, both for the church and for your family, and you will never have a building large enough to contain the crowds I will send in response" (p. 25).
If you ask me, in that moment, he received a BIG CATCH in a SEA OF VICTORY! God affirmed his commitment to provide vital funds that both Carol and Pastor Cymbala needed. After all, God’s word never returns void. His word will accomplish what it is set out to do (Isaiah 55:11) with or without us. He can only hope that we would partner with Him, according to His Will.
All throughout the Bible, there are promises and covenants that God makes with specific people or groups of people that has nothing to do with our responses (example: the flood and the rainbow in the sky). However, there are times when God uses the word, “IF” when talking about how He wants to bless us through a promise: “If we obey him” “If we seek him”, “If we love one another”, etc.
Why does God sometimes make what HE will already do for us, a condition based on our hunger for Him?
I feel like it goes back to the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve were told not to eat from Tree of knowledge of good and evil but, they had a choice. In the same way, God not only gives us freedom of choice but, He has always been fighting for our affection and attention since the beginning of time. God is love and love is relational. He has always wanted to build a relationship with us because He loves us so much. After all, He sent his only son, Jesus, to die on our behalf so we can live (John 3:16). From the fall of man, we are actively living out his ultimate plan of restoration of our relationship with him and redemption from our separation to him, here on earth. He says, “if you love me, then obey my commands” (John 14:15). We all know that love is genuinely expressed when we do things because we want to, and not out of obligation or, force. I believe these “conditional” statements are given to us so that we may be able to see God’s unconditional Love He has for us and His desire to do things together in partnership. It also helps us to exercise reasoning, produce deeper understanding of the truth, and subsequently application, for making good “everyday choices” with our life’s activities and events.
The Lord will never withhold His blessing from you. However, he may prolong his blessing for you depending on if you are in a posture to receive it. After all, a promise is a promise. For example, what could have been just 40 days in the wilderness, the Israelites were lost for 40 years in the wilderness because of their hardened hearts and decisions they made. By the grace of God, they still made it to the promise land as God promised.
Heaven just needs our “Yes”, even if it’s a weak “yes”. Our agreement is the place of authority. When we are willing to submit and align with God’s will, power is released and things will begin to shift and unlock.
❤️Have a great Tuesday Fam ❤️