|Posted on May 23, 2015 at 2:20 PM|
God is REAL.
The only thing I have to offer this world through my voice that matters is my own personal testimony. I cannot tell you how to live or how you should think or what you should believe but I can tell you how God works in my life. That is what this blog is all about.
In my last post I told you how lovely my social media world is and how I would love to live there on Main Street, Internet, USA. Well, shortly after that post my world crashed both in real life and online. It was brutal. Attacks of all kinds that attempted to destroy my JOY. It didn't work. God is greater than any attack of the enemy.
"No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me," declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17
I have come through the storm and now I can talk about it. When I say it didn't work at destroying my joy it doesn't mean my spirit wasn't crushed because it indeed was. I was affected by the attacks but through it all the light of God was with me. Through it all I kept hope in my heart. Through the sadness, pain, and devastation I could still see God's beauty. I still was able to smile and laugh and carry on with a smaller level of joy from the Lord but with it I was covered with darkness. It was a hard thing to comprehend.
We know that darkness is the absence of light, but like I said the Light remained with me. God even gave me His Word on this.
"But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness, the LORD is a light for me." Micah 7:7-8
See that right there, while covered in darkness- tremendously discouraged and heartbroken, I turned to the Lord. I first turned to a devotional for that particular day and read it. Micah 7:7 was printed on the page. I looked it up in the bible and that right there is what it said. THAT WAS ME! I was down, in a dark and low place and had suffered the attacks of others in addition to other news that broke my heart. It was a full out assault from the enemy Satan. Read those verses again. Do you see how very plainly God spoke to me?
God knew where I was. He knew what I was going through. Had I not turned to His Word I would not have heard from Him. the fact that His Word was exactly applicable to me and was very clearly written, I knew without a doubt that God was still in charge.
"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:2
God was telling me to hold on! He did not forsake me nor did He leave me in the dark alone. I saw the Light and it was Him.
That is how God is real.
There is more. Something else happened and again I turned to the Lord in His Word. This time I just opened the bible and looked at whatever page it was. I do not do this often. It is not a game I play with God. It just so happened that the moment I picked up the bible I made that decision to just read whatever was there. I looked to the right and the title of one particular section in this children's bible said 'The Lord Comforts Those Who Aren't Proud.' I began reading there and when my eyes landed on these two verse once again I knew without a doubt that God was in fact speaking to me through His Word.
"I will not find fault with my people forever. I will not always be angry with them. If I were, I would cause their spirits to grow weak. The very breath of life would go out of the people I created" Isiah 57:16
"I have seen what they have done. But I will heal them. I will guide them. And I will comfort them just as I did before." Isaiah 57:18
There is much more depth to the entire section of scripture I read but those two verses are enough to illustrate my point. What God was talking to me about wasn't necessarily about me but more about how I should handle a situation. He was telling me to do as He did. Not to be angry for long and to forgive and let healing, guidance and comfort be my mission.
I needed that advice. I was honestly dealing with something that I had no clue how to handle. I only knew how I wanted to react or more specifically- how I was entitled to act in that situation. I had the right to be very angry but God was leading me in a different way. His plans, His thoughts, His ways are not our ways. God is love.
"And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them." 1 John 4:16
So I listened to Him and I changed my thoughts to align with His. I changed my plan of action to His plan of love. And it WORKED! God's plans worked and restored the devastation and turned it into a blessing. I am writing to you right now from a place of PEACE. I am surrounded by LOVE, LIGHT, JOY & PEACE even though my physical world is falling apart. Believe me when I tell you- things are really bad and anyone looking in cannot see a way out or a way to make it better. But I stand here before you and tell you this: As God is my witness and the testimony on my tongue- God has everything under control. I trust Him, the invisible God who speaks to me more than I trust anything or anyone my eyes see.
There! I am on top of the world now that I've shared that with you. Give God a chance to reveal himself to you. Put Him first in your life and see what He will do. Remember though, He sees your heart. He sees and knows the intentions there. If you say with your mouth and don't believe in your heart, He will not hear you. You must believe in your heart that Jesus is Lord.
Have a blessed day and thank you for reading about my walk of faith in Christ Jesus.