Last week Dennis found an old tape series (yes, tapes) of Graham Cooke called “Knowing God’s Ways”. And it just so happens our VW has a tape player so he has been listening while driving. Last night we were in the car and Graham was talking about “An Inheritance Word”.
An “Inheritance Word” is a word spoken in a desert season that stays with you your entire life. He described it as a cup poured into the well of your life; something that becomes a part of you.
Speaking of desert seasons. Graham pointed out that desert seasons are times of hiddeness when God imparts. The desert is not punishment. In Mark 1 (read it!!) right before Jesus is sent into the wilderness, God says, “You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” The wilderness is the place where your life message is formed. John the Baptist went into the wilderness and came out declaring, “Prepare the way of the Lord”. His life message was to prepare the way for Jesus, that message was formed in desert; the alone times.
The most difficult times in our lives, causes our faith to become our experience. You can believe something but until you experience it, it is only a theory. Experience proves our faith. One might say they trust God in the area of their finances but until that put to the test, it is only “talk”. When you begin to believe something, expect that it will be tested. When you begin to put your faith in God about something, everything in that area will seem to go wrong. When you begin to tithe, you will be faced with situations that you desperately “need” the money for something else, but if you continue to believe that God will provide, He will. As you believe that God heals, expect that belief to be tested by sickness or injury.
The good news is, God responds to faith. Faith is the currency of heaven.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Bishop Tudor Bismark made this observation, “God is not moved by our need. Our faith moves God.”
So how can we increase in faith? In the book of Luke,The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith. So asking God to increase our faith is an appropriate action. Another way to increase faith is to listen to and read the Word of God.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
We must seek to increase our faith and expect desert seasons.
Growth/stretching is painful. Jesus spoke of it in terms of wine.
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.
In order for us to experience new things and increase in faith, we must become new people. The new faith cannot be contained by the “old” person we were.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
We must be transformed; we must change.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
If we are people of faith, we will experience seasons of change. In order to increase in our faith we must change. Everyone has desert seasons, as we go through these seasons we must ask ourselves, “What word is God imparting to me during this season”. When we emerge from the wilderness we will be new creations with an inheritance Word in us that can never be taken away.