It’s been a month since I have written. I’ve been quiet. I’ve been listening. I’ve been praying and seeking. The past five years have been hard and down right exhausting. There have been moments where we wanted to quit, give up, and throw in the towel. By God’s grace, we have held on. He has shown up in amazing ways that have taken my breath away…those just in time…had to be The Lord moments. I know you have experienced them too. They are the lifelines that keep us holding on and pressing forward. I am so grateful that He sees and knows and understands what we are going through. Aren’t you?
A few weeks ago I was having a conversation with him, like I always do, but this time I asked him to do the impossible. I wanted to be rescued for good. I wanted the chains that were holding us captive to be removed. I cried out to him that I was tired of the fight. I needed and wanted to be set free once and for all. Right after I closed my prayer in a flood of tears I went to His word. These are the words I read:
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:14-16
I lost it. Was He really saying those words to me? Could they be true? Was He really going to rescue me, protect me and answer me? Was he really going to deliver me and honor me and satisfy me? I have continued to come back to these words every day for the past four weeks. I meditate on them. They bring me hope, but if I only read them as words of hope that is all they will ever be. I have to BELIEVE them as words that are TRUE. That’s when the conviction washed over me that these words are for me. They are also for YOU! We just have to BELIEVE!
So I started believing them. The minute I said yes to believing is when I started seeing His deliverance. He is making the way for my family. He is setting us all the way free. He is doing exactly what He said he would do, and all I can do is stand in AWE! He continues to speak to me through His word. Look at these words in Psalm 12: 5-8. As you know, ARISE is my word of the year. I felt The Lord asking me to ARISE and lift my head to Him at the start of this year. I have been working to arise, but I never thought that he would use that word to show me that HE is ARISING for ME! Seriously! Look at these words and let them soak in. This is The Lord we serve!!!
“But the Lord says, NOW I will ARISE! I will defend the poor, those who were plundered, the oppressed, and the needy who groan for help. I will ARISE to rescue and protect them! For every word God speaks is sure and every promise pure. His truth is tested, found to be flawless, and ever faithful. It’s as pure as silver refined seven times in a crucible of clay. O Lord, you will keep us forever safe and protect us from such people forever.” Psalm 12:5-8
I don’t know what you are going through in your life right now. I don’t know how hard your journey has been. Maybe you are at the end of your rope today. Maybe you are looking for a lifeline to help you keep pressing forward. If that’s you today, I pray these words of truth wash over you and convict you to BELIEVE! Believe in our faithful God who is mighty to ARISE, RESCUE and SAVE! He is who He says He is. When we believe – we are making room for Him and His miracles to happen! Get ready to stand in AWE!