"A Miracle for Tammi"
A Miracle for Tammi
28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, 31 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.
One of the hardest things to do in life is to live in a difficult time when disappointed and discouragement has let you down.
When a person has been let down by life’s circumstances the only thing that can uplift them is the good news that a change is going to come.
When you find out that things are going to get better, you instantly get inspired to hold-on until your change has come.
God had told the nation of Israel that she was going to go into captivity for her sin and disobedience for 70 years.
God also showed Isaiah the prophet this 150 years before it actually happened. He wrote about it and put it in this book.
When it happened, they were able to look back and see what God had already promised was going to happen.
In his book, he wrote that though things were going to get tough, they were going to make it through these difficult times…
And that’s what this text is about today! It’s about a miracle that happened at the end of a difficult time!
At the time of this Text the Prophet Isaiah was the revealing what was going to happen to the nation. He saw trouble, trial and tribulation…
However, he also saw that God was going to answer their cry, and he reminds the reader …Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall,
Isaiah is reminding the nation of the promises of God….
He is saying that God promised that deliverance was coming, and his people were on their way out of captivity.
• When this promise came it was coming to make some changes in life.
• When the promise came it was coming to lift up bowed down heads and to strengthen heavy hearts.
God knew just what Israel needed!
They needed a savior to rescue them and to restore them.
Israel had grown tired and weary during the trials of Life; they were no longer free to do what they used to do because they were in captivity, they were no longer able to go like they used to go, they needed to be set free and only a Savior could free them!
I can see a similarity in this text. Our Sister Tammy was taken captive by an illness and made to live in pain in a difficult place.
The illness tried to keep her hostage against her will!
But God was good to her and promised to deliver her in her time of need.
Our Sister knew to wait on God for the greater plan he had for his servant.
This text shows us the benefits of waiting for your change to come…
That’s what I want to share with you today…Tammy’s benefits for waiting on her change to come…
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength;
I. The Benefits of Waiting
The first thing I notice in this text is Isaiah’s message to wait upon the Lord!
• The word wait in this text specifically' means to wait for his help;
• It implies that the one who needs him is in trouble!
• This wait means to trust in him, and to put our hope and confidence in him.
• It is a word written to those whose circumstances are filled with danger.
There are several benefits in this verse that Isaiah gives to the weary traveler, living in a foreign world filled with danger.
1. The first benefit is that they shall renew their strength.
• The word renew here in the Hebrew is the word change. Those that wait upon the LORD shall change their strength.
• They will go from being weak to being strong.
• They will go from being fragile to being healthy
• They will go from being frail to being mighty
• They will go from being insufficient to being sufficient
• They will go from being incapable to being capable
The word also implies that this is not a maybe but an emphatic declaration!
This is going to happen because they have waited on the Lord!
The benefit in waiting on the Lord is that a change is got to come!
And the change comes as a reward from God. This change comes because God says it’s time for a change!
God said to Sister Billings when He got ready;
• You have waited in your situation long enough.
• You have suffered for me long enough.
• You have endured for me long enough
• You have sacrificed for me long enough
• Your change is here because you waited for the change to come.
II. The second benefit listed in this text is the benefit of mounting up.
• The word Mount up in this text is the word ascend.
• This word literally implies that the one who is weak and has regained their strength will “go up with vigor”.
• They have revived, regained, and renewed their strength in the Lord because they waited on him.
The promise says that they shall mount up on wings as an eagle…
Isaiah uses the imagery of an eagle…because no other creature can mount up on its wings like she can…
It is said of the eagle that when she reaches a certain age her feathers get old, and she “mounts in old age”… in other words she sheds her old feathers and gets new ones.
But how she gets rid of the old feathers is very interesting…
It is said that she plunges down into the sea to cast off the old ones and make room for the new.
And the impact of the crash causes the
After the old ones to be forced off …
Then she Mounts Up from the sea! She ascends to higher heights!
In order to ascend she has to harness her strength given to her by God.
This is what Isaiah is saying…[They shall mount up with wings as eagles]
God says that those who wait on him have the benefit of Mounting up!
• Those that wait on the Lord… will ascend to higher heights, shake off the old and acquire new strength!
• Those that wait on the Lord… will be able to do what they have never done before.
• Those that wait on the Lord… who mount up, ascend to higher heights in Christ
• Those that wait on the Lord… no longer dwell on a common plain, they have been elevated in God, by God, for God because of God.
• Those that wait on the Lord… get to do only what God can do through them…Mount up to experience the change of God
1. Today we can celebrate family…that our sister has mounted up!
2. She has ascended into the heavens, because she waited on the Lord.
3. She has renewed her strength.
4. She doesn’t need assistance with the little things no more!
5. Don’t have to help her get dressed no more…Don’t have to help her with her food…Don’t have to help her with her breathing…Don’t have to help her with her treatments…she has mounted up!
6. She has renewed her strength, regained her vitality, been changed into stronger lady.
The bible says that they shall run, and not be weary;
III. The third benefit I see for waiting on the Lord is that they will run and not get weary.
• Because the child of God has waited for the Lord a special gift of strength is now theirs.
• Because the child of God has waited for the Lord, they have been given the ability to serve without tiring…
• Because the child of God has waited for the Lord, they have been given the ability to go from weakness to power…
According to the scripture they have the ability to run, when clearly they did not before. God has restored, revived and made new their strength in Him.
For the sister who had lost the ability to use her legs and she can’t do for herself, the opportunity to run again is a sweet Joy.
In this text the miracle is to run again, mount up and ascend and have your strength renewed.
• Our sister has gone from being immobile to mobile
• Our sister has gone from being inactive to active
• Our sister has gone from being pushed around to running around
• Because our sister waited on the Lord she has renewed her strength.
According to the text, not only does Tammy regain her legs to run but she has her stamina back!
• According to the text, she won’t grow weary anymore!
• The word weary means to be exhausted!
• She will not be exhausted by the pains of life, the heartaches of suffering, the frustration of not being able to care for yourself.
Our sister has mounted up!
She has ascended into the heavens, because she waited on the Lord, she has renewed her strength, she is able to run and not be weary.
IV. The fourth benefit of waiting on God is to be able to walk and not faint.
This verse implies that the strength given to the child of God is an enduring strength. They can make it because they waited on God.
• Their future is brighter, because they waited on God.
• Their faith is increased because they waited on God.
• Their hope has renewed because they waited on God.
• Their joy is restored because they waited on God.
• Their living is made better because they waited on God.
And guess what family…
• Their times of fainting are gone.
• Their times of fatigue are gone.
• Their times of memory lost are gone
• Their times of absolute weakness are gone
• They can run forever and never have to worry about fainting or falling short.
1. Because sister billings waited on the Lord she got the benefits of being a child of God!
2. Because she waited on the Lord…when she needed God the most she got what she needed in the time she needed.
• When she needed Jesus to strengthen her she got it!
• When she needed God to lift her up, she got it.
• When she needed God to take her up she got it
Sister Billings has left us a legacy to follow, she has run on ahead of us, and she got there by waiting on the Lord.
Is there anybody here that understands that there are benefits in waiting on the Lord?
I believe our sister has learned how to wait on the Lord from watching the patients of somebody greater than her…
I believe Jesus was her example, and that she wanted to do what she had heard that Jesus was able to do.
• Because Jesus left captivity and headed on home. (She wanted that also)
• Because Jesus suffered without saying a mumbling word. (She wanted that also)
• Because Jesus endured his pain of the cross without strife or bitterness.
• Tammy would endure her pain without strife or bitterness.
Tammy knew that Jesus was crucified, buried and raised from the dead, that she may have eternal life.
•Because of what Jesus did, she waited on Jesus to renew his strength.
•Because of the promises of God, She waited for His spirit to raise her up, and renew her strength.
Well done Tammy,
You waited upon the LORD, and renewed your strength;
Well done Tammy…You waited on the Lord…and you have mounted up with wings as eagles;
Well Done Daughter…You waited on the Lord…Now you can run, and not be weary; and you can walk, and not faint.
Run on my Sister, run on the streets of Gold…
Run on my Sister, Run to saints and tell them how you made it over
Run on my Sister and Run to your Savior, Tell him thank you.
For answering you’re Prayers
Tell him thank you,
For blessing your family
Tell him thank you,
Tell him thank you For Walking with you, talking with you, filling you with his power,
Tell him thank you for a life well lived…
Run on my Sister, and I will see you in the morning…
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