Giving Birth to a Promise

When the Lord has promised a thing to you this means that he has planted a seed in you that YOU must give birth to. No one else can give birth for you, using a surrogate is not an option! As believers we know that his promises are Yes and Amen (2 Cor 1:20) but we struggle with the time in between, we struggle with whole heartedly trusting God, and our endurance is weak. The seeds planted in us must come to life and we must follow the necessary progression until birth occurs. Just as when a woman becomes pregnant there are stages that follow conception. After a child is conceived, after a seed is planted, the body begins to change. Spiritually we will experience growth, challenges, and sometimes pain.
The things that happen to a woman’s body during pregnancy almost seem unnatural and we want to question the doctor and demand answers for the changes that we experience. When we experience purposeful changes spiritually, we will wonder why and question the exact purpose, but know the Lord our God has also promised that there will be a day when everything will make sense, trust him at his word (John 16:23).
I can remember when I was pregnant that I was under doctor’s care and was unable to participate in some activities and towards the end I was put on bed rest. What I was carrying was too precious to risk injury! The Holy Spirit will command us to separate ourselves in order to nurture our seed, to come under subjection of his instructions, and to be sensitive to his voice. “I Thessalonians 4:3 (AMP) “For this is the will of God, that you should be consecrated (separated and set apart for pure and holy living)…” Sometimes we will be required to rest naturally so that we will be physically capable to bring forth the work that our promise will require. We need to rest and to recharge (Matt 11:28, Heb 4: 9). Jesus often spent time alone and prayed (Luke 5:16, Matt 14:23, Mark 1:35, Luke 6:12) and we must follow this same principle. Intimacy with God in prayer will equip us to handle ANYTHING and will provide Peace!
In the natural when we are approaching our due date we go through a lot of emotions and even more changes physically. Spiritually, when we are at the brink of the breakthrough of our promise, we will experience an enormous amount of adversity but I encourage you to “count it all joy” (James 1:2) and to not be manipulated and bullied by your emotions concerning the arrival of adversity, it’s only labor pains (1 Peter 4:12-19). Breathe and endure!
As believers we choose the length of incubation period based on our attitude toward God and our level of trust in him. Our faith, prayer life, acceptance of separation and amount of rest will determine our strength and preparedness for labor. While in labor it may seem as if the world is going on without you and that they are rejoicing while you are experiencing pain (John 16:20). But be reminded that the pain will only last for a little while and just as a woman forgets about her pain after she sees the child that she has given birth to, the birth of your promise will bring about great joy! (John 16:21-22). To God be the glory for the things that he has done. Giving birth to a promise is not easy but it is certainly worth it and we have all the resources and capabilities that we need! Give birth says the Lord!