“For the which cause 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 that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.” 2 Timothy 1:12-14 KJV
Hang in there! God is in control and He says it is time. This week I feel God is reminding us to trust Him.
Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to pour out your grace upon us, within us, and show it through us! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life as well as the big things. Help us cling to your plans as you make the way for us. Lead us. You alone are to be glorified! Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen
Fever pitch – it is a term coined to describe the worst point in an illness that is accompanied by a fever. In that scenario, the fever can actually cause more damage than the illness, killing the body’s healthy cells and organs. A person could die. It is also usually the turning point in the sickness, where it all starts to get better (even though it still has a bumpy road and can get bad again. Fever pitch has come to mean a state of extreme excitement (usually at a sporting event).
In the United States of America, in this election season, with the beginning of another wave (an increasing trend) of Covid-19 cases, in the midst of fear and chaos, and with the exposure of truths happening regularly and more frequently, and with the increase in evil activities due to the coming of Halloween (and how they have claimed the full moon on that day to be an evil sign) – fever pitch is all I can call this time period. Not exciting like a sporting event – but the highest fever point in an illness.
And do you know what all this negative excitement boils down to? Who do you trust? (I am starting to understand why God has placed this so heavily on my heart. He loves you and is here for you – but it is time to surrender it all.
Do you trust your job will provide for you or is God your provider? Do you trust money will ease your worries or is God the giver of peace? Do you trust sex to heal your relationships or is God the healer and the teacher of how to have right relationships? Do you trust manipulation, or your plans, will get your dreams accomplished – or maybe those dreams should be committed to God and he shall accomplish them with His power and strength? Do you trust drinking and drugs to solve and heal your problems or do you know God is asking you to take responsibility and trust Him with the outcomes, the healing, and the help?
“God can be trusted, and he chose you to be partners with his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 CEV
We know God can be trusted – if He is the One True Living Almighty Father God as He says He is, then of course we can trust Him.
God chose you – say this out loud: “GOD CHOSE ME!” Yes, he did!
So where do we fall short?
I trust God with helping me at work, helping me do a good job and glorifying Him with my service, but at the thought of losing my job I sadly have a moment of panic. I once lost my Job suddenly (24 years ago) when I learned I was pregnant and at the same moment put on partial bed rest, followed by being kicked out of the house where I lived. I lost my Job, because I literally misplaced it with shuffling all those things and moving an hour away to be near family. (They were very understanding.) And when I arrived in the city where my family lived – I had very little except clothing which my pregnant belly was quickly outgrowing. So I really had nothing. Nothing but God. I turned to Him and He provided: goodness, mercy, redemption and all my needs. I know how to live with every meal a mystery for God to reveal. I know how to survive on prayer. Yet, still, I panic now at the thought of having to do it again – such a silly thing. I tell you – things have risen up and become idols despite us knowing better!
I have struggled out with God, regarding my hold on some semblance of control in my current life. That is what it is. It is not that God has ever failed us that causes us to not trust. It is this modern concept that we have control over things we really have no control over. There is a pandemic and all this other crazy stuff going on. Don’t we want at least one thing we can have control over?!
Well, that spirit entered the church in the late 1980s or 90s – that desire to hold one thing, just one, and keep it for our selves, put the body of Christ into a deep sleep. You don’t believe me? Where are the signs that followed the believers? Were demons cast out every Sunday?! Lame walking? Deaf hearing? Words of knowledge and prophesies? Dead risen? I am sorry – but the church fell asleep as everyone held one thing back (and everyone held back something different and everyone overlooked it in each other and feared it being pointed out in their own life). And while they all hid – the fruits withered and died.
But IT IS TIME to wake up – It is time to move in power – It is time for the signs and wonders to return
IT IS TIME TO GIVE IT ALL AND TRUST HIM!
Be persuaded that He is ABLE to keep your all. Get to know whom it is that you believe in. Take the things you have control over and the things you trust (more than God) and give them to Him.
You do not have healing because you did not trust Him with healing. You do not have deliverance because you keep taking it back, not trusting Him to complete the work He started in you even though the Bible says it:
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 ESV
It is time for God to do what He is famous for – let go and let Him. He wants to start deep inside you – giving you peace and healing – but do not stop there! Let Him sanctify (clean) you and then let Him keep you and take care of you.
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NIV
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!