Yesterday I had felt the atmosphere change. I felt a shift and an attack, at the same time.
I remember asking God what was going on and I was feeling so much pressure that my body started aching. All I know was that I was praying, "God, I don't want to be in pain!"
Holy Spirit took me to the the Book of Luke 22:31-32, where it says:
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
I felt it as a declaration. BUT before it could be a declaration, the pain had to occur, and He told me that similarly, the enemy had requested to "bother" me that day. I also learned that indeed anything God allows into my situation, HE has a Greater purpose for it, and He does so for you.
Whether the pain you're going through today is physical, mental, spiritual, know that there is a solution and the other side.
First, look at this scenario of the Luke 22: 31-32 and Job 1:10-11 which says,“Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”
1. In Luke 22:31-32 we see that Satan had ASKED God for PERMISSION. What kind of real enemy is that if he has to ask GOD for permission! Exactly. Not a very powerful one.
2. In the Book of Job, satan, who is evil, confirms that God had a HEDGE around Job which did not allow him to access Job in the way He would have wanted to.
Ladies and gentleman, if satan is the most evil thing on this earth, imagine the kind of damage he truly wants to do. If we look at it that way, we are able to have gratitude. I'm not saying be late, but perhaps the time you arrived 5 min late to work was because a car accident could have been planned for you that day and God had to divert the circumstance, and instead we chose to complain ALL DAY on how we were 5 min late. Just thank God you have a JOB! :) lol I know that was a word for somebody! ;-)
2. During pain, go back to the CHARACTER of God. Listen, God has plans for GOOD and WELFARE for us (Jeremiah 29:11). He would not ALLOW anything if is wasn't for your GOOD. His intention is the purest.
Even humans may fail and are frail, but God is perfect, so He makes no mistakes in what His intentions are.
3. Jesus is the TRUE Vine and God is the Gardner.
John 15: 1-2 says: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.
John 10:3 says "The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out"
So look at it this way, God is the keeper AND He is the Gatekeeper. These are two different things He does. A Keeper/gardner means He is taking care and tending to what's going on INSIDE.
A Gatekeeper means they are the one who is overseeing to make sure of who or what goes in and out. This would be the WHOLE thing, not in part, but in WHOLE. A Gatekeeper is protective over what they are taking care of, especially if your Gatekeeper is God. As God doesn't have a boss/manager to be afraid of about the consequences or if He will get fired, He only does it out of pure intention and pure love.
Look, many see God to be a Lamb who was slain, and they leave it at that and put a full stop. They don't expand their story to talk about the THIRD DAY, when HE ROSE. In fact, that Lamb that represents humility to not Lord it over anyone that He was the King, became a strong representation of what a Lion is truly like. His one action of dying demonstrated His power in that it covered over the depth of death and took the keys. This Lion is at your rescue, sitting at the right Hand of God and you are now seated too.
So, what's my point? My point is that it means there is a process and calculation in your pain that you cannot even say that it is impossible to overcome, because you have Jesus who sits at the right Hand of God.
So today I ask you, who is your vine and gatekeeper? Are you Saved? Do you believe God is in control?
Jesus even promises that in this world we will have trouble, BUT to take heart, He has overcome it (John 16:33).
What I love about Jesus is that His promises are Yes and Amen in Christ (2 Cor 1:20). What I love about Jesus is that wherever there is a problem, He is the solution. Willingly laying Himself down to die for us, there is now no other measuring stick for salvation or to be Lord over all. That means, all else bows down in the face of trouble.
Yes, I understand. I hear someone saying, "you don't understand my situation" and I hear you and I get it. I understand that I am not God and you know that too. God is God. HE knows your situation and I challenge you to present it to Him. I understand that some needs are physical, and know too that He is a supplier. I promise you that He will send someone to help, something to help, a SOLUTION. This blog in itself is a sign He hears your voice, cry, future situation.
There is a SOLUTION.
If you want to give your life to Jesus, say YES to this. You can follow the way here. There's no way you can live without a covering. :)
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It's beautiful to know that God accepts you as you are, your personality and what you might perceive as 'flaws' or 'quirks'.
In re-affirming this, you know that God KNITTED you in your mothers’ womb (Psalm 139:13). Before mommy and daddy DECIDED that they were going to conceive (or however this happened), God was thinking about you, and then you became a design, His design, specially created, then FORMED you perfectly, detail to detail (Psalm 100:3). Your parents (and the womb) were a CHANNEL for that the same way MARY was a CHANNEL for Jesus. Mary didn’t start saying “Sorry God, I carried Him and even though you helped me to conceive I made Him by pushing so uh…back off I know and decide His destiny.” I'm sure she had a mother's love for sure, but even in comparison to God, that love was limited as God foreknew the utlimate & purposeful birth of that baby Boy :) Thus, each baby's birth has a purpose and it's not because mom and dad were chillin' one night and you were born months later nor were you a 'mistake'…
If we only got a behind-the-scenes exclusive of God's thought process and hearing Him say after each child, "right on time", we'd be very pleased! :)
So, if there is a purpose, that means we must know who and whose we are, right? (this is called the 'being', where we just 'be', and know that in of itself, we have worth and value as God's people) and that also means that there's some work to do right?
Sister, brother, If there is some work for us, then there is NO ONE LIKE YOU ;) You are you. Isn’t that special just thinking of that? That means, what's made for you, is for you :) Keep going because only you can do what only you were made specially fit to do.
This is important because it brings us to our destiny: “Your destiny is far too important to try to FIT into someone’s notion of what you ARE”. i.e. It’s not worth it in comparison to who you REALLY are truly DESTINED to become and DESTINED TO DO; Your DESIGN, is PERFECTLY YOU! You know those people who do drag shows to impersonate let’s say, Tina Turner, that’s NOT your role, lol. Be YOU. Be the STAR YOU’RE meant to be, no need to copy any one else to be “successful”.
You are God’s WORKMANSHIP (FINEST WORK), CREATED to do GOOD WORKS. He PREPARED YOU, in ADVANCE so you can do a particular work.
I want to encourage you not to pull a Jonah but to be a ____(insert your name)__. You are You. Beautifully. I feel like there was a lot of repetition here, but it's important :)
Don’t be afraid to stand out.
God bless you and see you!!! <3
Prepared: 'make ready for use,' 'pre-planned', 'make (someone) ready or be able to do or deal with something - i.e. EQUIPPED. :) <3
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago -Ephesians 2:10
Identity plays a HUGE role on this blog. I know I don’t post as often, but that’s because life has been happening!! AND also it’s because I usually wait to see what needs to be said :) It will be worth it in the end I believe :) What I do love, is seeing people come to terms of who they are in Christ. It is so wonderful and so beautiful to see people flourish. I thank you so much for reading the online format of this aspect and I thank the Lord for His Word that changes lives and the fact that He cares. He truly cares!
This post is to encourage you to keep going.
Perhaps you’ve come to a place where you’ve stopped being yourself for the sake of another person, or other people.
Perhaps you think if you just do “one more thing”, you’ll fit in… or you’ll break.
You don’t have to do it.
You know why? Because YOU DON’T FIT IN, and you’re not supposed to …. And that’s only because you are unique and were made to stand out, beautifully.
I’ll give you an illustration that showed this a while ago, where I knew that this was true. If you know the story of JOSEPH and his COLORFUL coat, you might recognize a bit of this in the lesson I got. So, a year ago I was at a friends’ (with their permission I am saying this!!) and I told them that I was going to the store. When I left their place, it was dark out, and I was wearing bright clothes. It was starting to get a bit chilly, so they lent me their black jacket. My friend then said, ‘it’s better because you’re too colorful and you stand out’. They meant it as, ‘it’s late and dark and it’s better if you blend in with the night since you’re going to the store in case anyone sees you’. So, I said 'thanks' and 'bye'. Later on that night in my study I got revelation that that’s how the enemy works (and NO my friend is not the enemy! LOL this was a separate lesson played out in ‘real time’ LOL).
In relation to this illustration, the enemy wants us to BLEND in and not be ‘recognizable’, he wants us to ‘stay inside’ our comfort zone or in people’s boxes, closed in, and not ‘BE BRIGHT’ (i.e. He doesn't want us to be a LIGHT, or ourselves in Christ, or authenticated) and he not only TELLS you that, but he JUSTIFIES it… Get it? Okay. ;-) Great!! I hope you do!! ;) :) Fortunately, the good outweighs the bad, and we praise God that He reminds us and lets us know that we are MEANT to be shine and stand out!
So, no matter what’s being said about you right now, or talked about, and you’re trying to force yourself to fit in or subconsciously do so, remember that like JOSEPH, you stand out. Don’t be afraid of that. Like JOSEPH, you might get FLACK for it, your brothers (or sisters) might make you seem like you’re different, or not ‘worthy’/’enough’, but oh, you are. You are. You’re powerful.