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Claiming the Unseen

Believing in the unseen is not an easy task for us humans. In fact, God designed us with the gift of physical sight so that we can assess our surroundings and respond to external stimuli.

Let’s take a look at the following scenario below:

While enjoying a brisk morning walk through a local park, imagine that you begin to notice something large and colorful slithering along the pathway ahead of you. This immediately registers in your brain as something dangerous, causing your pupils to dilate in order to see the object more clearly.

Like a dam with broken gates, your adrenal glands begin the “fight or flight” response by pushing out epinephrine. Your heart rate is high, and blood is quickly pooling into your muscles as you prepare to dash away from that vicious reptile as fast as you can.

This example showcases how we, as humans, are created to make decisions based on what we can physically see.

Now, how about when God speaks, but there’s no tangible evidence to support what He’s clearly telling you?

Nothing to stimulate your physical receptors – you can’t see, touch, smell, or taste what He is instructing you to do or promising will come your way.

Like a spouse. Or a job. Maybe a ministerial calling. Perhaps even physical healing in your own body. Or an unborn child.

How then are we to respond when God is clearly speaking, but we are NOT clearly seeing?

Trust in Him. And wait for Him to move.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

We have to stop looking for the supernatural with the natural.

We can’t expect to immediately see what God is spiritually speaking. I personally find this very challenging – to not only believe (and hope) in what God is telling me is true, but also to wait in patience for His perfect timing to arrive.

And this is where I am today. I’m waiting for several promises to be delivered. Perhaps you are as well.

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word, I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for morning, more than watchmen wait for morning.” Psalm 130:5-6

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”Romans 1:17

“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” Romans 10:17

This is faith, beloved. It’s clinging to what we hope for and expectantly waiting for that which remains unseen.

What I find most profound about this entire experience is that it actually has NOTHING to do with what I’m waiting for. It is actually about how I am seeing God in the process.

“Am I really perceiving Him as a good God who is truly for my good?”

“Am I truly believing that He is actually in control and doesn’t need my personal contributions (to speed up the process)?”

“Do I truly trust that He will take care of me and not make a mess out of my life?”

These are real questions that many of us have. And these are the ones that carry weight in God’s heart.

He wants us to know Him as He truly is. For many of us as His children, this will include walking into unfamiliar territory in order to grow in full dependence on Him with our lives.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. ” Hebrews 11:6

May you be encouraged and challenged (just as I am) by the following Scripture provided by the Lord to me this morning:

“My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore.” Psalm 131

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How the Number Seven Has Changed my World

The Power of the Number Seven

In my journey with His Daily Dose, the number seven is becoming increasingly significant for me. Over the last week, God has overwhelmed my heart in revealing His divine and supernatural plans for HDD through this powerful  number. Within Scripture, the number seven is often associated with perfection or completion. In the Hebrew language, the word for seven is shevah, which is related to savah, meaning to be full or satisfied, to have enough of. When I reflect on all that has happened, it’s simply astounding that God has proven to be my Shevah.

As I planned the HDD Launch event, the Father (in His faithfulness) brought me to verses found in 1 Kings and 2 Chronicles. Solomon was charged with carrying out the dreams of his father, King David, by building a temple for God. A beautiful, extravagant, temple for God. Not only did Solomon realize the wisdom in building something to honor the Lord, but he also built it in excellence by selecting the finest of building materials.

“The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods.” 2 Chronicles 2:5

“Solomon gave orders to build a temple for the Name of the Lord.” 2 Chronicles 2:1

Deep in my heart, I felt compelled to do the same. Even though the HDD event wouldn’t compare to constructing a glorious temple for the Great I AM, my heart longed for what Solomon also wanted: to glorify God by building something in excellence.

Weeks after the event was over, God began speaking to my heart: “Christy, why don’t you check how long it took to plan this event? Go back through your calendar from the day you actively started planning. Also, go check out how long it took Solomon to build that temple of Mine.” Guess what I found? Planning and execution took me seven weeks. Then the Holy Spirit brought me to these scriptures:

“…Solomon summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel…And all the men of Israel came together to the king at the time of the festival in the seventh month.” 2 Chronicles 5:2-3

“So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him – a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt.” 2 Chronicles 7:8

The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year in the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. He had spent seven years building it.”  1 Kings 6:37-38

Having read these scriptures, I sat dumbfounded by them on my couch. Next the Lord prompted me to count the total number of guests that attended the HDD Launch event. And what I found brought me to extreme humility, complimented by a pool of tears. As I counted and drew closer to the last name, I was shocked when I landed on the number 75. There were 75 guests that attended, another remarkable sign of His faithfulness.

But He had more to reveal, and He continued speaking.

“Christy, now I want you to go through your records and tally up the total sum for the HDD Launch event.”

After tallying up each and every item, I arrived at a staggering sum of $7,518.91. I could hardly believe my eyes. And this is what He spoke straight into the depths of my heart: “Christy, I am Faithful and I am True. Trust in Me, beloved. I search the earth for people who would honor me in such a way. I will honor you, beloved. Just trust in Me.”

“For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9 KJV

As I wailed in sorrow before the Lord, I replied, “Who am I that You are even mindful of me?” In this moment, I realized that I had just been given the greatest gift on the face of this planet. The Lord asked me to throw a party, and I did it. The Lord wanted this party to draw His beloved into His arms, to encourage their hearts, and to lavish Him with praise and honor. And I would have never seen this perspective if it weren’t for the grace of Jesus Christ.

He truly is the Great I AM.

I found myself asking why and how did this happen? I’m a nobody. Really, I am no more important to God than anyone else, and I just had the extreme honor of throwing Jesus a celebration.This is a perfect example of Jesus choosing the unqualified, the imperfect, and the weak to bring Him renown. The great encouragement in this is that we’re all able to do that!

Lately, the Lord Himself asked me to be a CEO of excellence for His Daily Dose and start certification courses in Nonprofit Finance, Management, and Governance. Can you guess how much that cost in faith? Yep. Seven hundred and twenty dollars. Over the next two weeks, you will also see an amazing website rolled out that is the tangible expression of the vision God gave me for His glory. Want to guess how much we’ve been trusting Him for? Yep. Seven hundred and fifty dollars. He has been strategically faithful to bring forth evidence that He is in control from His Holy Word and the Holy Spirit.

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Join us tomorrow as we wrap-up this blog series (concerning the HDD Launch event) by sharing the seven powerful lessons I have learned throughout this process. Have a blessed day, beloved!!

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