Encountering God

To say that service was good this morning would be an understatement. It was definitely a message that answered lots of questions for me that I had asked just last week during my quiet time.
Many times as Christians we blame the enemy for some things that God himself has allowed. He allows us to be boxed into corners sometimes or caught between a rock and a hard place so that we can come to the end of ourselves and realize that God is our answer and deliverer. This has been true for me over the last 6 months. I thought I was in the middle of His will. I thought I had heard clearly from Him to do certain things and once I did them, nothing happened as I had anticipated it to.

In Exodus 14 we find the Israelites leaving Egypt after the plagues were brought upon all of the Egyptians. God first does not allow them to take the shorter route to the promised land so that they would not be tempted to return to Egypt at any time. So they are out in the wilderness along the long route that causes them to come up against the Red Sea in front of them and Pharaoh and his army behind them. The Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart (made him more rebellious than he already was). God hardened his heart so that His will, purpose, and plan could be fulfilled.

Pharaoh sees that the Israelites are basically in a cul de sac. The only way out is the way they entered in. It is in the cul de sac of their situation that they experience an encounter with God. The Israelites cry out to God and yet they complain to Moses…”you should have left us in Egypt to be slaves and die there. We told you to leave us alone and let us be, we were fine being slaves”. (my translation)

Moses tells them to not fear? To stand by and see the salvation of the Lord. Yet the Lord replies to Moses ” Why are YOU crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. Moses was preaching the truth but he himself was also scared. So as they were complaining to him and He was speaking confident truth to them, he too was also afraid. Sometimes we have to do things afraid even while we are confident the Lord will make a way or fight the battle.

The Israelites were in the middle of the will of God and they were confronted with a dilemma. It is often that way for us as well. We hear from God and we are in the middle of His will for our lives and yet it seems all hell breaks loose. It is in the dilemma that we have that encounter with God and experience Him in ways we could not have imagined.

The Israelites cried out to God, but they also complained to Moses at the same time. We tend to do the same. Get caught in a dilemma and we are crying out to God, yet we call our girlfriends on the phone or meet up for coffee and pour out our complaints about what our kids are doing, our spouses, or the hard hearted boss we have. We get others to speak into our misery and chime in with their 2 cents. We can’t cry out to God AND complain to man at the same time. In verse 14 Moses tells them, “the Lord will fight for you while you keep silent”. In other words….SHUT UP!!!!!!
Cry out to God and if you “need” to speak to someone, find someone who will help you to see God’s perspective. (which means, they too must be chasing after God and in His presence on a daily basis, not just on Sunday morning).

Then God tells the Israelites to go forward. Faith is in your feet and not in your feelings. When God tells you to move forward, have faith to do just that and know that even though His instructions may not make sense, it is when we operate in faith that the miracles come forth, the supernatural takes place. Until God see’s you operate in faith, He will do nothing.
So as they go forward, the wind begins to blow and the sea splits causing a wall of water on each side and the ground to dry. They are then able to walk across the middle of the sea.
They experienced an encounter with God that allowed them to see the mighty power of the Lord in their dire situation.

So what I thought was isolation from the enemy at first was just that. However, God told me at the beginning of this fast to be quite and seek His face. As I have done that in just this first week, I have seen the power of the Lord in my situation and new hope to blossom. I will cry out to Him and shut up talking to others about the dilemma the Lord has allowed me to be in and while He has given no directions yet, I will stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. When He tells me to move forward, I must be ready and be obedient to take the steps He directs me to.

I hope this has blessed you as much as it blessed me. Leave your comments below. I’d be more than happy to pray for you if you’d like to leave your prayer requests in the comments as well.

God Bless!!!

FINALLY Letting Go….

It’s January 2018, I’ve been fasting and spending more time with the Lord this past week and enjoying His sweet presence and anointing. It has truly been missed. Not by anything the Lord has done but absolutely by me walking away and not trusting that He is my everything.

Fear and depression. Somehow they seem to go hand in hand. They have both kept me bound and distant from God. Isolation, the greatest tactic of the enemy. Fear kept me believing that God will not do what He said He would do in His word. Fear that I would never get back to Virginia. Fear that my relationship with my daughters will forever be damaged. Fear that my husband and I will get divorced. Fear that God would not be all that He said He would be to me. Fear……leads to depression. Depression kept me in a pit of darkness. Depression kept me silent and unable to pray, let alone praise the Lord and worship.

Hope, deliverance, freedom, light. All that you feel once you are in the presence of the Holy One. Solemn assembly begins at our church the first Sunday of each new year. It consists of fasting from a meal or activities from that first Sunday to the second Sunday. Each day is a focus on something specific. I also listen to Warrior Nation each morning via Facebook or Instagram. Warrior Nation is doing a 40 day fast that began on the 2nd of January. For both of these I started on Monday the 8th. I will be fasting 40 days and consuming water, smoothies, and juices only. I’ll then transition to the Daniel Fast for 21 days. I am not on any social media at this time either, except for the 5:45 am prayer on Facebook/Instagram with Warrior Nation. It’s been liberating to just be in God’s presence. And it is His presence that has given me new hope and freedom. He has given me victory when all seemed lost.

And it is because of His presence, that I have finally let go.

I’m ok if He never restores my marriage. I’m ok if my daughters never move to Virginia with me. I simply want to live and enjoy life. Travel and see the world. Eat healthy and enjoy this lifestyle I’m diving into to be the healthiest me I can be. Living out my dreams and being joyful and full of peace.

This time with the Lord has put me in a place of thanksgiving. When I think of all that He has done, I can’t help but thank Him. I can’t wait to see what the Lord does to me, in me, and through me during the remaining 55 days of this fast. I am filled with hope, expectation, and praise. And all in all, I’m good, real good!!!