July Newsletter

It’s Time to Laugh,

Recently I was reading Genesis 18. It is the story of Abraham and Sarah receiving a word from God that they would have a child. Picking up at verse 9 it says,
It’s Time to Laugh,

Recently I was reading Genesis 18. It is the story of Abraham and Sarah receiving a word from God that they would have a child. Picking up at verse 9 it says, “Where is your wife Sarah? ” they asked him. “There, in the tent,” he answered. The Lord said, “I will certainly come back to you in about a year’s time, and your wife Sarah will have a son! ” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance of the tent behind him. Abraham and Sarah were old and getting on in years. Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. So she laughed to herself: “After I have become shriveled up and my lord is old, will I have delight? ” But the Lord asked Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Can I really have a baby when I’m old? ’ Is anything impossible for the Lord ? At the appointed time I will come back to you, and in about a year she will have a son.” (Genesis 18:9-14 HCSB)

After reading this passage, I realized how many times in the last few months I have actually laughed in disbelief. It seems like so many of us are in a season of seeming impossibilities!! Everyone I talk to is facing major giants in their lives, and many of us are just like Sarah. We have this ONE THING our heart desires, this ONE THING we are called to do and it has not happened yet. We have this destiny, this passion, this desire inside of us to give birth to something greater then us...YET there has been no fruition. Just as Sarah, a barren woman, is longing to have that child, we are longing to see the promise of God manifest in us.
But, many of us have been waiting for so long, we have stopped believing it is even possible to really have the dream. Like Sarah, we have began to just listen from a distance. We are no longer
participating in the angelic visitation or move of God, we are simply spectators because we think our time as past.

Leading up to Sarah's laughter of doubt she had already experienced her Haggar and Ishmael season. She decided since God had not moved fast enough she would make the promise happen. Sarah told her husband to sleep with Haggar the servant so she could bear him a son. He did and they named the child Ishmael.

Holy Spirit showed me something interesting about this. Right now many people are in their Haggar season...They are being intimate with the wrong thing!!! And intimacy with the wrong thing will cause you to produce a counterfeit promise and not the genuine destiny God has for you! You are also creating unnecessary drama and conflict. So many people in the body of Christ have trust issues with God because they have been intimate with the wrong thing and then they feel used and rejected and nothing seems to be working in their favor. But, when you are intimate with God and save yourself for Him, and allow Him to birth something in you, you can trust Him!!!

There are some people that are currently in their Ismael season...They've already produced their OWN thing and now they are having to deal with the consequences and it's not all it is cracked up to be!! Those people are stressed out, burned out, wore out, and flipping out, simply because anytime you get ahead of God and produce out of your flesh the consequences are going to be reaped!

But I have some good news for you I heard God say, "IT'S TIME TO LAUGH!!" And although many of us have been laughing at this season of impossibility I want to prophecy that God is about to change our laughter from one of doubt to one of joy and possibilities!!

Genesis 21:1 says, "
The Lord came to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised. Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time God had told him. Abraham named his son who was born to him — the one Sarah bore to him — Isaac. When his son Isaac was eight days old, Abraham circumcised him, as God had commanded him. Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born to him. Sarah said, “God has made me laugh, and everyone who hears will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:1-6 HCSB)

This is a significant time and season...You are not going to laugh in disbelief any longer! This is a year of promise!
A year of birthing! Our favor is here! Our breakthrough is here! Our hope is here! Our promise is here! Like Sarah we thought is was over, we thought we were washed up, we thought all hope was gone...BUT GOD MADE US LAUGH!! Psalm 126:4-6 in the Message Bible says it this way, "And now, God, do it again— bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will
shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing."

God is coming to us as He said He would!
God is doing for us as He promised He would!

Be Blessed,
Pastor Shelisa