A few years ago, my husband John was an area coordinator for the Billy Graham My Hope America outreach. During that time, we visited different kinds of fellowships and churches. We also met a number of unique and loving people.
There was one church we regularly attended during a temporary stay in Indiana. They were also involved with the BGEA (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) outreach, and the pastor was a BGEA coworker with John.
We met some wonderful people at this church, but there was one woman in particular who I connected with. She was a mature intercessor; she had depth and I liked being around her.
One night, John and I decided to go to the Wednesday evening service. There were some pressing circumstances I was in the midst of, but having fellowship seemed like a good idea.
We arrived early, and the sanctuary was quiet when we walked in. It wasn’t long before my new intercessor friend came over by me; she had noticed my distress without me saying. But then, I could see she was in a hard place too. There was just ‘a knowing’ as our eyes met.
After she gave me a hug, she quietly declared, “We say what God say.” The presence of the Holy Spirit came as we lingered in her statement. Everything around us, including time, seemed to stop. It wasn’t about a positive confession and it wasn’t about giving a sacrifice of praise, but it was about pressing in to hear what God say. That evening stayed in my heart from that point on. I still remember it like it was yesterday.
There are times when we may feel like we’re caught between a rock and a hard place. It can feel like there’s no way out. But then there’s the God factor. When we cry out to the Lord, He makes a way out. It may not fall into place immediately and it may turn out differently than we envision. But eventually, the puzzle pieces start to come together; we’re able to step out of the hard place into the new.
Sometimes during the difficult phases of our lives, saying what God says is an important part of our breakthrough. It dismantles the lies the enemy tries to insert into our situation and reminds us of our Abba Father’s heart for us. Later, we may find that saying what God says expands into something much deeper within our hearts, which causes us to widen our views. The impossible becomes possible.
God knows how to take the simple things in life to make a powerful impact in our lives. I’ll never forget that night when the Lord sent His woman of valor to me and she spoke His words of wisdom … “We say what God say.”