Dear Partners,

As I stood in line at the Post Office waiting patiently with about 15 others for the single attendant working, I was reminded of the significance of the Hebrew meaning of the number 20. Twenty paints the image of something being complete, or the perfecting and completion of a waiting period. In other words, all has been fulfilled and it is TIME!

Time can become the enemy that attacks your vision and dream by selling you the idea that IT will never happen. Time will, if given the authority, erode God’s image so that you become cynical, relinquishing given destiny and abundant supply. This is where God’s word both written and prophetically spoken, comes into play. “Why?” you may ask. Well, I’ll tell you. Isaiah 46:10 says, “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.’” See, God lives outside of time and is unaffected by the boundaries of seconds, minutes or hours but lives in the ever-present now. God gives you His word, (as I mentioned last month) called vision casting, to place in you an eternal hope or expectation, free from the limitations of days and months and is ever alive and powerful. When you step into this realm of living by the Word of God you cast off the restraints of natural restrictions and begin to live a life of the miraculous.

Are you waiting passively and complacently for fulfillment in your life or are you living every day expecting and knowing that God is superseding and overriding every doubt while bringing you to your place of desire? The wait as you know it is about to change.

In John 5:1-9 there’s a man who laid at the pool called Bethesda who had an infirmity for 38 years. We don’t know how old he was, only that he had dealt with this paralyzing issue for a long time. I want you to notice two things. In verse three there laid a great multitude of sick people, including the blind, lame and paralyzed who were, watch this, waiting for the moving of the water. In verse four we read that an angel would come down at a certain time and stir the water and the first one in would be made well. In verse six Jesus walks up to this man and asks him, “Do you want to be made well?” The paralyzed man replies with a very unique answer. He does not say, “Absolutely sir, I’m so done with this limited living!” But rather replies to Jesus in verse seven, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up.” Jesus ignores the paralyzed man’s uninformed response and commands him to rise, take up his bed and walk.

I believe that just like the paralyzed man, waiting can become an event that holds you captive with no end or reward in sight as well as not assigning expectation and trust to the appropriate place. With these hazardous thoughts exposed their attempts to hold you captive and restrict you from walking in divine fulfillment will be eliminated.

The devil will lie to you that you must helplessly wait for some intervening miracle that may or may not happen. I don’t wait, I create! I’m not waiting for some random moving of the supernatural in order to obtain supply or assistance, instead, I create it with the words of my mouth. This is why speaking God’s written Word during times of stress or pressure is of most importance. We cannot afford to speak complaints or wonder. Live your life in such a way that does not require miracles but instead creates them. Don’t get me wrong, there are miracles I need and there are miracles you need, but like Jesus, we live them out in life by speaking to dead situations and commanding them to resurrect. We voice our belief over withered accounts and give God thanks as we feed the multitudes with excess. We tell demonic oppression and depression to leave as we fill the air with the name of Jesus which demands submission and obedience. Let me encourage you, don’t wait for your miracle or rely on natural assistance, but rather release your miracle by declaring God’s promises.

Another deceptive tactic of the enemy is that you lack the assistance and support required to accomplish the task or meet the need at hand. The paralyzed man gave an excuse when asked by the Healer Himself if he wanted to be made well. The man was saying, “I have no strength, no opportunity, no ability of advancement, no helping hand!” Yet Jesus was saying, “I am your helping hand, your strength, opportunity, and advancement!” Jeremiah 17:5-6 reads, “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes.” But in verses 7-8 it continues, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear or see when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” The paralyzed man was hanging around the wrong people, and the crowd’s perspective had limited his vision of what was possible to the degree that when the miraculous stood at his bedside he didn’t even recognize it.

I encourage you this month to stop waiting for your moment or miracle to happen and begin to create it. Get rid of all your excuses for why it’s not happening and begin to allow your trust and hope in God to yield growth and increase in your life. Take up your situation and walk by faith!

Mandy and I love you and give God the greatest praise for you and your faithful partnership to Martin Ministries International. As you sow this month speak to your seed and say, “I’m not waiting for my harvest, I’m creating it.” Then speak God’s word over your life and area of need and watch God do the impossible. Thank you for your support.

Exploits for Him,

Dustin and Mandy

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