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Even in our darkest hours, God promises never to abandon us. He promises to be with us always even when we feel alone in our problem. Gods promise doesn't always look anything like what we anticipated because He says “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. (Isaiah 55:8 NLT)
He often asks us to do the impossible knowing that we can't do it without Him. Elijah sat alone, depressed by the dried brook and Moses wandered alone in the dry hot desert not sure where to go what to do (1 King 17; Exodus 2:15 NLT)
We sometimes make choices that take us into dark, dry and desolate places we did not expect to be in. This is often followed by guilt which may leave us wandering around for years. Even still God keeps His promise never to leave us or abandon us (Deuteronomy 31:6 NLT).
We become so absorbed in our own problems, and most often miss Gods voice like in the burning bush. (Exodus 3:3NLT)
God will always call you more than once. He speaks once we hear twice, so that we can have confirmation of His will. His voice echoes beyond the ocean depths and across the Heavens. That's why He tells us to be still and know that He is God. Be still, means quieten the chatter around you and in your head (Psalm 46:10 NLT). Samuel heard God but did not know it was God (1Samuel 3 NLT).
When we are full of bitterness, anger and unforgiveness we are blocked from hearing Gods voice. He calls us but we cannot hear him. (Acts 28:27 NLT) Sometimes even when we do hear His still small voice calling us, we hesitate in following His direction and His calling for our lives because we fear stepping into the unknown. We partner with fear and ignore our calling that God has for our lives because we are afraid of the unknown and staying in the comfort zone is easier and safer. We settle in the place where we are supposed to be on temporary visa, a holding bay.
If God has spoken His calling to you, stand strong and keep declaring Gods promise and vision over your life. Stop saying negative things to yourself and possibly others. This allows the devil to persuade you into another path. Remember Moses brought all the Israelites out of Egypt and were going to the Promised Land. It was supposed to take only a short time but took them 40 years (Acts 7:36 NLT)
It will not be easy. Once you have recognized your calling and made a decision to go on the other side, attacks will be launched from every side. Storms will rise up. Huge waves will rock your boat. Unload the boat and throw all the unimportant things into the ocean. Let go of wasteful friends. Let go of grudges, unforgiveness and fear because you are going to the other side. You are leaving somethings behind to get to the bigger things up yonder.
Like a caterpillar you are in transformation. You are getting ready to fly but before you do that, you need to go through some discomfort, pain, let go of unnecessary attachments. Nothing gets born, without pain and discomfort. Like a caterpillar, you are fighting the environment and many other stressors. You will feel cornered like the children of Israel at red sea (Exodus 14 NLT).
However, when you keep putting your vision before you and keep taking one step at a time (no matter how small), you are declaring what God has said over your situation and your circumstance will start to shift. Declare His goodness, and surely you will start seeing results because God says in his word He sees the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10 NLT). He who started a good work in you will also finish it (Philippians 1:6 NLT). He is not only the Alpha but He is also the Omega, the beginning and the end (Revelation 22:13 NLT).
So I want to encourage you today, the storm will rage, the waves will rise, the boat may break but as long as you are anchored in Christ He will take you to shore.
The Bible says, “But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore — the LORD above is mightier than these! (Psalm 93:4 NLT).
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