A Word for Those Who Are Transitioning

Right now it’s time to praise in the middle of the mess!

Is God transitioning you into something new? We all know that there is a time for transitioning and then a time to rest and to enjoy the new. So no wonder that you’re in a mess right now! It’s like cleaning up a full-packed drawer in your house. You first need to draw out all things! You need to sort things out, discard some of them, if necessary, and then it will look all good and tidy in the end. Clarity will come, but you won’t have it now. It’s not time yet, so why rush ahead of God? You can ask God for clarity, for sure, and it’s good to do that, but don’t expect all puzzle pieces to fit together now. Ask God for faith and patience in the process instead.

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which He is to be praised.

Isaiah 63:7a NIV

In all their distress the Lord, too, was distressed. It was no envoy or angel but His own presence that saved them. In His love and mercy He redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them all the days of old.

Isaiah 63:9 NIV

About a month ago, God showed me that Isaiah 63:7 was the sword of the Spirit to use in prayer against heaviness and hopelessness. When we brag about our Lord and all the things that He has done for us according to His compassion and kindnesses, depression is slain!

Isaiah 63:9 also encourages us to believe that God is going to come save us, no matter what. Are you afraid of making the wrong move? It’s good to strategize but not to overdo it. What does the Holy Spirit tell you? Just do that, nothing more, nothing less. And even if you make the wrong decision, you are still His beloved child. You will only need to cry out to God and He will come save you. He will lift you up and carry you, again and again.

Oftentimes, when we get caught up in worries that we might make a mistake, we end up not seeing clearly. On the other hand, when we are still before God and know who He is and who we are in Christ, we see enough to base our decisions on what’s most important.

You are His precious child.

He delights in you.

He is so proud of you for trusting Him and making the move.

He’s got you.

He’s got your family.

He is never leaving you.

So keep praising Him! Give Him all the glory! Keep actively breaking off heaviness and any opposition in the spirit by lifting up the name of the Lord in prayer and worship. It’s not a time to lie disheartened in bed. It’s a time to awake and to reign in the middle of the mess!

Part 5 – Seek Refuge (The Finale!)

The finale of the series!🎉 CELEBRATION REQUIRED. GOD IS SO GOOD.

(You can find a spoken version here)

Today we are going to look at the last part of our Psalm 34:8 series! It says at the end of the verse that those who seek refuge in the Lord are happy and blessed. But what does it mean to seek refuge in Him?

In John 8:2-10 we read of a woman who is caught in adultery and is brought to Jesus by the Pharisees. As we all know, Jesus’ response is life-giving: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” (v. 7)

– “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?

– “No one, Lord.”

– “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.

(vv. 10-11)

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16 NKJV

To seek refuge in God is to trust in His goodness and to come boldly before His throne. We are safest when we are with Him. Do you think you went too far with your sin?

Blessed and happy are those who seek refuge in Him. Because they shall obtain mercy and find grace to help them in time of need.

Part 1 – Taste

Welcome to part 1 of my Psalm 34:8 series! A spoken version of this you can find here. Enjoy!

Imagine your favorite food. It’s served before you and you take a bite.

Mmmh … imagine it just melting on your tongue.

Can you taste it?

Now imagine the same – only now, you hastily swallow the food as fast as you can so that you can barely sense the flavor.

Would you still be able to taste it?

To taste is to simply enjoy; to enjoy and to appreciate. You take it in, bit by bit. You are grateful for the pleasure you get from eating it.

This is the first part of Psalm 34:8, to taste Jesus!

To enjoy and appreciate the Word of God, bit by bit. To take in all the flavors that come with getting to know Him.

How about you? Are you a quick eater?

Do you usually swallow down God’s word in haste because you have to? Because you want to get something out of it really quickly?

Here’s a simple encouragement for you today: to just taste Him.

I encourage you to just enjoy the Word of God today and to appreciate Him for who He is!

Maybe even start with treating yourself some good food? Maybe pause a little bit before you start swallowing things up too impatiently.

Just enjoy, take in all the different flavors of God! He is good. He is so good. So, so good!

May you taste God today.

Amen.

Prophetic Word: Wanna-Be-Queens in the House of God

“Be an Esther!”
“For such a time as this!”

How often do we hear such words in the prophetic these days? The Holy Spirit had me grieve for the women of God today who want to be queens rather than lambs. He said that too many want the crown and reputation of Esther instead of silent servanthood. I want to tell you of a vision I have had last year. He reminded me of it today and I pray that this word will encourage you to let God examine your heart if it applies to you. My intention is not to tear down the prophetic words that have been released about Queen Esther but to ask you to look deep into your heart when it comes to the reason why you want to be like her.

In this vision I found myself in a throneroom. Everything was pure white and shining with light. I was standing at the edge of a long aisle. At the other end was a set of stairs which led up to the Throne of God. It was strange, however, because the throneroom was empty. I was waiting for God to appear when I suddenly realized that I was cloaked with a queenly robe and wearing a crown. The mantle I was wearing was purple (those in the prophetic know that this color symbolizes royalty). I then saw a round, golden orb appear on my left hand and a scepter in my right. (If you google “crown jewels of the United Kingdom”, you can see how an orb looks like). I then heard “for such a time as this” but it felt like it was an automatic response to the royal elements I saw and not from the Spirit.

I felt uncomfortable on the inside and I said “It’s not about me but about you, Jesus.” I started putting everything down on the aisle – I put down the orb, the scepter, the crown and the mantle. Then, finally, I was joined by a lamb! This lamb was standing in front of me. I knew it was Jesus. However, a man who looked like Jesus appeared at my side, too, wearing a kingly robe and a crown! For a moment I was confused. I saw him climbing up the stairs at the backside of the throneroom. He motioned me to come with him. I was alarmed, however, because it looked like he was standing in the shadow, opposite of where the Throne of God was. He kept going up the stairs, as if he wanted to rise up to the level of the throne. As soon as I saw that, it was evident to me that Satan was tempting me to follow him! I started trembling and fell low on the floor before the Lamb. I cried out to Him: “I want to be like You, Lamb of God! I shall decrease and You shall increase!” In that moment, the enemy disappeared. I felt such a relief and hugged the Lamb around His neck. I was crying and laughing at the same time because I knew I had stood the test. I then saw an enormous number of saints rush into the throneroom from all sides, cheering and applauding! I realized that they had been watching the whole time! I smiled and stood up as angels came with a new set of clothes for me. They gave me a simple, white dress, beautifully light, and a crown of flowers from the field.

The question I want to ask you is this: Why do you want to be like Esther? Do you want to be known, recognized and remembered?

“For he grew up before him like a young plant,
and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men,
a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth;
like a lamb that is led to the slaughter,
and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent,
so he opened not his mouth.

(Isaiah 53:2-3,7 ESV)