A Daily Word from the Word for Thursday, January 24, 2013
“And it will come to pass in that day That the mountains shall drip with new wine, The hills shall flow with milk, And all the brooks of Judah shall be flooded with water; A fountain shall flow from the house of the LORD And water the Valley of Acacias.” –Joel 3:18
The Valley of the Acacias was a barren valley located in Jordan. This basin wasn’t just dry, it was barren. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines barren as “incapable of producing, lacking.” What is barren in you? In your life? What have you written off as “it is what it is,” “that’s just the way I am,” “that’s my lot in life,” “that’s my cross to bear,” “there is nothing I can do about it,” “It runs in our family,” and “I pulled the short straw.” Oh No, No, No, Mighty Man and Woman of The Most High King! The devil is a lie!
I hate the expression “it is what it is.” I used to like it and say it a lot until the Spirit of God checked me one day. God said to me “Matthew, is it really what it is? Or is it what I say it is? Am I not the God who brings life to the dead? Am I not the God who calls things that are not as though they were? Am I not the God who puts babies in barren wombs? Am I not the God who is the Giver of Life? Am I not the God who spoke ‘Lazarus, come forth! And after laying in his decaying and rotting body for three days, came alive and came forth?!’” I found myself repenting for that!
The Lord declared in the first part of this verse that “It will come to pass.” You have two choices concerning those things barren in you and in your life: you can continue to lament in your state, throw yourself a pity party (and the devil will be more than happy to sit down and join you—cry with you because that is exactly where he wants to keep you!), and allow yourself, your mentality, and your words to keep you barren; or, you can call on the Living God! You can call on God to show Himself strong in you, for you, and on your behalf!
You can cry out the simple prayer “HELP LORD!” (and yes, that is a prayer acceptable unto Your God). You can summon your God “God, you are bigger than that which is barren in me! You are the God who brings the dead back to life! Resuscitate that which is dead in me and in my life! Blow my mind Lord by showing me what you can do!” And you know what, my brother and sister? God will do it for you. He will do it in His way and His timing, but He will do it for you.
The Hebrew word for “fountain” is mayanah (pr. mah-yaw-naw) which is “a source, a spring, a well” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Allow God to be your source this day, and He will cause springs and wells to rise up, break through, and flow from those barren places. He will cause your mountains to drip with new wine and your hills to flow with milk. You have allowed those barren places to remain for too long, man and woman of God. Now it is time for you to call on The One who will bring life back to those things that have died. Call on The Giver of Life today.
Father, thank You that you are The Giver of Life; that you are The God who brings life to the dead and calls those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Father, it is not Your will that we should lack in any area of our lives. It is not Your will that we do not have your provision overflowing in every area of our lives. We call on You this day to break curses off of us and off of our lives. We call on You today to restore us and those areas in our lives that need restoring, and we call on You today to bring life to those dead places and things that have been crying out for resuscitation. In Jesus Name, we thank you for Your life in every area of our lives—and life abundant. Amen and Amen!
Take Action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to press through those hard places in you and in your life by believing and confessing the Word and The Promises of God concerning you and your situation. Choose to believe that God will bring life back to those dead things, and will turn your situation and circumstances around for you. Don’t give up hope! For in hope is faith, which is the substance of things hoped for! The conviction of things not seen! (Hebrews 11:1). And continue to fight the good fight of calling those things that are not as though they were; for God, your Redeemer of all things good, has already given you the victory!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart who needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.