When you face uncertain odds on your journey to new places, you need to know that God will not load you with weights that you cannot carry!
Although it may ‘feel’ like it is impossible to carry; “But au contraire beloved!”
“Why?” Because His yoke is easy, His burden is light, (Matthew 11:30).
Many of you are recently moved into a new place, in unfamiliar territory. Don’t worry, and don’t fret, because you’re going to be okay!
Regardless of what you face, even when it feels like you have lost everything, ‘including your health and sanity!’ LISTEN clearly beloved!! There is a higher purpose by design.
God is downsizing us, as a highly trained boxer!
Begin to look at oppressive resistance or ‘down right rejection,’ from others, as opportunities to exercise your faith and grow; do not take it personally!
You were created for greatness in the hand of God! Begin to weave and move in and out through the obstacles of words, actions, and seemingly hindrances; like going through a military obstacle course.
Keep your blinders on and remain focused straight ahead! Remember, this is all part of a divine plan!
Regardless of what we go through, we’re going to be Okay! We were prepared for this hour, this day, and this moment, by God himself.
He knew you before you were even conceived. God has planned your steps, course and future!
You’re going to make it, rest in it and you’re going to be Okay beloved!
Feelings are not faith. Feelings are deceitful; we cannot trust even our own feelings beloved.
“Why?” Because we even deceive our very own selves. Our walk is a walk of faith; it has nothing to do with feelings.
”Faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen,” Hebrews 11:1.
Regardless of the source or the outcome, we receive guidance and direction along life’s highway.
This keeps us trusting the foundation that we stand on and the new boundaries of our purpose.
In good times and bad we search for that rock Christ Jesus, who causes, “all things do work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose,” Romans 8:28.
I keep hearing, “Travel light, keep it right, and keep it simple.”
We are in God’s army now and we answer to a higher authority.
We are on his time clock; ready in a moments notice to deploy. He clocks us in and clocks us out.
We are in the timing of the LORD’s purpose. He sends His good soldier one way and another a different way. Not everyone will walk in your footsteps; neither can your boots fit them.
I am not talking about, ‘Cinderella’s glass slippers either!’ You are fit for the masters use!
These steps and boots are specifically made for YOU! Don the combat boots in preparation for taking the ‘gospel of peace’ to where your feet take you; to your whole world!
We are not to be controlled and attached to the things of this world that keep us from obedience to God. These things will weigh us down and keep us from the masters use.
I am not saying it is easy. There are times that ‘the press and the stretch’ will feel like it will take our very last breath. It is hard when we must face something or someone in our life that is really dear to us.
Abraham faced a difficult circumstance when the LORD told him to sacrifice his son Isaac.
Can you imagine the gambit of emotions he must have gone through? Abraham’s faith was stretched to the max and it cost him something near and dear to his heart.
However, we know that Abraham was tested, but he proved his heart was set on obedience to the Father. With Abraham, there was nothing in this life he held so dear that would cause him to disobey God, (Genesis 22).
We can get too attached to things, especially those we love. Nothing can come before God; no idol of person, place, or thing.
We must realize we are stewards over the things God gives us. What God gives, makes us accountable and responsible for them.
That includes our spouse, our children, or anything that He gives us. God is a jealous God and He is to be first in our lives.
We answer to God first, not a person. We must not love anything or anyone more than our love for God; including family and loved one’s.
We must learn to attach and cling to our God who never changes.
“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me,” Matthew 10:34-40 KJV.
After every elevation or promotion, comes greater strengths but also more accountability and responsibility for what we have attained.
Don’t take rejection or resistance personally. In fact, we must have resistance training to stretch and grow.
Sometimes, resistance and rejection can be a new door of opportunity. God has the map route planned out.
He has gone before us and he will prepare us through all sorts of events, trials, and tribulations. We can yield to the process or we can remain stuck, by going around the mountain forty more years.
Realize that the LORD will allow a ‘provoking’ to come to us. God knows our heart condition, but He wants us to know our own heart in humility.
This provoking is to get our compromised heart attitudes and issues that will cause us to ‘react to a reaction, to get us to action!’
This process will bring our compass back into correction. Then we will hear the sound of His voice and the command of heaven: TO MOVE OUT!
Continue on the path, even if it seems array and so unfamiliar and new.
Trust Him, don’t be afraid and put one foot in front of the other; you’re going to be okay!
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey