What do you do when a delay looks like a denial?
I’m sure you have experienced this before.
Maybe God answers all your prayers exactly when and how you want him to. If that’s the case, you can skip reading this.
My reality has been that He answers, but not in the way I expect. My answers may sometimes come wrapped in sand paper..
It may not be what I want to hear at the time.
You thought it would be a quick fix, but through it you learned patience, courage, faith to hold on, and unwavering trust in Him.
This is the story of Delia Knox, from where “Let Faith Arise” was written.
I remember it was my day off work. I sat down on my sofa flicking through the channels, trying to find something interesting to watch when God TV came up.
It was the Bay of The Holy Spirit Revival with Nathan Morris. Lydia was leading the worship session and I soaked in His presence through the praise and worship.
I continued watching as Nathan and the prayer team prayed for a lady, by name, Delia Knox. She had been paralysed for about 23 years.
She was told she would never walk again.
But as they prayed, Delia began to sense the presence and glory of God and felt some kind of sensation in her legs which she had not felt for a long time.
Delia attempted to get off the wheelchair, she raised herself up and fell back unto the wheelchair – more times than I could count.
Stretching forth my hands to the TV screen, I joined the team in prayer and worship, beseeching God for a miracle for Delia.
Nathan began to utter the words Let Faith Arise, I prayed that her spirit would hear those words, and faith would be stirred up from within her.
The kind of faith that would push her past her doubts and fears; Push past her inhibitions, the crippling thoughts that may say..
‘hey! You haven’t walked for at least two decades, what makes you think that you are going to overcome this…?
OR you may actually do yourself more harm than good… OR why would you set yourself up to failure and disappointment’.
Being human, I’m almost certain, that all kind of thoughts would have flooded her mind, positive and negative, belief and unbelief, hope and hopelessness, fear and faith.
I know I would have felt all of those things.
But I am so glad, faith triumphed.
The words Arise! Arise! Arise! Faith Arise, started bubbling in my spirit. I sang it. I proclaimed it. I declared it. It was so – and so it was. A simple but powerful chorus of faith rising! God doing the exceedingly and abundantly! It may have looked like a delay, but certainly not a denial of the goodness and greatness of our God!
Delia got off the wheelchair, and proceeded walking with the help of the team. She hadn’t walked in almost a quarter of a century! It was God at work, a miraculous moment! Delia’s healing was progressive, she had to learn to walk again, she had to strengthen and exercise those muscles.
Today Delia walks perfectly well.
I write this to you as an encouragement. You may feel that you have been waiting on God for a long time for an answer to your prayers; your situation or circumstance may seem dead and hopeless, you’re caught between your current circumstance vs your faith and trust in God.
It’s those moments where you feel like you trust God but you can’t trace Him.
And you ask yourself, where is God whilst all of this is happening?
I need you to know that whatever you have been praying for, God is more than able to accomplish and bring it to pass.
He’s able to do exceedingly and abundantly, more than you can ever think or imagine.
As you listen to the song, let faith arise from you innermost being. It may not be a suddenly kind of miracle but a progressive one. It may be putting one foot in front of the other like Delia did. It may seem like you are crawling out of that situation but you are making progress and that’s what matters. That’s what counts.
We go from strength to strength, from glory to glory. Don’t give up or give in.
It’s my prayer that those words “Let Faith Arise” be etched in our hearts as we are assured that He who began a good work is faithful to complete it. He will never leave us nor forsake us. I pray that our hearts connect to something of His presence, His power and His glory even when our sight may fail us.