In my Bible reading plan for today was the verses from Revelation 7:9-12. As I was reading, I remembered the "oldie, but goodie" Petra song!
Recently, there arose a situation in which some people in the body of Christ selfishly hurt me. I asked for forgiveness in how I responded in my heart. I have forgiven and have been faced with the prospect of "what the enemy meant for harm, God is attempting to show me that He is using for good."
Instead of me depending on other people to "arise and fight FOR me," God is showing me that He wants me to "arise and fight" for myself. This is certainly harder and takes much more strength...strength I do NOT feel I have right now; but, our strength does not come from how much we "FEEL" we have.
Our strength comes from the LORD. "I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2).
Yes, He wants ME to arise and fight for myself. There most certainly IS a time to have others fight for us, but sometimes we are allowed to be hurt and/or isolated so we can learn to lean more on the TRUE source of our strength rather than lean on others.
Arise, Warrior! Join me in forgiving those who have disappointed us...and join me in the FIGHT in the strength of THE LORD!
I have been targeted, by the enemy, to CUT ME OFF from the rest of my church body. Being homebound, the enemy knows that I am extremely isolated, with, realistically, my only connection to God's people being through the internet. But, although I do NOT like it, God has been showing me that being isolated is just the nature of the calling upon my life.
Oh, Lord, please help me to embrace the call You have placed upon my life...regardless of how isolated I feel.
...for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (1 Peter 1:6-7 NIV)
THANK YOU, GOD, that Alana and Jeremiah made it safely home from Florida!
The doctor's office called...test results confirmed infection still is wreaking havoc in my body. (It's December...I've had symptoms of infection in my body since August.) After I got off the phone, I cried...and sweet Larissa handed me the tissue box. She quietly listened to me tell her how frustrating this is, then she left for work. As I sat here after she left, the phrase,"Father, I praise You." rolled off my lips. THAT should have been my FIRST response. Why did I not think of that while my daughter was here to hear it?
Oh, Lord, please make PRAISE to You become my very first response to any and all situations...regardless of the situation! I SOOO want my children (and anyone else who is watching my responses) to hear PRAISE rolling from my lips...regardless of what is happening in the rest of my body! FATHER, I PRAISE YOU! YOU ARE HOLY! FATHER, I LOVE YOU!
"The greater and the higher the calling, the more intense the adversity."
Os Hillman from The Upside of Adversity
Lord, as difficult and horrifically painful as this is, please use this to bring comfort to us. And please fulfill the high calling You have upon our lives! That is what will make it all worth it!
Today, after church, was the second Sunday in a row that Greg took Larissa on a Daddy-Daughter Date. They both enjoyed it soooo much! I am SOOO happy for them!!!!
THANK YOU, GOD, for a husband who LOVES to spend time with his children!!!!
Prophetic Word for My Family (12/1/13)
I have called you, as a family, to advance My Kingdom and bring Me glory. You are ONE...a unit.
No one has a greater gift than the other. Each of you has been given the gift that, when it is used, it blesses the entire unit. Do not concern yourself with who is doing what...or who is NOT doing what. Do your part. When you each do the part I have called you to do, then the unit reflects Me in the way that it functions...and My purpose can advance.
I desire My purpose to advance through you...the unit. The way you can do that is to stay close to me...individually and as a unit. Shake off the things that distract and hinder you from My presence. In My presence there is fullness of joy, and the joy of the Lord is your strength. You will find the strength you need to shake off hindrances and distractions only in My presence. The gateway to My presence is praise and worship. As I have said in My Word that I inhabit the praises of My people. Sing for joy, My people...I am singing over you.
I am FOR you. I have seen your tears...your fears...your hurts...your hearts...your wounds...your wants. I have seen you long for what you do not have. I have seen the long fights, the long struggles, the long nights, the longing in your hearts. I have seen your selfish desires and your acts of selflessness. I have seen how you hurt and how you have hurt each other. I have seen the silent tears you haven't cried...as well as the tears you have. I have seen the things that are obvious and the things that seem to go unnoticed...both the good things and the bad. I have heard the fights, the talks, the apologies, the blessings, and the prayers. I have heard the frustrations and the joys.
I know you. I deeply, intimately know you. I created each of you in your mother's womb, and I created you as a unit before I laid the foundations of the world. There were no accidents. I knew the plans I have for you, as a unit...plans to prosper you and not to harm you...plans to give you, as a unit, a hope and a future.
I have a good future planned for you, Gregory Cisz Family. I will bless the righteous for a thousand generations...those who keep My Word and abide in Me. Therefore, keep My Word.
Stop fighting, worrying, and backbiting. Stop the jealously, the comparing, the minimizing, and the idolatry. Stop looking at who you are not and start looking more deeply into My eyes. Only in Me will you find your reflection...the reflection that I have ordained for you. Stop looking AT each other and starting looking out more FOR each other. Pray for each other...pray as if your life depends upon it...because it does. Remember, Precious Ones, you are a UNIT...ONE...IN ME. I am the One who keeps you alive...fresh...vibrant.
Instead of the dynamics that hinder you as a unit, look to ME to MAKE YOU, as a UNIT, into the most dynamic unit that you could possibly be...one that will bless generations to come with the life-saving, dynamic message of My Kingdom. You cannot be dynamic and continue to engage in the dynamics of the past. Put off the old self...as a unit. Put on the new man...remember, you are ONE. My Kingdom will advance THROUGH YOU...AS ONE anointed and dynamic unit.
Do not be afraid. See, I am doing a new thing. It now springs up...can you not perceive it? Believe...only believe.
But you will need to make room for Me. How will you make room for me...both in your own hearts...and in your unit of one? What needs to go? Ask me. I will show you.
Be obedient, be sober, be diligent. Never give up. Never give up hope. Never give yourself over to fear...lust...the lust of the flesh...the lust of the eyes...selfish ambitions...jealousies. Do not harden your hearts. Stay mold-able, pliable, and teachable to Me for My purposes. Help one another. Encourage one another. Pray for one another. Do good for one another. Sacrifice for one another. Share with one another. Speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Ask me for your unit's spiritual song...then listen to me sing it over you. Stop seeing what I don't see in one another. Look at each other through the blood of My Son. That is how I look at you. Why do you look at the spec in your brothers eye? I have taken the logs out of each of you so you can love one another clearly.
Love one another. Deeply, passionately, selflessly love one another. Serve one another. I have seen how you have served one another, and I am pleased. It brings Me much joy. YOU bring Me much joy! Continue to bring joy to others. Do not lose sight of joyful children. YOU are MY children. Stay focused on Me and you will continue to bring joy not only to Me, but to each other and others as well!
I am pleased, Greg Cisz Family. Stay the course. You will see struggles, as you know, but you will overcome them all. But trust Me to overcome them MY way. My ways are HIGHER than your ways. Do not lean on your own understanding. Trust in Me with ALL your heart. I WILL make your path (as a UNIT) straight...and I WILL be exalted in your home! Forget the former things. Do not dwell on the past. No mistake is greater than My Son's victory over it through the Cross...and no wounded heart is deeper than My love, which binds up ALL wounds. I am the healer. You need physical healing...emotional healing...spiritual healing...relational healing...financial healing. You need healing in places that you do not even know about. I AM the GREAT I AM...and I AM the Lord who heals you...My Precious Unit, in whom I am well pleased.
Now, I have set before you life and death...blessings and curses. CHOOSE LIFE...so that you...and your descendants...may LIVE!
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