The sharp words of rejection his friend spoke to him, shocked him and left him speechless. They were filled with anger, curses and contempt. He rushed out wondering how this could happen after being so close for fifteen years. Why didn’t he just say no to his request for $200 to help him meet his rent? How could he deal with this pain and heaviness? The answer came through: spiritual help.
Words, like in this case, hurt, especially coming from those close to us. They are like knives thrown into our hearts. Their effects run deep. Then healing of the wound happens, with the help of the Spirit of God, through forgiveness and healing.
Some words we know of; some we do not. We should often condemn every word that comes against us in judgment. We yield to the conviction of the Holy Spirit for any wrongdoing on our part (known and unknown), stand on what the Word says about us, and with it conquer all negative words, in Jesus’ name, from glory to glory!
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.”
After another intense argument, a couple sought counsel. Sitting across from them in his office, the pastor said, “Peace, both of you, breathe, tell me what happened?” They both shouted at the same time. She, “He forgot to pick up milk on his way home. He always forgets about me;” and he, “I just forgot the milk, and she just blew up, mad at me as usual.” The pastor leaned in, grabbed their hands, and said, “Let’s pray for the Lord to reveal the real issues and restore peace.”
In relationships, when major issues are not communicated, people place a huge importance on minor ones. When someone goes on and on about something small, they are asking for help for a much bigger ongoing issue. This is detected not only in conversations, but in thoughts as well. Humility makes way to clarity and opens rivers of glory.
As we seek the Lord, He reveals what is not voiced, digs out the root causes, brings healing and freedom. With love, grace, and power, He leads us to heart to heart communications, forgiveness, and peace. He also gives us the ministry of reconciliation as we pray for others, from glory to glory!
Psalms145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth.”
Have disappointments diminished the fervency of our prayers? Do we find ourselves hesitating to still believe God for something because it is taking longer than we anticipated? Do we still believe, but for only a little result rather than for all the manifestation? Whatever our answer to prayer is, God is increasing our faith for such a time as this!
Elijah did not just hear it was going to rain but heard the abundance of it. When we believe the Word of God, we too, by faith, can expect the abundance of the manifestation of His promises. When what we expect does not materialize, our hearing of faith is being battled. We then take heed to limited hearing. Even when what we expect does not materialize, we still believe that God has His best for us. Our expectations are to be for much more than what we can ask or even think.
Our prayers can remain fervent because they indeed avail much for God’s will to be done! The Word of God that we hear, we can surely stand upon as we pray and never give up. We can count on the abundance of what He promises in His Word. We stand by faith, expecting God’s best, from glory to glory!
1 Kings 18:41 “Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’’’
It is often after doors are closed that God shows us what He has prepared for us. It was only after Abraham was separated from Lot, (and that door was closed), that God showed Abraham the land he was going to possess. The Spirit of God leads us to find closure to some things that have happened in our past so we can walk in His new opened doors.
Even though past events may have happened long ago, some of their destructive consequences might still be hindering us today. The past has the potential to hinder our future, so closure needs to be applied. Every if, and if only, must be left behind so that we are not. Closure comes as we walk in the newness of life we have in Christ.
Even when we do not understand why God closes doors, we trust Him and expect new divine opportunities. Our past no longer has the power to affect our present. If we live our past repeatedly, we remain locked in our past. God shines the light in those areas so we can let them go and move forward, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 5:16-17 “Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
One of the tactics of our adversary is to hinder us from seeking the Lord in our daily steps. We might get too busy or distracted and only turn to the Lord after our endeavors, instead of before. Taking a moment, even a few seconds to yield to the presence and power of the Lord before we do things, make way for His ability to flow through us.
In the natural, we do not have time for that extra moment, but in the spirit it is necessary. The moment we take that moment, time is extended, and we are graced to complete our tasks. A moment before we walk home to our family; a moment before we care for the children; a moment before that argument; a moment connecting with God Almighty. His strength to replace ours.
By faith, we surrender our next step as we yield to His strength, ability and grace in place of ours. This moment could only be by being aware of His presence and receiving His power. The Lord walks with us and empowers us, from glory to glory!
Psalms 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”