The past 3 years of my journey with God have been peppered with tests, trials, sorrows, joys, achievements, obstacles and hope. Much like your own journeys, I am sure. There were times when the trials seemed to outweigh the joys and I was tempted to give up. I didn’t think I’d come out of the hot roasting refining fires with any hair let alone unharmed and singe-free.
I wept before the Lord, I railed at my own areas of weakness; I wondered why I kept making the same dumb mistakes over and over. But God was with me, fighting for me and I discovered He was doing a far bigger work in my life. He was working on my character teaching me to persevere and grow in faith.
I had a moment of clarity one morning in the shower as I surrendered my all to the Lord, envisaging myself ‘free falling’ and saying “Here I am Lord, my life is yours”. I made an active decision to forget the past and stop beating myself up about it. However, I was fearful that despite all, God would not meet all my needs; that the ‘holes’ in me, previously filled with addictions, shopping, distractions and even – dare I say it- ministry, would overwhelm me again.
That morning, I reflected on the things I had recently let go of, allowing concerns and memories to ruminate in my soul. I knew I needed to surrender afresh as my mind was pre-occupied with the ‘what if’s’. What if I blow it again? what if I have a bad day and I fail. What if? What if?
The Lord spoke to my heart “Karen, don’t worry about the things you need to let go of, or the issues you struggle with – surrender to me first and I will help you with the rest”.
It was that simple, but it was a moment of beautiful clarity. As I surrendered my heart again, I sensed such peace and trust that God would do what He said He would do, because He is who He says He is! Instead of trying to figure out everything myself, I lifted my concerns to Him and asked “Father, will you meet my needs?”
In a flash his reply came “I will supply all of your needs”. In that moment, Philippians 4:19 came alive for me personally. My Spirit received the words as truth.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Since that day my level of faith has grown. Instead of trying to struggle my way through the myriad of worries or issues I can perceive to be real, I bring this prayer to the Lord “Father, will you meet all my needs?”
I am delighted to be able to tell you that not only has He has met my needs, He has exceeded my expectations and hopes beyond measure. I am getting an inkling of what Jesus was talking about in John 10:10 when he said “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
Why do we settle for less? Why do we sometimes have a martyr complex and live with doubt? It’s a promise from God. A full life, abundance.
My thought life has been changing as I daily surrender my heart and life to God (OK, sometimes it needs to be multiple times a day). I now declare and decree in faith that my Father will meet my every need; no matter what I’m feeling or what I’m going through.
I believe that good things are going to happen in my day, no longer do I need to be dictated to by my soulish emotions, or dreading a forthcoming ‘off day’. By decreeing and declaring truth my attitude is altered, my faith is activated.
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the Word about Christ.”
The Word of God not only tells us what to do, but empowers us to do it. Faith is activated by God’s Word. For me the power in “I will supply all your needs” has been life changing, growing my faith and drawing me closer to God and showing me who He really is in my life.
God is supplying my needs in exciting ways and blessing me in ways I did not expect! For you see, when I surrendered my life to him and chose to let go (that was hard – I won’t dress that up), He also spoke to my heart “I will give you so much more than anything you’ve had to let go of or leave behind”
That is who our God is. He wants us to live life to the full. In surrender there is freedom, there is life.
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Enjoy this guest blog from Pastor Helen Gwyn - Helen is a voice of encouragement and life in my world, and I know that what she has to share will empower you for 2017.
When I talk to my friends just after Christmas and at the beginning of a new year, I often hear them say 'I feel overwhelmed.' We can get so used to that phrase when we look at the pressures of Christmas bills, holiday expenses, the going back to school costs, those extra kilos we didnt want added to our middle, the in-laws relationship tensions, the ....... well the list could go on. But what if we could hear that word used in a phrase with a different context? What if we were to say, 'I feel overwhelmed at the provision of God?'
Jesus sends out His apostles saying:
'Take nothing extra on your journey. Just go as you are. Don't carry a staff, a backpack, food, money, not even a change of clothes.'
When Jesus sent out his disciples there was a revelation that he wanted them to carry. As well as sending them out with His power and authority, He also needed them to carry a knowledge that He is able - able to provide all of our needs according to His riches in glory. The kingdom is one of faith, and it is impossible to please God without it. The disciples needed to have faith that God would provide their needs. This had to be their belief just as strongly as knowing their identity in Christ.
You are entering a new year, a new chapter and maybe even a new season. What are you carrying with you that you are putting your trust in? What are you needing to leave behind before you enter this new beginning?
As we follow Christ, as we get sent out to be His disciples and to make disciples, we need to go with the same revelation that those first disciples had. He is our provider.
What would it look like for you to enter this new year with the truth that 'He is able to provide your needs?'
What area of your life are you you needing faith instead of fear?
Why don't you take a moment to bring those areas to God and ask Him to provide.
Join with me in praying this prayer:
Father, help me to enter this new year with a renewed sense of faith. Not faith in my resources and abilities; not faith in my possessions or bank account, but a faith in You. As I follow You, let my walk be one that others want to follow. Let my trust in You be a beacon of hope to those who are carrying things into their next season that they dont need to carry. You are a good good Father. Amen
Then over the next few months why dont you message Aimee with a testimony titled, 'I feel overwhelmed at the provision of God.'
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