Psa. 23:4-6 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
Let us reflect on those scriptures for a moment.
Some of us are going through hard times right now, and we feel as though we are walking this journey all alone. I want you to listen to what King David said when he was going through some very hard times, “I will fear no evil, for Thou are with me.” He would fear no evil. Do you know there is a place in the Lord where you simply fear no evil? No circumstances can shake you. Your faith does not waver. Everything is “Yes, Lord.”
David knew this place. Esther knew this place. Daniel knew this place, and so did many saints before us. They feared no evil because THE LORD WAS WITH THEM. The Lord was with them every step of the way. Jesus is offering this same place to you right now. This place; this special place is with the Lord. It is in loving the Lord and abiding in His word.
Psa. 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psa. 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
For this thing, I besought the Lord three times, that it might depart from me. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor. 12:8-10
Oh, what powerful scriptures! Oftentimes, we fail to recognize the power of this message. If you are going through a trial or facing a situation where you have tried and tried, yet nothing seems to be working for you. Stop and take your hands off of it. Stop trying to make something happen and ask the Lord to give you His grace to make it through. Instead of causing your blood pressure to rise or giving yourself an ulcer, go to the Lord in prayer. Hold your arms out and say, “Lord, I don’t know what to do. I can’t see how I can do this. So, I am letting it go right now, and turning this over to you. Lord, I surrender, help me to see Your will in the midst of this!”
And His Still Small Voice will say:
Thank you. Now, leave it totally in My hands. I’ve been standing right here with you, waiting for you to release it to Me. I have wanted to take that burden, but you’ve been hanging on to it so strongly that you hindered Me from helping you. Thank you for finally giving it to Me.
Don’t despise small beginnings or small victories; instead, you should be rejoicing. These small victories, breakthroughs, and beginnings are a sign of greater things to come and greater triumphs. For indeed, I am opening up the way for you to get to your Promised Land. Perhaps it is not what you expected. Perhaps you thought the way would be easier, but My child; it is not just in gaining the Promised Land that matters, but the treasure is also in the journey of getting there. Just as the wilderness wrought and made the Israelites into warriors, so the wilderness will be to you.
The Israelites expected to enter the Promised Land moment they left Egypt. However, because of their failure to appreciate their deliverance blessing from bondage, I led them by the way of the wilderness to prepare them to receive the Promised Land. It was in the wilderness blessing they learned how to have faith in Me – where they saw my miracles and knew My power. In the wilderness is where I trained their hands for battle and their fingers for war. The blessing of the wilderness is where they were made into conquerors, and they learned to praise Me and praising Me is what I want you to do right now.
Failure? Not so. Beloved, I had a plan for you before you took your first breath. I gave each of you special gifts and visions, all orchestrated by Me for what I called you to do. You were created in My image, and I did not create any failures. You see, your visions and dreams fading because things aren’t going according to your plan. Stop looking at them with your physical eyes. You must walk by faith, not by sight, and understand that things are going according to My perfect will. Yes, things are going according to My plans and My timing.
Stop believing the dreams I’ve given are beyond your reach. I am the master writer, and I have written My dreams and desires onto your heart. I am causing them to burn within you. Please don’t continue to ignore them; stand up and take notice. Don’t you know you are royalty, and you were created to reign? Therefore, nothing is out of reach for you, My child.
Joel 3:10 ….let the weak say, I AM STRONG!
Do not become disheartened by adversity. Don’t allow your weaknesses to govern you. Look at them and say that you are strong. Declare that you are strong in every area of your life. Decree that you will overcome your weaknesses because Your strength comes from the Lord. Speak to every frailty, even your physical frailties and say I am strong. It is time for the weak to say, I am strong!
Be assured that I am working in perfect timing for you. The vision and dream that I’ve have placed in your heart will come to pass. I have set your course and timed each step. Know that the process of its fulfillment is preparing you for it. I have an appointed time for the vision I gave you. However, you must first walk through the preparation season. And as you are walking through the season, don’t be alarmed when it appears that things are going in reverse. Just trust in My timing and keep the vision before you.
Never forget that what seems like delay may not be that at all. Sure, the enemy likes to interfere and slow things down, but I will see to it that the vision happens right on time. Realize that today is getting you ready for tomorrow. Watch and pray; for My provision might come from an unexpected place, and it may look different from what you expected. It will always be what you need, and always right on time.
Each day you pray and confess My word, moves you closer to your vision. Stay prayerful; stay faithful and be encouraged. Surely, the vision will come. It won’t delay. It will be right on time. Stand now and know that your much-needed answer will not be late. Don’t give up, for the vision I have put in your heart will not delay.
I know you don’t understand My timing. However, if you have faith in My word, then you should have faith in My timing. What you’re going through right now is not the final answer. If you trust that today, your confidence will agree with My perfect timing and you’ll realize that all is well with you. Now, keep the vision before you; it will not delay. Everything will happen right on time.
READ AND MEDITATE ON HIS WORD
Pro. 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish:
Hab. 2:3 For the vision is yet for the appointed time; it hastens toward the goal and it will not fail. Though it tarries, wait for it; for it will certainly come, it will not delay. (NASB)
Heb. 10:36-37 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
Jas 1:3-4 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.