by Carol Shaffron
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Maybe I'm preaching to the choir, but of late, I've been burdened with sadness at how many Christians are downcast or seem to be "just barely getting along". And I've also been burdened with the seeming futility of unbelievers, of those I've known for so long who have no interest in even learning about who Christ is. I'm so tired of "things as is" and have such a burning desire to see God, to know Him so intimately that He is truly all people see in me.
Things in my life are certainly not as I would like. That used to consume all my focus, but the sweet Holy Spirit has been whispering to me lately, "God knows." "God knows where you are." "God knows your heart." "God knows your predicament." "God is not caught by surprise."
Not all too long ago the words, "If for today, I have walked more closely with my God, I have done all that's truly necessary.", came to me as I was pondering what to use as a signature line in my emails. God knows I desire to walk more closely with Him. He knows when I'll stumble and fall and when I'll hit a snag or a barrier of "flesh". He's just lifted me over one and now I'm facing another. Kind of makes me feel as if I'm in a hurdle race where you have to jump over those fences one right after another..
God knows exactly where we are and what we're facing and what we need --- to focus more completely on Him. I hesitate to say what problems I'm facing, but I can say that as I keep my eyes on Him, those problems seem to fade into oblivion.
God knows the old memories that keep haunting us and jumping up in our faces and seem to imprison us in pool of anxiety and quicksand like feelings of despair and hopelessness. And He's already provided a lifesaver to pull us out. His word!!! It's truly just a matter of grabbing a hold of the word and hanging on for dear life, and of not letting go.
For instance, if you feel completely alone and loneliness keeps tormenting and torturing you, grab hold of "I will never leave you nor forsake you, saith the Lord." Use it to beat the loneliness until it leaves you alone for good, and it will leave when your soul grasps the truth. Jesus said, "If you continue in My word you are my disciples." And "If you know the truth, the truth shall set you free."
If it's a poor self image or you have trouble accepting yourself, "He (God) has made us (me, your name) accepted in the beloved."
Take up your weapon and beat that poor self image into oblivion with the sword of the spirit!!!
God knows exactly what we need right now. It's already provided in Christ and He's coming for a victorious Bride!!! It's time we as His Bride take up our weapons and win the war with our internal enemies. When we win this war we will be promoted to the place of true authority and invited to be "seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus far above all principalities, powers,rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places." Then Jesus will come back for His pure, lovely Bride. God knows when we will win the victory and when Jesus is coming for us.
So, dear Christians, grab your weapons and war through to victory over those insistent, persistent "whispering voices" from the past and cut them to pieces with the sword of the spirit---the word of truth. "Cleanse yourselves from all filthiness of flesh and spirit." And take your eyes off of your present situation and "set your affections on things above where Christ sitteth at the right hand of the Father." Keep your eyes on Him and you will "walk on water". You'll walk all over your problems for they are just stepping stones to Glory.
"Prepare youselves as a Bride being adorned for her husband." Because God knows Jesus return is very, very soon, even at the door!
Copyright © 2004 Carol Shaffron aka Shalah Ravah Rev. 2:17
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THANK YOU! I so needed to read your words of encouragement this morning, it is so true, we do have power over our flesh and we can beat demonic forces right out of our minds when we grab a hold of the word of God, He did say He will never leave me, or forsake me, and I do battle lonliness, sometimes in the midst of a crowd, God does know what I have need of, not what I want (he knows that too) but He certainly knows what I have need of. Thank you dear Lady for reminding me of that, may God richly bless you and continually give you the words to speak...
Thank you for this timely reminder that we have a high priest that has passed through the heavens that has been touched by the feelings of our infirmities. I needed this today. God Bless You
Carol, that is the truth and it spoke to me. Thank you for writing that. I felt a love for God in your words. Well done! God bless you. :)
Carol, this is just precious...and so true.