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Cause and Effect

“…Prophetic words are generally not inevitabilities but invitations waiting for our response.”

Katherine Ruonala

Over and over again in Genesis chapter one, we see cause and effect play out. The cause is displayed by the words, “And God said…” The effect is noted in the words, “And it was so.” When God says something, it happens. God’s spoken word births or creates it into being. An example of this cause and effect is seen in Genesis 1:24: “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so.”

God’s spoken words release it into being. The same is true for God’s prophetic words. We need to partner and come into agreement with those words and declare it as truth, for the word to come into being. Our prophetic destiny is to be believed in order for it to be received.

We serve a God “who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were” (Romans 4:17b). Abraham was a great example of this. God said Abraham and Sarah would give birth to a son, making him “a father of many nations” (Romans 4:17a). Even though Abraham and Sarah were long past child-bearing age, Abraham believed God’s promise. He knew if God said so, it is so. Just as God created the world out of nothing, He would do the same in the birth of their son Isaac.

Abraham didn’t waver in unbelief, when he stared at reality in its face. Instead, he “gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised” (Romans 4:20b-21). Abraham gave God thanks before Isaac was born. Likewise, by faith, we need to thank God for prophetic words to come to pass in our lives. 

A few years ago, I received the prophetic word of being a key pin, or linchpin. I’ve prayed into it and have believed, but I had no clue what it meant for me, until recently. The definition of a linchpin is: “a locking pin inserted crosswise.” After seeing me minister and hearing of this prophetic word, a friend unlocked the meaning for me. She said when I encourage people, it’s a stabilizing force locking them into position. It’s like through the words I speak I put courage into people to be who God created them to be. As a result, I now look for opportunities to minister as a stabilizer of identity. God said and it was so.

“I would not give much for prophetic intelligence if it does not begin, continue, and end with the person, work, and glory of Christ.”

H.H. Snell

Relevant Reflection:

Describe a time in your life when you experienced that same kind of cause and effect: God said it and it was so.

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