Welcome to the very first episode of Speak Faithfulness!
This weekly podcast gives voice to the belonging, healing and wholeness of all God’s children. It exists to speak aloud the faithfulness of God by resting in Scripture and sharing the testimony of Christ revealed through us, His children, both now and in the past.
We are opening our mouth for those unable to speak (Proverbs 31:8). For we believe no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God (2 Corinthians 1:20, NIV).
Your host today is Anna Smit. Anna is New Zealand born, but has dual kiwi-dutch citizenship. She is joining you in Spirit from her living room in the Netherlands, where she lives with her Dutch husband and two children.
Come join her, as she rests in the Scripture: Hosea 2: 15 (ESV):
And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor[e] a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
May you leave encouraged and strengthened by this spoken testimony and time of prayer:
May you know, as Jennifer Dean, who went to be with our LORD last year, so beautifully puts it in Alter’d: Experience The Power of Resurrection (Kindle Location 1232):
“His life is always working in you, when you are consciously aware of it and when you are not; when you are awake and when you are asleep. The blood is always working.”
The veil has been torn: you and I may enter into the Holy of Holies, unafraid and unashamed, through Christ Jesus, our LORD. Not because we deserve it, but because He made a Way, where there was none.
So, let’s press past the fear and the shame, and surrender our pride. Let’s enter the silence and hear our God speaking, right there. Let’s discover a door of hope in our valley of Achor, just as the shepherds did in the dark of the night and Elijah did from the dark of a cave, so long ago.
Thank You, Jesus, that You never stop speaking. Today, we choose to honor You alone, by speaking of your faithfulness all day long.
Have you ever asked Jesus to give you a One Word for your new year to take you deeper into Him?
Anna has done this for the past five years (2015: choose, 2016: behold, 2017: delight, 2018: joy, 2019: hold) and has been so blessed each time. God has used each One Word to root her deeper in His Living Word, reminding her of His purpose for her and His faithfulness to her and her loved ones as each year has progressed.
This year, her One Word is GO, taken from the Scripture (her emphasis):
John 15:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.
Here is a more detailed description of its meaning :
5217 hypágō (from 5259 /hypó, “under” and 71 /ágō, “lead away”) – properly, to lead away under someone’s authority (mission, objective). 5217 /hypágō (literally, “going under”) indicates a change of relation which is only defined by the context.
She is beginning to taste of this GOing already and seeing how it is woven together with repentance. It’s all about our leaving of the old (striving, sinking into fear and pride, led by self-focused fleshly desires fed by shame) to GO forward into the new God is holding out to us (resting in His love, pouring it out and living in joy and peace from a servant heart led by the Spirit of God). And she is also seeing the fruit of all the pruning God has taken her through in the past – yes, all that breaking and silence that speaks of God’s love for His Bride was full of purpose. All along God was busy training her to abide in Him. See a beautiful picture of what this abiding looks like, written by a blogger I follow: This Might Change Your Year
So, this song is so much Anna’s prayer for this year. May it bless you too:
Happy New Year! May you see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living this coming week and year, as you also GO in the Name of Jesus to bear beautiful fruit that remains. God bless you!
In the podcast today, Anna quotes from Michele Cushatt’s book Relentless: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who Never Leaves. You can find more info about this book at https://michelecushatt.com/relentless/
where Michele shares:
“Whether in struggle, illness, death, or failure, the presence of pain causes us to question the presence of God. We pray and watch the sky, crossing our spiritual fingers for hardcore proof of God’s nearness. And in the silence, we sense something more sinister: perceived abandonment.
But what if we could collect evidence that God hasn’t left us?
What if we could be absolutely certain of God’s presence and affection,
strengthening our faith against any assault?”