Hey P31 Woman!
How were your holidays?
I know the holiday season can be blissful for some, while difficult for others.
While you’re planning your New Year’s Resolutions and waiting on the promises of God, I want to encourage you with something today.
Relinquish Control + Surrender
As I walk into a new season, the end of my 2022 looked like me surrendering to God and giving up my need for “control” due to trauma experienced in my life.
Have you ever been traumatized before?
Maybe you have in your youth or adolescence.
Healing from trauma is a process, and one that requires serious inspection and guidance from the Lord.
When we don’t heal from trauma, we risk the chances of trauma bonding with another unhealed individual, which will only lead us to experience more trauma.
Through my season of healing, God taught me a few lessons that I want to share with you today:
- The importance of being patience in the wait.
- The beauty and purpose behind worshipping while you wait.
God wants to teach us how to be patient, God wants to give us knowledge, and God wants to provide us with His insight,
“But will we worship while we wait?”
Will you worship God in the midst of your turmoil?
Will you worship God while you wait?
Today’s anchor verses are pulled from the following passages in scripture:
- Proverbs 3:5-6
- Joshua 6:1-27 (the Walls of Jericho story)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,Proverbs 3:5-6
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
When you read how Joshua led the children of Israel to victory as they were commanded by God to march around the walls of Jericho for it to fall, I’m reminded of the strong power of obedience, praise, and worship.
God commanded Joshua to have the children of Israel march around the walls of Jericho once for 6 days with priests blowing trumpets, carrying the ark of the covenant (ark of the covenant signifies God’s presence and promise), and on the 7th day, they were commanded to march around the walls of Jericho 7 times with a resounding triumph of praise on the 7th lap.
In order to see the victory God had promised, the children of Israel had to follow God’s strict instructions. It was their synchronized steps of obedience to God’s commandments and their praise that made those walls fall.
In the spirit realm, our praise enters God’s inner courts – and He responds.
The sound of obedience, praise, and worship gets God’s attention, and He moves when we follow His word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to lean not on our own understanding in order to receive guided steps from the Lord.
Sometimes our inability to let go of our own thinking can prohibit our advancement forward.
Emotional & Mental Strongholds
Like the walls of Jericho falling after the children of Israel marched around it singing praises to God, the wall of Jericho in my mind that needed to fall was a mental stronghold for the obsessive need to “control” (a defense mechanism caused and produced by childhood trauma).
I discovered that generational trauma caused me to build my own defense system in my mind, used to control my life in a way that suggested I had no God.
The belief system I adopted that, “God did not exist,” and was therefore unable to perform His duties of protecting and shielding me from life, led me to believe that I was abandoned by God, and therefore responsible for my own survival.
My abandonment issues (stemmed from childhood) grew into a mental fortified system of defense (mental stronghold) that was being used by the enemy to block me from God’s blessings, God’s peace, and God’s prosperity.
When we attempt to control our lives (or the scenarios that come into our lives), it makes us susceptible to the schemes of the devil, who’s only agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.John 10:10
We must learn to relinquish our set of rules and standards used to “protected” us from harm and adopt the mindset that God’s way is the best way.
God really does care for us.
God made a covenant with us, and He promised to protect us, and that,
No weapon formed against [us] shall prosper…Isaiah 54:17
This includes the weapons we use to wage war against ourselves (obsessive control, depression, worry, stress, suicidal thoughts, addiction, etc.).
The Truth About the End Times
In scripture, when you read about the “signs of the times and end of the age,” as described by Jesus to his disciples, we learn that a great shaking is coming to our world.
And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”
“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”Matthew 24:4-14
I believe the great shaking Jesus was referring to is similar to what happened in the book of Joshua when God’s people obeyed the word of God so precisely that the walls of a fortified structure to a city fell down.
There is a great awakening coming to our world that will have no end.
The sound of God’s people taking steps of obedience in accordance with God’s word will shake the earth and the heavens in a way that will cause the kingdoms of this world to become the kingdoms of our God. This sound will look like the footsteps of God’s people marching to His word, His orders, and His commands.
Praise follows obedience.
Similar to the children of Israel who carried the arc of the covenant with them as they marched around the walls of Jericho 7 times, God’s presence hovers over all of us and watches over the steps of the obedient ones, through a process of refinement.
While you’re waiting on the promises of God, align your steps to match the flow of God’s word.
The answers you’ve been waiting for are connected to your swift obedience to God’s word, followed by your praise and worship (adoration for God).
Worship While You Wait
In a nutshell, while you’re waiting on God, worship while you wait.
While you’re waiting for good news to arrive, worship while you wait.
While you’re waiting for your “Boaz” to appear, worship while you wait.
While you’re waiting on the promises of God, worship while you wait.
That’s your answer.
Will you praise and worship God like the miracle you’ve been praying for arrived today?
Because it’s coming.
If God gave you a word – it’s coming.
If God promised you something – it’s coming.
Worship while you wait.
The mystery is in the waiting.
Your perseverance is developed when you wait on God.
But those who wait on the LordIsaiah 40:31
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Trust God in your waiting.
“I will cause all things to work for your good,” says the Lord (Romans 8:28).
Worship while you wait.
Your worship will confound the enemy.
“That which is chasing you today will not chase you tomorrow,” says the Lord (referencing seasons; Exodus 14:13).
To everything there is a season,Ecclesiastes 3:1
A time for every purpose under heaven:
What Are You Asking For?
As we step into a new year, I want to encourage you not to ask God for vain things. The pagans do that (the un-believing).
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.Matthew 6:33
What are you asking God for?
Sometimes we don’t receive the answers we’re looking for from God because we’re not asking the right questions, nor praying the right prayers.
When you read scripture, you will see the Pharisees trying to test Jesus with argumentative questions related to theology, and Jesus ignoring them or changing the subject. They weren’t asking the right questions (and sometimes, neither do we).
God wants our hearts to be purified by Him.
Are you asking God the right questions?
Is your heart in alignment with God’s word?
Glory from Heaven
What we should be asking God for is to rain down glory from heaven!
As I was forcefully getting attacked by Satan last month, I asked God to rain down glory from heaven (and God did).
That glory looks like this rhema word you’re receiving today (rhema refers to the spoken word; rhema literally means an utterance).
When Elijah, the prophet, asked God to rain down fire from heaven – God did it! God honored Elijah’s request.
Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood and the stones and the dust, and it licked up the water that was in the trench. Now when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and they said, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”1 Kings 18:38-39
What are you asking God for in your prayers?
Are you praying vain prayers before God or are you asking God to rain down glory from heaven (righteousness, favor, salvation for the unsaved, etc.)?
What are you asking for?
For those of you who may be new to the faith, I’m not saying God won’t give you “good” things. God has promised us in His word that He has already provided us with everything we need in accordance with His will (Matthew 6:33).
What I’m prescribing you with instead is a methodology that suggests that God is good, and that God desires for His children to ask Him for more works of the Holy Spirit to be displayed on the earth (as evidence that God exists for the nonbeliever to be saved and adopted into God’s grace).
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.2 Chronicles 7:14
God is waiting for us to humble ourselves before His mighty hand, repent from our sinful ways, and look to Him for leadership and guidance (not to our mental strongholds or idols).
God desires for His children to honor His word and pray righteous prayers.
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.James 5:16
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