Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events

After watching a particularly emotional video about praising God even through your darkest, most painful moments, I began to think about some things our family has gone through lately. I won’t go into all of it because what we went through is not the point. However, it’s how we went through it.

I’ll start by saying the events we’ve endured through the last couple of years would bring most people to a point of anger, bitterness, resentment, and maybe even blaming God for their series of unfortunate events. But God never said we would have it easy in this life. Although He did send Jesus so we could have an abundant life. Here. Now.

Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? It’s not.

We can have an abundant, wonderful life and still face trials, attacks, illness, and many other things. But in Psalm 23, it states;

“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.” ~Psalm 23:4 (NLT)

You may know that verse like this, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me…” (KJV). We will walk through many dark valleys and though we walk through the shadow of death, something scary, something tormenting, a series of unfortunate events, God has promised that He is right there with us, close by, protecting us, watching us, comforting us. If we will but acknowledge Him and receive (accept) His help.

Maybe, like us recently, you don’t understand why all these things in your life are taking place. The most important thing you can do during these bleak times is praise the Lord. No, it doesn’t make sense to praise God when you’ve lost someone you love. It doesn’t make sense to praise God when your house is flooded and you’ve lost many, if not all your possessions. It doesn’t make sense to praise God when the doctor just gave you a devastating report.

But it does make sense to praise Him because you’re still here, you’re still alive. Most importantly, you’re still able to praise Him because He is God. He is still on the throne. He is still in control and He has the last word on your situation, your life, the lives of your family, your finances, your health, your home, your job, your very existence.

That’s why you praise Him through your own series of unfortunate events.

The enemy, the devil, has come to steal, kill and destroy everything that means something to you; your happiness, your joy, your health, your family, relationships, finances, ministry, everything. But Jesus came so that we can have life and have it more abundantly (See John 10:10). In this life and the life to come.
So how do we do that? How do we praise God in our circumstances? How do we defeat the devil? We defeat him because he’s already been defeated. Jesus did that for us. Then He gave us authority to stand firm in our faith and declare the devil defeated, to rebuke him, rebuke our series of unfortunate events, and He gives us the confidence to stand in faith (Ephesians 6:13, NKJV), proclaiming that we are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us (Romans 8:37).

Yes! You can do that! You may have a hard time wrapping your head around the fact but it’s true.

If you’re still dealing with stuff…let me encourage you to stop dealing and start praising. Stop allowing the enemy or anyone else to keep you chained to the negative. Break those chains by standing and praising the One who can lead you out of every unfortunate event that is trying to plague you. It may seem impossible but remember with God all things are possible.

Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” ~Matthew 19:26 (NLT)






Blessings!

Shelley




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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Your Suffering is Over

“And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” ~Mark 5:34 (NLT)

You’re standing in a crowd of people. You’ve been ill for years. The doctors have given you no hope. They’ve taken your money, given you treatment that made you even more sick, then told you, “There’s nothing more we can do for you.” You’re sick. You’re tired. You’re sick of being sick and tired. You have no hope left. Yet you are not ready to die.

Then He walks by. Jesus. You’ve heard about Him; heard the stories of Him healing people who come to Him. Dare you believe He could possibly be interested in healing you? But you’re weak from your illness. He is surrounded by so many people there’s no way you could get through them to even talk to Him. Then you have an idea and you move forward, coming up behind Him through the crowd. You being to think, as you stretch your hand toward Him, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.”


Instantly, you feel in your body that you’ve been healed of your condition. But then He stops and speaks, “Who touched me?” He knows? He felt that slight touch? Yet here He is, asking who touched Him. You have to confess.

Shaking all over you move forward, fall to your knees in front of Him and tell Him everything. Then you wait. You wait for the ridicule, the condemnation, the rebuke. After all, you didn’t have an appointment. You don’t have payment. You spent all that on medical treatment. You have nothing left. Head bowed, you wait.

But you’re about to be surprised.

“Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.”

What? He said my suffering is over? I’m really and truly well? Absolutely!

Notice in the story that the woman’s faith made her well. She came to Jesus not only in faith but expectancy. Though she had been suffering and ill for years, she expected something to happen… now… and it did! When she released her faith, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed,” she expected to get healed, and instantly she was.

So tell me, what have you been believing God for? I know you’re expectant and been preparing for your answer. Maybe you’re considering giving up. Don’t. You must keep moving forward. That’s called pressing through. Keep praying. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. Because when God sees your faith, when He sees you are not quitting, He will meet you with His miraculous power and things will start happening. You will step forward in the victory He has planned for you.

Don’t give up. Regardless if it’s been several days or several years, keep pressing through. You’re on the verge of victory!

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. ~Matthew 7:7 (NLT)

Blessings!

Shelley




Friday, September 15, 2017

Expectant

I distinctly heard this word in my spirit recently; Expectant. It was quickly followed by a statement: Get prepared.

I’m confident the Lord wants you to know something today. If you want to see Him do something in your life, if you’ve been waiting on an answer to prayer, or waiting for Him to move something or someone, you need to expect Him to do it.

Maybe you’re out there wondering why He hasn’t done anything or why you haven’t seen results. Are you expecting Him to or just wishing? There’s a difference. When we are expecting God to answer or move, we are exercising our faith that He will do what He says He will. If we are only wishing God would do something, we doubt Him, not taking Him at His word. Doubting is unbelief. That’s a scary position to be in.


When we become expectant, when we just take the mindset God is going to show up in our situation, in our junk, in this muck that we’re asking Him to do something about, we are believing Him, believing in Him and therefore taking an active role in our relationship with Him.

Be aware though, once we become expectant, we then must get prepared for God to answer. What good would it do for the farmer to expect his crops to yield a good harvest if he never prepared his fields to produce the goods?

Do you want God to answer? Then get prepared. Expect Him to answer you, to move on your behalf, but step up and step out and prepare yourself, your surroundings to receive, accept, the blessing God is getting ready to pour out on you!

I heard it like this; you’re praying for your son to come back home but you turned his room into a den. If you expect God to answer your prayer and bring your child home, then get his room ready to receive him back home!

What are you waiting on God for today? Are you asking Him? Believing Him? Are you expecting it? More than that, are you prepared for it?

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer. ~Matthew 21:22
Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. ~Mark 11:24
 
Blessings!

Shelley


** Shelley Wilburn is the author of the Walking Healed books, which take you on a journey of finding not only healing, but forgiveness, grace, hope, and discovering your purpose. You can find Walking Healed and the Walking Healed Companion Bible study at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Never miss a post! Follow this blog by registering in the right hand column. Also follow Shelley on her Amazon Author page and social media; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest (links in the right column).

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

I love watching movies. My favorites are comedies. Just stupid, silly, stuff, because I love laughing and these types of movies keep me lighthearted. But sometimes a line from one of these movies will jump out at me and make me think in real-life terms. 

In Tim Allen’s movie Galaxy Quest, he played a washed-up actor from a space themed TV show. As the captain of the ship, his famous saying was, "Never give up! Never surrender!"
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As I remember this line I begin to think, this is what God wants us to do. Never give up. And most definitely never surrender to the enemy. 

Think about that for a minute. How many times are we compelled to give up? When things get bad, the stress mounts, the drama doesn't quit, people continue to badger, manipulate, intimidate and bully. When the depression hits full force and the anxiety threatens to overtake us, that's when we need to stand strong and continue fighting.

Don't for one moment think that I don't have issues even now. God healed me five years ago. However the pressures of everyday life, the struggles with others, the drama with people who love nothing more than to spread malicious gossip and lies still exist. But there is a huge difference now in how I handle all of it.

For years I would get upset, cry, and feel helpless and hopeless because I just couldn't figure out why these things kept happening to me. I wondered, why wasn't God doing something about it? Why wasn't I getting any better? Why did people seem to always say hurtful, nasty things, or make up lies about me? Why do they twist words? I just couldn't figure it out. Maybe you can identify.

The pressure mounts. The anxiety gets so heavy that your heart even hurts. The depression gets so deep that you can’t even see the light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe the hopelessness that you feel is so overwhelming that you truly wonder if you’re even saved. I’ve been there, too. For years I wondered, how could I be saved if I was feeling this down?

This, my dear friends is one of the most common attacks of the devil; to get you to question your salvation, your relationship with God. What a dirty, rotten, trick!

Ah! But God knows otherwise. When I wanted to give up, He kept my head above water. When I wanted to run, He kept me grounded. When people let me down, He showed me that He was still there. How? Through the grace, mercy, love, and understanding of true saints who were willing to take the time to show me and love me back to a God who was waiting patiently for me to just ask for help.

You see, I once lived in such a beat-up state mentally and emotionally that I couldn't function properly. I literally had to have someone tell me how to get better. Because I was afraid of everyone and everything, someone took me by the hand and said, "Do this, ask that, receive this..." on and on until the next thing I knew, I seemingly woke up. I walked out of the fog, the black hole, and the misery and intimidation of others, back into the land of the living, breathing the life that God wanted me to have!

I never gave up although I wanted to. I never surrendered although I wanted to. Now I’m here to encourage you;

Never give up! Never surrender!

Your situation may seem impossible. It’s not. People may try to tell you to give up. Don’t. Stand your ground. Put your foot down. Even Job had people come to him, trying to give him advice. None were right. Job stood his ground. Yes, he stumbled a time or two, but in the end God blessed him even more in the end than he was blessed in the beginning.

No matter what you’re going through, keep trusting God. Keep going to Him for direction, for healing, for comfort, for everything. Never give up on your situation. Never surrender to your feelings or to the well-meaning advice of others (even if they’re family) unless that advice comes straight from the Bible. Then still check it out for yourself. Read. Listen to the Holy Spirit. Let Him guide you.


Bottom line: whenever you are faced with an issue, when the pressure is on, when you feel as if you’re at your wit’s end, never give up and never surrender.


Blessings!
Shelley





** You can find more encouragement and inspiration in the books, Walking Healed and the Walking Healed Companion Bible study. You can find these books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For more information on upcoming books, new projects, free downloads and upcoming events, subscribe to my newsletter in the upper right hand column.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Get Back Up!

You’ve been in battle.  You have some scars.  You think you’ve hit the bottom of the barrel, or maybe you’ve hit the ground pretty hard and had the wind knocked out of you.  Life is tough sometimes.  Yet, you pick yourself back up because you’re not defeated.  You may feel as if you are, but you’re not.  You’re still breathing.  You can still walk.  Take a deep breath. You’re going to be just fine.

Every day we face things that maybe we weren’t planning for.  Everyday life throws things at us, sometimes big things, trying to break us.  Sometimes we think we’ve been broken.  We may even act broken.  We have the scars to prove we’ve been in battle.  Those markings we carry are the physical signs that we have fought, been knocked down, yet we arose.  That’s one thing the enemy of our souls has to admit, quite grudgingly at that; 



We. Got. Up.

Of course we did.  We had a great Role Model who demonstrated the power of getting back up.  Jesus did it when He rose from the grave.  He showed us how to do it.  In fact, we win all those battles because He got back up.  It’s because of His victory that we have victory. 


We may not feel victorious, especially after a tough battle.  We may have lost a few sparkles in our tiara.  We may have a few smudges on our face and our knees.  Our tutu may be ripped in a few places.  But we can still get back up.

Our enemy is out there sweet ones and he absolutely hates us because we belong to a God whom he can’t defeat.  Therefore since we are King’s Kids the devil will bully us and pick on us as much as he can to prevent us from being all we were created to be.  If he can plant one seed of doubt in you, he will.  So we battle. We will come through with some scars. But we won’t lose unless we quit. 

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

So don’t quit.

Life may try to rip us and shred us and we in turn may feel as if we’ve been ripped and shredded.  However, we won’t be destroyed... just roughed up a bit here and there. Don’t be ashamed of that. Don’t be ashamed of your scars. Those scars tell a story and your story could just be what God wants to use to encourage someone else who needs to get through their own battle. 

Stand tall mighty warrior princess! You are a victorious daughter of the Most High God. You are more than a conqueror. You, precious one, may be battle weary but just when you feel like giving up is when you are at the precipice of a mighty victory.

For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. ~1 John 5:4 (NLT) 



Blessings to you!


Shelley






** You can find more encouragement and inspiration in the books, Walking Healed and the Walking Healed Companion Bible study. You can find these books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. For more information on upcoming books, new projects, free downloads and upcoming events, subscribe to my newsletter in the upper right hand column.

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