But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24 KJV
Truth: This year has been full of unusual and frustrating issues and events.
For the first half of the year, I allowed these insignificant (though highly frustrating) things to bring me down emotionally, physically and spiritually. In fact, I didn’t think I had a choice other than to let them “bring me down.”
I’ve had to face the hard truth recently, very recently, that I tend to wallow. Let’s face it, the situations of life on this Earth tend to push one toward, and allow for, wallowing. The adversary loves nothing more than to get you to the place of “wallow.” To the general public, if they were to hear my story, they would agree that I have every right to wallow a bit. For instance a house under intense remodel for two years (exposed insulation and studs, no storage, etc), extended family issues, financial fluxuations, extreme job dissatisfaction, I could go on, but I would not be profitable for either of us. As you can see, wallowing would be considered acceptable behavior in any of these issues but is in fact a tool Satan uses to block God’s Blessing from your life.
This week, I came across the verse above and I decided to add it to my recent verses to memorize. So I did just that. I repeat these verses every day to keep them rooted in my mind. I already have the next one ready. (Look at me, I have memory verses!!)
So having this verse in the process of being rooted in my mind along with various others (try Ephesians 1:17-23, you will not regret it) I spent the afternoon and evening doing various chores to combat another one of these little issues we are fighting, an incredibly bad flea infestation. In the process, other little issues popped up one after the other, including one of the cats peeing on a favorite footstool upon which was an open library book. Not awesome. At any other time, this set of circumstances would have took me right over the edge to wallow and even into self-pity and despair. We can all attest that this is not a good place to be.
Thankfully I was already armed with Acts 20:24, and with BVOVN playing in the background and having listened to teachings and Mark today (total immersion), I was struck by the realization that these little frustrations were Satan’s attempts to steer me off course. Then I was again struck at how ridiculous he was being because he was, in fact, qualifying me to receive the full Blessing of God, including the hundred fold return and seven times everything he ever stole from us plus an insane amount of interest on top!!!
As I completed my flea chores, and cleaned the stool and the library book, I actually laughed out loud and told him how ridiculous he was being; how utterly ignorant his actions were. I declared the stool cleansed, the book whole and demanded the fear and pestutance (fleas) flee from my cats and house and results to be evident by midnight tonight. There will be a change!
I then proceeded to proclaim the harvest in one hundred times one hundred fold plus the return of everything he stole times seven with interest!
Not only that, I recommitted to God that I would do those things He has been telling me I need to accomplish and renounced those things that were distracting me from completing these goals. I think Satan’s little stumbling block, which worked so well in the past, did exactly the opposite of what he intended this time.
Instead of falling into despair, as has been my habit, I used these frustrations to open the storehouses of Heaven to rain down abundant Blessings!
On top of it all, Proverbs 13:22 states … the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just! All the wealth of the world that Satan has stockpiled away from the children of God? This is the time we will see this transfer occur.
The children of God are waking up to the true Blessing of God and what it means to walk in the Power He wrought when He raised Jesus from the dead and set Him at His own right hand in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but that which is to come. Ephesians 1:20-21
We are the people that will see so much in the coming days. People turning to God, strongholds being demolished, countries changing course. It’s an exciting time for the children of God and I can’t wait to be a part of it!