weighted down

‘Weighting’ on the promises of God

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

The LORD has been talking to me, personally, about this message and it is truly my heart’s desire to share those things with you that I have walked through myself that are experiential and part of our greater testimony. That way what I share with you is an active demonstration of the Gospel working.

The definition of the word “wait” in the Scripture above in its original Hebrew format ‘qavah’ (pronunciation ‘kaw-vaw’) is:

Wait/ing – “gather together, look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon to bind together (perhaps by twisting), to expect”.

Please will you read with me from Genesis 12:1-3 (this verse is taken from the Living Bible Translation)

“God had told Abram, “Leave your own country behind you, and your own people, and go to the land I will guide you to. If you do, I will cause you to become the father of a great nation; I will bless you and make your name famous, and you will be a blessing to many others.
I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you; and the entire world will be blessed because of you.”
We then note later in the New Testament in Hebrews 11:8-12 (NKJV)
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”

Abram was 75 years old when God gave him this promise and he was 100 years old when this promise started unfolding. In between the promise and it’s realisation, there was a 25 years wait. Yet, in the first three sentences of this Scripture, he is instructed to ‘leave’ and ‘go to’ and he is given the conditions of ‘IF you do’.

These true life stories in the Bible has sometimes become a little cliché and too familiar to us as God’s people but they are filled with promise and life even in our own lives for today. We also learn of Moses, Joseph, Daniel, Noah and many others who had to wait for extended periods of time on the promises of God.

In a “happy meal” and demand for instant gratification society, it is hard for people to wait in this age we live in. Whether it is waiting in a queue at the bank, waiting for fast food or for a call centre assistant to help us, we want everything quick and now. This mindset has also crept into our spiritual lives. The thing that can get to us the most about waiting is that we want more information and details as to why we have to wait. Yet, it seems that God is never in a hurry to do things and He doesn’t always give us all the answers upfront. To us as born again believers, we need to watch and pray that we don’t go into a process of “weighting” instead of waiting. That is not God’s heart for us.

The definition for ‘Weighting’ is:

“To make heavy or heavier: To cause to feel concerned, sad, or preoccupied; burden or oppress”

When we start ‘weighting’ on the promises of God, we are no longer waiting on God but weighting on the promises. It burdens us and can start opening us up to oppression by the enemy. How do you know when you have become weighted down for the promises of God?

(1) The promise becomes your outcome. This means God is no longer the desired outcome of your heart but the thing you are waiting for is the desired outcome of your heart. The Bible calls this idolatry! It could be healing, a job, money, a car or a life mate.

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

There may be legitimate reasons why you long for the fulfilment of His promises and it may not even be for yourself but once you have your heart set on anything but God, you are on dangerous ground. Two areas where it can be challenging to wait, is: Salvation and healing. There are many more but these in particular can be heart wrenching for us:

Salvation of loved ones – We all have family members that have not received salvation and our heart’s desire is for them to be regenerate. I used to work with a lady who shared with me that she prayed and waited for her husband to become born again for 20 years and it was only when he was struck with cancer and on his death bed, that he eventually bowed his knee to Jesus Christ. In the times we are living in, we sense the urgency for salvation but whether it be your husband, a wife, a child, a parent or other loved one – don’t hold on to them being ‘saved’ – hold onto the One who can save them. When it comes to salvation, our hearts can get weighed down if we start believing that “if only” this person or that person could be born again, our lives will easier but God says our trust is not in man but in Him.
Sickness – Long, drawn out sickness can drive people to desperation. This is a great part of our testimony and the LORD has revealed much to us in this area over the last 16 years that we have waited for a manifestation of healing. It is hard to watch people suffer tremendously. It is hard when you see your child being held down and medicine forced down their throats and needles being forced into their veins. Yet, God also had to look down and see how nails were being forced into His Son’s hands and feet, He is not blind to that pain. Suffering shakes you to the core! Sickness can cause you to start seeking the healing instead of the Healer. Millions (if not billions) of people have spent all their money on getting healing for sick bodies, sick souls and sick spirits – all to no avail. They have sought out many doctors and specialists in the hope that they would alleviate suffering. Many doctors of today are false prophets. They may diagnose diseases scientifically and medically but our trust should never be in man. Our trust should be in the Maker of man.

It is written in Jeremiah 17:5 (CJB), that :

“Here is what Adonai says:
“A curse on the person who trusts in humans,
who relies on merely human strength,
whose heart turns away from Adonai.”

The word “curse” in the original Hebrew has the connotation of execration (or loathing) or to bitterly curse. The Word of God says we are bitterly cursed if we trust in humans because it means our hearts are turning away from God.

(2) Distractions – There are many distractions in today’s life but the most powerful distraction in delaying the promises of God being fulfilled in our lives is through relationships. Just as God sends people on our path by divine appointment, so does the enemy send people on our path to derail us and to steal, kill and destroy that which God wants to do in and through us. The easiest way to do this is through people that are close to us or draw close to us by means of our inner circle. The enemy will often identify a need in us and then send the counterfeit fulfilment. He always uses a “body” to work through. When God the Father chose to send His Son to the earth to die for our sins, He had to go through the body of a woman. He chose a handmaiden named Mary to do so and through her Jesus Christ was born “in the flesh”. Likewise, today, God still uses ‘bodies’ to work through – through His Body of Christ. God uses people to do His work. The enemy also needs a body to work through and therefore he is always looking for a willing host to take over to destroy the work of God. In my walk with God, I have learned that certainly one of the most dangerous ways that the enemy does that is through ‘familiar or seducing’ spirits. (Read about a familiar spirit in 1 Samuel 28:7-19 and Leviticus 20:27). Unlike other demonic spirits that are more easily discerned as evil, familiar spirits may come to you everything that you need. They come as ‘angels of light’ (“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.” – 2 Corinthians 11:14 NKJV). They look nice and they sound nice and they normally initially tell you everything you want to hear. They often tap into areas in your life where you are still wounded. For example, you often see them show up in the lives of girls where there was no father figure. This wounds girls greatly because they have a misplaced identity. So a familiar spirit will show up through a man who will tell them everything they have always wanted to hear “You are beautiful”, “I love you”, “There is no one like you”. Girls love to hear this stuff and if they have not received healing in this area, you will often time see how they will go from relationship to relationship like that or eventually they will marry that person and their life will be filled with misery as the enemy’s plan to derail, steal, kill and destroy has been activated.

The other distraction that is a major one in life today, is social networking and technology. If we are always busy telling people what we are busy doing, then we are clearly not doing much. It also drones out the voice of God. When you are constantly listening to music (even Christian music), on Facebook or busy with entertainment, it is difficult to hear God with all the background noise. Cellphones can be a major distraction in your life – there is a reason why it is called a “cell” phone in South Africa – many are living inside a cell of bondage with their fingers glued to their phones.

(3) Unbelief – When there are still areas in your life that are unsurrendered to Jesus Christ, you may have open doors to a spirit of unbelief. It could even be generationally where people have been blinded to God’s truth generation after generation in certain areas. How can God’s promises in your life be fulfilled if you don’t believe? The Scriptures teach that Jesus could not do many miracles in some areas because of the unbelief of the people. (Matthew 13:58).

It was Smith Wigglesworth who said :

“There is something about believing God that will cause Him to pass over a million people to get to you…”

(4) Disobedience – for instance through blatant sin – things God has repeatedly told you to stop doing or leave alone but you have not obeyed. Remember one of the first words used in God’s instruction to Abraham was “leave”. Another form of disobedience is when we are running ahead of God : Trying to make things happen on your own because it feels like God is taking too long to fulfil His promises. This can lead to us striving and making bad decisions with long lasting consequences. In the biblical account of Abraham (Genesis 16), we read how Sarai, in her desperation to have a child, persuaded Abram (this was before his name was changed to Abraham by God) to have a baby with their Egyptian slave, named Hagar. They wanted to expedite God’s plan on His behalf and because of that Ishmael was born. Ishmael today represents Islam who stand in direct opposition to God’s people, thousands upon thousands years later. It was a costly consequence by trying to make their own happiness happen instead of waiting on God.

(5) ‘Weighting’ for too long can cause us to become hopeless and for a spirit of heaviness to move in on us. This spirit is a strongman and deliverance is required. This can cause a heavy weighting, oppression and delays in the promises of God being fulfilled in our lives.

“To console those who mourn in Zion,
To give them beauty for ashes,
The oil of joy for mourning,
The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
That they may be called trees of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3 (NKJV)

It is written that:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)

We even read of people in the Bible facing hopelessness. One such prophet is the Prophet Jeremiah, who preached an unpopular message to an unreceptive crowd and was highly persecuted because of it, even to the point of near death many times. It is Jeremiah who is called the weeping prophet and who wrote a whole book about crying, called Lamentations! Yet, it the midst of all that, it is in Jeremiah 29:11 that it is written:

“For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai,‘ plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 CJB

If we look at Noah in Genesis 6, we are reminded how it took him many, many years to build an arc, yet, from God’s instruction, the flood would happen in a 120 year timeframe. Each day as he did what God told him to do, he did so by faith that God would do as He had set out to do to fulfil His Word.

It is so amazing to me how specific God’s plan was for Noah and his family as He says in His word :

“When Noah was 600 years old, on the seventeenth day of the second month, all the underground waters erupted from the earth, and the rain fell in mighty torrents from the sky.” (Genesis 7:11) They key was obedience.
God knew exactly how old Noah was going to be, which month and which day the flood would come! So does God with our lives, He knows exactly when He will fulfil His promises for each one of us.

“For we are saved by hope : but hope that is seen is not hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have” – Romans 8:24

From His character through the Scriptures, we know that He is never early and He is never late. So what can we do whilst we are waiting on Him?

(1) Realise that He is “enlarging” us in a time of waiting. By this I mean that He is refining things in us on the inside to make more space for Him to work through us. It transforms us into the image of His beloved Son.
As it is written :

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:1-5 NKJV)

(2) Waiting shows us our true intent and motives. Let’s be honest, impatience brings out the worst in us! Have you ever noticed how the first thing mentioned in the famous “love” chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 is “love is PATIENT”? Waiting tests our commitment. As it is written: “Let us not grow weary or become discouraged in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap, if we do not give in.” Galatians 6:9 . Waiting brings us closer to God in intimate ways that some may never experience. As the Psalmist said:

“O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and weary land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.”

This Psalm was written by David when he was fleeing for his life. He longed to worship the LORD in the sanctuary in Jerusalem but it was too dangerous. The wait was tough but this Psalm has brought comfort to the saints through the ages.

(3) On studying different interpretations of the words “abundant life” in John 10:10, I found one interpretation using the words “richly satisfied”. Abundant life means to be ‘richly satisfied’. If we abide in Christ, we should be richly satisfied in all circumstances. That means whether we are rich or whether we are poor. Whether we have much or whether we have little. Whether we are waiting or whether we have already received. In Him and Him alone, we are truly “richly satisfied”. Think on that.

(4) I also want to ask you : What is in your hand? What are some of the gifts (whether physical or spiritual) and talents the LORD has given you? Whilst you are waiting on Him, give Him what is in your hand and release it to Him. Even if it seems small and significant. He will surprise you. God has a sure way to increase what we give with a surrendered heart.

(5) Good godly counsel – get counsel from those who have walked with the LORD for a longer time than you have and have reached a greater maturity. Don’t be full of pride! Ask for prayer when you need it, even if you are in leadership.

(6) Carry one another’s burdens – It is written in Galatians 6:2 (AMP)
“Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love].

The word “carry” in the original Greek, ‘bas-tad’-zo’, means to lift, literally or figuratively (endure, declare, sustain, receive etc.) – bear, carry, take up. The word “burden” means ‘weight’ or a ‘burdensome load’.

To some extent, many in the Church believe that any sign of weakness is a sign of the “flesh” and that any sign of emotion is ‘fleshly’. This has led many to believe that ‘walking in the spirit’ means we have to be emotion-less robots. So we end up as a bunch of fakes and flakes. Yet, the Scriptures mention God showing anger, laughter, compassion, grief, love, hate, jealousy and joy. The difference is that our emotions are corruptible because of our sinful nature but God is incorruptible. That means whilst we should never be led by our emotions, it is healthy to have people in our inner circle (not with everyone we know) that can bear, carry and endure with us as we walk out and wait on God’s promises to be fulfilled.

(7) God’s promises will never turn out the way you think it will…it will be far better! Don’t try and define His promises in little boxes. Be prepared for prophetic surprises. God does not work in formulas and human constraints.

(8) God is not a means to an end, He is the end to the means. As the Scripture said in Hebrews 11 regarding Sarah: “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child] when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.” Are you judging God as faithful who had promised?

And then in closing:

If we go back to the original Hebrew word for wait/ing – qavah – to “gather together, look, patiently, tarry, wait for, on, upon, to bind together (perhaps by twisting), to expect”. We need to bind ourselves together to the LORD, gather together, look and expect that He will do exactly as He has promised. As we wait upon HIM, may we also like Abraham be obedient to “leave”, “go to” and remember that there are some “if you do’s”.
We read of the true life story of Jacob in Genesis. In one particular verse (29:20), it says:

“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her.” The Scriptures go on further to reveal that Rachel’s father deceived him and Jacob had to work a further 7 years, altogether 14 to have Rachel as his bride.”

Is that our hearts towards God? Are we prepared to wait because we love Him?

Habakkuk 2:3 AMP
“For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time
It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail.
Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it,
Because it will certainly come; it will not delay.

Let’s pray:
Heavenly Father, we come to You in the name and authority of Your precious Son, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, Jesus the Christ. We come to You knowing that we are poor in spirit, LORD. Father, I pray for those who are born again and have acknowledged to You that this message is for them. I pray in agreement with them as we lift these weights to You.  I bring before You Idolatry, LORD – we ask for Your forgiveness where the treasure in our hearts have not been YOU but the outcomes of Your promises. Whether it be healing, a job, a project, a car, a life mate, a specific anointing, ministry or whatever it is. We surrender it to You. Do as it is Your will. Where we have loved ones that are not yet born again, we release them to You (you may just want to name their names). We look to You, Yeshua as their Saviour. Where there has been sickness – whether it be in spirit, in soul or in body – we surrender it to You, the Great Physician. We ask for Your forgiveness in looking unto man for answers and turn our hearts towards You alone, Adonai.
Where we have gone into striving, we ask that You would return our hearts to that of Your peace – the peace that transcends all understanding.
Where there has been distractions in our lives that has pulled us away from Your promises and Will, we ask that You would expose them to us. We ask in particular concerning familiar spirits that we are unaware of, that You would expose darkness to us. That You would reveal that which seems like light but is actually darkness. Ruach Ha Kodesh, show us where our hearts are knitted together in love to the wrong people and deliver us from the snare of the fowler.
Where there has been unbelief in our hearts, we ask LORD for belief. Expose unbelief in our hearts.
Father, like Abraham, help us to leave behind those things that entangle us, help us to go to the place and things that You want for us. Help us to bind ourselves together with You. As Yeshua was obedient, even to the point of death, may we follow Him in His footsteps.
Father, where hopelessness and heaviness has come in like a flood, we ask that Ruach Ha Kodesh would lift up a standard against them. Father, instead of hopelessness and heaviness, we ask that You would release over us the Comforter, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. May we be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that You may be glorified through it all.
In the Name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach we pray, Amen

 

Footnote – Additional Scripture reading on emotions of God:
Anger – Psalm 7:11; Deuteronomy 9:22; Romans 1:18
Laughter – Psalm 37:13; Psalm 2:4; Proverbs 1:26
Compassion – Psalm 135:14; Judges 2:18; Deuteronomy 32:36
Grief – Genesis 6:6; Psalm 78:40
Love – 1 John 4:8; John 3:16; Jeremiah 31:3
Hate – Proverbs 6:16; Psalm 5:5; Psalm 11:5
Jealousy – Exodus 20:5; Exodus 34:14; Joshua 24:19
Joy – Zephaniah 3:17; Isaiah 62:5; Jeremiah 32:41[/fusion_text]