You see, when God tells you to let go of something or someone, when He calls you out from everything you deem to be safe, comfortable and familiar, He does so knowing full well that what He has ordained to be taken, is going to be replaced with better. MUCH BETTER!!
God knows when your current situation is not bringing Him glory. He knows that man or woman that you are with, does not share the vision required for you to fulfil your purpose in Christ, so you need to trust and obey what God is prompting you to do. No matter how uncomfortable or painful. It will be worth it. I can testify. Truly I can.
I have three wonderful children with my ex. We were together for nearly ten years, but God could not and did honour something He was never a part of, even with children involved. It may sound harsh, but through my experience I have come to understand that God cares more about our holiness than our happiness. His word can not lie, so we can not expect His blessing upon our lives if we consistently indulge in sex outside of marriage, or continue to date that unbeliever in the hope we can change them…just stop.
Obviously there are situations when God can do a mighty work of redemption and bring both individuals to Christ in quick succession, but when, like me you find that as you are drawing closer to Christ, your partner, your friends, your environment is trying to pull you away, it’s time to stop and listen to God. Read His word, chase after Him, pray to Him about your situation and ask Him to help you to see it as He does. He will guide you towards the path of glory. It will be devastating at times and there will be moments where you feel like all you are is experiencing is loss, but continue to trust Him. He can not and will not lead you wrong.
In my situation the Lord is making it very clear to me that what I lost is going to be restored abundantly. I received confirmation at church this Sunday as my sister in Christ prayed for my husband. My goodness, the tears flowed as the spirit of God permeated her every word and enriched my soul. This prayer was sent straight from heaven as she described the man of God I have often envisioned and who God is preparing to find me!!!
I am finding that I am in a place of such peace. I am completely resting in my Lord and Saviour and remaining obedient to His commands upon my life. The more I obey Him, the more He honours me. I am astounded by the way He moves. He is an AWESOME GOD!
‘Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.’
Oooooooweeee….. My life is on full blast at the moment. So much is going on, so many open doors and opportunities, my spirit is bubbling over at the prospect of what God has in store for me and my little family. I am continuously awestruck at the way He moves. His timing is impeccable and I am bowled over my His love and grace towards me.
In this season of harvest, I can see The Lord affirming me, uplifting me, applauding me as He reveals the fruits of my obedience to Him. He is FAITHFUL and His promises are TRUE. I’ve NEVER known a love like this. Thank You Jesus.
It is such an honour to be able to share by testimony with my fellow sisters and brothers in Christ, because many of you, like me have chosen to do life God’s way and remain celibate until The Lord, if He so wills, unites you with your on fire for Jesus husband or wife within a Christ centred marriage.
Let me take this opportunity to commend you for allowing the Holy Spirit to have His way in your life. He will honour your obedience, as He is indeed honouring mine. Oftentimes I don’t even realise He is honouring me, because this walk can get so difficult at times. I get despondent and discouraged, but then I realise what He has done for me, how He pursued me in the midst of my sin and wretchedness. He saved my soul and for that I am forever grateful.
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That’s what my nearly six year old daughter said to me two days ago. She is my second born and like my other two children she is razor sharp.
We were having one of our many conversations about Jesus and she was asking why some people believe in God and others don’t. I often find it hard to know how best to answer these innocent yet probing questions. I usually respond however by saying that we must pray for those who don’t believe and love them as Jesus loves them, so they will grow to know Him through us.
Our conversation really got me thinking.
My daughter said she believes what I believe and if I didn’t believe in Jesus, she wouldn’t either.
Immediately The Lord brought to my spirit the scripture in Acts where the prison guard and his household is saved when they believe in Jesus, after the prison guard witnesses the apostle Paul and Silas’ praise and worship shake the foundations, break their shackles free and fling open the prison gates. Hallelujah!
It also got me thinking about how our own faith in Jesus can shape the lives of those around us and conversely how our unbelief can shape those around us too. It makes me think of the passage in Daniel, where the wives and children of King Darius’ kinsmen are thrown into the lion’s den because their husbands conspired against Daniel because they were jealous of God’s favour upon his life. Do you see what happened? The wives and children were punished for the sins of their husbands. This has to be a huge wake up call for the believer.
Our obedience and disobedience to God doesn’t just effect us, but those around us and the generations to come.
It is revelation like this, that truly makes me understand what I am going through has very little to do with me and everything to do with my children, my children’s children, my family, my friends and the sphere of influence The Lord has entrusted me with. In no uncertain terms my obedience to God has enabled seeds of righteousness to be sewn into my children’s little lives. I am humbled and amazed by how The Lord works.
Friend, be encouraged. When you are living for Christ it may seem that you are being attacked from every side and your breakthrough will never come. Don’t believe these untruths. God is always at work. Even when you don’t see, or when you think you don’t see, He is using you to bring hope and encouragement to someone else. Nothing we ever experience is ever a waste when Jesus is at the centre. Rest assured our testimonies are bringing lost souls into the healing and redemptive presence of Jesus Christ. How amazing is that? God will use our brokenness to bring salvation to the lost souls amongst us. That alone is worth a crazy praise!!! Hallelujah!!
Keep trusting and obeying friend. Your labour, your troubles, your heartache is not in vain. His word can not and will not return void, know that He who began a good work in you will continue and finish until the coming of Jesus Christ. Amen! Thank You Father!
Sometimes being a follower of Jesus feels hard. I say feel because that’s what it is a feeling. Some days it feels hard, some days it feels satisfying, some days it feels confusing. Can you see the pattern? Feelings. They are forever changing and they are almost always dictated by our flesh and external things that are going on in the world around us.
I have begun to understand that my feelings can not be trusted no matter how real or valid they may seem at times.
Your feelings will have you believing that the dry, difficult season you are in right now will NEVER change. That there is no hope for you. LIES.
I know because I’ve been there, still kind of there, but I’m slowly coming out of my dry difficult season, glory be to God. Don’t get me wrong we must rejoice in ALL circumstances. It’s a biblical truth, and it is those difficult and challenging times that truly mould us into the faithful Christian soldiers God has called us to be. This doesn’t make the proofing any easier. It is beyond painful, and as I begin to surface from the depths of my valley season, bit by bit The Lord is beginning to reveal to me the fruits of my obedience and my faithfulness to Him.
In my impatience I want the revelation and the manifestation all at once, but the Holy Spirit convicts me, reminding me that this Christian walk is a journey and each step I take is a step closer to maturity in Him. My faith is being strengthened as I continue to walk on the path He has laid out for me. Trusting that what He has promised He will be faithful to deliver. Hallelujah!!
When I look back at my life before Christ was in it, I was very much the driver of my own destiny and it felt good. Very good. In the short term. That’s what it is like when you live for yourself. There is pleasure to be had in abundance, but it never lasts and that’s what I must keep reminding myself, when my walk with Christ begins to feel burdensome.
His ways are higher, more perfect and everlasting. His ways are more joyful than anything the world could ever offer me. He saved my perishing soul, so that I could have an impact on the lives around me and draw them to Him. My life will make and is making a difference to the lives of my children, my family members and those I encounter along the way.
God created me for such a time as this and I must never lose sight of that, especially when my feelings want to begin dictating the opposite of what I know to be true.
The truth being, that Christ is for us, not against us, and He who started a good work in you is faithful to complete it. Keep trusting friend. Keep believing. Our God is a covenant keeper.
‘…O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.’