Yes, Yes, and Yes
February 26, 2019
A while ago a friend was telling me about a desire he had in his heart to do something, and how excited he had been. He said, "I prayed about it and sensed God's promise in it, and I told some people about it. Years went by, though, and nothing happened. But the desire was still there. I'd talk to God every morning about it, and I did what I knew to do. I came to church, I prayed, I praised Him for how amazing He is. As the years went by, and it still didn't happen, I just kept coming to Him with my yes to the promise." He kept coming with his yes, and in the process he was strengthening himself, he was growing in his faith and trust. He said, "Victoria, the promise from God that I was praying for finally came to pass, and when it did, I was amazed and so excited. But I also realized that if it had come to pass in the previous years, I wouldn't have been ready. I had some things that needed to be worked out of me. I wouldn't have been able to handle it back then, but now I was ready, and it's so sweet."
I want to encourage you to always have a resounding yes ready for every promise that God gives you because your yes gives God permission to bring forth His promises in your life. Your yes invites the promises into your life. The apostle Paul says, "For no matter how many promises God has made, they are 'Yes' in Christ" (2 Corinthians 1:20). Any promise of God that you can think of has its yes in Christ, and His promises stand firm. But listen to the rest of what Paul says, "And so through him the 'Amen' is spoken by us to the glory of God." God has already said yes, but He wants our response of "amen," which means "so be it." Our response to every promise that God has for us should be "Yes, God! Healing is mine, joy is mine, provision is mine, blessing is mine. Everything I need is in Christ, and I am going to resound with a great big yes."
God has already prepared some amazing things for you, but He needs your response. The amen is spoken by you. And don't change your yes to a no because it's taking a long time to happen. You can't see how it's going to work out. God's delay is not His denial. It's preparing you for what's to come. God is working in you, and working something out of you, so you can take hold of the promises.