Wow, what a crazy-beautiful time it has been the last few months. I am still in wonder at what God is working in me and what He has taught me during a challenging time in my life. I really want to share some things with you to encourage and build up those who might find themselves in a trial right now.
I remember one night lying on my bed and crying out to God to intervene in my situation. Recently before that, God had revealed to me through people, that I still had unbelief in my heart. I had thought that I was having faith and relying completely on God…but God shone His light in my heart, opened my eyes and showed me, that there was still a part of me that did not trust Him completely.
Reinhard Bonnke tells the story of how when he was still a student at missionary bible college, he decided to give away ALL his money to see if God really would provide for him financially, like the way they were being taught in class. He kept 1 Pound in his pocket though, in case he needed to buy toothpaste. Then he prayed to God and asked Him to provide supernaturally for him. As he prayed, God spoke to Reinhard and asked him about the Pound in his pocket. “But Lord,” Reinhard argued,”This is for just in case I need toothpaste.” Then the Lord made him aware, that Reinhard did not trust in Him completely…after all, what is mere toothpaste for God? This testimony really resonated with me. This was what had been happening with me, I had faith and yet I still had 1 Pound of unbelief in my pocket.
Profiting from Trials
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
James 1: 2-8
So I had repented for my unbelief and I was lying in bed fellowshipping with God. As I prayed I heard the Lord say to me, “Samantha, I want you to come into the Place of Trust.” I knew that it was an invitation from God Himself that I could not turn down. I wanted so badly to be in this place, because I knew that my unbelief was a stumbling block in my relationship with Him. So I got up from my bed to do a prophetic act; I drew a line on my bedroom floor and in faith I took a step and crossed over the line. As I did this I declared, “Here I am Lord, I have entered the Place of Trust, I am leaving behind all doubt, all unbelief and all mistrust. I trust you completely and wholeheartedly. I stand upon this rock of trust.”
Things changed on that day. My situation did not change but I kept reminding myself that I was now in the Place of Trust, that there was no going back. I kept telling myself that whatever the situation looked like from the outside, I was standing on the Rock of Trust and even the gates of hell would not move me.
A few days later as I was praying, God showed me something wonderful. I saw myself sitting on the edge of a moutain. As far as the eye could see I saw beautiful landscape, moutains, valleys and rivers running across the plain, it was so beautiful and peaceful. As I looked at this absolutely, stunning view I asked the Lord, “Where is this place?”. He answered me, “This is the Place of Promise. Ask of Me, and you shall receive.”
That completely blew me away. God had moved me from the Place of Trust to the Place of Promise…I was no longer standing on a rock, but on a mountain. I had not even known before that such places existed in the heavenly realms and here I was. That night I took time out to select verses from the Bible which were promises that I could stand on during prayer. I looked specifically for verses that suited my situation and wrote them down. Over the next few weeks I prayed regularly over my situation with these promises and I stood my ground with them.
So what is this Place of Promise you may ask ? It is a place where all the promises of God are available for us to take. It is said that there are over 3 000 promises of God in the Bible. Wow! Maybe you need to stand on God’s promise for healing today, maybe you need to stand on God’s promise for financial provision, or deliverance, or victory over a situation…whatever it may be, you need to STAND on His promises, do not be shaken by the world, nor by what your natural eyes see, nor by what others say to you, just stand. But in order to get to this wonderful place, you first have to enter the Place of Trust, that place where all doubt and unbelief cannot enter.
Here is a Derek Prince Teaching on standing on God’s promises: