Hang In There
While talking with an acquaintance once, she said to me, “I have prayed for Jesus to show himself to me in a dream.”
Having this situation come up before, this time I did not nod my head but asked “Why?” A guess a confused expression covered my face because of her response.
“What’s wrong with that, that way I will truly know him,” she responded.
“I think, Jesus is about faith and trust,” I only responded.
“Well it doesn’t matter,” she said snippily, “I still want to see him.”
Firstly, in true respect for those who have had personal visitation with God and Jesus, I do not belittle your experience only am thankful for your blessing. However, for us that don’t, when I read of His awesomeness, and how His presence turned people’s hair white, I think I will be happy to live in faith that He is.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Heb 11:6 KJV
A quick side note: As the manager of a large insurance agency at one time, I often received calls from the shirts at head office concerning complaints, selling more insurance, and about nothing really. On this one occasion, having a client in my office, I delayed in picking up the phone when my boss called. When I picked up the phone, he angrily spat, “I don’t care if you are talking to God, when I call you answer immediately.” A little taken back by his hostility, I thought to myself, would I have the daring, while quaking in God’s presence, to tell God to hold on while I answered the call from my boss. Nevertheless, trying to keep my job, not to close to God then, I told him alright, I would. I find the little incident funny now, but then I was probably upset, fearful of losing my job, although I quite several months later.
Through faith in God, not actually seeing His presence, I do believe that the Holy Spirit helps me to understand Jesus’s precious gift, although I did not see him on the cross and God’s great love and mercy for me even without a visitation from him. Daily, God sees me and knows my condition, and is working on my behalf even though it might not look like it at the time. The thing is, He wants me to have faith and/or expectation in him as a father, then truly this desires for my life will begin manifests. It is not I making him do anything, he has already offered me promises, and I have to reach out take them.
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Mat 21:21-22 KJV
Ok Zola that is all well and good, I am standing on this faith and believing God with all of my know how but nothing is happening, and when I think it is, it falls apart. Honestly, I am in the same situation, God has given me promises deep within my spirit that I am waiting for, and looking at the circumstances they don’t seem possible. Of course, this is when the critics, naysayers, family, friends, blogs and everything negative strikes out against you, telling you, you are crazy. All people or things instigated by the devil to steal your dreams, make you stop, or turn around. The devil is a liar, and all those he sends to us.
Maybe if I had not God, I would worry, but having Him as my shepherd and Lord, I know all things are possible. This weight is at his feet now, so I rest. Besides, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and help of my husband, my next book is almost ready, and I will keep writing to lift others up.
At these times, although I always study the bible, I particular study to learn God’s promises, praying for the Holy Spirit to give me a God kind of faith to keep going, because I cannot do it on my own. I listen to awesome teachers of God, allowing them to uplift me and read testimonies of people that have been in my situation, encouraging me to keep going. I cannot allow the negativisms of the world to persuade my thinking, so I might continue speaking of God’s goodness.
Lastly, I am in tune with the circumstance and happening around me. Not only watching out for the big dreams, but little things, my health, getting a dress that I did not expect; paying off my car; someone cleaning out their closet and giving me designer purses looking as if they were recently purchased; being the last car allowed on the ferry, so we did not have to wait in line two hours to catch the next; and financial security to meet and exceed my needs. Not to mention my garden, only in its infancy, I expect it to bloom beautifully this year.
Anyway I want to say to you all, hang in there and keep the faith. Below are a couple of scriptures I use to help keep me going.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Jn 10:10
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Jam 1:17
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he shall direct thy paths. Pro 3:5-6
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Jn 14:26