I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
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* give about 10 min later out of sheer laziness to pick up my phone to make notes because I’m prone to forget things placed on my heart by the Lord.
You will be equipped, strengthened and comforted as you proceed. The Comforter ( The Holy Spirit ) will be your Help and your guide to see you to the end.
This mission will not always be smooth. There will be bumps and unforeseen roadblocks along the way. The Deceiver (Satan) will try to get you to abort your mission through discouragement, lies and false truths. DO NOT fall into this trap.
Go in faith believing that the Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path. (Psalm 119:105 NKJV)
confidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another’s ability.
belief that is not based on proof: He had faith that the hypothesis would be substantiated by fact.
belief in God or in the doctrines or teachings of religion: the firm faith of the Pilgrims.
belief in anything, as a code of ethics, standards of merit, etc.: to be of the same faith with someone concerning honesty.
SCRIPTURE: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
FAITH has a wide spread base to effectually bring about change in your life if you hold fast to it.
Allow me to share with you my own challenges and sufferings wrapped up in a short form if you will. Over the last month I have been going through some changes and challenges spiritually, emotionally and physically. It has not been comfortable at all.
I remember one late night/early in the morning encounter with the Lord. I found myself repeatedly speaking a set of words as I woke up. Getting up frequently through the night is nothing out the norm for me but this was different. It was something I had not experienced in a while. In my heart, I knew it was biblical but it was something I could not recall reading before. Perhaps I did and it never surfaced as a means of how it affected my life, especially at the current time.
“Speak of things that are not as though they are.”
While I was speaking this set of words/scripture in my head and with my mouth in what seemed to be a different translation/tongue, I finally found what I was looking for in the Bible with the help of Google and the YouVersion Bible app on my phone after praying and the countless times of trying to remember word for word what I said when I was awake for good. (do you see why I need to just get up and write when something comes to me right away?!!)
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed–the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4:17 NIV84)
While this particular scripture in Romans is about Abraham, it also is applied in context to how this world came to be. In Genesis, God SPOKE things into existence. He BELIEVED in what He said so therefore it came to pass.
I encourage you to read the story about Abraham and Sarah if you are not familiar with it. ( Abram and Sarai were their names before God changed them.) While I seen this story in a way I had never seen it before, it applied to my life in such a way that it blew my mind. I was beside myself! What an inheritance we have people!
Glory to God! Wow. This may turn into a part 2 but I may try to wrap it up in this one. We will see.
Just to let you know, I have some injury to my shoulder. I believe I initially dislocated it and I heard it pop back into place but I eventually went to the ER to get checked out. I have something going on with my rotator cup. This has been a very painful ordeal to go through. Sleepless nights and hours of being uncomfortable and somewhat frustrated on top of dealing with other things in my life. I really wondered how much more could I take in general before I found myself isolating myself.
Isolation is something I have a hard time dealing with. Now I am not speaking it as if it’s a permanent fixture in my life, but it has been something that has been like a thorn in my side. I can say that I have gotten better with how I deal with matters more than what I use to. Thank you Jesus.
Let me tell you…. I am far from perfect but through my own challenges and storms, I can testify to God’s goodness and His promises. His word is bond. It cannot go out void. Believe me.
Through this season I face, I know the hand of the Lord rest upon me. In moments of uncertainty, I had to put the word of God to use. It had to be spoken with faith and applied with action. Needless to say, here I am. Back doing the mission set out before me. God gave me this gift of exhortation. How can I sit back and not use it? How dare I not trust in Whom can deliver us all from the hand of evil, from the multitude of thoughts that perplex us on a daily basis, the snares laid out to capture, condemn and kill us from living a life thriving and full in Christ Jesus?
We are not promised to have all good days while we live this temporary life here on earth but may our outlook on life and our trust in the Lord be steadfast and immovable. May we find peace in the middle of trouble, rejoice in hardships knowing that in our weaknesses we are made strong for our God is mighty to save. He is our refuge.
With all of this said and thought about even when I felt like I had no one to encourage me, I had no one to reach out to because I started to lose trust in others as well as feeling like I have been nothing more than a pit stop for a dose of encouragement, God provided. I had to rebuke the negative thoughts and lies, separate truth from false, allow the light of the Lord to shine in where I wanted the wounds to be covered and healed in my way and my timing.
As always, my way never pans out. Fighting with thoughts and ways will lead to destruction.
God’s ways stand the test of time. It always has and always will. Forever.
The trip to my prayer closet has been effectual. My fervent prayers for you all, myself and my family has been well with my soul. That of which I labored had not been in vain. Separating myself for the sake of being in communion with the Lord to get myself back on track paid off and will continue to as long as I stay before Him.
Speak life into yourselves dear brothers and sisters in the Lord. Encourage yourself in Jesus. Stay in the Word and allow it to minister to you. Pray without ceasing. Find fellowship with those like-minded whose heart is for you. In due season, the storm will pass and the rainbow will appear.
*My mission was being walked out though I felt as if I was still on the Potter’s wheel. I may still be on the wheel. I’m just not resisting the uncomfortable feeling of being reshaped once again in my life.
There is purpose for every good and perfect way of the Lord when it comes to refining His children. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows what best.
The Lord makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23, 24 NIV)
Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 NKJV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9 NIV)
Being transparent is not easy but I will set aside my thoughts and ways in hope that you all will find an inkling of encouragement in the Lord. It has been my hearts desire to see lives lived, loved, encouraged and changed in the Lord. We may never meet on this side of life but we will fellowship for eternity in glory.
God bless each set of eyes to see and ears to hear. May your hearts receive the mission plan the Lord designed for you before your life came to be, even before the creation of the world.
With love and prayer I stand in faith that you too will receive and carry out your destined journey.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)