God is faithful, and because of this, you can be certain He will do all He promised you! So what do you do while you wait? Dr. Siohvaughn Funches can answer this by telling you what not to do: don’t wait to celebrate! Learn to enjoy God and life now, as many others did in the Bible while waiting for God to manifest the miracle they longed for…and like them, but greater, you will have all God promised to give you!
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Waiting Room Wisdom (Part 5)
In this episode, we’re going to be continuing on with our series titled Waiting Room Wisdom Part Five. If you are someone who’s just read for the first time, I want to encourage you to go back and read the previous episodes and be ready to receive all the revelation and the wisdom that God has given us for the preparation of the breakthroughs that we long for. Let’s take a moment and do what we always do and acknowledge God. I thank you, for the opportunity to get at the feet of your son Jesus. I pray that you will give to each and every reader and their family, the spirit of wisdom, revelation, and the knowledge of Jesus. I pray that the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened, that we may know what is the hope of His glorious calling.
What are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in us, the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power towards us according to the working of His mighty power. I pray that you will expound the scriptures to us about the things concerning yourself. I pray that not only Lord, will you open the eyes in order to give us understanding that we comprehend the scriptures, but I pray that every blessing and every benefit that comes with knowing you more will be our portion. I thank you for your promise and your word, declares that as we behold, we’re transformed, it’s His very same image by beholding Him and it’s by your spirit. It’s not by our might or our power, it’s by your Holy Spirit.
We do receive that restful place and that beautiful place of inner transformation with zero effort. I thank you that you always work from the inside out. This is not vain to let you work on the inside, but that’s not the only thing you want to do when you won’t conclude there. I thank you that you’re working on the inside of us and it’s bearing much fruit and the blessing of your hand of love, transformation and your heart for us is not only working us into the image of Jesus Christ inwardly, but we are having the life of Jesus Christ outwardly. The Jesus Christ that’s sitting at Your right hand, glorified in heaven, ruling and reigning, even over the affairs of man in Jesus’ name, we pray.
If you’ve read the previous episodes, you know our key scripture for it comes from Proverbs 4:7 and this is from the New King James version where God explained to us again and reminded us wisdom is a principal thing, therefore get wisdom and in all you’re getting get understanding. We need God’s wisdom for every part of the journey called life, in every bit of it. It almost seems like we need special wisdom for those times when we are waiting for a promise to manifest in our life from God. We’ve been talking about that and the Holy Spirit has been blessing you and me tremendously by doing so. God was speaking to us more about what we’re to do when we wait and then he spoke to us more in detail about what we should not do while we’re waiting because I think it’s a bit of both in this particular revelation.
God was telling us one of the things you don’t want to do while you’re waiting for a promise of God to manifest whether that’s a breakthrough, whether that’s a dream, God gave you a prophetic word that came from the Lord, a promise you lay hold of in the Bible, knowing that all of God’s promises are yes. In Christ, they’re amen to the glory of God. No matter what it is, God was telling us, “Do not wait to celebrate.” God was explaining to us and reminding us the joy of the Lord is our strength. It takes strength to wait.
Something that God revealed to me prior to Him authoring the book through me that He wrote, the second one was about Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus, for the glory, the blessing, or the benefits. I’m paraphrasing, “That was set before Him endured the shame of the cross.” Jesus had to set His mind on those things and we see throughout His ministry here on the Earth, Jesus was not this man crying. He was the one who was stopping a lot of tears. I don’t know if you’re somebody who’s ever dealt with grief or depression or sadness for some reason, you can’t give what you don’t have and people who are sorrowful, grieved in their spirit, a lot of times can’t give joy.
It cannot be that Jesus had no joy while He was here because everywhere He went, He was wiping tears away and giving joy, supplanting it with joy. The book of Isaiah says, “Mourning into dancing.” The sisters, Martha and Mary whose brother Lazarus, Jesus rose from the dead. Those were two sisters who were in great mourning and Jesus rose their brother from the dead. In doing so, these women were in great rejoicing, talk about having your morning turned into dancing. Jesus was continually giving beauty for ashes. People went from a place of lack, debt, wanting, and bondage to freedom and surplus, bless so much that they could be a blessing where there were leftovers and, go from a place of confused and lack of identity, like the woman at the whale to a woman so sure of who God is and so sure of who she is in Christ, that she has a boldness. The Bible says, “The righteous are as bold as a lion.”
She has a boldness like a lion in a matter of seconds. Jesus for sure had to have joy because everywhere He went, He was turning people’s sorrow into gladness and they’re mourning into dancing. They’re weeping into joy. The Bible says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” I don’t think it’s a coincidence and the Holy Spirit said this to me, but Jesus has called the bright and morning star. He was continually doing that and causing celebration everywhere. You can’t give what you don’t have. Indeed, He had to have a celebratory spirit in Him and the only way to do that because God made Jesus promises like He did to us and Jesus didn’t get promises all the time in a matter of a split second, some things He had to wait in order for the promises to manifest and realize. Things came against the word God gave Him, they come against the word God gives us.
He persevered and He is Christ our risen King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Everything God said He would do for Him, He has done for Him. God’s faithfulness has been demonstrated and certainly, His love has been demonstrated through Christ Jesus and through the cross. We can learn from Him. He is our savior, the Lord, God above all. Jesus is also still a teacher and He has shown us, He is the way. It’s not only that He’s shown a way, a good way, a perfect way, an excellent way. Looking at Him is the way, mimicking Him is to walk in the way, it’s the walking Him. He definitely had a celebratory spirit. Jesus was going to different feasts.
Communion: Intimate Fellowship With God
It was Jesus who broke bread with His disciples, even on the night of His betrayal. I don’t know about you, but how could He have the stomach for it? He was still giving and pouring out to us that revelation of the last supper. It’s wonderful and communion is certainly not something we should wait until someone in the church encourages us to take it. It’s something that we take every day. If you’re dealing with something symptomatic in your body or any condition, even if you need a heart, soul, spirit and emotional healing, those places that doctors and man’s hands can’t reach, I would greatly encourage you to take communion with the revelation that Jesus gave us. His body was broken so that our body would be whole.
With that revelation, I would encourage you to do that and not wait on anybody. Communion is a deep, intimate fellowship with God, and you certainly don’t have to have deep, intimate fellowship only when we congregate together because we will congregate together once again. I do that with everything in me. God was explaining to us not to wait to celebrate. He gave us different examples and showed us various people in the Bible who took this wisdom from God and ran with it and towards their promises that God made them surely came to pass. They came up to pass well beyond what it is that God promised them. That’s demonstrating that God is who He says He is. When He says that He’s the God who’s able to do immeasurably more than you could ever ask, think or imagine, which is why you should always ask big and if you have a prayer to make saints of God, has got to enlarge my capacity to ask you bigger.
God’s supply is certainly never the issue. It would be our ability to believe Him for it. We know that by faith, we receive every promise of God. Here in this new covenant, we’re no longer under a covenant of the law where we are enslaved and in bondage and have the spirit of fear. This new covenant that Christ did for us, the Bible says, “A better covenant built on better promises.” All we do to receive those promises is to believe God. We know faith comes by hearing the word of Christ. You have been led by God. Positioning always comes before possessing. God has positioned you, even as you read this for possession of your promises.
God is very good and that’s the absolute truth. That is a reason to celebrate. Even when times aren’t good, God is still good. For the children of God, for every son and daughter of God, God works everything together for your good. You say, “What about like even the death of a loved one? What good could possibly come out of something so tragic?” For your born again love ones, they’re not dead, but more alive than you and me. We could have started there. Jesus has a way of giving beauty, even for ashes. If you hand somebody a pile of ashes, how do you give something beautiful out of that?
This is the same God that when the world was filled with darkness and chaos of the cosmos, God spoke a word too light be in Hebrew and God spoke those words and light has existed ever since. That light is Christ and dwells in us, He’s for us and He’s with us. That is something to celebrate. Not only that, God is someone who can bring dead things to life. The very fact that God can and that He wants to do this for you is a reason to celebrate not when you grab hold of it only. Of course, you’ll celebrate then and alive with great rejoicing. God wants us to celebrate even while we wait. We know that in looking at these various people’s lives, God doesn’t have us doing that for gossip’s sake.
We’re not like peeping into the window of their past home and, “Did you see what she did? You heard what happened to her?” This is not about gossip, but about the gospel. It’s relevant for us because these are not just a collection of stories. As some would say to children, but the Bible is the written word of God. God breathed words and God is His word. It is God on pages and we know that God can manifest Himself in different ways. He is God, He is spirit, but then He clothed Himself in human flesh and came as Jesus, His son who is also God and the Holy Spirit. God is able to do that. He’s coming in the form of an angel. We know that the angel of the Lord has appeared to many people in the Bible.
God is able to do that. He’s got His self written in that form. Your Bible is not the words of any man, uttering a promise to you that’s empty or a man who maybe want it to fulfill the promise, but fail to do so because He’s only human. This God is making these promises. These promises can’t come back to Him void or empty. God can’t lie. If it wasn’t true after He said it He certainly is because everything He speaks, is the truth. God is very good. Our Bible tells us that God changes not. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forevermore. He’s also not a respecter of persons. As relevant that we look up at these people’s lives, although they came here for us because it’s the same God that they serve.
Do Not Wait To Celebrate
They have a covenant with God like we have a covenant with God because they all have been saved by grace and not the law. Even those we read about in the old testament are a part of this new covenant with Christ. Knowing that God doesn’t change, not a respecter of persons, it is relevant for us because we know what God did for them. He is able and willing to do for us. He’s not a respecter of persons. We’re going to talk about not waiting to celebrate and look a little bit more into the Bible. The key passage of scripture that God gave me for this particular revelation within this entire series, this specific part about not waiting to celebrate.
He said, “Don’t wait to celebrate.” God was explaining to me that in Isaiah 54, the Bible says, “Sing O barren. You who have not borne break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not labored with child.” That was same crazy, especially back in those days, when those words were uttered by God, being a barren woman was like a curse, nothing less than society considered that. Imagine a woman wanting to have a child and doesn’t have to necessarily, be something that you’re waiting for or something you’re believing God for. If you are, I tell you, congratulations ahead of time. You’ve put your trust in the right one and He’ll come through. That’s my faith and I link it with yours. God is saying, barren is not just a woman who hasn’t given birth or can’t conceive a child.
It is any situation or any predicament that someone may find themselves in or find their life in and there’s an emptiness. The womb is empty. There is a longing for something to be fulfilled and that promise to be fulfilled. If it’s not, it can feel like barrenness there. Some people’s wallets feel and look barren and they’re believing God to fill it up where they have enough for them, their family, their loved ones, and more than enough leftover. Barren can unfortunately manifest in many different ways, not in the womb. As a matter of fact, you can consider your promises from God, Him giving it to you. You walking it out where it comes to pass as conception and giving birth and hence a waiting room wisdom.
We were discussing when a family member is giving birth to a child, you only get so many people in that room and everybody else, no matter how much the one giving birth and how much the child will love that family member that’s in the waiting room. There can only be so many up close like that when God is doing a personal work, a deep work, a wonderful work, like bringing forth a child. It’s also a wonderful thing and a blessed thing to give birth to other things. There are many benefits and blessings from God that he enables us to conceive and to give birth to, but there is a waiting period something and God wants us to sing.
God is not saying sing because he’s oblivious to the barrenness, the lack, the need, or the desire that someone feels is yet to be fulfilled. He’s very aware of that and compassionate. God is the one who positions us to possess our possessions in Christ. He’s the one who causes us to triumph, who’s given us victory and gave us the keys to the kingdom. God doesn’t have these promises everywhere, like teasing you. God not only has the promises, He tells you how to take hold of them and how to allow him to keep them. God is not hiding the ball, He’s making it very plain for us. He says it even with the barrenness, “Not after you’ve conceived, not after you’ve given birth, but right now where you feel a want.”
Where that desire is deep and where you have the longing and you’re moving towards the satisfaction. God is saying, “Right then, in that moment, this is what you should do saying barren. You who have not born, break forth into singing and cry aloud. For more are the children of the desolate.” That one that’s barren than of the married woman. Those people say the Lord that have already possessed their promises, already have their children, is for the one that had to wait and endure. God is so good. He turns things into goodness, even the waiting.
Rejoice, Even In The Waiting Room
God doesn’t want the wait to become a weight on our shoulders, that’s why He’s given us this wisdom so that we will endure to the end, that we will be able to persevere. They will be able to stand still and see His salvation in His word and as it manifests on the Earth. God wants you to have what He promised you. He wants to surprise you because He hasn’t revealed everything to you yet. This is God’s heart’s desire. If it wasn’t, no way He would give you the keys to open that door. It’s no way He would show you the way. He said, “His word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. His word is coming forth through me.” It’s in the Bible and it’s full of wisdom from beginning to end, like this show is, because it’s full of God. Nothing in and of myself, but the Lord in and through me. One of the people I should say that God took me to in the scriptures comes from Luke 1. It’s Mary the mother of Jesus.
Eventually, she was the mother of Jesus, but there was a point in time where she was not, she was a Jewish, virgin woman engaged to be married to Joseph who had received a promise from the Lord. All Mary had was a word from God. If you have somebody that all you have is a word from God, you don’t have a plan B, either God comes through or it won’t happen. It’s as simple as that. I’m talking to people who have to believe God. When you have to, you can look at things like this and God changes not, and He’s not a respecter of persons. God didn’t do this for Mary because she was the mother of Jesus, because she wasn’t the mother of Jesus yet.
After all, all these people that Jesus blessed and gave miracles to that Jesus said, “If you’ve seen Him, you’ve seen the Father.” This was God doing this. God is Jesus in the flesh. He is God, they all are one. Don’t look at them separate and apart in that regard. We know that Jesus was answering people’s prayers and bringing promises to pass and causing who long for things to have them. It wasn’t just about Mary being special because she was the mother of Jesus. We’re all special to God and what God did for her, He’s willing and able to do for us. I want you to look at something God showed me because Mary didn’t wait to celebrate. “You don’t have to worry about being ashamed. God, won’t put you to shame.” That’s written in Isaiah 54. If you get time, I would encourage you to read that entire passage in light of what Christ has done for us.
I’m starting at the part when it talks about Mary. I’m reading from Luke 1:26, “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary and having come in the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one. The Lord is with you. Blessed, are you among women.’” There’s another indication, proof or demonstration that it’s God’s will for us to rejoice, even in the waiting room. Mary had not even received the prophetic word yet, let alone the promise yet and the angel sent back, God comes forth and the first thing out of his mouth is rejoice.
Rejoice for what? She’s engaged, but not yet married. She has a womb, but nothing is in it. What are you announcing to this woman? “Rejoice, highly favored one.” Are you sure you don’t mean lacking one or pending one or almost having it one? No, it cannot lie and He spoke through this angel. God put the message in the mouth of the angel, like God is putting the message in my mouth even now. Being favored by God is good enough, but look at how God blesses us. “Rejoice, highly favored one. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.” It’s not that God is going to bless you when the manifestation takes place. The Lord is with you greater than He was with Mary at that time. Mary for a period of time was impregnated with Jesus.
The spirit of God dwelled in her because Jesus is the Holy Spirit. He is God, the father. That was for her gestational period. For born again and believers who our Holy Spirit feels the Lord is with you always and forever. Continually you carry the Messiah in you. If Mary had a reason to rejoice and she was called by God highly favored, “The Lord is with you and blessed are you among women.” We must be more highly favored and even much greater are we blessed by God, amongst men and women because we carry him always and forevermore. He carries us because He lives on the inside of us. The Bible says in verse 29, “When she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and considered what matter of greeting this was.” Then the angel said to her, “God is wonderful.” He’s saying it even to us, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the son of the highest.”
The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of His kingdom, there will be no end. That prophetic word is for Mary, but it’s also though encompassed with the promises that God made Jesus. The Bible says, “After hearing that, Mary says to the angel, ‘How can it be since I don’t know a man?’” She was engaged, but not married. In those days you didn’t have sex with a man and certainly didn’t get pregnant by him unless he was your lawful husband. You can tell that she lived his life following God because her question is indicative of that. She didn’t even think about fornicating.
It never even crossed her mind. She’s like, “How can it be? I’m engaged.” Mary was, “How are you going to do that?” It never crossed her mind, go lay with Joseph, and thankfully it didn’t because Joseph wouldn’t have been able to bring forth a sinless son that could save us and the entire world, upon their acceptance of Jesus. Thankfully that she didn’t have a mind to do that or try to make it happen herself. She let God bring it to pass what He promised. The Bible says, “The angel answered and said to her when she asked how it will be, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, also that Holy one is to be born, will be called the son of God.’ Indeed, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age. This is now the six-month for her who was called barren.”
God won’t leave you there. If there’s any barrenness in your life, if anything lacks, what you know is the perfect will of God. When you say, there’s got to be more to this story. I’m telling you, the same guy that took Elizabeth from barren to bearing children and John the Baptist, then He will certainly do it for you. He’s not a respecter of persons. This doesn’t have to be about people who want to have children. It is for them as well, but it’s for anyone waiting on any promise from God. I love it that He tells her, that’s her own relative. I’m sure she knew that Elizabeth could not have children so she knows this is a miracle. Not only that, Elizabeth was very old, way past the age of childbearing, yet still God provided.
Mary who responds to this word from God, after the angel tells her, “For with God, nothing will be impossible,” He gave her an example of that, telling her about her relative, who couldn’t bring forth or conceive in her womb a child, and now is six months pregnant. Waddling over the floor with a child indeed. It’s not just any child, a child that would do great exploits and Jesus would even boast about the things that the Lord was able to do through John the Baptist. God is good. He tells her because Elizabeth was facing something that was impossible odds and there’s Mary facing something that’s impossible odds. How are you going to get pregnant without a man or sex? How does this work?
If there’s any impossible challenge you’re facing, that would be the end of your story, but it’s not because, with God, all things are possible. It’s not a big deal for God. It may be challenging for us. Before you open your mouth to speak, God answered. He has the answer. Jesus is the answer. God can make anything happen. With Him all things are possible. We may not be able to figure it out, but He’s already getting worked out. He’s not just wise, He is wisdom. Mary responded to this angel and it should be ours for every promise God makes us. She says, “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord, let it be to me according to your word,” and the angel departed from her.
She was rejoicing and she hadn’t had this child yet. If you go to verse 46, Mary wrote a song to the Lord, by the spirit of God and it said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my savior.” She didn’t have the promise yet. She couldn’t rejoice so much that brings about its own rejoicing and it wasn’t that rejoicing. Mary was in a waiting room. She hadn’t even conceived the child, let alone gave birth to the child, let alone saw that this child would be called literally the son of God. Even while she waited, the Bible said, “My soul magnifies. The Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God, my savior.”
We can rejoice in God, our savior. That’s a reason for rejoicing in every season. She goes on to say, “For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant. For behold henceforth, all generations will call me blessed.” She’s prophesied over her own life because remember the angel announced her, “Blessed are you among women.” This woman was still in a pending state. She still hadn’t possessed any promise. She was engaged, not yet married. This woman was a woman where children can be conceived through, but she hadn’t conceived. This was a woman who was told she would give birth to a great son, but she hadn’t given birth yet.
This was a woman who was promised that her son would be called the son of God and do great exploits. No one had called Him the son of God yet. Then Mary heard and no one had saw her give birth to this child, not even with her own eyes that she behold it, but Mary continued to rejoice. She knows she’ll be called blessed and she says, “For He, who is mighty has done great things for me.” What did He do though? No manifestation yet. She’s saying, “For He, who is mighty.” He who was able to put a child in the womb of her cousin, Elizabeth, who was way past the age of childbearing, husband way past the age of childbearing. She was naturally a barren woman who, before God touched her life, couldn’t have children.
Mary has seen her six months barefoot and pregnant, stayed with her all the way to nine months to say she didn’t leave Elizabeth’s house. She went to visit her and saw her pregnant with her own eyes and got a confirmation from Elizabeth. The Holy Spirit feels Elizabeth and begins to prophesy of Mary again. She’s hearing good news left, right, front and center. She’s not waiting for the good news to bear fruit. She’s believing the God who cannot lie, who loves her, who saw her among all the women in the world. I promise you a child, son, and daughter of God sees you. This is not a crowd of people. It’s individual intimacy and God has a plan for your life or your whole family collectively.
He has plans for the family unit, but God has a plan for your life uniquely and individually. God loves you, not the church you belong to. Although, He does love the church members, but I’m talking about God loves you. I’m talking to you. God is speaking to you. He’s calling you out individually and pointing His finger at you, not in a judgmental way but pointing His finger at you, saying, “I pick you out. I called you out of the crowd to bless you, to show you that you’re blessed, to show you that you’re highly favored, to show you you’ve got reason to rejoice.” Not only when he manifests the promise, but when you make the promise because He’s faithful.
In Luke 2, Mary gives birth to Jesus. It wasn’t through Joseph. The Holy Spirit did come upon her and cause her to conceive. She was still betrothed to Joseph and during those times, being pregnant was completed, it came a time for her to deliver her son. The Bible says, “She brought forth her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them at that particular end.” We see that she did conceive by the Holy Spirit, and was still betrothed to Joseph. If for sure, it wasn’t him, she hadn’t had sex with Joseph yet, they hadn’t gotten married yet. She indeed did bring forth the son of God.
For those who have studied the word of God, we all know that every promise God made her and every promise he made her concerning her seed did in fact come to pass. That’s our reason for rejoicing people because for sure, this God who cannot lie will indeed bring it to pass. I don’t want to start this next particular person that God has given to demonstrate the power of rejoicing and letting us know that we’re not the only ones God gave the wisdom to say, “Don’t wait to celebrate,” and that they receive their miracle and their promise. You don’t have to worry about God not coming through. He indeed will come through. God always does what He promises.
Thank you for being with me on this journey. I’m humbled by that. I love this time with you. I know many of you have written to me and love it as well, but I probably love it more. I feel good being able to share with you, believe with you, coming in agreement with you, pray with you. I love that I’m not on this journey by myself and I thank God for you all. May He continue to keep you, bless you, and go before you throughout the coming days and manifest His glory to you. Bless you all the more and even thrust you forward in an accelerated manner towards the promised land that He has for you in those individual promises and dreams and those words you’ve laid hold to in His Bible, in Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen. I love you guys.