A garland of grace and a crown of beauty. – Proverbs 4:9
I shared how God met me with exactly what I needed last week at church. There was so much opposition to keep me from going to the very place where my answer and my breakthrough was already waiting! Even more of the fulfillment of His word was delivered this past Sunday night when we had the honor of Pastor Joseph Morris bring us an on-time word for FOUR services. It always blows my socks off when I take a moment to think about how God makes the way for His provision in my life! The same goes for you! Even in the waiting, we can know and trust that His will/ miracles are already on the way. We just have to choose by faith to believe what He says. The waiting can be LONG sometimes, I’ve been there MANY times. The waiting isn’t just “whatever will be, will be”, but an active following of His word; not striving, but choosing to receive His promise even when you don’t see it or feel it. For God is faithful!
God knows the sneak attacks the enemy is trying to bring into your life. For me, God has always given me warning signals, wisdom for advancing, victory preparation, visions of victory, and prayer. There is no one more faithful than God, He is the definition of faithful. How can we say that we have faith in The One who is faithful if He wasn’t actually faithful. I believe all christians truly do believe that Jesus is faithful, why else would would we come to Him in prayer over our life?
For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you. He’s so loving that His love will amaze you. He’s so kind that His kindness will astound you! He is famous for His faithfulness toward all. Everyone knows our God can be trusted, for He keeps His promises to every generation. Psalm 100:5
I think what can happen is that we take the hope/ the pressure off of God so that if it doesn’t work out than we can just say “well I guess it was God’s will.” We put everything on God, but yet we take little to no part in the process of seeing our prayers come to pass. We think peace and resting is just going about our lives the “culture way” we always have, not truly seeking God asking, “what do you say about this?” and asking Him, “How?”
If I were to ask everyone reading this “are you a christian”? What would you say?… If you would say “yes”, What would you respond with when I ask “Why? What makes you a christian?”
Did some of you say “because I believe in Jesus. I believe that He died for me on the cross, He was risen back to life, and He now sits in Heaven at the right hand of the Father in glory.”
True! Can we dig a little deeper? When you say you believe in Jesus, what exactly does that mean to you? Please, keep going with me. I want your heart to open up and not be in “auto pilot” here. So what does it mean to believe in Jesus?
You know that the enemy believes in Jesus too. Satan not only believes all of this about Jesus too, but he knows Jesus first hand. He was and is humiliated every single day by the truth and victory of Jesus. So what separates a christian’s belief in Jesus from the enemy’s belief in Jesus?
The enemy KNOWS that every word Jesus spoke and continues to speak is final authority. The enemy can’t take down Jesus- he already lost, so he wants to get us, the adopted children of God, to not believe God at His word. The enemy knows that Jesus is actually THE VERY WORD of God that which became HUMAN. So if all throughout God’s word we find that God is faithful, that He is the righteous judge who rules in our favor, that He is the covenant keeping God, who gave His own life through Jesus and promised us through His own blood THE BLESSING, then what do we believe? Do you believe that Jesus took on your sins at the cross so that you can go to Heaven? Everyone would say “yes” that is our salvation in Christ. Good! But is that where it stops?
Today’s christian culture defines salvation as “deliverance from sin and it’s consequence of going to hell.” Salvation is far beyond what many of us think salvation is. A lot of us christians live day in and day out at this level of salvation: “I got saved, I’m going to love on people, I’m going to do good things (that I feel comfortable with doing), and I’mg going to Heaven.” And that’s great- truly! But can you take moment and ask God, “Is there more to what you sent Jesus for then just that?”
We love to watch the Son of God DVD 1-2x year. Something about setting our focus on and getting a glimpse of what Jesus endured for us those last 2 days of His life. Imagining Him sweating blood for us in the garden knowing He could just bow out and say he didn’t want to (because too often, that’s what we do). His flesh screamed “don’t do it”, God is God He can just make another way for this to come about. It’s His will to see His people free, so it can be done another way than this. Imagining Him willingly give every ounce of His UNCONDITIONAL love to everyone, including those who would betray Him. Imagining the pain He endured being whipped with a metal tipped whip, being beaten, and having a crown of thorns embedded in His skin. Imagining Him carry that heavy cross all the way up to the mountain where He would be hung from nails driven into His hands and feet. Imagining every moment as He hung there on the cross physically taking on EVERY SINGLE DISEASE, one by one, to the point of not being able to recognize Jesus’ body under all of that affliction. Imagining what Jesus felt like when He knew He was separated spirit, soul, and body from God. Jesus had to be separated because Jesus became sin for us. Jesus asked where God was because it was the first moment He was apart from Him, Jesus said he was thirsty because He no longer had the life giving water flowing through Him. Imagining how through it all, Jesus knew that God was and always will be faithful- for there is joy and victory ahead! With His last breath, Jesus offered His spirit to God saying ,”it is finished.”
Wow! Something about shifting our focus on this and really swallowing the magnitude of everything Jesus did for us, right! So when we say, “I believe in Jesus”, we are saying, “I believe in the word of God”. What is the word of God? The Bible, right- every word in the Bible! Do our responses to everyday situations reveal what we believe? Think about the “culture talk” of this world. “Joe has cancer and it doesn’t look good”, what is your response? “Susan was diagnosed with fibromyalgia”, what is your response? “Sam has been dealing with seizures his whole life”, what is your response? How do we know that this pain and suffering wasn’t the plan of God for my life? “The Old Testament can portray God differently than the New Testament.” “The Old Testament shows where we must suffer and go through pain and heartache because it’s God’s will for us in this season.” So how do we know what to believe exactly? How do I know what is God’s will for my life?
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is. From now on, you do know Him and you have seen Him!… Have I been with you all this time and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking me to show Him to you? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I speak are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does His work THROUGH ME….I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with with the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified” -John 14:6-13
“I have made a covenant with David [Jesus through the line of David and YOU THROUGH THE LINE OF JESUS], my chosen servant. I have sworn this oath to him [YOU]: I will establish your descendants as kings forever; they will sit on your throne from now until eternity.”….Lord, righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne. Unfailing love and truth walk before you as attendants. Happy are those who hear the joyful call to worship, for they will walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice all day long in your wonderful reputation and IN YOUR righteousness. You are their glorious strength. It pleases you to make us strong. Yes, our protection comes from the Lord… Lord, you said, ” I have raised up a warrior. I have selected him from the common people to be king. I have anointed him with my holy oil. I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. His enemies will not defeat him, nor will the wicked overpower him. I will beat down his adversaries before him and destroy those who hate him. My faithfulness and unfailing love will be with him, and by my authority he will grow in power. I will extend his rule….I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end….I will never stop loving him, nor fail to keep my promise to him. No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said…. – Psalm 89
Sing, O childless woman [old church before Jesus], you who have never given birth! Break into loud and joyful song!….For your creator will be your husband; the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is His name! He is your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, the God of all the earth. For the Lord has called you back from your grief …For the mountains may move and the hills disappear but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken“, says the Lord, who has mercy on you….If any nation [the enemy] comes to fight you, it is not because I sent them. Whoever attacks you will go down in defeat….No weapon formed against you will prosper, and you will disprove every tongue that accuses you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken.” – Isaiah 54
“Come to me with your ears wide. Listen, and you will find life. I will make an everlasting covenant with you. I will give you all the unfailing love I promised to David. See how I used him to display my power among the peoples…You also will [do these things and greater] because I, the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, have made you glorious“….[Just as the rain falls from Heaven and saturates the earth, which causes all things to bloom and flourish], it is the same with my word. I send out my word, and it always produces fruit [my word never returns to me void]. It will accomplish all I want it to, and it will prosper everywhere I send it. You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees will clap their hands. Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will sprout up. These events will bring great honor to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of His power and love.” – Isaiah 55
Wow! That is just from 4 chapters in the ENTIRE Bible- there is so much more about who God is and what His will for your life looks like! Religious culture can think one way, but the culture God began in Jesus is equipped to respond in another way- the truth to believe.
Don’t copy the CULTURE of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think through the renewing of your mind. THEN YOU WILL learn to know God’s will for you is good, pleasing, and perfect. – Romans 12:2
The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them life more abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep. -John 10:10-11
So when I ask what separates the christian’s belief in Jesus from the enemy’s belief in Jesus. What I am trying to say is the that if we say we are believers, then we have TO KNOW that God’s word is final authority. We have to know Jesus, God’s word, is every bit true no matter what we have seen in the past or feel in the present. Everything Jesus said and did was God’s will. Many people experienced miracles as Jesus walked the earth. John concluded with the fact that Jesus did even more miraculous things that are accounted for in the Bible. He said “if they were all written down, I suppose the whole world could not contain the books that would be written.” That’ a lot of miracles and that’s not even including the miracles He has been doing for the last 2000 years. And every miracle has been “brought about” differently. We can come to God with our request, but if we have the manifestation of it tied to a certain way it should come, we often times get upset and even give up. Let us not be foolish in thinking that God only answers prayers a certain way. In my own life, each promise fulfilled was through a different “way”. So for example, I have battled off and on with autoimmune issues with my intestines over the last 8 1/2 years. [ I can’t wait to share with you my complete testimony over this!! ] So last year, was the “final minute” of this battle. I was experiencing the faithfulness of God, I was following His leading on my end. I was speaking and seeing total redemption in the functioning of my body. In August, I had a minor surgery to fix what the enemy had caused physical damage to in in my abdomen- I had severe diastasic recti (which is growing wildly common and talked about among women especially). See, I knew God promised me about 2 years prior to this surgery that He would correct my abdomen from my previous emergency surgery. He was loud and clear and I heard in my heart to prepare and expect Him to fix this. I waited and waited.. Over those 2 years, I even began to think maybe I should help God on this and just go have plastic surgery, but I didn’t have peace with it, so I waited until one night….. I had a tiny non-problematic hernia pop up along my midline. Two nights later, I asked God “what was going on here?.. I know what you have spoken, so why is this happening”.. You know what I heard in response… “I told you I would redeem your tummy.” I thought “hmmm, is that what you are doing here???” So I got ahold of one of my best friends who is a nurse and she confirmed that by having this teeny, tiny hernia I would have corrective abdominal surgery! I was ecstatic because I instantly had peace accompanied with the thought of this surgery! I prayed into it, I sought the Lord for scriptures, I prayed for His will to be done and that I would not get in the way in His way! I could do this because I trust Him and I already knew what His will was for me because He told told me 2 years prior! Every step was blessed and full of favor, God spoke “perfection” over me through multiple people the morning of my surgery- giving me the same scripture.
Surgery went great, it was incredibly painful for sure, but I knew this was the beginning of the end of this demonic assignment in my life. The second night, I was lying there semi-awake listening to worship music (SPIRIT), recalling and speaking life over my body (SOUL), and diffusing my essential oils to help (BODY), and I knew the Lord was highlighting the fact that it had been 8 years exactly from the first moment this demonic assignment began and He told me to make much of the significance of 8. I wrote down the number 8 and shared it with my husband, Lance, the following day. In his quick study for what God was saying about the significance of 8, he found that 8 symbolizes “a new beginning, a new order, a resurrection and a regeneration”! We were even more ecstatic because this was even more confirmation!
Guess what I faced on day 4 after surgery… what seemed like no favor, what seemed like defeat, what seemed like failure, what seemed like faith-less… I developed an extreme allergic reaction all across my tummy. I knew God was faithful, but every day the reaction grew worse and worse. I could feel the Lord drawing me to get in silence with Him for wisdom on it, but I didn’t make it happen. I couldn’t move much without pain, I had no childcare for our 7 year old (so she was with me every day at this point being my sweet nurse), my husband was working. I struggle with asking people for help, so I wept and I allowed Him to carry me through the pain and confusion and I allowed my spirit to rule over my mind and body. I finally asked my husband on his day off to take our oldest out so that I could seek God on this because I know He is faithful, but this didn’t look like his faithfulness and I began to even question myself hearing from Him. You know that we, as his children are called to have the sound mind of Christ. That we are called to have wisdom and understanding on a level the world can’t comprehend. He showed me when the symptoms started and what caused the reaction. I knew the surgery was blessed. I knew the doctor’s hands were anointed. So how did the enemy sneak in? It was the bar of antibacterial dial soap that I was prescribed to use before and after surgery. Had I only used it those 2 times, the allergic reaction would not have been as bad as you will see in the pictures, but I continued to use it because I thought how “harmless this soap could be”. I found that there were numerous consumer reports about how the chemical ingredients must have changed around 2017 because many people were all of sudden experiencing similar issues. My issues were just multiplied because I had open wounds every where and bandages that kept the soap against my skin. ( You see I thought maybe I was allergic to the bandages or the glue, but every time I thought of that, my heart didn’t give me peace on it. Plus, after the bandages were removed, it got worse. But as soon as I quit using the soap, it got better. So here is one example of God being faithful! Did you also know that I prayed that I would have my “new tummy” before we went to Disney World. I sure did! I had peace every time I prayed it too- I knew it would happen! My surgery was only 7 weeks before we left on our family trip, guys. Do you think I could have given up? Sure, but I didn’t. Do you think I could have gotten upset God used surgery to fix my tummy rather than me rubbing it clockwise 7 times and it growing back together? Sure, but I didn’t. Why? Because I know my God is faithful and when He tells me something- when He gives me the vision for something, “come hell or high-water” I know it will be done!
So as you guys know, God started speaking vision to me for this next season in life back in October. I was excited because I had already been experiencing the faithfulness of God. But by the end of October, I began seeing “lying symptoms” of old issues that were LONG TAKEN CARE OF! I wasn’t walking completely in the way He was leading- meaning, I wasn’t in the word as much I should have been, I was operating on autopilot half of the time because of the business of those 2 months, plus I kept saying “yes” to good things that He told me to say “no” to and I allowed myself to fall under this oppression like I mentioned in my previous blogs. So, I began speaking the word more and taking my authority again and walking in more obedience, but I still was struggling to be totally set free. As I told you at the beginning of this blog, last week I was miraculously healed from MOST of the physical symptoms INSTANTLY! YES, INSTANTLY! But just like God instructed in Ezekiel 37, to speak a prophetic word to the dead bodies to form back together and come alive with the breath of God, God had to tell Ezekiel to SPEAK AGAIN because the fullness of all that God promised hadn’t yet been fulfilled. The breath of God still had to enter these newly formed bodies! Too often we settle before we reach the fullness of what God promised. I knew God was reminding me not to settle when He spoke this exact scripture He had been speaking to me about for a year now THIS PAST Sunday through our Pastor! And then guess what was prophesied that night by guest Pastor Joseph Morris… At the end of service in prayer, He shared specific words of knowledge for 3-4 people in our congregation. He said, “This sounds weird, but I will call it out anyway.. Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Your digestive tract got damaged. Amen. You are healed!” and even though that is incredibly embarrassing I claim it! I would rather have people make fun of my past and be healed and use my testimony to heal others than to stay private and live in the curse of it day in and day out all over again. You might think think what exactly is a word of knowledge, Sara, you are a weirdo. Words of knowledge are prophetic words given to someone anointed in the Holy Spirit regarding someone waiting on a word/promise from God. Who doesn’t need a word of knowledge in their life?!?
“It is time!” was spoken over the last week, and I know it is time to walk in the fullness that God has prepared. That goes for you as well! Because everywhere the word of God is spoken, power is made available. In one person’s testimony, there is another person’s victory! Receive it!
The following images show a glimpse of how “bad” it seemed, how the enemy put up strong attacks to get me to believe that God isn’t faithful. But God is and always will be faithful. Every word that He has spoken will come to pass. What the enemy sends for destruction, God turns it into good. Let God be your Redeemer, He has already sent forth His miracle working word. Take heart, watch and see that your miracles are in the making.