One year ago today, on February 26th 2015, the Lord performed a miracle. That very morning, as the ground was completely covered by freshly fallen snow, the Lord led me to Isaiah 1:18 which says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
As I looked, surrounded by so much white (after a night into the morning full of prayers of repentance, forgiveness, and praise), I just knew in my spirit that God was showing me through His beautiful creation and telling me through His mighty word in Isaiah, what He had done for me in the early hours of that February morning. For the first time, I was able to visually see and deeply understand what God’s best for me looked like. He turned my sin from scarlet to white; red like crimson, to wool. Praise God!!!
He doesn’t ask us to live a life of forgiveness, repentance, and thanksgiving for His benefit, but rather, it is for ours. It is so we can receive all of God’s best for our lives. So we are able to see ourselves the way He sees us, know His agape love so that we can learn to truly agape love others…to walk in the way of the truth and the life and the way. We lose it all [chains of addiction, unforgiveness, and sin] so that we may gain it all [agape love, acceptance, righteousness, grace, mercy, protection, power over sin, A PURPOSE]. We die to self, daily, so that we may learn to truly live through the direction of His Holy Spirit. PRAISE!!!!!
We need to stop allowing our lives to be run and dictated by the enemy. Stop operating off of fear and start operating in our FREEDOM!!!
I received the Lord as my personal Lord and Savior early on in life, was baptized by water in September of 2009, and then received the baptism of His Holy Spirit soon after that. However, it was not until February 26th of 2015 that I truly received all of God’s best for me. I thought I knew, but boy after experiencing this type of freedom…no ma’am, no ham! I was still limiting myself and trying to put God in a box as if He didn’t understand what I was going through or had gone through in the past…LIE!!!! I was so caught up with shame, guilt, and worthlessness that I refrained from true repentance and forgiveness. I didn’t fully understand who I was in Christ, because of all the baggage I had been trying to carry.
Why do you think the enemy works so hard to make us feel worthless, full of shame, and guilt? So there is no progress. The enemy can’t take who we are in Christ away from us, but He most certainly can try to unfairly make you think you are not worthy of it or that you do not in fact have it. If he can convince you of these things then how can one live a life regularly in praise, repentance, and forgiveness? Please reflect. If you ‘feel’ unworthy and buy into the lie…then isn’t one left with possibly thinking they must be…which then leaves you very VERY vulnerable to falling further into a life of sin?
However, if you have received Yeshua as your personal Lord and Savior, then this vulnerability does not mean you are not in fact free, but that you are more susceptible of receiving the lie and falling trap to the devils schemes, which in turn leaves you with a life that does not reflect what Christ has done for you…but PRAISE BE TO OUR KING WHO CAN EXTEND HIS HAND TO OURS AND PULL US OUT.
Doesn’t matter where we are or how far we have fallen in, He will grab your hand right where you are, today, at this very moment…GOD CAN PERFORM YOUR MIRACLE. A miracle of the revelation of KNOWING YOU ARE FREE so YOU CAN LIVE OUT A LIFE IN FREEDOM OVER SIN!!!!!!! YAY!!!!!
The enemy is so good at what he does, he wants us to start questioning our freedom, our inheritance, our progress, our ability to overcome sin, but ladies don’t bite the bait. WE KNOW WE ARE GOD’S CHILDREN. WE HAVE THE SAME POWER IN US, TO OVERCOME SIN, AS CHRIST HAD TO RAISE HIM FROM THE DEAD. Don’t take your freedom lightly or permissively…tell the enemy to go STRAIGHT BACK TO HELL WHERE HE BELONGS…IN YESHUA’S HOLY AND PRECIOUS NAME!!!!!
When the house starts getting loud, the spouse is being a little more ugly than usual, the boss is pulling the usually stunt…when you feel like it is all pulling down on you and you can’t take a breath…STOP, JUST BREATH, and CHOOSE TO PRAISE HIM ANYWAY!!! FIGHT THROUGH YOUR EMOTIONS!!! WE NEED TO FIGHT OUR ENEMY AND WHAT MAKES OUR ENEMY MORE MAD THEN TO PRAISE THE ONE TRUE KING IN A TIME OF SUCH CHAOS…OH YEAH!!!!!
I am not saying that I always get this right, but I fight. I had to fight yesterday, I have had to fight today, and I will probably have to fight tomorrow, but I CHOOSE TO PRAISE HIM DESPITE HOW I FEEL BECAUSE HE IS FAITHFUL AND WILL TAKE CARE OF MY EMOTIONS FOR ME. I JUST HAVE TO CHOOSE HIS WAY, NOT MINE. It takes a power greater than us to do that and we have it if we will just say yes.
We ARE set a part, made new. One year ago today, I FINALLY KNEW with every ounce of my being that I AM a saint, and not because of anything I have done or can do, but because of what He finalized for me at the cross. He DELIVERED me and the veil was lifted, HALLELUJAH!!!
By obediently repenting of sins committed ignorantly and knowingly, CHOOSING to forgive all those that have trespassed against me, and by the laying down of self, the Lord, in turn, replaced my inner being with purpose, boldness, and courage as I KNOW WHO I AM BECAUSE OF YESHUA!!!!
I can soar on wings like eagles, run and not grow weary, walk and never faint (Isaiah 40:31). My hope is in the Lord. As for me and MY HOUSE…Praise GOD…WE WILL SERVE THE LORD!!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!
It was a complete and total surrendering of my will and my way. It was an exchange of self for His will and His way. I was forgiven in 2004, but my life was not a reflection of that forgiveness. Since I was still operating through self, I was not capable of producing good fruit.
Jesus says in John 15:1-4, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
As recorded by John, what Jesus says is straight forward, and if one receives Jesus (who is the word made manifest in the flesh) as his/her Savior, how then, can we assume that God will honor our lives and prune us so that our fruit production grows if we choose to operate outside of the vine. If we ignorantly, or knowingly, choose to live a life in sin, He won’t because our God is just…loving, but just.
So let’s pray constantly that our Father searches our hearts. That His Holy Spirit lifts the veil so we can see the sin in our lives. We need to pray that His Holy Spirit teach, convict, and discipline us so that we are built on a foundation that is unshakable by the enemy. WE WILL NOT STOP!!!! We need to pray that when we do take the enemies bait, that we will recognize God’s holy hand extended to us and take it. No matter how we feel, no matter how hard is may be at the time…TAKE HIS HAND AND LET HIM PULL US OUT AND REFINE US AND LOVE US AND BLESS US, LORD. THANK YOU, FATHER.
Father, search my heart; continue to convict me, Lord. I, daily, must choose your hand, and when I don’t thank you for allowing Your grace to pull me up so that I can fight through the lies that I am not good enough, that I failed. I might make wrong choices, but you correct my bad choices and allow for good to take place because good does not dwell in me Lord, but goodness comes from You and You alone. I lay my abilities down to You because it is not about me. Please allow all those who read this, receive what You intend for them to receive…all for Your glory because without you, I would be the branch cut off and not capable of producing good fruit. Thank you Lord for loving me and making me more and more in Your likeness, daily. In Yeshua’s name I pray, AMEN!!!
May God bless all who read this…please be encouraged and go boldly to the throne of grace as we consider our trials pure joy as they produce perseverance and the maturity of our faith. (See James 1 :2-3)
Please, share your testimony in how God delivered you from the enemies’ schemes…there is power in our testimonies. If you have yet to receive this freedom, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to introduce you to someone who can assist you if the Lord permits. I love you all!!!!
HAPPY RE-BIRTHDAY TO ME BECAUSE HE SET ME FREE FROM THE LIES!!!!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!!!