I wrote this blog back near Christmas time. Holy Spirit drew me to it this am and it refreshed me and stated exactly WHAT I wanted to blog about. There is a wife that is VERY tired. She is praying for clarity and direction. How LONG do you wait on a man? Well...THAT is what we are praying for clarity on -- ONLY God can tell her that.
Is she safe? Pretty much. Can she trust him with the kids? He has not been trustworthy.
Is he being faithful? It pretty much looks like someone or something else is his god.
So...only God can release you from a relationship -- if THAT is HIS will.
Only God can speak to her heart and give her that peace.
Only God can tell you to change the locks or do whatever.....and HE can. HE has not forgotten you.
Sometimes it does take the 'hard' to move into the good. As sad and hurtful as it is....WE can't be their Holy Spirit. WE can't DO it for them.
But we can have faith, that GOD is going to MOVE the mountain....or MOVE us.
So with that -- I am reposting this blog from December. My prayer is that it helps that precious women of God to know -- HE has not forgotten her. HE will give her clarity through prayer, His Word, and perhaps another as to WHAT HE wants her to do....for now......
And, HE listens.
Lord, I am humbled that YOU love us this much -- You know my heart Lord --USE these words for YOUR glory - IN JESUS name...AMEN.
I found myself asking that very question of HIM a few days back.
Now, if you read this or know me -- you may be asking yourself, "really Chell? Can the enemy still get to you?"
I know the Lord has asked me to give Him time. I believe I know HIS purpose for my life and I believe I am in a time and place where I am 'equipped' to do it - but ONLY because of HIM. He has given me dreams and visions and a passion to help women be set free -- to truly experience the LIFE that God intended them to have.
I can get VERY excited and I am passionate about hearing that 'atta girl' when I finally meet Jesus.
But, "Yes!"...... if I allow my thoughts to ponder and think about something .....without allowing God's Word to be the promise to which I run too -- the enemy can whisper so quickly to me and I doubt.
The enemy can also use another -- this person got mad at me and began to 'verbally vomit' and then a word is spoken and all of a sudden, you can find yourself questioning. Especially if the person hits you LOW, below the belt, and tells you -- "You USE God like a crutch". I think sometimes the ones that really believe they are speaking with a godly intent -- can hurt the worst. But, I have to remember that hurting people, hurt people.
I read the book of James over and over for 2 days. Making sure -- that WHAT God has me doing -- is HIS will and not mine. And with that -- I prayed:
"Lord, if you really WANT me to continue speaking life into women and praying with them, encouraging them to believe in the impossible....then I need some reinforcements, I need to be WOW'd and reminded that YOU are pleased with me".
I am being transparent -- perception is not reality at times. I believe that even the strongest of people, need God as much as a new believer!
"Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you." Matthew 8.13
God was so gracious and gave me not one but a total of 4 - FOUR - confirmations -- and this blog is not about me going on about how sweet God is to me -- but to remind You, the reader, that HE will do the same for you.
Today, my Pastor reminded me --that many of us don't live within the freedom that God intended for us. No where in the bible, does it say that "its OK" is what God wants for us. "OK" is not HIS best. In a study he mentioned, 90% of the people surveyed ( that were Christians) claimed they were only 'surviving'...and not 'thriving'. So therefore only 10% are thriving.
Again, that "OK" seemed OK for 90% of those surveyed. I declared I wanted MORE than OK. I declared myself as a part of the 10%.
I believe I am in the 10%. I am thriving -- excited and believing that Jesus is not an imaginary friend of mine -- HE is God! And, when I needed the re -assurance from God -- HE gave it to me - 4x over! HE will do that for YOU as well! Just ask.
We want God to be able to do wonders and yet...many times our prayers are so wishy washy. I am determined and I know, that prayers do work and the more bold and specific I am -- the more HE answers.
Matthew 9.29 "Let it be done for you according to your faith".
John 20. 27 "Stop doubting and believe."
Even the prayer in my 'needy moment'...."Lord, am I really doing what you want me to do?"...... HE answers. ( Read the book of Titus)
Matthew 8.13 says: "Go, As you have believed, let it be done for you".
This is an excerpt from Audacious by Beth Moore:
- Let's let go of Jesus as our imaginary friend. let's exercise a fiery faith fed by the facts of Scripture and approach the genuine HIM - God; He's not the conjured-up answer to our need for a crutch. HE is God.
- The One who can change everything.
- The One who can do anything.
- The One who is closer to us than our lungs to our ribs, than our joints to our ligaments, than our bones, to our muscles, that our muscles to our skin, than our eyes to our lids.
- This is God in our immediate midst, ever present, ever able, ever active and no less willing that He's ever been.
- God who is completely acquainted with the roots of all our fears and reasons for all our tears even when we ourselves have no idea why we are crying.
- God, who can impart wisdom to us beyond our years and our experiences just because we asked. ( James 1.5)
- God, who can infuse us with supernatural stamina to climb over insurmountable obstacles and use our very voices to move mountains from here to there.
- God, who can gift us beyond any conceivable explanation and accomplish works through us with ramifications that will outlast time.
- This is God who can make us feel what we don't.
I read that chapter earlier last week and again the next day and the next and tonight after I reflected upon the Preacher's message today , I read it again. I WANT that in a painting or a BIG wall poster -- as a reminder -- and I want to read and reread it every day!
The Preacher today -- he was in Joshua. Chapter 22 - verse 43 --
The LORD gave Israel all the land that HE swore to give to their fathers. They took possession of it and lived in it. The LORD gave them rest all around, according to all that He swore to their fathers . Not a man among their enemies stood before them, and the LORD delivered all their enemies into their hands. Not a single word of all the good things that the LORD had spoken to thei children of Israel failed. They all came to pass.
So, will you be in the 90% or the 10%?
If you want to thrive.... and you have not been broken and poured out before HIM. Do it... seek counsel. You may even need to be baptized.....
If you want to thrive.... then be obedient to WHAT God has asked you to do, change, or move.....maybe it is time to join a body of believers...or return to attending a church home instead of the church of your convenience....
( I just must add in there -- ask me sometime how the enemy got in between us and into our marriage -- one of the places was our busy -ness and our prideful belief that we could 'get enough' of God from the computer...a TV show...and our OWN worship service.)
If you want to thrive....then pray that scripture prayer over your life...over your children....over your husband... over you.....
The LORD gave Michelle all the land that HE swore to give her ancestors. SHE took possession of it and LIVED in it. ...... and all the good things.... They all came to pass! ..... see what I am saying?
Will you Thrive or survive in 2016?
I pray you know exactly WHAT to do --
Humbled -- Michelle