As I contemplate making some changes, the past keeps cropping up. My problem is, if something happened yesterday, I don’t consider it the past. However, in God’s eyes it is. So I keep saying “but” to God. But today as I read the prophetic devotional below, God let me know, I have to focus on what is ahead of me and not dwell on what He says is the past. It’s almost 2013. I’ve got to leave any hurt and pain behind. And so do you!! Let’s not let the pain of the past, hinder the future. Happy Year!
SMALL STRAWS IN A SOFT WIND by MARSHA BURNS:
What’s done is done. You can’t change the past, but you can make a decision to let go of all that will hinder your walk of faith. Establish yourself in strong faith through hearing the Word. Take one step at a time without projecting into the future. Otherwise, you could get overwhelmed, says the Lord. Move forward with renewed hope. Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
I am sitting in the library after paying a bill and an acquaintance instant messaged, me talking about her problems with her kids. I mean she was venting…then the person in front of me at the library was looking at some half-naked women on the computer. I was trying to read an email and then someone messaged me from Facebook, all at one time! For a minute I felt like my head was going to pop off, and then I saw this post on my friends Facebook page and it brought such peace:
All I have to say is YES LORD!
I have learned and I’m still learning that Jesus is our protector! He sees and knows the future, so when He blocks something from happening, just say “thank you Jesus!”
I have shared about trying to move for some time now. I’ve gone back and forth and every time that I have tried, the SAME situation cropped up and let me know that it was not time to make the change. And because of the nature of the situation, I was smart enough to wait on God.
Lately the Lord has reminded me of a prophetic word my mentor gave me a while back. It spoke of contrary winds ceasing and in the midst of them ceasing God was going to take me into a new direction. We may think God is a hard task master, but God knows me and he knows I would not make any changes as long as there were “contrary winds (words and talk). Until they cease, there will be no change. This was the Word of the Lord.
God is loving and he is not trying to injure, inflict pain on us or kill us. He is wanting to protect us from unnecessary stress. And when I SEE the contrary winds have stopped that will be my signal to cross over! Thank you Jesus! It’s just that simple. God did not want me to make the change and be devastated.
So if you have ever asked God “when will it all end” the answer is “when the contrary winds cease”. Stop all the words and talking and God will send your miracle to you!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
39 And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the wind ceased ([a]sank to rest as if exhausted by its beating) and there was [immediately] a great calm ([b]a perfect peacefulness).
I am going through something that in the natural I want to release. I can so identify with Mary the mother of Jesus because she was ridiculed for something she did not choose. She was chosen and nobody believed her, not even her husband to be. I know that must have been scary and very lonely because she had to walk it alone for a season.
I think I am starting to see the path I must walk and boy is it scary. I spoke to a lady who God used to share her story that started my vision. We had not talked in probably 10 years. She said to me, “you are going to have to go through something”. When she said that I cringed. That is the story of my life. That was earlier this year and it looks just like that. I am going through something that is difficult!.
In the natural I want to walk away and let the inevitable happen, but I am “pregnant” with a baby I didn’t ask for. I keep saying to the Lord, well that seems better. That seems right. I am okay if it happens. But God compels me that He has another plan. Sheesh…if this is the cost dear Jesus I don’t want this. Let it be. I will be fine.
God knows all and sees all. I only ask that God would have an angel speak, just like he did with Joseph. I really pray that happen. The the Lord reminded me of a story where a Pastor was determined to commit adultery and he was struck by lightning and stayed in the hospital for many months. Perhaps that is what God will do.
The problem with being spiritually pregnant, is you cannot abort the baby even if you want to. At this point, I don’t want to have this baby because of the pain. It’s way too painful and it no longer makes sense to me. I so want to release this and wish some people well. This is how I sincerely feel. Dear Jesus “how can this be”??
Amplified Bible (AMP)
34 And Mary said to the angel, How can this be, since I have no [intimacy with any man as a] husband?
35 Then the angel said to her, The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you [like a shining cloud]; and so the holy (pure, sinless) Thing (Offspring) which shall be born of you will be called the Son of God.
Everyone likes to be flattered. We all like compliments and want to be built up, but the Bible say too much flattery will lead to ruin. I was amazed when I found this scripture and as I studied it I realized that the danger of flattery is that it gives us a false impression of ourselves. No, I am not saying we should tear people down, but constant flattery is a trap that leads to ruin. Here is what the scripture says:
Amplified Bible (AMP)
28 A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin.
Let’s look at the definition of ruin:
Verb (used with object)
to reduce to ruin; devastate.
to bring (a person, company, etc.) to financial ruin; bankrupt.
to injure (a thing) irretrievably.
to induce (a woman) to surrender her virginity; deflower.
So constant flattery will devastate you and injure irretrievably!!! This is what the Bible says.This scripture blew my mind because I realize that constant flattery is the work of the enemy. I was so intrigued by this verse that I looked up some commentary and the Matthew Henry Commentary said the following:
There are two sorts of lies equally detestable. A slandering lie, the mischief of this every body sees. A flattering lie, which secretly works ruin. A wise man will be more afraid of a flatterer than of a slanderer.
Isn’t that amazing!! A WISE MAN will be more AFRAID of a flatterer than a slanderer. So a flatterer is more dangerous than a liar. But actually I would run from both. I have encountered people who I caught in lies and they just continue to lie even though they have been found out. Now that to me is dangerous and guess what? A flatterer is worse.
I told a story on here once about meeting a man and within 15 minutes he went into a barrage of flattery. I mean, I was the best thing since sliced bread and yada, yada, yada. And guess what?? It kind of worked. I actually called the guy because it fed something in me. But I realized immediately that this man didn’t know me. I think it was a trick of the enemy.And the enemy knows what we are susceptible to.
I also think it’s interesting that the Bible puts flattering lips a lying tongue together, but you can pretty much figure out why. When people flatter you all the time, they end up lying to you. First of all a flatter wants something from you. They have a hidden motive. And if they have a hidden motive, they will also lie to you to get it..A flatterer will say one thing to your face and say another thing behind your back and that makes them a liar.
We must give people time to reveal who they really are, especially if they are constantly flattering us, which the bible says ends in ruin.