Why do we worry about the future?
Habakkuk 2:3 “For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”
Why do we worry about provisions?
Matthew 6:26 it says, “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?”
Why do we worry about workplace issues?
Isiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Take all your worries to the Lord in PRAYER.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Ezekiel is such an amazing prophet and I am intrigued by the anointing he had over his life. In the book of Ezekiel he is exemplified; to think a man who was in bondage could prophesy to those that were free. He could have refused the Lord’s calling over his life, but he was obedient knowing one day he would receive his crown by being a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.
I love the entire book of this prophetic word but the most incredible passage to me can be found in the Thirty-Seventh Chapter when the Lord instructs Ezekiel to prophesy over the Dry Bones.
3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord God, thou knowest.
In a valley of dry bones God ask Ezekiel can these bones live. God was using the illustration of the dry bones to compare it to the people of Israel who were no longer living for him, as punishment he let them fall into the hands of the enemy. Because of their disobedience they were carried into exile to live under paganism. Some would have said let them die in bondage they don’t deserve to live but, because of God’s grace and mercy he decided to restore them.
I began to ponder on this bible passage that was written many centuries ago and realized we are a generation of Israelites. We have fallen so deep in sin and have been scattered all abroad doing things that are unpleasing in God’s sight. We are a nation that displays “In God We Trust” adopted as this country’s motto in 1956 but has refused to put prayer back in schools. The United States is a valley of dry bones. We need the Lord to send down his Holy Spirit and restore us, we have become torn down like the walls of Jerusalem. Only God can make the crooked roads straight.
I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the bars of iron.
Every spring break we go to South Carolina, it’s a classic road trip with my family. This year we weren’t able to go and I was so disappointed. My mind was made up, this would be a boring spring break; what would I do for a week?
The second day of my break I woke up and went into my prayer room and began to pray. While praying I felt a presence upon me that I had never felt before, the feeling that came upon me was a longing (closeness) for the Lord and at that moment I knew that I needed to spend this time off with him. I went on a Facebook/Instagram hiatus I just wanted to read my bible, study his holy word, and share my writings with the world.
What I thought would be a boring break for me was the best time I have ever had. God opened up his word to me and refreshed my spirit. Sometimes we make plans and leave God out, the Lord reminded me of the blessings upon my life. I had to fast and not by sustaining from food but social media which meant no Facebook or Instagram.
This was a hard challenge for me because I had become accustomed to reaching for my phone first thing in the morning to check those sites before falling on my knees.
Thankful that the Lord let me know that I was headed in the opposite direction and to never get so busy that I don’t make time for him, because without him I am nothing.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.
This morning as I got dressed for church I began to reflect on my 44 years of life on this earth. Nothing that I have done or did allowed me to wake up this morning but God’s grace and mercy. Out of all the mornings, why did I reflect today? I could recall being shot at, being raped, colliding with a semi-truck but with each recollection I saw God holding my hand. You may think why would God be there during the hard times and not help you, he did help me he gave me strength to endure.
God has a purpose and plan for my life, I am a living testimony; by me telling the goodness of Jesus someone who may feel like they don’t have a reason to exist my testimony may give them hope. Before throwing in the towel of failure, guilt, and shame just know we are all living testimonies and regardless of what we go through in life there is someone out there just like us who went through but came out alright. Our ability to live is within, deep down inside we have an inner strength that we didn’t think we had; we are conquerors, we are victorious, we are LIVING TESTIMONIES.
God is good and he is definitely worthy of the praise! I can’t fathom my life without him, how does one even function without him. I know there are some that don’t believe, maybe their prayer is taking a little longer to get answered or something happened to make them a nonbeliever but I trust God no matter what. I have been in situations that the only person that could deliver me from the enemies hands was God!
There is a song that my grandfather use to sing in church on Sundays the song was “somebody prayed for me, had me on their mind, took the time and prayed for me, I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed, I’m so glad they prayed for me.” I don’t think I would have made it this far without someone praying for me. I have faced a lot of oppositions and the most bearing ones have been lately, sometimes wanting to throw in the towel but I kept the faith that things would work out.
I don’t usually write blogs about my faith in God but someone needs to know that God will make a way just trust him and never doubt because he will definitely work things out. When you truly put your faith in God he can and will deliver you out of any situation.