When I wrote last Monday’s blog post entitled “Your Exceeding Great Reward”, I was unaware at how much God would use it to bless and encourage so many people. The words of the post resonated deeply with many people showing me that regardless of where we may live in the world that our fellow brothers and sisters are going through very similar struggles. Does it remind you of anything?
How about the words of Peter:
AV 1Pt 5:9 … knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
It must be the season…
Funnily enough, I have found that it’s around this time that you tend to find many Believers becoming more disheartened and faint-heartened. Why? Because the year is drawing to an end and maybe what we have dreamed, hoped for or even worked for hasn’t yet come to pass.
Each year many of us start off with hopes, dreams and New Year resolutions, when they seem not to be coming into fruition then this generally leads us into a place of despair, frustration, anxiety, stress, disillusionment etc.
Even if we haven’t set ourselves our own goals to accomplish maybe we have heard or been given a word from YHWH and we are still yet to see it come to pass and as the year draws to an end we have become weary, agitated and begin to loosen our hold on His Word.
Peter gave us advice when in such a situation, he said:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:6-10, ESV)
We are told to:
- Humble ourselves under His hand – this can be really difficult to do but what we go through is not in vain.
- Be aware of the tactics of the enemy particularly in such times as this.
- Recognise that you are not alone and find others who can encourage, empower, equip, edify and pray for you. And vice-versa.
- Be ready to be transformed!
I actually prefer the words of the KJV of verse 10 which says that Elohim will make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. – ie He will complete you, make you whole, restore you by doing what it takes to get you to that place.
Dear brother/sister, it is not an easy road but there is HOPE not the vague secular kind but the firm confidence and assurance we have in God through the Messiah. We have an exceeding great reward and that is the Hope of Glory starting and manifesting here, yes even here on Earth and culminating in being fully perfected and complete in eternity. And do you know what, I can feel it happening already, I can feel it in the air and I know that YHWH is about to do some great healing and transformation in the lives of His people – halleluYAH. A dear sister also has been feeling the same thing, I read her own encouraging post last week and was so touched and blessed by it. She says the following:
We are entering into a spiritual “new season.” Many of you have been in a type of “wilderness” season. Do you discern the changes? Transition and change are in the horizon. Don’t look to the things of the past but move forward into the new season. Forget what lies behind you. A new day is emerging. Go with the flow of the Holy Spirit, He will lead you and guide you during this transition time.
You can find the rest of her encouraging post here.
The fresh wind of the Ruach is moving, He cannot be stopped, ready to breathe upon those whose hearts and minds are already attuned towards Him – let us not miss Him as He passes us by.
This week, I want to share something really special with you. Two weeks ago my dear hubby was invited to speak in our congregation, I am truly not being biased when I said that it was a powerful, much needed Word of encouragement and empowerment for everyone who was there.
It gives me so much pleasure to share this timely teaching with you my online Brothers and Sisters, it encourages us once again to go back to the Word of God and use it as our anchor. Unfortunately the recording was cut short so it does not go on to the end but I pray what you hear will bless you anyway wherever you are today.
So grab your Bible, notebook, pen etc and settle down to be ministered to.
Be blessed as you listen to this teaching and feel free to contact me or post any comments or questions.
“Hang onto the Word of God” – 43 minutes by Eke Ukoumunne
Shalom in Messiah xxx
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