I hope you’ve entered 2019 with your faith and expectations high, for God will honor your faith! We praise Him for His indescribable faithfulness and love! He is true to His Word!
Several years ago, a friend shared a verse with me that carried me through the most challenging season of my life. I’m a family man, and arm in arm, my family and I were building a church and ministry. I married each of my children to their spouses and dedicated each of my grandchildren to the Lord within the first hour of their lives. “Close” doesn’t begin to describe how close we were. Everything we did, we did together. Suddenly, everything changed. It seemed as though my life-long dream of working together as a family, building the kingdom of God was gone.
Isaiah 54:17, But the weapon that will prevail against you has not been made, and the accuser who rises in court against you will be refuted. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their victory comes from me. This is the word of the Lord.
When it comes to family, there is nothing that stings more than seeing your family under attack, and the temptation to take it personally is overwhelming. Satan will stop at nothing to try to take down a blood-washed, born-again, Word-quoting, Holy Ghost-filled, authority-driven believer who is walking with God.
In Hebrews 11, we find Noah among the greats in the Hall of Faith. Verse 7 says, By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
We admire Noah because of his obedience in building the ark. But notice what else this verse emphasizes. He heeded the warnings of God in order to save his house.
The busyness of life can never be an excuse for not doing what it takes to build an ark for your family. This ark represented much more than a wooden boat that stayed afloat during the great flood. It provided safety, shelter, comfort, provision, preservation, confidence, and peace. It required hard work, dedication, and consecration. But most of all, it required faith. Noah lived faith in front of his family, and his children followed his example.
Throughout our years of pastoring, Phyllis and I counseled people who dealt with family issues more than anything else. It is what is at the heart of every human being. Both of my children are currently raising teenagers, and we encourage them even now to be praying for their grandchildren. It’s all a part of building an ark.
When I consider my own family—the opportunities we encountered and the obstacles we overcame—I know that life would look much different right now had Phyllis and I not built an ark for the saving of our house. We were not aware of the storms that were coming, but regardless, we heeded the warnings of God through His Word and built an ark that kept our family whole and strong.
So, what do you do when you’re in a seemingly hopeless situation and the easiest way out is to roll over and quit?
- Take God at HIS Word and recognize that the weapon that can prevail against you hasn’t been made. There may be moments when it feels like Satan is prevailing, but if you will refuse to give in, he has nothing that can defeat you, and at the end of the day, you WIN.
- Continue to build your ark. Keep feeding your faith by hearing the Word and get it coming out of your mouth. Faith comes by hearing, and it is expressed by speaking. Early in our Christian walk, Phyllis and I had two primary sources of faith teaching that we listened to: (1) our spiritual father, Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin, and (2) Brother Kenneth Copeland. We kept their voices in our home and our vehicles constantly. It was home to our hearts.
Friend, it is imperative that we live the life of faith in front of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Storms are going to come, but by building an ark, you’re providing safety, shelter, comfort, preservation, confidence, and peace. You, too, will experience and testify that the weapon that will prevail against you has not been made!