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. :)
I love you with Christs' love. Stay connected to Him, He loves you way MORE!
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