Hello, sisters and brothers in Christ! How are you doing? 2022 is nearly over and I can’t believe how fast time flies by! Pretty recently I happened to read my diary from 2021 again and was surprised to stumble upon a personal prophecy God had given me about 2022. It was a prophecy I had received directly from God in the secret place and I was grateful He reminded me of His purpose for me for year 2022, because that shifted my focus back to what God was willing to accomplish in my life in 2022. I remembered which area we wanted to work on together for deliverance and growth and I was in awe of how God had constantly brought me back to this issue even if I lost track at some point and got distracted (and forgot what it was all about). Thank God for discernment!
God always works one step at a time because He is good and because He knows us well. He has your whole life in view, so how could we ever fathom the majesty of God in our lives? Let Him be glorified! My spirit heard this song yesterday and I thought I’d share the lyrics because it is a good reminder to keep in step with Jesus – not to rush ahead, not to fall behind, but just to follow. Please check it out: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/587
My friend, it doesn’t matter if the things you wanted to see happen did not occur. I feel led to tell you this, that God will always accomplish that which He has intended for you in a certain period of time. You have been fragile but you weren’t crushed, because victory is yours (“Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1. Corinthians 15:55-56)). If God is for you, who can be against you? I want to encourage you to trust God and to trust in His goodness for you because His thoughts are so much higher than yours. I pray that you will have faith to come to God and to just fall into His arms today, without having immediate answers for all your questions. He loves you. Spend time with Him, ask Him for a timeline and be ready to hear things you don’t want to hear.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…. And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
I have this hope that my faith will be accounted as righteousness before Him this year. I have hope that I will receive everything that He wants to give me out of His abundance at the end of this year. I dream, envision and hope that my faith will be as strong as I read of our brothers and sisters above. May the power of the Holy Spirit rest on you for the remaining days of your life! You shall be a witness among the cloud of witnesses (Hebrews 12:1) in Jesus’ name!