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!
It was the winter of 1977 I was about 2 ½ years old when my dad was rushed to the emergency room because he was having trouble breathing. The doctor’s said that he had some form of pneumonia but they couldn’t figure out what type of pneumonia he had and on top of that his lungs were filling up with fluid. His blood oxygen levels were extremely low so low that he should have been unconscious but by grace he was still with us. My father’s condition was something this doctor had never seen before so he quickly got on the phone and spoke with doctor’s and specialist throughout the nation and in Europe and not a single one could figure out what strain of pneumonia he had or how to properly treat him. Around 2 am that morning the doctor pulled my mom aside and told her that my father will not make it through the night and that now was the time to notify his next of kin. She called my dad’s sister, my Aunt Sadie in Florida, it was around 6 am her time. When my mother told my aunt what was going on, my aunt boldly declared, “My brother will not die!” When my aunt hung up she got back on the phone and left a message for the school she worked for to let them know that she would not be in that day. She then fell on her knees and cried out to God and entered in to a
holy fast and prayer for her brother. She made a vow to God that she would not move until He moved in her brother’s life. Around 10:30 am (Florida time) my aunt’s phone rings and she’s led to answer it, it was my mom who told her that my dad made a spontaneous recovery, these were the doctor’s exact words. It was a miracle according to them but I know it was the victorious hand of God and His response to “a sister’s faith”.
The Doctor’s still don’t know what exactly happened to my father or how he recovered but I believe that my dad’s story is like the story of the man who had been born blind that Jesus healed. The disciples asked Jesus, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” And Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” (John 9:1-3 NKJV) My dad became deathly ill not because of sin but so the mighty works of God and the power of intercessory prayer can be revealed in him.