Hello blog readers,
I’ve been wanting to share something with you for a few days. One of my church pastors shared something with me after bible study that made a ‘light bulb’ go off in my head… Maybe someone else will be encouraged to hear it too. It’s a quote by the late Manley Beasley.
“Faith is believing something to be so,
when it doesn’t appear to be so,
in order for it to be so,
because God said so.”
The last line in that quote is the most important, and has been altered over time. Here’s why it’s important:
It doesn’t matter how strongly you trust in something, if it’s a promise that God never made. You can claim it, speak it, place hope in it, and strongly believe in it — But if it’s not God’s will for you, He won’t compromise for your will to be done… or my will. God has the final say. His will be done always and forever.
The object of your faith is what saves. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
Be encouraged knowing that if you believed in it, and applied works to achieve it…and it never happened — It wasn’t God’s will for your life. The experience may have been necessary to receive what He has for you. It could have been a decision that was completely out of God’s will for you — Everyone has made wrong choices. But take heart: “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Don’t let life’s disappointments weaken your faith in God. He always delivers on His Word.
Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?
He won’t ever forget you.
Joshua 21:45 Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.
I’ve heard the phrase “Let go, and let God” many times. But recently, I’ve understood better the benefits of actually doing it. It has allowed me to keep my peace, and my spiritual inheritance.
I was watching a video by an amazing woman of God (Joann Rosario Condrey) — and she spoke about how everything in God’s Kingdom begins with a seed. And, when we walk in holiness with God, He will rain on us in due season — and His seed will yield much fruit.
Leviticus 26:3-4 If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
That scripture offers so much hope to God’s children who strive to walk in union with Him daily. Who wouldn’t want a plentiful harvest from our Heavenly Father? I surely do.
Yesterday, God helped me understand that the enemy also plants seeds — and if we don’t immediately get rid of them, they can prevent us from receiving the harvest God has for us. Pastor Joann helped me understand that anything God rains on multiplies. He’s not going to rain on us to multiply seeds from the enemy.
The devil is a hater. It sounds cliché, but it could not be more true. He’ll do anything to block your blessings. That includes planting seeds of anger, bitterness, hate, jealously, unforgiveness, fear, worry and anything that makes you feel less than worthy of God’s love. He knows that God is not going to rain on you as long as his seeds are there!
Uprooting the enemy’s plantings is not our battle. God does that for His children — but first we have to give Him everything that burdens our hearts.
Ephesians 4:31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.
Psalm 55:22 Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.
The moment you feel angry at your family member, co-worker, neighbor, driver in traffic, or whoever — remember the devil is trying to rob you with that anger. He’s trying to strip you with that bitterness, and deprive you with those grudges. Tell your Heavenly Father to take it away asap!
Ephesians 4:26-27 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
Give it to God, and trust that He will take it away. Don’t dwell in it, and don’t tell yourself why you have reason to be mad (or whatever you’re feeling). Get as far away from it as you can, and let your Father finish the work.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
It’s as simple as saying, “Father, please take this anger, hurt, frustration, irritation, fear, doubt, unforgiveness away right now before it grows. Kill every part of it now. I’m yours, and it cannot live here in the name of Jesus.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Sometimes, it’s not easy to give up our anger, unforgiveness, and worry etc. because the flesh is weak and is pulled towards it. Acknowledge to your Heavenly Father that the enemy has tried to plant it — and give it away to God. At first, you might have to count to ten (lol) or think hard about your blessings… Do whatever you have to do to remove yourself from it– and Your Father will erase it. I’ve spoken directly to those seeds saying, “You can’t live here in the name of Jesus” — and my Father kills them. It’s something I had to learn, and I pray this blog blesses you.
Give it to Him every time you feel anything that is not like Him. Ask Him to take it before it grows roots. You might have to do it several times a day for several different reasons.
Be a witness for your Heavenly Father in the face of the enemy by letting go of those harmful seeds.
Isaiah 43:10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.
Let God handle the enemy’s seeds, and they will not grow. He will prove who really has the authority over you. He will serve the enemy’s eviction notice. And you can trust that God’s rain will come in it’s due season.
Isaiah 41:10 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 right hand.