As I was reading the passage of Scripture on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were thrown into the fiery furnace their faith amazed me. Surely our All-Knowing Powerful God could have rescued them before they were thrown in the furnace. However, God chose to show up with them in the furnace. As I read, the Holy Spirit opened the scriptures up to me that really ministered to me. You can read the actual story in Daniel 3:9-18. Below is my paraphrased version as He gave it to me:
On December 29th, the last Sunday of 2019, God gave me a word that we were about to enter into a decade of greater, double portion. Then in March COVID–19 showed up with no end in sight. Unfortunately, along with the COVID pandemic is an influx of doomsday prophets, saying that the coronavirus is a sign we’re at the end of days.
Praise the Lord!!! This year is moving right along, some may say very quickly, and some may say not fast enough with all the drama going on! But Halleluiah here we are, we made it to August, the 8th month of the year.
Have you been praying about a situation in your life and waiting for a breakthrough? Maybe you feel as though victory is passing you by. God is sovereign. Only He can see the big picture. I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. I certainly didn’t. I had to learn to wait and trust God.
“Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him. As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.” − Psalm 68:1-2
“Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail, And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold, And there be no herd in the stalls—Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, And He will make me walk on my high hills.” - Habakkuk 3:17-19 (NKJV)
Wow! We made it to 2020. Now what shall we do with the new mercy that God has given us. I believe because God’s laws are for our good (Deuteronomy 10:13) there is nothing more important that we can do as we move forward into the new year than write God’s word on our heart.
So many people I know are going through divorce, have lost their jobs, death of loved ones or cancer and other illnesses. Often these times like this brings questions like 'Why did God allow this to happen?' 'Why doesn't He fix it?'
Recently someone said that because we are human, we will never be able to walk according the will of God, we will always fall.
Heavenly Father, I come to you on behalf of all who are homeless, for those who can not afford to pay the rent and are fearful of becoming homeless, for all broken families, for all unemployed, for all the women and children who are alone without any help, for the elderly who are alone.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV)
Romans 1:17 says, “the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith.” What is the Righteousness of God?
Yesterday I attended my former Co-Pastor's funeral. The funeral was an awesome celebration of the life of a great Spiritual Father, Mentor, Counselor, Intercessor, and Mechanic... This is who Pastor Willie Forts was to me. I was good until they rolled his body out, then I went back to the day when they rolled my daughter out and the tears began to flow. The reason why Pastor Willie’s and my daughter’s funeral was a celebration is because they were saved and lived a life for the Lord God!
In Ezekiel chapter 37 the Spirit of God took Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones, and asked him, “Son of man, can these dry bones live?” In the natural it didn’t look like any life could bloom in that wasteland of bones, but Ezekiel knew enough about God to know to know that anything is possible with God. So he answered, “O Lord, you know”.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” - John 10:10
It was September 2008 when my divorce was finalized. I was okay with the divorce, but I was deeply hurt. I felt like several years of my precious life had been wasted and I felt like a failure and a fool, and I was angry.