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Saturday, September 5, 2009
It Is Well
When the man of God saw her at a distance, he said to Gehazi his servant, "Behold, there is the Shunammite. "Please run now to meet her and say to her, 'Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?' " And she answered, "It is well."' 2 Kings 4:25-26
Do you have "It is well faith?" "It is well faith" is faith that is wholly based on the Promisor's promise and not on how things appear. Can you look at your present condition and still say, "It is well?" If not, you are more than likely focusing on the wrong thing.
As sure as each moment of life brings you a moment closer toward death, you will be faced with a factual situation that contradicts what you are believing God for. As a matter of fact, that is what your situation is after - your faith. The bible says in James 1: 2-3, "count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience." The various trials where directed at their faith. Our faith is what causes us to overcome what we do see, to receive what God has said we will see, but has not manifested yet.
The enemy wants to use the facts of our situation to frustrate our faith and what God has said concerning us. Our breakthrough will be determined by our decision to stand on our faith and not on the facts. Facts change, but the Word of God never changes. Facts are based on circumstances, while faith is based on the surety of God's Word. The Bible says, "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" (Numbers 23:19).
The most valuable possession you can have is genuine and unshakable faith in God's Word. It is what enables you to endure and overcome hostile and oppressive living conditions. With faith, no person, thing or situation has the final word. This is why the Bible says, "we walk (live) by faith and not by sight" (2 Corinthians 5:7)
In the text, this Shunammite woman was materially prosperous but had no child. Because she cared for the man of God he promised her a child. She eventually had the child who grew to adulthood but later died while in the field. The woman placed her dead son on the bed of the one who promised her a son and set out to find him. When questioned about where she was going she replied, "It will be well". As she approached, the prophet's servant asked how things were going and she again replied, "It is well".
Her son is dead, her husband had given up on his son and when she finally finds the one who promised her a son, she doesn't cuss, faint or fight. She reminds him of God's Word. She was holding onto her faith in the Word instead of the fact that her son was dead.
Too many of us give up on things too easily because their realization seems unlikely or impossible. We have allowed blessings, callings, dreams and breakthroughs that God has sent us to die because it appeared that they would never happen. The next time you think of abandoning a dream or promise that God gave you - remember the Shunammite woman's response to facts. When the facts say, it won't work, it will never happen or things will never change, say what the Shunammite woman said: "It Is Well!"
By Dr. J.C. Matthews, Senior Pastor of Dunamis Life Ministries and Chancellor of The International Kingdom Institute.
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