Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Turn It Over

There are days when it seems as if everything and everyone is against you. I know. I’ve been there. Things were going along quite nicely and then BOOM! The bottom dropped out and we were left wondering what just happened?!

Maybe it seems as if you just can’t catch a break. Finances bottomed out. Businesses went belly up. Health went down the drain. Relationships hit rock bottom. That may be when you find yourself at the end of your rope. With all these clichés it would be easy to say, “Tie a knot and hang on.” But I won’t do that.

Instead, I want to encourage you to let go of the rope. Let go! Why tie a knot in a rope that has you hanging on to things that are causing you distress, depression, anxiety, hurts, and so many other negative things? Let them go and allow God to catch you.

We can talk all day about this that and the other but when it comes right down to it, we are on the verge of a mighty move of God. When things around you are going to hell in a handbasket, you can bet your sweet bippy (what is a bippy anyway?) that God is getting ready to move and the enemy (the devil) is fearful of what might happen if you actually trust God to move you into that miracle.

Does the enemy know what’s getting ready to happen to you? I don’t think so. He just knows God loves you and wants to elevate you, prosper you, give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11) so he’s going to do everything he can to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10) your happiness, health, family, business, finances and whatever else he can convince  you to let him take from you.

The difference between coming out victorious or defeated is one thing: YOU. Your mindset during times of difficulties will determine your outcome. God has already declared you more than victorious, through Jesus (Romans 8:37). The question is do you believe it? Do you accept what God says, or do you believe the lies of the devil?

Oh, you may be saying right now, “You don’t know what I’m going through.” Nope. I sure don’t. But you know what? You don’t know what I’m going through either. I choose to believe the Word of God. I choose to believe His Truth. I choose to walk in that and to put my foot on the neck of the enemy and declare my authority over him. I’m ready to stand firm and to declare, “NO! You will not defeat me, devil because Jesus defeated you and when He did, He gave me authority over you, too! So back off!”

"A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power." ~Ephesians 6:10 (NLT)

Yes, I understand your battle. I also understand mine. One thing after another has come at my family and me, but where some choose to worry and fret, I’m choosing to stand on God’s Word and believe what He has said. Am I worried? No. Concerned? Yes. There’s a difference. Do I know what’s going to happen? No. Does it matter? No. What I do know is that God is sovereign, He is Creator, Master, Covenant Maker and keeper, LORD over all, He is Adonai, Elohim, Yahweh, and He is my Lord and Savior. Knowing all that is enough to sustain me and keep me high enough out of the waves that I will survive this.

Besides, the battle is His, not mine. Not yours. Therefore let me encourage you today to stand firm, too. God’s got this. He always has had. He’s not worried about your problem. He’s not worried about mine. He’s just patiently waiting for us to take our hands off it and hand it to Him.

I’m turning mine over. Will you?

The LORD says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”         ~Psalm 91:14-16 (NLT)

Blessings!
Shelley

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