Sunday, January 12, 2014
Lion of Judah Worship Center, Pastor Dowdy
Our scriptural text is taken from Isa. 54:1-5, “Sing O barren, You who have not borne! Break forth in singing, and cry aloud, You who have not labored with child! For more are the children of the desolate Than the children of the married woman,” says the LORD.
Here we find God making an unusual request, telling the unfruitful to rejoice even though they had not borne children. First we need to realize the allusion to human births is inclusive of advancement in every area of our lives. We have to give birth to the dreams, goals, visions and promises of the LORD for them to manifest in the natural world. They are conceived through faith, that is why it is the substance of things hoped for…; they are carried in the womb of faith, the evidence of things not seen…
God told the barren that lived in a culture of production to begin to rejoice, not in their barrenness, but because He was going to enable them to conceive and bring forth new life.
To grasp a better image of the above instructions, we have to realize it was not the same culture of 21st century America, where child-bearing is often delayed for business purposes. This is not a yea or nay on the personal decisions made by individuals; this is what the Word of the living God is saying to those who are desirous of bearing fruit in their lives, whether that fruit is the production of the next generation of children, or the birth of the purpose of God manifested in their lives, or career advancement. It could be healing for a chronic disease, deliverance from an addictive habit that has taken you captive, you have read the promises of God, you have confessed those promises, yet you are bound. Ecclesiastes, three, the first through the eighth verses tells us there is a time for everything, and everything happens in its season for birth.
Perhaps you have grown weary [Gal. 6:9], the referenced scripture reminds us not to grow weary in well-doing…for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. The word translated faint: grow weak, let go of the promise, the vision, the dream because of adverse circumstances.
The Word of the living God is filled with instances of waiting for the season of verdant growth, beginning with Abram, who was seventy-five when he was visited by the Almighty and told he would be a father of nations! He was not a young lion according to the act of getting children, but scripture tells us, “He believed God” [Rom.4:13-22].
Abraham received the promise by faith in God, God’s faithfulness, and God’s track record. He did not look at circumstances that said, “You are too old.” When they took matters into their own hands and Ishmael was born of a woman not chosen by God, they still had to wait for the promised one!
Sometimes we try to help God accomplish what He has promised to us; he is fully capable of doing what He has promised without the hand of man defiling the plan.
Now back to barren women, for what reason were they singing? Because God had seen their plight, and spoken life into them, to change their thought system, he is telling them to go against the grain. At first this is going to be exceedingly difficult, because the thoughts that arise are going to taunt you and tell you that you are insane. Go to II Cor. 10:4-5 and bring those thoughts into captivity and obedience to the Word.
You will notice that he did not tell them to sing and rejoice after the babies were born, but to sing now. You have just looked faith in the eye! You have received the Word of God, physically nothing has changed: however, inside change is beginning, your mind is being renewed, your back is a little bit straighter. Why? You have received the Word of the living God into your situation, and according to I John 5:14-15 [read please].
To the barren places, the ruts, the deep pits in your life begin to sing to them! Now you are not singing a funeral dirge, you are singing a victory song of deliverance because God has an excellent track record.
That home you have wanted to purchase, start selecting the room colors. He hasn’t asked you to marry him, but start planning your wedding, remove your scantily clad photos from Facebook and shred your little black book.
Sing to the barren areas of your life, those songs of praise are providing the moisture needed for the seeds to germinate and bring forth fruit in this their season for abundance.
Be blessed, today and every day of this week.