I gently laid my hand over the blood pressure machine screen and closed my eyes. I refused to focus on those numbers, instead I focused on the word of God.
With eyes closed, I began to run scriptures through my mind…. “God sent His word and healed me and made me whole, God is restoring life and health to me and healing me of my wounds, by His stripes I am healed, bless the Lord o my soul, I will not forget all Your benefits, I prosper and am in health even as my soul prospers…”
It has been many years since I learned to look at God and His word instead of the circumstances. Today I remembered the first time I chose to not look at what I could see with my natural eyes…I want to share that story with you.
I was out of work at the time. I only had a $20 dollar bill in my purse. That day I had to drive to Knoxville to pick up my daughter. It was a four-hour round trip. My plan was to put all $20 in the gas tank, as it would take that much to get there and back.
It was a Wednesday, and my plan was to visit a new church that night, once I was back home. I really wanted to be able to give in the offering that night.
I stopped at the gas station to fill up when the Lord began to speak to me. He said, “Put $10 in.” I said, “Lord, that will not get me there and back, it will take at least $20.” I argued a few more minutes but I obeyed.
I was frustrated to say the least, and I knew I could not watch my gas hand go down all the way there and back. During that season, I carried index cards with me that had scriptures on them. I took one of those scripture cards and stuck it over the gas gauge so I could not see it, and I headed out of town. I now had $10 left.
As soon as I picked up my daughter, she said, “Mom, I’m hungry, can we get food?” I said, “Sure, what do you want?” Thankfully, she chose something small. It cost a little under $5, I now had $5 left.
As we headed back, she went to sleep. I was glad because I needed to pray. When I was exiting the highway, she woke up and said, “Mom, I’m thirsty.” I stopped at a gas station and grabbed her a drink and snack.
When I got back in the car and began to pull out the Lord stopped me and said, “Look at your gas hand.” I said, “I cannot.” Still, He said, “Trust me, look.”
I slowly pulled the little card away and to my surprise I had over a half a tank of gas. He said, “Now, look in your purse.” I had one dollar left. I remember being so excited that I had money left to put in the offering at the new church I was visiting. With sheer joy I drove to the new church and in we went.
That night, when I put my money in the offering, the Pastor, whom I had never seen before spoke to me from the pulpit. She said, “Ma’am, I don’t know your name, but the Lord told me to bless you and give you tonight’s offering…here you go.”
I was overwhelmed. It was the first time I had stepped out in faith like that, and it was the first time God blessed me like that. From that day forth, I knew one of my keys was to NOT look at circumstances but look only to Him and trust in Him.
2 Corinthians 4:18 says, “We do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 5:7 sums up the way we are to live. For we walk by faith and not by sight.
In Romans 4:19, we see Abraham living this way. Walking by faith and not by sight.
He was far beyond the age of having children. However, God had made a promise to Him. Therefore, he didn’t look at his body and what it could or could not do. He didn’t look at Sara’s ability to have children either. He only looked to the promise of God. If we are going to walk in the same victory Abraham did, we must do the same thing.
I know it isn’t always easy – trust me – I am walking through a challenging season, even as I write this. Yet, it is possible. First, you must keep the word of God before your eyes and coming out your mouth. Even when you see the circumstances looming before you, never allow them to be bigger than the word of God in you.
Never allow them to have more influence in your life than the word of God does.
His word will not return void. If you refuse to move off His word, your circumstances will have to change. They have no choice. They must bow their knee to the word of God, the name of Jesus and the blood of Jesus – and they will – if you keep your eyes on God and His word. Trust Him, He will not fail you.
Meditate on this…
Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2