STUDY TO ANSWER

Warm greetings from the depth of my spirit. I am certain that God’s word is authoring and perfecting certain things in your life.

Prov 15:28 The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth forth evil things.

It is not uncommon for men to answer or respond with the facts. Men are so persuaded of facts that they sacrifice the truth that contains their deliverance and salvation. Jonah says of such men that they are observers of lying vanities and that they therefore forsake their own mercy (Jonah 2:9). God literally prepares routes of mercy for men but very few walk therein because of what they observe.

I am reminded of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. When He was about to be crucified, the enemy persecuted Him so hard hoping that at one point the Christ would error in speech. After beating and spitting in his face, they would ask him to prophesy who had beaten him. After some more beatings, they would ask Him if He was the King of the Jews and the Son of God. Even at the cross, He was mocked at every sigh of pain. In none of the scenarios was He in a hurry to answer. As He studied to answer, sometimes He chose to not even answer. At the very end, when He was giving up the ghost, just when the enemy expected Him to say, “I am finished”, He instead said, “It is finished!” Dear saint, it is not common for a person who has been overtaken by trouble and pain the way Jesus was to say “it is finished”. Chances are that most people would say “I am finished”. There must be a certain knowledge in a man to respond like Jesus. That person must be able to see beyond the physical surroundings and to know what is happening in the realm of the spirit. Above all, that person must have faith to know that God is true to His promises, and that all things all things are working together for their good even in the worst of circumstance. Dear Saint, even when you are having the worst experience, when all hope has to come to an end, when it has been deferred and your heart sickened, just when the devil expects you to say “I am finished”, open your mouth in faith and say “It is finished”. You may not even understand why you are saying it, there might not be any physical reason for saying it, but say it. That is how men and women of faith respond. Later on, when everything around you is turning in your favor, you will remember and understand how important it was for you to keep the faith.

I am reminded of Abraham when the Lord asked him to offer his one and only son to Him. When Abraham reached the land of Moriah and saw the place where he was to offer Isaac his son, he told his servants, “Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you” Anyone reading the scriptures could easily conclude that Abraham was lying to his servants; after all, it is only him that knew that he was going to sacrifice Isaac and he probably didn’t want any hindrance in the process. Whichever way, one looks at it, Abraham was operating in faith. A man operating in faith cannot lie. Abraham knew in the depth of his heart that if God had been able to give him a son when both him and his wife were past childbearing age, He was also able with the same power, to raise him from death had he actually sacrificed him. At the end of the day, Abraham worshipped with his son and came back with him. When his servants saw him again, did they think he had lied? What he said, is what he had eventually done. There is just a way faith adds up everything such that onlookers can never notice or realize that at one point, things were falling apart. You just seem to have a seamless story of success, but it is because of answering by faith.

Referring to the great patriarch Abraham again, his son Isaac asked him, “My father, behold the wood and the fire: but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” Abraham once again responded in faith and appeared to be lying. “God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering’, he answered. A person that does not understand faith or operate in it definitely sees a liar in Abraham but who can prove him wrong? Didn’t the Lord indeed provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering? Faith can never allow loopholes in your story. Everything just adds up somehow. Once a man enters and truly operates in the realm of faith, they begin to speak and answer prophetically. For that reason, it is impossible for them to be lying.

The Shunammite woman in the book of 2Kings lost her son to a bad headache. She begun to saddle her donkey to go meet Elisha the prophet. When the prophet saw her from a far off, he knew she was troubled in her spirit but he did not know the cause. The prophet sent his servant Gehazi to meet her along the way and ask her, “Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?” The woman answered, It is well” That sounded like a lie. The woman’s child was dead. How does one say of a dead child that it is well? Once again, we see another miracle here when Elisha raises her son from death. Faith sees the end and says it is well. That is why Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was not unto death. Jesus appeared to have lied when Lazarus died, but at the end of the day, because faith had already seen the end, Lazarus was raised from the dead. His sickness could therefore not be unto death. What can I say? Space prevents me from testifying of my own life.

Dear Saint, I have learned not to confess evil. Our theme scripture says that it is the mouth of the wicked that poureth forth evil things. Sometimes situations around us demand tough answers. Someone needs to borrow a million shillings from you and yet you are also considering borrowing half a million shillings for your own challenges. You don’t say “things are just as bad on my side”. You cannot say, “I am broke”. Scripture calls that pouring forth evil things. Study to answer. Rather ask them to check on you in a month. When you feel sick in your body and everybody is asking you what you are suffering from, study to answer. Do not say you are suffering from malaria; say malaria is suffering from you. Believe that the Spirit of God in you is causing the sickness to suffer. When the size of your congregation makes you feel like you are a small insignificant minister, speak that you are the light of the world and that your ministry is a light unto the world. Don’t tell everybody of how you’ve been laid off at your work place, tell them you are being redeployed and being promoted. Don’t tell people of how you failed the interview, tell them you realized the offer was too small for you. When people ask you how your wedding preparations are going? Don’t say that all the friends you trusted have let you down when you needed them the most. Tell them of how God is knitting everything together so beautifully. Tell them you see the hand of God in your preparations. That is a righteous man whose heart has studied to answer.

If the answer be not of faith, it is not yours. Read the scriptures, find an answer to your situation and then respond. First study in your heart, then respond by faith. Never rush to answer situations before studying. The sad thing is that many Christians, like the men of the world, end up pouring forth evil things from their mouths because they are in a hurry to answer. If God be for you, what can be against you? Never say again, that I am finished; but like our Lord and Savior, say “It is finished.” You are an eternal being, you cannot be finished. It is your trouble that is finished.

FOR FURTHER REFERENCE: Proverbs 18:21 Proverbs 12:14, James 1:19

LET’S PRAY!

Dear God, touch my lips that I should never pour forth evil things. Holy Spirit, teach me to slow down when am in haste to answer inappropriately. Holy Spirit guide me in all truth that I should know how to answer at all times. Teach me to master my peace and to see the end by faith. From this day forth, I say that “It is finished”. I am an eternal being, I cannot be finished. I am defined by the word of truth and that is how I answer.

Greetings from Sandie! Always remember that Christ in you is the Hope of Glory!

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17th July, 2017

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