Things aren’t always what they seem to be. Oftentimes, with little or no persuasion of our own, our minds take no pause in giving a negative verdict or judgement concerning life situations that require future solutions. Some things are to be solved in the future and require time. And those things that are out of our hands are indeed in God’s hands. If this sounds familiar, then we should understand to be rooted in a response that says, “I cast down thoughts contrary to the word of God,” because the accuser, the devil is the author of this mindset that tries to confuse how we stand upon a firm foundation in Jesus Christ.

Sometimes, we must wait patiently in faith as we continually renew our minds with what the word God says about our purpose. “ . . . for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” — Galatians 6:9

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” — Isaiah 55:8-9

With the measure of faith we’ve been given, expect the unexpected to receive exactly what you’ve petitioned God for, understanding that harvest time can come out of season.

There’s hope that remains throughout our days.

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” — Isaiah 40:31

These are promises of provisions that leave our abilities to ourselves as we walk out our faith and prepare for God-sized work to be done in our lives. We abide by these truths as we stand in agreement with others who are seeking the movement of God in their life situations. There’s a continuum parallel of this concept and measure of faith given to man that we humbly stand together in one accord to hear from heaven and our prayers are answered.

I’m reminded of a young man who became ill and sent a message for those who knew him to pray for his recovery through social media and it caused many to begin to say in their posts, “Prayers on the behalf of...” This call for prayer united people, perhaps caused some to take a good look at their own lives, purposed in some to praise and thank God for their many blessings. The list of sentiments could go on and on.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” — 1 Thessalonians 5:18

When we speak out, it is very powerful. There’s power in the tongue to speak life. Because of this gentleman’s prayer request, many lives where touched. When we speak out, it catches the calling and not only will you be blessed by your answered prayers, others will be as well.

“A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” — Proverbs 18:20-21

One day after the prayer request had gone out, the doctor entered the man’s room to deliver a good prognosis. Upon receiving this good news, others rejoiced in faith. We often don’t know what awaits us until we decide to live through the challenges in life or even its impact, until answers have been received concerning a situation. His strength is made perfect in our weakness, 2 Corinthians 12:9.

And our faith is made stronger as we believe. This is the rhythm of the gospel character and the sound of the word of God exemplified in your life.

Pamela Young is a native of Goldsboro, a 1990 graduate of Goldsboro High School and the author of two books. Share your thoughts and ideas about the column with Pamela at