This new season is drenched in faith in the impossible. Determined to dwell in the Promised Land, I stretch my believing ability pass my preconceived notions, through thick clouds of doubt, and over the palpable fear of the unknown. It is my desire to not only wait on the Lord but to make Him proud as I wait. Today, I will wait on the Lord with a smile imprinted on my heart. There is nothing, not one thing, more important to me in this season than passing spiritual tests, learning spiritual lessons, and communing daily with the Father. With these goals in mind, there is little focus on trivial matters, but rather tremendous intentionality in growing to be the woman God called me out to be. When I consider the fact that I almost died out there, but God had mercy on me I get up and WAR. God prepared me for battle in battle so that I could learn of His power. Now that I am acutely aware of the Power of the Lord, what do I do with this knowledge?
““Sing, barren woman,
you who never bore a child;
burst into song, shout for joy,
you who were never in labor;
because more are the children of the desolate woman
than of her who has a husband,”
says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
stretch your tent curtains wide,
do not hold back;
lengthen your cords,
strengthen your stakes.
For you will spread out to the right and to the left;
your descendants will dispossess nations
and settle in their desolate cities.
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth
and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.
For your Maker is your husband—
the Lord Almighty is his name—
the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer;
he is called the God of all the earth.
The Lord will call you back
as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit—
a wife who married young,
only to be rejected,” says your God.
“For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with deep compassion I will bring you back.
In a surge of anger
I hid my face from you for a moment,
but with everlasting kindness
I will have compassion on you,”
says the Lord your Redeemer.”
Isaiah 54 admonishes us to: Rejoice, Prepare, Fear Not, & Receive
We rejoice because of the magnificent sacrifice made by Jesus on our behalf, the guarantee to eternal life with the Father, and the blessings present and to come. The unmerited favor of God puts a fire under my feet even when situations attempt to shut me down. I can look back and see the hand of the Lord intricately working EVERYTHING out for my good. Rejoicing takes much effort, as reality can be depressing in the natural yet uplifting in the spirit realm.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
Preparation must be made for our divine destinations. When God reveals your calling, do not just sit around and wait for “it” to happen, rather prepare your hearts and minds for the resiliency needed to operate with excellence in your God given assignment. We prepare when we pray for guidance, examine our hearts, submit to the leadings of the Holy Spirit, forgive, let go, challenge ourselves, and as always resist the enemy.
“and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one” Ephesians 6:15-16
Over and over again, we are reminded not to fear, yet time after time we engage in this fruitless behavior. Personally, everything around me calls for fear at this time. I have uncertainty in just about every area of my life, but as I write I am reminded that although people tend to have false senses of security we all live with a degree of uncertainty. Health, Finances, Future, Relationships, all vary from day to day, yet we serve a God that is constant. When God says “fear not” it is because He sees what we cannot. He knows that He has us directly in His care, therefore, there is NOTHING to fear.
“On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, “Cheer up, Zion! Don’t be afraid!” Zephaniah 3:16
It is extremely difficult for me to accept things from others. I would love to comfort myself by thinking that this is not pride, but all the evidence suggests that pridefully I am ashamed, embarrassed, and humiliated when I am in constant need. I recall when Jesus sent the disciples out, He told them not to pack any extra money or clothing. They were to rely on the kindness and generosity of others. It is crucial for a believer to recognize that being in need may very well be a part of God’s plan. When we are in need we have the opportunity to receive from others, humble ourselves, and rely completely on God. There is a difference between humbly receiving and feeling entitled. The latter is a heart that is often selfish, self-centered, greedy, and unappreciative. The entitled individual feels that the “ought” to have what they need and want at all times. It is more difficult for this type of believer to be blessed by God because they often view blessings as what they earned or deserved anyway. With thankful hearts we can receive from God, not because He owes us, but because of His loving kindness.
“”Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”” Mattew 7:7
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