Friday, December 17, 2010

shut yo' mouth.

out of the overflow of your heart, your mouth speaks.

when zechariah entered the temple to do his priestly duties, an angel appeared out of nowhere and said:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.  He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 
in return zechariah said: “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

and the angel said to him "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.” 

basically, an angel comes and tells him, "because you've been faithful and you have been favored by God, He now wants to grant the deepest desires of your heart. He promises to give you a child and you and your wife have always wanted."

and zachariah, being the faithful man that he was, said: "how can i be sure of this?" which can also translate to "don't play with me. i've been praying this prayer for years and it's never happened. who are you to tell me that this is a Word from the Lord? please don't get my hopes up.... me and my wife are too old to have a baby"

the angel was like: "dontchu know who i am? i am gabriel! uhm. because you answered me gonna shut yo' mouth till you learn not to say anything negative and follow what i tell you"

sometimes as believers of God, we tend to say stuff, share stuff, serve and preach to other people when it comes to faith and believing,  but when a push comes to a shove, the most painful reality we can face is being able to believe for other people's prayers to be answered but not believing that God can come through for us and answer our prayers. 

i've seen it happen over and over. people can believe for other people's breakthroughs. but if it's taken God too long to answer their own personal prayers, they choose to shut the doors of their heart towards Him and pretend like they are okay. but in reality they are not.

the Word says that out of the overflow of our heart, the mouth speaks. zachariah spoke and unbelief came out of his mouth... which showed what was really in his heart in the first place. instead of praising God coz #1. he actually saw an angel #2. the angel actually talked to him and #3. the angel promised a child... he chose to doubt and question the promise and the possibility.

sometimes, we need (and hopefully we wont be forced like zachariah) to learn the lesson about shutting our mouths when it comes to uttering disbelief, especially when it pertains to the most pressing needs and deepest unanswered prayer requests of our hearts. once we've prayed, we need to trust that God has heard it and however He chooses to answer, there's really nothing we can do about it, except to have faith  and speak His promises over our lives. we must trust that He is good and faithful, even when the circumstances aren't.

speak faith. speak life. believe.

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