For weeks now, God has been speaking to me about being faint. I had thought I recently blogged on this but didn’t. A bit of a blogging haze, if you will but then I remembered that I shared with a friend what God had been saying…commenting on her blog. I’ve copied and pasted to help you know where I am coming from.
If I may as well. Since last week, I was pressing into God concerning this very thing. Joy…where is it? Many times, it is insuppressible when I am in the word, studying and spending time with Father. So daily, we should experience that. But recently, I find that lid placed on it, as you have so beautifully stated and also asked why and this is the passage that Father gave me. Romans 15:13, “Now the God of hope fill you with joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
I realized that, just as you said, there comes a time when we begin to lose our joy and peace in believing. “Disappointment” and just as God stated yesterday…”weariness” becomes a tare. I never even considered that weariness would “grow up” in our harvest fields until that point, but it does. It’s the cares of life…choking out and at best, delaying or diminishing our harvest. So, I have made this my prayer recently, “Father, you are my hope. Fill me with joy and peace in believing that I may abound in hope through the power of Holy Ghost!”
I began searching, wanting Holy Spirit to reveal any thing to me that may cause me to become faint. You see, being faint is not a physical ailment. It’s a mental ailment and it can be fatal, especially to God’s dreams and desires for us.
Hebrews 12:3 “For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds.”
God took me to an account that all of us are familiar with to help me to understand just how lethal a “fainting spell” can be. I’ll ask you the question Father asked me.
WHY DID ESAU TRADE HIS BIRTHRIGHT FOR THE CHILI?
He was not hungry! I know that could be controversial and we have certainly heard it preached that way but the Word says nothing of hunger. Nothing. He was faint.
Read for yourself.
And Isaac intreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau. And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau’s heel; and his name was called Jacob: and Isaac was threescore years old when she bare them. And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.
And why was he faint? The answer is in what was going through his mind. Read verse 34 again. “…thus Esau despised his birthright.”
He literally hated what was to be for him. He despised his destiny. His contempt was with his Maker. His qualm was with the Word…the prophecy.
Just take yourself there for a moment. Rebekah had two children within her and one day, there they were, writhing inside of her. She could sense the internal war and it was a fight she couldn’t intervene. And then the word came and what a magnificent word it was!
“Rebekah, two nations are in your womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from they bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people, and the elder shall serve the younger.”
They came forth and the first was named Esau and the younger, Jacob because he grasped the heel of the first born.
Can’t you just see them? At bedtime, their mother would call them to her knees. “Come my boys, hear what God has said about you.” And when they lay in their beds recalling the words, Esau had heard, “You, you’re the weak one. You are faint! The second rate servant.” And as he lay there, he said, “What good is a birthright anyway? What’s so special about Jacob anyway? Why am I not? There is nothing for me!” And when he awoke, those words continued to speak with him.
And Jacob, “I knew I should have been first! I’m the strong one! Just wait and see. It’s gonna happen.” And he imagined how and contrived, until his heart was content.
Finally the day came. Esau had admitted that he was faint. That’s what the prophesy said right? One people shall be stronger than the other? This must be it!
“Hey Esau, you said you want some stew? Let’s just take care of this thing here and now. You been thinking any more about what Mama said? How about a birth right? It’s time to serve it up to me! It’s pay time.”
And Esau, “Might as well. There is no promise for me anyway.”
My question is this. How had they interpreted the prophecy given to their mother to mean that all of the inheritance that was to be given to the first born would be given to the second? It didn’t say that at all but that is what they believed. Maybe there was another interpretation.
There are two nations in your womb. Two promise lands. Two manner of people and when they come forth, they will be unique in their gifting and callings. One of them shall be stronger than the other and the older shall serve the younger.
(I don’t know but maybe they could have entertained that the reason that one must be stronger is because that would be what it would take for the older to truly serve the younger. Just an idea.)
God didn’t say who was the stronger or who was the weaker. God didn’t say anything about favorites. He didn’t say he preferred the stronger to the weaker or the younger over the oldest. He just said, “this is the order”.
God has put order in all of our lives. And like it or not, that is the divine plan for each of us, whether we are the stronger or the weaker, the older or younger.
If we are fainting, what then is the solution?
Well, taking one more look at the word faint. It means to lose consciousness briefly: to become unconscious, especially for a short time because of a reduction in the flow of blood to the brain.
It’s good to continually renew our mind, allowing the blood flow over our minds. It’s also good to note that Jesus bled for the faint..
Luke 22:44 says, “And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”
Just what questions were coming to Jesus about his birthright? Was he not the stronger sent to serve the weaker?
And we see here that even his disciples were found having a “fainting spell”. Take a look at Luke 22:45-46. “And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow (fainting?), And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.”
#1. Rise and pray!
We can also look to 2 Corinthians for help as well.
2 Corinthians 4:13, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed and therefore have I spoken. We also believe, and therefore we speak…”
2 Corinthians 4:15 & 16, “For all these things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many may redound to the glory of God. For this cause we faint not. For though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
#2. As we continue to believe and speak what God has said belongs to us, the abundant grace through thanksgiving, will redound to the glory of God! Thanksgiving is key and grace will cause us to redound to the glory of God!
That word redound is amazing! It means to recover from a setback and move back to a previous or higher level or position.
Grace will never fail us friend! It will cause always cause us to recover from every setback or fainting spell and will restore us to our rightful place in God‘s plan for our life and to His glory! All we need do is repent.
I see several things on the prophetic horizon.
1. There is coming a repentance of despising the birthright. Jacob & Esau are about to be reunited.
2. I see the older gaining strength in the coming season and the younger taking rank.
3. I see true servanthood returning to the church.
4. Religious dysfunctional favoritism is about to be exposed and dealt with and Father’s favoritism is about to be revealed and restored to the church.
5. Birthrights are about to be restored on a personal level, in the church and on national level as well.