For months, I have been in an uneasy place in my spirit and my life. I have also been on some great highs and enjoying much more. I have allowed my imagination to consume me to the point of not taking much action. I have let myself flow in the joys that God has provided. Even though I know that the Father is with me, I have been in a dark and muddy valley. In this valley, my self-talk is not all that blessed. My self-talk is of frustration and admonishment. My self-talk jumps on the back of depression and shuts me down. It is a great and awesome wonder that God is the great revealer of all things, because He no doubt knows everything. I understand that it is all par for the course in which He has already predestined specifically for me.
In my journal writing on Friday morning, all I could write was praises to God thanking Him for all that He has saved me from, pages of praise. I gave Him my heartfelt desire and pain acknowledging that my flesh has grabbed hold of the negatives that I have magnified and took off on a course all of it’s own. I allow flesh to choke the daylights out of spirit even if is imagined. As I was writing, my heart began to pray for others. I knew that I had to get my mind off of me, and praying for others was and is the best way to do it. I know that the best way to run the enemy off is to start speaking the Word of God, boldly. Start pleading the blood of Jesus and off running, he and his imps must go.
Now, why is it so hard to get in that lane when we know that the Almighty is right there in the valleys with us? Why is it so hard when one hiccup can cause an avalanche of emotion and toss us off course? We are not in Kansas anymore Toto. All of it is par for the course to strengthen us and prepare us for the greater that is in store. I am not where I desire to be, but I know I am where God REQUIRES me to be. No matter how uncomfortable we will be, no matter how frustrated we will become, no matter how unfulfilled and unappreciated, no matter the lot, we have to KNOW without a doubt, that all is well.
Isaiah 41:10 NLT says this, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious hand.”
Isaiah 43:2 NLT says, this, “When you go through deep waters, I (God) will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” That is a praise break word right there.
My brothers and sisters, do you see what God has said? You will get caught up and side tracked. People will have words to say about you be it good or bad. You will become extremely frustrated in your current situation. I was speaking with a friend the other day, and I told him this, success cannot be rushed. That comment just popped up in my head at that moment, during that conversation. That was God, not me, reminding me of His perfection. God is a god of order and He will only bless the obedient whom He has chosen. God cannot in any way bless sin, it goes against His word that He Himself created, and God cannot lie. Don’t be fooled that we can do it our way, this will only lead to the delay of the everlasting blessings and also guaranteed disasters in our lives. If you need a reminder of God’s warning about disobedience, read the book of Deuteronomy and then dig deeper into His word. We must stand in complete obedience of God and praise Him all the way to the end.
We will cry, shout, and scream. Go ahead, God already knows that we will. We may want to give up and do it our way because we think our way is better and quicker, don’t do it. You may have already stepped out of the will of God, turn around and get back under the Father’s will. Run towards His outstretch arms with humility true repentance.
Your greater is on the way. Press forward.