I know whom I believe (Part 4)

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you Lord for your grace which you have continually wrapped me in. Thank for your faithfulness and love. Please open our eyes to see your works and our ears to hear from you. Wake us up, and please open our understanding. Help us understand your plans for us! In the name of Jesus – Amen

I had a crazy week full of God’s power and multiple problems, in case you haven’t been keeping up with this blog. My week started with a “no” answer from God and losing a friend. Then chaos at work with lies, accusations, and threats – which acuminated with losing a friendship with a co-worker and really bizarre behavior from management.  I still wait to see if more will come of it all.  And because the spirit world doesn’t sleep – Yes a new weapon rose to meet me, waking me from sleep (literally I received a phone call in the early morning hours before my alarm clock would have woke me).

“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.” Isaiah 54:17 NKJV

At this point – as ridiculous as this week is becoming – I know in whom I believe. I know that weapons shall be formed by people and by evil spirits. I know not all attacks are of the enemy. I know I battle not against flesh and blood. I know I am a child of the King and it is my heritage that these weapons will not prosper. It is my heritage that the tongues used to accuse me shall be condemned (I have seen one of them condemned this week) and I know the others will be as well. It is Biblical law of cause and effect and God always follows the rules.  And I know I am not perfect (and anything I was responsible for I confessed and repented of) but my righteousness is from the Lord! And I do my best to be obedient to the Lord in all my ways.

For example – during this pandemic there are new regulations regarding social distancing which have been put in place.  These are the rules of our governing authorities.
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1 ESV
So regardless of if I like the rules or not my son and I have complied.  We have not only complied, but we have gone above and beyond – the rules say we can get together with friends and family however we have kept our circle small and the same and do our best to limit external exposure. Yet we are both essential workers and have a percentage of risk. (If these rules ever told me to disobey God – I would disobey the rule. That is where we draw the line in my home.)

So very early Thursday morning the phone rings. My son is crying – sitting in his car in his work’s parking lot. He explained that he tried to make it through his work shift even though he felt off – like maybe he was getting sick.  Well, he quickly developed many of the symptoms of Covid-19 (or a cold, or the flu, or a sinus infection, or….) so they sent him home and pursuant to the rules, he cannot return until he has been tested for Covid-19. And per all the crazy regulations (and because I am in healthcare) I then also had to get tested. 

It appeared my household was going to be without income for 2 to 10 days while waiting for test results. Big blow to our finances. (Or for longer if our tests come back positive) Of course I called for prayers and then got busy figuring out how to get tested and how to get my son tested AND medical treatment, as he was obviously sick.

I sent him to the urgent care. They tested him and said they could not treat him until they ruled out Covid-19.  They sent him home; sick, with no relief, no answers and quarantined.  I was able to get a script from my doctor and get tested at the local testing center. Now we were both quarantined.

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 NKJV

LIFE – I shall not die, but live! I cannot be destroyed so easily. Infirmity is a natural thing and it is also a spirit. Which do we suppose we are up against here in this situation.

My script was delayed getting to the center and of course anything that could go wrong did – but I stayed on top of it praying against the hindrances.  This distraction took away from my usual prayer and witnessing and daily jobs that God has assigned me – I did not even study my Bible as the whole day was a circus. If it isn’t the spirit of infirmity on my son – there was definitely a hindering spirit pulling me away from the things that should come first.

So, what is my verse? Because we all know – I always need a verse, a promise from God.  Why not keep the same one I have been clinging to all week?!

“For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.” 2 Timothy 1:12 NKJV

I know my God! I know His ways aren’t our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). I know He has a plan for Good (Jeremiah 29:11). I know He loves me and hears me and comforts me and is working it out.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 NKJV

Later in the day my boss calls me and explains some rule about how since I am an essential healthcare worker and I was tested without a positive exposure I must publicly quarantine until I get test results, but I should continue to work. (Especially since in my job, I work alone and will not be in contact with anyone.) God restored my income! Praise the Lord!!!!

But the day, no the week, was full of ups and downs and whenever I was tempted to be discouraged (as we all are) I had to constantly keep reminding myself that I know whom I believe. He is able. He is able to keep me and keep my son and keep all that I have committed to Him.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17 NKJV

And God is good! Through it all He is working and shining His goodness down on me. This is why I serve the one true and living God. Have you ever seen so much of His providence, power and love in one week? Having a relationship with God through Christ Jesus is worth every moment – I cannot imagine getting through this week alone.

(Update on God’s goodness – my son’s test came back negative and he does not have Covid-19. So on Monday we will call the doctor about getting him some medicine for whatever is actually wrong. My test also came back negative.)

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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