When you give your all but see little or no success, when you don't see breakthrough, when you're disappointed, when you're overlooked or things don't happen when and as you thought it should, DON'T GET DISCOURAGED. DON'T GIVE UP. You see in part, God sees the whole picture.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not depend on your own understanding." (Proverbs 3:5)
The enemy knows you're getting close to your destiny and wants to discourage you and get you to step back, but the Lord is calling you to step up and step out in faith. This is a new day and it calls for expansion and broadening of horizons. "Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide." (Isaiah 54:2) It's time to move ahead and occupy the land. If you're faced with giants, bad reports, difficulty or opposition, DON'T GET DISCOURAGED. PERSEVERE, and in DUE SEASON you will reap a HARVEST OF BLESSING...if you DO NOT GIVE UP.
"May we never tire of doing what is good and right before our Lord, because in His season we shall bring in a great harvest if we can just PERSIST." (Galatians 6:9)
PERSIST: continue in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
"Sarah, too, HAD FAITH, and BACAUSE OF THIS she was able to become a mother IN SPITE of her old age, for she realised that God, who gave her his promise, would CERTAINLY DO WHAT HE SAID." - Hebrews 11:11
Here are three truths to take away from this passage:
1. HIS TIMING IS PERFECT. In spite of how impossible the situation looks, keep trusting God. He hasn't forgotten you. He's preparing you for your blessing. "For the vision is yet for the appointed [future] time. It hurries toward the goal [of fulfillment]; it will not fail. Even though it delays, wait [patiently] for it, because it will certainly come." - Habakkuk 2:3
2. DON'T LOOK AT YOUR NATURAL CIRCUMSTANCES. Believe for what is yet unseen. "Faith is a well-grounded assurance of that for which we hope, and a conviction of the reality of things which we do not see" - "faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses". - Hebrews 11:1
3. HE WILL NEVER FAIL YOU. "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?" - Numbers 23:19
• BLESSED is she who has BELIEVED that the Lord would FULFILL his promises to her! •
"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay." - Ruth 1:16 (NIV)
Ruth left her family, homeland and hope of having a husband again in order to follow Naomi to a foreign land and into an unknown future. But it was this FAITHFULNESS, SACRIFICE and WILLINGNESS TO FOLLOW that led her to MEET HER BOAZ and GAIN HIS FAVOR.
"Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me - a foreigner?" Boaz replied, "I've been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband - how you left your father and your mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be RICHLY REWARDED by the Lord..." - Ruth 2:10-12 (NIV)
YOUR "BOAZ" (promise/blessing/reward/harvest) AWAITS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF YOUR SACRIFICE. Are you willing to step out in faith and follow Him wherever He might lead you?
"Where You go, I'll go
Where You stay, I'll stay
When You move, I'll move
I will follow You" - I Will Follow (Chris Tomlin)
"Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV)
The Lord is your defender; your shield and your stronghold. He won't leave you alone in the heat of battle. You might feel like David standing in front of a giant of fear, intimidation, loneliness or doubt. Your back is against the wall, but today I tell you: you've put all your hope in Jesus and HE WILL COME THROUGH FOR YOU. He has not abandoned you. He is MIGHTY IN BATTLE and HE IS FIGHTING FOR YOU!!! You don't know how He's going to do it and you don't need to. Wherever He leads you, He will make a way. For the will of God will never take you where the grace of God cannot sustain you.
"Don't you be afraid of giants in your way
With God you know that anything's possible
So step into the fight
He's right there by your side
The stones inside your hand might be small
But WATCH THE GIANTS FALL!!!" - Giants fall (Francesca Battistelli)
"You say don't be afraid
YOU ARE WITH ME ALWAYS
From the first to last breath
I believe You are for me" - Break Open This Box (Bread and Wine)
Be brave. Be bold. GREATER IS HE WHO IS IN YOU THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD!!!
"I'm taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I'll court her. I'll give her bouquets of roses. I'll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope." - Hosea 2:14-15 (MSG)
Many have found themselves back in the wilderness. Remember that God does nothing without purpose. "Where it may seem like the Lord is calling you a few steps back, it's actually a positioning to propel you further forward than ever before." (Lana Vawser) Through your time in the wilderness you came to rely on the Lord more fully. Not for a moment did He leave your side. He was right there with you, courting you. In the dryness you developed a DEEP THRIST for more of God's love and presence (exactly what He wanted!). "Like a deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." (Psalm 42:1) You became single-minded in your pursuit of the One who SATISFIES YOUR SOUL and had but one desire: Jesus.
Now there's a silent tension carrying GREAT EXPECTATION in the atmosphere - almost like the calm before a storm. He is sending His rain - heaven's kisses - to transform your heartbreak valley into ACRES OF HOPE. Your wilderness is becoming God's stage as He TRANSFORMS YOUR WILDERNESS INTO A PARADISE. Look around! You're standing on MIRACLE-RICH ground. Dust and glory meet here face to face. He heard you crying out for rain and took action, for "the heartfelt and persistent prayer of a believer can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God - it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]." (James 5:16-18 AMP) Crops will spring up all around you! Abundance of fruit!!! Blossoms everywhere!!! Streams in the wasteland! Rivers in the desert! You've sown in tears, but will reap in JOY! Truly, those who hope in the Lord will not be disappointed!
May the RAIN satisfy your soul, may the WIND cause your roots to grow deeper, and may the FIRE of His presence ignite a fierce love in you for your First Love.
"As the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand." - Jeremiah 18:6
"Many have been bent, stretched and at times thought, “Oh my word! I’m about to break!!!” You’ve for sure been on a potter’s wheel. Intense hot fire has forged much into you, purifying your heart and bringing you to a place where the fragrance of sweet, sweet perfume is spilling forth.
All those who are watching your life and seeing your obedience to God, are going to smell it and follow after the God your life portrays, He is the MASTER CARPENTER. Every great inventor, creator and artist work has an exhibition. The more one of a kind and unique an original works is, the more it holds HUGE VALUE and is always put on display. He makes everything beautiful in its time. This is your time." - Dawn Baker
He uses the fiery trials to train, refine, shape you for His purposes. After tou have gone through this time of shaping and refining, you will step into a new season - ready to blossom, releasing a sweet fragrance and fulfilling your purpose. Don't rush the process.
"For everything that happens in life - there is a SEASON, a RIGHT TIME for everything under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1
Yesterday I saw a vivid vision in which the Father beckoned me to come to him. He wanted to give me a hug. So I went to him and he pulled me into His arms. He held me tightly as he told me not to let go, but to hold on even tighter. It felt like I was melting into him, surrounded, captivated and overwhelmed by his love. It was the safest place to be - in the Father's arms. As everything else faded away, I could feel myself drawing new strength from him. He overflowed with strength and love.
The Lord is calling you into his arms. Many have become tired of fighting, feeling drained emotionally and physically. Come find rest in his arms. He wants you to experience the immense love that he has for you. He wants you to draw strength from him. His arms are open wide. He's waiting for you to come.
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28
Blessings are often disguised. In the moment, we don't always understand the 'why' behind the pain, but soon enough we'll see just what God was up to behind the scenes. Brokenness has a way of drawing us closer to God and cultivating humility and a soft heart. And that's exactly what He's looking for - a heart that can be transformed, reshaped and molded into something new and absolutely beautiful. Although we don't like painful processes, it's during these processes that growth and change takes place.
"And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pessure, trouble) produces patient endurance; and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance. Such hope [in God's promises] never disappoints us..." - Romans 5:3-5 (AMP)
Today, choose to focus on the good rather than the hurt. God is the greatest Healer. So refuse to give up, rather look up. Choose to see the blessing of brokenness.
"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." (Joshua 1:9)
For some it is time to cross the Jordan and take hold of your promise. Don't get discouraged by bad reports of the land or "giants" that you'll have to face. God will go ahead of you. Do not be afraid! Now is not the time to draw back, but to step out in BOLD faith. "...the righteous are as BOLD as a lion." (Proverbs 28:1)
Others might find themselves circling Jericho and seeing no breakthrough. Don't get hasty. Keep following God's instructions. "Don't give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!" (Joshua 6:10) Know that you are strategically placed and exactly where God wants you - preparing for the day he says: shout! The walls will collapse and you'll go straight in. You are advancing even if it feels like you are walking in circles. If you find yourself growing weary of walking and waiting, stay alert, for SUDDENLY your breakthrough will come as the walls of Jericho come crashing down.
https://youtu.be/URZfJ9_6Et0"There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a FLOURISHING FINISH..." - Philippians 1:6 (MSG)
Butterflies AWAKE! It's the dawn of a new day! Time to leave the safety of your cocoon and FLY! Leave the LIMITATIONS behind. You have been TRANSFORMED so that you can FLOURISH. Now use your wings and FLY FREE! He calls you out into WIDE OPEN SPACES. Live FREE, because "it is for freedom that Christ has set you free" (Galatians 5:1). Throw off the restraints of the past. Make a fresh NEW BEGINNING. The seasons have changed. The old is gone, the new has come. EMERGE, beautiful butterfly! FLOURISH! You have WINGS OF FREEDOM. Fly and gain NEW PERSPECTIVE. There is purpose in your pain, transformation in the process. Come out of hiding. Use your newly grown wings and FLOURISH!
He He did not bring you this far to leave you. He will bring everything to a FLOURISHING FINISH. Though the seasons change, He remains constant; His promises sure. He is FAITHFUL TO FINISH WHAT HE STARTED.
"Our God is able, more than capable
To be faithful to the end" - Finish What He Started (MercyMe)
FLY FREE and FLOURISH, O beautiful daughter of the Most High!