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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Don't Fret When it Hasn't Happened Yet

5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. (I Samuel 1:5-6 New International Version). This is about timing. Don’t fret. The LORD shut up your womb, said no, closed the heavens, and stopped the flow for a reason.

Don’t allow anyone to make you fret.

1 Do not fret because of those who are evil or be envious of those who do wrong; 2 for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away. (Psalm 34:1 NIV).

10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” (I Samuel 1:10-11 NIV).

Out of her deep sadness she prayed and wept. She was bitter, and in anguish. She had reached the end of her rope; the end of herself. The previous verses tell us that her husband’s other wife would pick with her, irritate her, provoke her, and tease her to tears year after year. It is out of this place of utter hopelessness and despair that she prayed; to the point that she made a vow to give to the LORD what she desired most.

She changed. Something happened in that place of brokenness. Her priorities began to shift. She began to worship and desire the Creator more than the created. She said, I don’t even want the child for me. You take him, LORD. I just want to have a baby. I want the stigma off me that I can’t have children. Just let me experience it, then I will give the child to you.

Will we turn over what we want most to GOD? Will we be satisfied with a taste, then give GOD the whole plate?

17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”18 She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. (I Samuel 1:17-18 NIV).

The power of agreement. Eli agreed with her for GOD to grant her request, and spoke blessings of peace into her life as well. 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:19-20 NIV).

Hannah was no longer sad. She got up from her prayer, asked for blessings of favor from the man of GOD, and went and had dinner. She was good. Before, she wouldn’t even eat and stayed sad because the other wife picked with her about being childless. Now, she has peace, and the sadness is lifted. That is the evidence of her faith. She believed, and it was all over her face. She knew she was about to have a baby!

Do you know you are about to have a baby? Do you know that your health is about to take a turn for the better? Do you know that your financial situation is about to be worked out? Do you know that what you have asked for is about to come to pass? Have you prayed? Have you had a woman or man of GOD agree with you in prayer? Have you received confirmation from GOD? Whether through another person, or directly to your spirit? Do you feel peace about it?

Peace is not only a gift, it is a watchman. He is the guard at the gates of our mind and hearts. Peace lets us know if we have truly released our concerns and requests to GOD. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV).

The above verses let us know that the peace comes after we have prayed, thanked GOD for what HE has done, is doing, and will do. It comes after we have released every request that we have, every burden and heavy load. Have you unburdened yourself today? Have you gone into your room, closed the door, and released everything to GOD? Have you opened your mouth and cried out to your heavenly Father who cares for you? I encourage you to release everything to HIM today, and if you do not have peace afterwards, I urge you to go back, ask why you do not have it, and follow what HE tells you. Jesus left us peace; He surely wants us to experience it for the rest of our days (John 14:27).

19 Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her. (I Samuel 1:19 NIV). After she received peace from knowing that her prayer was answered the previous day, the next morning she and her husband got up and went to church. They worshipped GOD for being GOD Almighty, for what HE had already done, for the prayer already answered, and for the peace which served as the evidence.

The next step was to make a baby, and that’s what they did. After an awesome early morning worship service, the LORD brought them together so that the promised son could be conceived. Praise GOD for HIS direction. May we be so sensitive to the Holy Spirit to be able to hear next steps after the peace has come.

20 So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him.” (I Samuel 1:20 NIV). The name Samuel means GOD hears. When she named her son Samuel, she not only affirmed that he was a child of answered prayer, but that she would also give him back to the LORD as she promised in verse 11 because GOD heard everything that she said, including her vow.

20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the Lord give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the Lord.” Then they would go home. 21 And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord. (I Samuel 2:20-21).

The priest prayed for her, and she didn’t even ask him to. She just went each year with her husband for the yearly sacrifice that the Jews were responsible for, and took her son a robe that she made for him. She never grumbled or complained. She gave her son back to the LORD as she promised, and he served under Eli the priest from a young child.

The verse above says that Eli prayed she would receive more children to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD. The King James Version says, “loaned” to the LORD. This reminds us, 17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. (Proverbs 19:17 King James Version). GOD honors us when we give something to HIM out of pure motives, and HE will make sure we are taken care of.

Peter asked the LORD what would those people get who left everything to follow HIM? Jesus answered, 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29 NIV).

If we choose to give up everything for GOD, if we choose to follow HIM instead of ourselves, if we choose to release our deepest desires and prayers to HIM, the LORD will return to us more than we can imagine. I encourage those who are reading this, don’t fret. Instead, give the situation to GOD. Allow GOD to shift your heart and your perspective to HIM. Then, receive peace and the answer. In Jesus’ name. Amen (may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

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