Be Strong

Be Strong

It was like deja vu when I got the phone call. My mom’s biopsy results were in and the report was not good. It had been 8-years since her breast cancer diagnosis. A battle she emerged victorious in Christ in. Now here we were, 8 years later in the same office…again. On the drive there I said, “Okay Father you gave me a word before concerning my Mom. I’m expecting a word from you again.”

We sat and listened to the oncologist and heard his thoughts on the matter. When he and his nurse left the room I turned to my Mom and said, “God is not going to put on you more than you can bear.” 1Cor 10:13 Suddenly I saw a Peace in her that wasn’t there before. Then I knew it was a word from the throne of grace. I have to be honest though; I needed more. Why were we back here again and as a Royal Priesthood how am I supposed to stand and represent The Father in this? I had questions and I needed insight into the word God had given her. 

Later that day I stepped into that secret place (prayer) and shared with the Father what was on my heart. That’s when I heard Him say, “Joshua 1:9” Immediately I went there.  This is what it says:

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Then I asked, “But how do I do that Lord?” 

The Lord replied, “It’s like you said before, I’m not going to put more on you than you could bear. Your ability to bear is based on what I placed in you. I can command you to be strong and courageous because I’ve already equipped you with strength and courage. I can say do not be afraid because My perfect love has casted out your fear. I’m simply calling out what’s already there and that’s how you’re going to do this.”

 What was in me began to stir like a mighty current.  All of that discouragement suddenly slipped away. I felt strong, confident, comforted and equipped to stand as a royal priest by my mother’s side and glory to God that is what I did!

 I am happy to report that the battle was glorious. The King of Kings made His presence known on the battlefield. I told no one but my Husband and kids about my Mom’s surgery yet God drew prayer warriors amongst the medical staff to lay hands and pray with me for my mom. To my delight the surgeon was a fellow believer who personally submitted the surgery into the hands of the True Physician. The LORD fought the battle and gave us the victory. My part was to have faith in Christ who strengthens me. 

God’s Beloved, He who created and formed you has equipped you with strength and courage. He can call those things and more out of you because that is who you are. That same Spirit that raised Christ from the grave is in you child of God. His Presence, Wisdom, Authority and Truth dwells within you. You are well equipped and you’re not alone.  So Be Strong, Be Courageous. Be Fearless; Do Not Be Discouraged. For greater is Christ Jesus that is in you, with you and for you wherever you are, than anyone or anything that can come at you in this world. 

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New Year’s Revelations

New Year’s Revelations

“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2) NKJV

About two years ago, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. As you can imagine the news rocked us all. At the time I was going through my own personal trial, I felt pressed on all sides and when I first heard this I thought to myself, “This too God! I know you said that You wouldn’t put more on me than I could bear but come on!” The Lord said to me, “For I know the plans I have for [her], plans to prosper [her] and not to harm [her], plans to give [her] hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11). God assured me that my mother’s illness was not unto death but to draw her and reveal to her who He is. I didn’t know this at the time, but He was talking to me too.

It has always been a tradition of mine to make a new year’s resolution but that year I desired God’s revelation. During the time of my mom’s surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and recovery God revealed to me what it truly meant to stand and live by faith.  There were times when things looked really grim but instead of giving up I gave in to standing in the gap and praising His holy name. I’m not sure when or how it happened but I suddenly became this unbreakable, unshakable superwoman, able to be that shoulder my mom could lean on, able to boldly and confidently claim my mother’s healing no matter what I saw or heard.

God revealed to me that in Him I am strong. For the first time ever I saw myself as a warrior, conqueror, and an ambassador with Christ. I saw myself through God’s eyes!

Let this new year be the year that you declare no more resolutions, God give me a revelation! I pray with you in Jesus name that God will reveal to you His will, His purpose and His vision for your life. May you see yourself through God’s eyes.  Have a blessed and victorious New Year!