Today, I went over to my house to pick up a few things that I keep forgetting that I need. Isn’t that something?!?!
On Tuesday, February 16th – my house was one of the houses in Humble, TX that flooded. It didn’t flood in just one room, it was our entire house. It was an interesting moment because the ice storm had taken our lights and water – we stayed at home that night with the gas fireplace on. When the electricity came back on in the house I grew up in, we headed over there to have heat and warm up! Just about 3 hours later, when we went back home … because the electricity was on … we opened the door and water just poured out from the door. Just about 3 inches deep.
I think that I was convinced that only the floors were damaged, until we found the ceiling area from which the water was pouring. Insurance adjuster walked in three days later and let us know that it was the entire house. Exterior walls would be removed for about 2 feet from the ground. All floors had to be taken out, except the tile (kitchen and bathrooms). Water mitigation would have to be first — drying the space and sanitizing it to protect from mold and mildew – before any restoration could happen.
Here’s the truth – we have had no reason to be distressed, not even for one minute. The Home Owners Insurance that our mortgage company chose for us is awesome and we do have the family home, that I grew up in, to live in while all of the restoration, repairs and replacements are done.
So … the virus is alive; hate in the USA is alive; division in the Body of Christ is alive … these are true. But more that all of this … The Power of The Lord is Alive! The Faithfulness of The Lord is Alive: The Provision of The Lord is Alive! The Peace of The Lord is Alive! The Joy of the Lord is Alive!! Because of Him …. it all just feels like a small bump in the road.
I was thinking about David … God’s chosen one. He surely did not did not do everything perfectly – but he submitted Himself to God’s call on his life and in the midst of great difficulty – he just kept praising God, knowing that God had his back. And so do I.
The house has flooded and I can’t go home … but He is my God and my life – my time — yes I am in His hands!
The insurance company has to ensure we have what is needed, and we’ve gotta wait! … but He is the one I trust — yes, my life is in His hands!
I wanted to push all of the people to get this done in a hurry … but He tells me to stop fighting and remember that He is my God!
I trust Him y’all! I really do trust ONLY Him! What I need, He will provide. What I need to do, He will give me the wisdom and strength to do it. What I need to be, He will break me – melt me – mold me – fill me! There’s just no way at all that I cannot step right on over any bump in the road. And, let me just encourage you … for His truth is for all of His children.
Right now- all around us – we hear hateful words and thoughts and those words and thoughts are leading to death, destruction, terror, deception, fear and DISUNITY. It can drive a person mad!! But you know what?!? God is not oblivious to the plight of His people.
God is not affiliated with any party or politician; God is not aligned more with one race of people than another; God has no allegiance to any political platform. The foolishness of man; the wickedness of people — these things are blowing our minds, driving us to anger, moving us to fear, stirring great confusion .. but God’s children are connected to great power than just cannot be defeated!
He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. He will deliver those who have placed their trust in the name of His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.
I’m rejoicing RIGHT NOW because though I don’t know when, I do know that God’s got this! God’s got all of it – and victory is on the way!!!!
All around this globe in the midst of the enemy’s work – The Gospel of the Lord will be preached and people will be delivered out of the hand of the enemy AND He, The Almighty God, will reckon with the enemies of His people and the enemies of The Gospel! And THAT, my friends, is real victory! To my Christian friends – my brothers and sisters in Christ: Hold your peace! Let the Lord fight your battle! Victory Shall Be Ours!
I’m singing this right now! “If I hold my peace, let the Lord fight my battles; I know that the victory shall be mine, victory shall be mine. If I walk upright, all my battles He will fight; I know that the victory shall be mine, victory shall be mine.” – Rev. James Cleveland
When the Lord offers us eternity and more than this – when He offers to make us vessels of eternity that can effect the lives of others — why don’t we grab hold?
We are so focused on the physical, that we cannot see what is in front of us in the spiritual realm. We are worried about the labor involved in taking care of our most basic needs — forgetting that our most basic needs are being met all of the time through no effort on our part.
We lose focus of the spiritual need that we have; His gift of what our strong inner desires and our deepest need should be – deep desire within each of us to be in a relationship with the true and living God.
The Lord offers us satisfaction of the strong inner desires and deepest needs He has put in our heart, and then He says that satisfaction will become a well within us that others can draw from … so that they can receive this same satisfaction. This satisfaction is salvation! Reconciliation to the Father! Satisfaction! We miss the point – and focus on the labor involved in the mundane. We completely miss the point!
I am praying for the Father to help our hearts see when He is offering more than our finite mind can conceive. I am asking that he will never let us choose to grasp the mundane when He has offered the supernatural – the eternal. Praying that He will teach us to hear Him well and not to only listen for what we long to hear! Praying that He will help us to seek for our satisfaction in Him alone.
In order to embrace a God-given future, we must trust and not waiver in our belief – despite what we see or experience.
We live in an age where we want promises fullfilled now. No waiting; no delays — we want what’s coming to us NOW — just like the prodigal son. However, we must remember that God is an eternal being. He eists outside of time. His promises are eternal also – they exist outside of time.
It is our faithful obedience and service to expectantly believe the promise will come even if it is our resurrected future.
There are many blessings He will grand us now – but if not NOW — will we still believe? If He heals now — if He heals in heaven — we must choose to rejoice either way! I’m speaking from my own personal experience. When my mother had this unexpected bleeding stroke … my cry out to Him was for healing and life. When my best friend, Barbara, was diagnosed with cancer … my cry out to Him was for healing and life. My Ghana mother, Beatrice … healing and life. My dear friend, Francis … healing and life. And what I had to return to truths … they were all believers in Christ and worshippers of the Almighty God! They were all healed completely and are living life eternal! The tears that came were real! But if you talk to me face to fact about any of these dear ones – you will see that all that I feel is gratefulness, thankfulness and pure joy toward The One who gets all glory and praise from me about the beauty of the lives they are living now!
Our heavenly future is greater, for we are only sojourners in this foreign place.
O Lord! please help us to understand that as partakers of Your gift of salvation, we have been given eternal life! Help us to grasp the gravity of this great promise – looking ever toward the eternal, heavenly future that is laid out for us. Help us not get caught up in the now!!
As we journey or sojourn in the earth wearing the label “Christ follower” and declaring that we are filled with the Holy Spirit, what testimony are we leaving behind?
Do people fear God’s wrath because they understand the wages of sin? … OR because we have led them to believe our God slays because He is petty and jealous over useless issues?
I see in the world much condemnation and judgment; very little mercy, grace, or life giving/life saving actions among those who say they believe in Christ and are filled with His Spirit. Perhaps because we know NOT what Spirit we are of!
Are our actions the actions of life givers? or do our actions condemn and bring judgment and death?
Be careful brothers/sisters in Christ. His purpose … is our purpose too! Kill the self righteousness that so consumes us … and ask God to place in us a love for the world that gives mercy and pours out grace!
I am praying that Our Father will teach us to open our eyes to truth! As we learn to rest in His righteousness, may we also learn to bring to this world a message of life. Praying that he will help us to remember the Spirit that fills us AND help us to remember that we are merely ambassadors. Praying that He will help us to remember that rejection of us is nothing that we should feel personally – this is a rejection of our Savior … a rejection of God. Praying that He will help us to remember , so that we will be prompted to show a “Christ Life” that the lost will desire!
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39