To read part one of The Eviction Notice, click here
I imagined he was sitting across from me. I envisioned him laughing at my current cycle. He was rubbing his hands together as if scheming and plotting for it to go on longer. He didn’t look gross. He wasn’t wearing a red cape or holding a pitch fork. He looked normal, as to not be recognized.
But I recognized him.
And so with my anger and my authority through Jesus, I served him the eviction notice. The same one as last cycle. I commanded him to leave and take everything with him that was causing my infertility. The imbalanced hormones. The late and anovulatory cycles. The cysts. Everything. It was all to leave. I reminded Him that Jesus bore my sickness on the cross and I was redeemed. I was redeemed from ever having another miscarriage. I was redeemed from barrenness. I was redeemed from this disease, this pain, and these complications. And I reminded him of who I was. I was a daughter of the King.
I was confident of my eviction notice, but ya know what? It didn’t work like it did last time. I didn’t see a change as quickly. But being the believer that I am in the power of persistence, I tried again the next day. But folks, nothing, nada, zilch happened. And so I tried the next…and the next…and the next…and the next. For six days I served him this eviction notice and let’s be honest, I was losing steam. And I was losing my ability to even care because I was now on cycle day 38 and tired. So tired emotionally and spiritually that I almost waved the white flag by deciding my cycle could come on day 167,465 for all I cared. But as I began to lower my head in defeat, I saw him again. I saw him laughing. I saw him rubbing his hands together as if thinking he had won. And he annoyed me in such a way that eviction notice number 7 was served last night with so much fire and anger and faith and hope…that today, what would have been calendar day 39, is now calendar day one. Thank You Jesus!
You might be thinking the point of this story is to never give up. And it is. Sorta. But I think the ‘never give up’ message goes deeper. Because while I sit here typing this to you in hope it will encourage you to use your words of authority to speak to the mountains in your life, I was reminded of the time Jesus cursed a fig tree. You see, He and the disciples were walking along the road and Jesus saw a fig tree. But when He reached for it and saw there were no fruit, He cursed it. He used His authority and commanded it to never produce fruit again. Kinda harsh, right? And one would expect the tree to start withering in that instant, right? It was Jesus after all. The Son of God who could raise the dead, heals the sick, and feed thousands with a Lunchable. But ya know what, friends? It wasn’t until the next morning when the disciples passed by the same fig tree that they noticed it had withered.
Did you catch that, sister-roo? It wasn’t until LATER…hours later…that others were able to see the effects of Jesus’ words. And guess what? It is sometimes the same with our own words when spoken in faith. It may take time for it to travel from the root…the life source…the part no one can see…to the leaves…the evidence…the symptoms…that everyone can see. And when this happens, when it looks and feels like nothing is happening on the surface, we must stand firm and not give up. We must do what Jesus tells his disciples when they point out to Him the withering tree, and that is we must believe in God. And we must do this even when we don’t see the results we were expecting immediately.
So friends, what are you facing in your life right now? What mountain do you need to have removed? Does it have a name? Does it go against God’s will for your life? Does it contradict His word? If so, exercise authority over it in Jesus’ name. Don’t submit to it or own it; instead rebuke it. Because the Bible says that if you tell it to bow down, it must obey. If you tell it to be removed, it will be removed. If you tell it to die at the root, it will die at the root. If you resist it, then it must flee. But it’s “if you….” because God has given you His word and He has given you His authority (Luke 10:19). So speak. And don’t stop believing that what you have spoken in faith, is indeed being killed at the root.
I have been given the authority to tread and trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing by any means shall harm me. (Luke 10:19)
No weapon formed against me shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17)
I have been delivered, healed, set free, and made whole. (Isaiah 53:5, Matthew 8:16-17)
Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go throw yourself in the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them.’ (Mark 11:23)
Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then He said to the tree, ‘May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And the disciples heard him say it”… (Mark 11:13-14) In the morning, as they went along, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots. Peter remembered and said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, look! The fig tree you cursed has withered!’ So Jesus answered and said to them ‘Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:20-22)
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