I know many of my friends and family have come through some really ugly days in 2022. Some of those will carry out and resolve in 2023.
I know some of you don’t believe in the prophetic, and I’ve never asked you to, because my beliefs don’t require you to. So let me give you this reflection.
If you belong whole heartedly to Jesus Christ as your savior, then no matter what you are going through there is no reason to doubt God’s sincere love for you in this time.
There is no reason to think that what you are going through is to big for God.
You belong to God, you are his prized possession .
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.”
All of the junk you’ve been going through, you get to come out on top at the end.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
It’s all part of the plan, to get you where you need to be, aligned with who you need aligned with, and to bring you into God’s good plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
What you are experiencing is normal, common if you are going to be a member of God’s Kingdom and Family.
1 Peter 5:9
“So resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brothers and sisters who are in the world.”
Who is this HIM? Why should we RESIST HIM?
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Yep, that punk is still at work on thoughts, minds, using those around us to bring us into a mindset of defeat.
I have never met anyone who has a genuine relationship with Jesus the Messiah, who God ultimately didn’t bring them through whatever they were going through in the end. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t rough, that doesn’t mean everything was perfect, but they came through it, they became stronger, they had a story to share about it.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
When you don’t know what to do, or where to go, you do what they tell you to do if you get lost in a forest. You stand where you are and wait to be rescued.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: And he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: For the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.”
Psalm 23: 1-4 (GNT)
“The Lord is my shepherd;
I have everything I need. He lets me rest in fields of green grass
and leads me to quiet pools of fresh water.
He gives me new strength. He guides me in the right paths,
as he has promised.
Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord,
for you are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff protect me.
GOD IS FOR YOU
Psalm 23 5-6 (GNT)
“You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies can see me;
you welcome me as an honored guest and fill my cup to the brim.
I know that your goodness and love will be with me all my life;
and your house will be my home as long as I live.”
“The Lord is with me; he is my helper. I look in triumph on my enemies.”
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
GOD WILL PROVIDE
2 Corinthians 9:8
“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!”
WAIT FOR IT
PATIENCE is required. Unlike video games and movies, you can’t skip to the next level without completing the level your on.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
““The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.””
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.”
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
“Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”