"How you look at your situation will determine how long you stay there."

At some point, we've all had to wait for something...

The job interview

The acceptance letter

The pregnancy

That "one phone call"

That relationship

The medical report

Or maybe even just waiting for "the next thing" in life.

Waiting never feels like a secure place to be in because we have no control over the outcome.

But what we do know, is that "In the waiting," we know who is in the outcome.

In Mark chapter 5, we meet a woman who was battling a blood issue for 12 years.

Mark 5: 25-28

"And there was a woman who had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.”

1) Your attitude in the waiting can determine how long you have to wait

She declared out loud that she will be made well.

Can you imagine waiting for that healing, that breakthrough, that job, that baby... for 12 years!

I don't know about you, but when it comes to having to wait on the "answers" to a prayer. I start to get anxious. I let my mind wander off into the worst possible outcomes.

And eventually, I find myself so far down a rabbit hole, that I have a hard time praying. Fighting to declare truths over myself, because sometimes I'm just too defeated.

But I believe the words you speak over yourself will manifest the truth.

If that woman had shown up with an attitude of defeat, she could have missed out on the moment to get healed.

How you look at your situation will determine how long you stay there.

- I love Disney, and one of my favorite movies is "Moana."

Let me tell you why, The main character Moana, is a bold woman of faith and confidence. And throughout the movie, she makes a statement over and over, preparing for her enemy she was going to face," a demi-God":

“I am Moana of Motunui. You will board my boat, sail across the sea, and restore the heart of Te Fiti.”

And even if Disney wasn't trying to, there is something so biblical about Moana.

Through every trial, Moana proclaims who she is and what she will do, and nothing can stop her.

At some point, you need to grab hold of your situation and proclaim out loud over yourself who you are.

We don't have to fight for victory, we get to fight from victory.

So proclaim it over yourself, insert your name, and say it out loud!

"I am Angela daughter of a King. The enemy will not have a place in my boat, I will conquer any storm I face at sea, and God will continue to restore any brokenness in my heart"

Romans 10:9 says, "if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."

God has already stated we will have trials, but it's how we handle the trails that make us stronger in Christ.

2) What you do in the waiting can determine when you'll receive it

We are not waiting on God, He is waiting on you.

Moana not only proclaimed who she was, but she also took action and left the shore, giving fear no place to hold her back.

The same way this lady with the blood issue decided that she wouldn't only proclaim it but take action and reach for Jesus.

Mark 5:27

"She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment."

And after she not only had the faith to reach out to Jesus but proclaim it in faith, she gets healed.

This was the moment I realized that it wasn't about just being around Jesus that healed her but the faith she had to reach out to him even after so many years of waiting.

I don't know what her story was like for the 12 years leading up to this moment, but I bet it was hard, it was long, she probably cried from defeat and rejection from those around her.

But I believe it was in Gods plan all along for her to be healed the moment her heart was set on the posture of her healing and not hurting.

Mark 5:29

"And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease."

And at the end of this verse...

We learn her name. Jesus proclaims who she is!

Not a woman with a blood issue...

But a daughter of a King who loves her, who sees her, who feels her, and heals her from the inside out.

Mark 5:34

"And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.”

Hold onto this truth:

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." – 1 Peter 2:9

Before Moana sets sea, her grandma tells her something that ultimately makes Moana decide to be her families sacrifice and leave the island;

“But one day, someone will journey beyond our reef, find Maui, deliver him across the great ocean to restore the heart of Te Fiti.”

The same way our Heavenly Father looked down on us and sent His son before us, to deliver us, and restore the heart of our flesh and worldly desires. Our sin.

Making a way for us even when it felt like there was no way.

Not to make what was bad, good, but to make what was dead, alive.

He is in "the waiting" because he goes before us.

Isaiah 40:31

"But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."

So proclaim who you are, continue to reach out to Jesus and don't let anyone tell you that God is not in the waiting.

All of heaven is for you.



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