Promises, Promises…

Ask...Believe...Receive

I remember when Connie and I lost everything — all we had were God’s promises to stand on.

We were staying at the In Town Suites back in 2010 on Huffman Road. The room fee had to be paid the next day and we had $0 in the bank.
I sat on the bed in the tiny room squeezing my eldest daughter, Miracle, to my chest. She was only 1 year old at the time, and I was pregnant with Connie III. I rocked her in my arms just crying and praying for God to show up. I repeatedly told Him I knew He would provide.

It seemed like forever before I calmed down, no tears left to cry.

I sullenly checked my email and noticed a random email from, Tracy, a close friend of ours. She was telling me she was thinking about us and to call her first thing in the morning.
We talked the next day and we ended up at her house, where she put a check for about $250, along with a sealed envelope, into my hands! I nearly choked. But, I heard God clearly instruct me to pray with her before we left. So we held hands and stood in a circle to pray, and then we left…
Connie and I were astounded by the $250! As we continued driving, headed to our bank to deposit the check, I opened the envelope she had included and pulled out a card.

As I opened the card, another check for about $1,000 fell into my lap!

I screamed and had to call her back! No one but God put us on her heart to do this.
Tracy’s move of faith is a constant reminder to me that God works miracles through people, and He always gives us more than what we ever ask of Him.
I share this story because what I know first-hand is this:
No matter how painful this global COVID-19 pandemic is, or how bleak things look for us right now, God is always faithful and His Word will never return to Him void!
Just this morning, I was telling my children about showing God gratitude.
We serve the same God who provided fresh manna from heaven each morning for the children of Israel after they fled Egypt. And they could never store and keep any of that day’s manna because it would rot!

They had to trust God daily to provide their basic needs.

We are all apparently in flight, and it is in this place, this space, this time of transition, that God promised to be RIGHT HERE IN OUR MIDST…
He promised to never leave nor forsake us…
He promised that where two or more are gathered in His name He’s in the midst…
Yahweh promised that we shall have WHATSOEVER WE SAY…
He promised that He would bring us to an expectant end…
God promised that nothing would EVER separate us from His love…
Our Loving Father promised that we would have life more abundantly…
And His promises go on…
Right now, I encourage each of you, as I encourage myself.
Each day, get into your personal time with Him and call out those things that be not, as though they are.
Speak aloud those secret things He promised you.
Ask Him for clarity, direction, resources and breakthroughs that only He will be able to get the glory for once He has brought them to fruition in your life.
GOD IS ABLE!!

 

New Devils STOP!

What adversaries are stopping you from taking a leap of faith? Just pick any distraction.

Distractions are interesting. Distractions cause us to pause and more often than not, miss out on important, right-now moments in a life we’re not promised to be living tomorrow.

These disruptive distractions are unnecessary hesitations that delay what we know in our hearts we need to be doing. They are also emotions fed to us by others seeking to infest us with their own innate fears.

Today should be the day we stop living our life based on other people’s fears!

These distractions are simply your adversary seeking to delay you from your purpose. And man, did one hit me just this week through a loved one.

I found myself on a call that was intended to be a moment to catch-up, but it became pretty shady fairly quickly. I felt as if my talent and choices to transition to a new career was being attacked through a hidden, one-sided verbal war I thought I was unsuited to fight.

Out of respect, I could only sit there in shock as I listened to an onslaught of self-righteous opinions that sought to apparently somehow correct me. The goal, of course, was to stall me and take me off of my game!

I finally just hung up, but I could only stand there, stupefied. And then it hit me out of nowhere.

NEW DEVILS.

Earlier that morning, while running errands with my husband, he pulled to a STOP sign in our neighborhood that we’ve passed hundreds of times before. However, my eyes caught something posted on the sign that I had never noticed before. The two words somehow screamed at me just then, and I instinctively knew that it was a warning:

NEW DEVILS

I Corinthians 16:9 rushed to mind. I recalled that as doors and resources are being opened up to us during a season of growth and transition to greater, many adversaries rush in right along with the blessings. Now, this sign can be seen in different ways if we add punctuation:

  1. NEW DEVILS STOP. (Meaning new devils distract you and keep you from moving forward.)
  2. NEW DEVILS, STOP! (Meaning we shout out and tell the new devils to stop distracting us!)

I immediately just thanked God for the warning because it allowed me to focus back on what He told me: that this time won’t be like last time!

Both interpretations of this sign today were important to me!

Some of you, like myself, have taken risks before and failed very well, and are now in a season of trying again. God has promised that this time won’t be like last time.

That last time, you didn’t have a plan.

The time before last time, you were younger and didn’t seek wisdom and understanding.

This last time, you didn’t trust Him like you do now.

This is not the last time. This time, is your time.

Despite what your adversaries are doing, focus on what God said to you! Do you need discipline? Buckle down. Do you need help? Ask Him for it.

Fulfillment will only come when you are in pursuit of utilizing your gifts and talents to help others.

Cory Asbury’s moving song, Water and Dust, reminds us that God makes beautiful out of our ugliness. When everything around us is falling apart and not shaping up to be what we thought, don’t lose heart. He is working. 

You were created for greater! Tell the new devils you are three feet from striking gold, and you are not quitting!

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