The last couple of days have been spent in the safety of my room. Often when life becomes too much, we have a place of refuge we run to. That refuge may come in the form of a friend, or in the past an addiction may have been your refuge. The wonderful news is that no matter who, what or where becomes the refuge in your life, God has the power to find us in our lowest place. It’s hard to encourage others, when you need to be encouraged yourself. The enemy will stop at nothing to attack your mind, your body, your family, as well as your character. Sometimes like currently in my life at this moment, he will attack it all at the same time. He not only wants to dismantle the purpose inside of you, he wants to destroy everything in and around you. The enemy wants to destroy your faith in God. He wins when he can successfully get you to the place you stop believing God at his word. Praise God that there is opportunity in the seasons of opposition we face. The worse the opposition you face, the closer you are to a breakthrough. Something inside will not let you or I quit. My situation says to me daily to give up, it says that God doesn’t care about you nor does he love you, sometimes it will say you aren’t worthy. The best antidote for the lie of Satan is exactly this. Begin to look back at your life, focus on all of the setbacks, and disappointments, as well as all of the close calls. Begin to think about Gods goodness, grace, mercy, as well as love for your life.
I recall being only 10 years old, and God telling me “ I will never leave you nor forsake you “ Those same words have been uttered by the same still voice in my heart ever sense. By the grace of God I will be 35 next week, and when I find myself up against the battle of my life, God still speaks those very same words encouragement to me. What has God spoken to you? What promise did God make to you? Begin to cling onto those very words that God spoke to you, it will not only give you the faith to keep enduring during the opposition, it will water and nourish your spirit. I don’t care how bad your situation looks, some days I fight on my back! When I am just that weak, and I can hardly get out of bed, I fight on my back. I start proclaiming the word of God over my life.
I begin praising God and thanking him for yet another day. I let God know that I still stand in agreement with him in regards to the promise he has over the ministry I am part of, my family, as well as my purpose here on earth. Although we get wounded on the battle field, we are still warriors! The war you are in will get you discouraged, there will be bad days, but thank God for the good days that are still ahead. Keep believing God no matter what.
The enemy knows who the strong solders of God army are, that’s the reason why he comes at you with the most powerful ammunition. It doesn’t matter what the enemy says or does, the word of God will still prevail, but you have to stand in authority and speak it, as well as believe God on his word. I look at some of the greatest ministries, and they all had to start somewhere. I love listening to other people start up stories, on how they got started. They all shared the same main quality that matters, they served. They didn’t have all the answers, they don’t know exactly what was going to become of what they were doing, yet they served. Now years later, what started off as God and three or four people then grew to God and thousands upon thousands of people. I was seeking to reference another place of scripture, but God has decided otherwise. Let’s take a look,
In Jeremiah ch 1 The Call of Jeremiah 4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew[a] you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” 6 “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. 9 Then the LORD reached out his hand and touched my mouth and said to me, “I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant.”
Here we have God speaking to Jeremiah that I already had a plan for your life. God told him I know you! He told Jeremiah, “not be afraid, that he would provide the words to say”. Does that sound familiar in your life today? If not in yours, definitely in my own life, my responses are along the same line as Jeremiah, multiplied by about 100 extra excuses. I’m a woman, I’ve been in addiction , people will not listen to me, I’ve done to many bad things, I don’t know what to say, I am afraid, I’m lonely, I feel depressed at times, the list goes on and on. Yet God still says “ I know you” I made you” I will tell you what to do or say.
The ministry God has for me haven’t even got started good, and the enemy is already saying “ You are false”! That’s okay , you or I don’t have to defend what God has already spoken, it’s a done deal despite of the setbacks you face. I want for everyone that stops and read this blog to pray that God will continue to strengthen me, as well as shed away those character defects that don’t belong in and around me, that the book as well as books I will write will successfully reach the hands of everyone it was intended to reach. I want you to pray that God will give me the wisdom to go out, and build the ministry I am assigned to, as well as give me the wisdom and knowledge to open up shelters around the world for abused teenage girls. See we can’t do anything without the hand of God in our life, and we definitely wouldn’t have made it this far without him. Never stop looking for your opportunity in life despite the opposition you are currently facing.
I love you! More importantly Jesus loves you and yes he does care