Each time he said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me" 2 Corinthians 12:9
This past weekend there was an Art's Festival in the little town close to where I live. My husband had a couple of his photographs for sale, and so we went into the store where they were, to see if they had sold yet.
It blows my husband's mind that complete strangers will come up to me and start telling me, within a few minutes, intimate details of their lives. His anointing is in a different area. My anointing, however, will draw people to me for encouragement.
A woman who has a prestigious job in this community came over to talk to us regarding the photographs. My husband left to go talk to another woman who is an officer in the Arts community.
Suddenly, the other woman began to pour her heart out to me, without even knowing that I have a Shepherd's calling on my life. She is in her early fifties and she talked about the fact that her mother died within the last few months and how hard it was on her. She said that her dad is not doing well, and when he dies she is afraid of feeling like an orphan. She said, "I will simply have no support system, as I can't depend on my brother and sister for help."
Does, God know what he is doing or what? Here is where my anointing lies, as I told you yesterday, whatever you are doing when you are set free is the ministry in which God will use you.
I lost both of my parents at an earlier age then most folks do. I was an only child. I am an orphan. So I understand her concerns as I too have walked that path. My first inclination was to blurt out, "You will be fine, I made it through with the help of God and so can you."
But you know, sometimes God puts a check on my spirit. He simply said, "Not now, develop a relationship with her, let her SEE that you made it through just fine. Then she will want to know what's different and THEN you can share Me with her." The longer we walk in the anointing of the Holy Spirit we learn to obey those gentle nudges, for we learn when we don't things don't work well for us.
I believe that all of us, you and I, get into fear about losing certain people in our lives who we believe are there for us, either emotionally, financially, or both. We lean on them as props. They are our "back up" plan in emergencies.
Through life circumstances I have learned that no one is there for me on a consistent basis in my life but GOD. I therefore know about his GRACE. I have found that in the worst circumstances you can imagine God's grace has covered me and sustained me. It's because of HIM that we can make it through any situations.
Lots of times, prior to my journey in having God renew my mind; I would toss and turn at night wondering what I was going to do regarding one problem or the other. I couldn't sleep. I might go over some unpleasant situation in my mind. I might remember the mean and cruel, and undeserved things, someone had said to me. I might worry about bill collectors calling, or what people might be saying about me behind my back. I would then start imagining all sorts of things and FEAR would set in.
I will cut to the chase here; lots of you who have counseled with me know that I do that. Sure, I could waste your time and money coddling you along each week, but that's what the secular psychologist does. They have a vested interest in dragging out therapy because it puts money in their pockets to have you come back week after week.
My goal is to help others renew their mind and walk victoriously through life no matter what situation presents itself. So in order to do that, when God gives me discernment of a situation and how to change it I tell you.
So to walk free from worry, you have to know that God's grace is going to cover every situation you go through, if you belong to him. When you face an ugly place in your life, you will feel the supernatural grace of God come over you, and you will look back later and say, "I can't believe I felt such peace, I should have fallen apart but I didn't because the GRACE of God covered me."
God has delivered me from the Spirit of Imaginations. That's the chase I wanted to cut to, with a lot of you. The reason is because I can "read" that in a lot of your emails, or hear that on the phone when we counsel.
One day I was at my desk typing away and my husband was gone longer then I had expected him to be. I started to imagine all sorts of things. It went from bad to worse until I was agitated beyond belief. This was several years ago. I believe that God had put up with that in me for years. He wanted me delivered from it. He wants some of you delivered from it also.
That day, as clear as a bell, I heard the Lord speak to my heart the following, "You need to get delivered from the spirit of imaginations. Satan uses your imagination to stir you up and put you in a state of anxiety. This worry is not from me, it's from Satan."
That was the first day of a wake-up call for me. I went on a three-day liquid fast, and I prayed and bound the spirit of imagination that had been at work in me for years and years. Let me state here and now, if God reveals to you that you need deliverance, you can do it yourself with the help of God.
Then, for a few years when thoughts came into my mind that were lies from Satan, I would rebuke the devil of imaginations and tell him to "Get out, you are on God's territory."
We don't need to fear anything or anyone. God is on the scene. He will come against those that hurt us, use us and abuse us in anyway. God will never allow anything done revengefully to one of His children go without punishment. His Grace covers us, and evidentially we come out victoriously.
I no longer worry about what any man or woman can say or do to me. I am covered by His Grace, and so are you. I don't care what anyone says about me, or thinks about me, or does to me. I am His daughter. I care what He thinks. In Romans 8:31 we read the following; "If God is for us, who can be against us?"
We all are going to have problems and difficulties. We will have things happen to us, that in the natural seem to be unbearable. We can make it through these things because of his Grace. That Grace is always available. When we get to tomorrow, that Grace sustains us. When we lose loved ones, that Grace sustains us.
peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.”
I have experienced that peace in some really hard situations. God just pours out His peace. I have gotten to the point in life that I know that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS God will give me the grace to withstand it. I also know that God will turn it around, if I am innocent, and he will go after my accusers. I don't have to.
Living in peace means to get rid of false imaginations. Get rid of the "what ifs." So no matter what happens we know that we know, God is with us. He will hold us up by His strong right arm.
In the Christian's daily walk with Christ we need to be laying our burdens on Him. We don't need to obsess with "fear." If we lose our job, God will provide another. If a friend betrays us, God will bring another to comfort us. If our children get into trouble, God will send a "helper" evidentially to bring them back to Him.
If we were the answer to our problems we would not need a Savior. We are mere mortals. God is God. He loves us, He will bring us through any storm of life, when we refuse to worry and lay it at his feet.
But grow in grace (undeserved favor, spiritual strength) and recognition and knowledge and understanding of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (the Messiah). To Him [be] glory (honor, majesty, and splendor) both now and to the day of eternity. Amen (so be it)! 2 Peter 3: 18
We are to be growing in Grace each and everyday. We are to be a light in a dark world. We don't need to sink to the level of worry and despair that the world does. God has given us favor, even when we don't deserve it. He gives us strength, in supernatural abundance each day to meet that day's problem.
Don't be hard on yourself if you tend to worry. We are humans. It isn't going to change overnight, but it can change for the better if you are willing to do the work to overcome the fear that Satan likes to use to "stir" up trouble.
When I went in for my exploratory surgery in January, for one brief moment as they were starting the anesthesia I thought, "What if I don't wake up?" Then I immediately turned that thought around and said to myself, "If I don't wake up, I will be going immediately to meet the Lord, and what could be better than that?" Immediately the peace returned and I was covered by His unmerited favor and calm.
So, it's not to say that we won't get the fear thoughts, Satan will try to bring disruption, fear and mistrust to us until the day we die. The lesson is to release them, and know that as we do, God's peace will surround us and sustain us.
Father, Thank you for your Grace. Thank you that whatever we are looking at in fear is not for us to worry about. We believe you when you tell us that your Grace is abundant and will cover all situations in our lives. We simply have to rest today and always in that thought. In Your Name, The Name above all names we pray. Amen and Amen