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5 min read: https://www.givehim15.com/post/march-20-2023 March 20, 2023 The Dangling Carrot God’s words are powerful and creative. The following three verses referencing this are some of my favorites. They each contain the Hebrew word asah, which means “do, perform, accomplish,” etc. However, asah is also one of the primary words for “create” (Strongs 6213). God’s words create! Numbers 23:19: “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” Isaiah 55:11: “So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Jeremiah 1:12: “Then the Lord said to me, ‘You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.’” I ministered with our friend, Regina Shank in Carthage, MO, this past weekend. Regina is a strong, gifted leader and seasoned intercessor. She shares a word with us today regarding God’s faithfulness to His word. Let it encourage you, then join me in decreeing the powerful declaration she wrote. Regina says: **************** “There is a great move of God on the horizon. It has already started and is continuing. Those in bondage to darkness will come out into the light. Traumatized, rejected ones inside and outside the body of Christ will receive healing. The hopeless will find hope again; promises will suddenly manifest. Be assured when God speaks, He has the power to bring it forth. “Years ago, the Lord spoke promises to me that looked impossible and, on top of that, seemed forever in the making. I began to see myself as a donkey following a carrot on the end of the stick. You know the scenario. The donkey keeps following the carrot, but never acquires it. The owner of the donkey outwits him by tempting him with something he will never get. He takes step after step, moving forward with his eyes on what will never be his. For a season, I felt like I was that donkey. For me, the carrot was representative of the yet-to-be-fulfilled promises and dreams. I became disillusioned in the waiting. One day I was in prayer about these promises when the Lord spoke these words to me: ‘You are my lady-in-waiting.’ “As I sat before Him on the floor of my prayer room, I realized there was a deeper meaning hidden in that statement. Then He spoke again, ‘Wait on Me in worship; dress Me in praise. In the waiting, allow My glory to sweep over you and transform you inside and out.’ “Suddenly, the Scripture in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT) came to mind. ‘So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.’ “How do you disagree with the timing of God? I thought I was ready to step into the full responsibility and calling contained in my promises before the Lord was ready to release me. I knew I didn’t want to be an Abraham who helped God out, refusing to wait on God’s timing. But, I certainly understood the urge to do so. “A few weeks later, I drove to St. Louis for a prayer assignment. The intercessors came together for prayer and instruction prior to boots on the ground. A prophetic man I did not know came up to me after the meeting, looked me in the face, and said, ‘You are going to get the carrot.’ “I was stunned. Questions came to mind: Who is this guy? How did he become aware of my intimate prayers with my Father? He definitely read my mail! After the shock wore off and I was able to get by myself, I let the tears flow and realized the Lord was reassuring me of His faithfulness. With the assurance of a prophetic word from a man who did not know me, or have any knowledge of my petitions before the throne, I continued to WAIT on God to bring forth His promises. The next week I was leading a ladies' meeting. During a break in the training session, a lady in the back of the room came up to me timidly and said, ‘I don’t know why the Lord asked me to do this, but I bought you something.’ “She opened her hand, and there lay a piece of jewelry like I had never seen. It was a pin in the shape of a carrot. It was sparkling in her hand, bright orange in color with green leaves crowning the top. Well, that was the final straw, or shall I say carrot? I still have that piece of jewelry to remind me of God’s faithfulness to deliver the dreams He puts in our hearts. I am now walking in many of those promises and impossible dreams. The donkey did get the carrot. “We have promises of worldwide revival, manifested healings, and societal changes. We have personal and corporate dreams and hopes being formed in the womb of prayer and petition. I can assure you, they are not carrots dangling in front of the donkey. What God says, He will do.” Our decree: (Today, we will just have this powerful decree.) We decree that every word spoken to us personally and corporately by the Lord will come to pass. We will have what the Lord has promised. He is not a man that He should lie. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. America shall be saved. Our families will be saved. Our personal destinies written in His book before we were born, will come forth. Psalms 139:16. “In His book, all our days were written before there was one of them.” God’s timing is perfect, and our times are in His hands. We will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. We will trust, pray, and stand on the unfailing words of our Father. We will decree the answer and not lament the problem. We will take our place as intercessors on the earth, bringing God’s will into our circumstances. We will take our place as sons and daughters of the King, making our decrees to reverse the evil decrees of unbelievers and the evil intents of darkness. Our God reigns. His light overcomes darkness, and He has never lost a battle. We press on toward the prize of the high calling of Christ Jesus. We are not of those who shrink back, but we press forward into the fulness of our destinies and the destinies of families and nations. We get the CARROT!!! ***************** Today’s post was contributed by our friend Regina Shank. You can find out more about her ministry at ReginaShank.com Click on the link below to watch the full video.