God uses brokenness in our lives to bring wholeness. It’s not something we decide to do ourselves. It comes to us unexpectedly: one prayer, one word, one event, one touch! As God restores our souls, He mends the cracks and makes us glorious vessels.
In order to be whole, some areas where we thought we were together have to be broken apart– such as walls we might have built for self-protection in areas where there has been wounding. In the presence of the Lord walls we didn’t even know existed come tumbling down. We may not realize something needs to be broken until it is broken; when it is, a new freedom is experienced that we never knew existed. Walls not only keep others from coming in, they keep us from going out. In an effort to avoid the pain we unknowingly create a void that keeps out God’s best for us. Unhealthy boundaries need to be destroyed in order for healthy boundaries to be set in place.
The Holy Spirit breaks the barriers on the inside due to the unalterable spiritual truth that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. When this happens, we find ourselves weeping, not from sadness, but from the awesomeness of the healing God brings into our lives. He picks up all the broken pieces and restores peace. He replaces our brokenness with wholeness, from glory to glory!
Joshua 6:1 “Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in.”
We can look back today and see where God has brought us out of situations we were so concerned with in the past. God delivered us! He delivered us then, He delivers us today and He will deliver us tomorrow. In the process, we learn to know God’s faithfulness. We find we can trust Him at all times.
To trust is to have confidence in; to have an assured reliance on the character, ability, strength or truth of someone or something. This is attained as we grow in the knowledge of that someone or something. In order to trust God for what He can do, we must meditate on who He is. Knowing His character helps us know His ability. It’s to the same degree we know the Lord, that we trust Him. The trust we have in ourselves is decreased as our trust in God is increased.
We trust He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has delivered us from spiritual death. The one who raises the dead surely can deliver us out of any trying circumstances. Our God is loving, good, gentle, faithful, dependable, reliable, unchangeable, amazing, awesome, glorious and more than enough. This amazing God takes us, from glory to glory!
2 Corinthians 1:9-10 “Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us.”
As parents we know how much we love our children. We will do whatever is needed to protect them from harm. If they are crossing a street and we see a car racing towards them, we run and stretch forth our hands to pull them to safety; or if that isn’t possible, we place our body between them and the car. If necessary, we will protect them by covering them with our own body; we will give our lives for them. That’s what God did for us through the redemptive work of Jesus on the cross. He gave His life for us.
On the cross, Jesus took all the punishment for us and all humanity past, present and future. He snatched us out of the hands of the enemy. Our Lord’s saving hand is a daily reality because of what He accomplished on the cross. Through His resurrection, Jesus proved that He conquered our enemies. Whatever we go through today, we reach out to Him – trusting Him.
Our Lord stretches out His saving hand, His healing hand, and His delivering hand. His anointed hand lays hold of us and pulls us out of any situation in which we find ourselves. We can trust that no one, and nothing, will ever be able to snatch us out of His hand! We can hold on because we are secure, safe and sheltered, from glory to glory!
Acts 4:29-30 “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
The way we act at times may not be understood by others, but our Lord gets it! He knows why we reacted the way we did; why we were hurt by what was said; why we laughed so hard at that one happening; why we wept for joy in His presence; He gets it!
God Almighty loves us so much that our past, present and future ways are always understood; whatever it was in our yesterday that caused our behavior of today, is clear to Him. As He transforms us, He heals the areas that bring wrong behaviors, and He protects our traits that make us so unique. With full knowledge of who we are, the Lord rejoices over us. He comprehends the who, the why, the when and the how of all we are.
Many times when we are misunderstood by others, we feel rejected, but the moment we rest assured that God gets it, we feel accepted and loved. As we delight ourselves in the Lord, He gives us new desires and increases the ones He had already placed in our hearts. These desires also cause us not to behave like everyone else, because these desires are not satisfied with where we are. As we grow spiritually and the natural realm is no longer our focus, people around us don’t understand; they don’t get it. What happened? The Lord got us. He gets it because He got us. Everything that pertains to us… He got it! Hallelujah! Now we get it, from glory to glory!
Psalms 139:14 “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.”
During wars, people look for places of safety to hide under cover where they cannot be harmed by the weapons of their enemies. We are in Christ and children of God therefore we are under cover at all times. No weapons formed against us will prosper because we dwell under the shadow of the Almighty.
A way of receiving an anointing originated with the ancient shepherds. Lice and other insects would get into the wool of sheep. When they got near the sheep’s head, they could burrow into the sheep’s ears and kill the sheep. To prevent this from happening, shepherds poured oil on the sheep’s head. This oil made the wool too slippery for insects to get near the sheep’s ears and they would slide off. Of this, anointing with oil became symbolic of blessings, protection and empowerment.
We can trust the precious presence of the Spirit of Christ to make our enemies flee. The battle truly is the Lord’s and His mantle is upon us to protect us from every opposition. Whenever we feel threatened let us dwell under cover with confidence and total rest in our Comforter, the Holy Spirit. We can wrap ourselves in Him and watch the enemy’s attacks slip off, from glory to glory!
Psalm 91:1-3 “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’ ”