This has been a very severe season of testing and trying and the objects of the test and trial were being tested too.
Dying to the flesh is not fun, it is hard!
However, it is the only way that we are made strong that we may rise to newness of life!
It is during these times that we find out new things about ourselves that we can really see what we are capable of, shockingly so!
Satan knows our weakness and he is trying us in all forms, as his desperation is evident to stop us any way he can.
He knows we are understanding more of who we are in Christ and he plans in advance to take us out. He devises plans in advance for months even years for one moment in time!
The believer who knows who they are in Christ are tested and if we weaken in any small way, and sin, it opens up a crack in our armor and when that happens, the enemy bombards us in that area with all he can muster up because he knows that this is the only way he can get legal authority to attack us when we open that door and sin.
But once we know where we failed we must quickly repent and close that door quickly and tell the devil to go!
So, all of those many plans the devil spent on you are broken in a moment! Tell the devil to go! And give the devil no more place in your life!
It is when things seem like your alone and nothing is working right or no one understands, this is when we are tested and tried the most.
We must know even in the darkness when things are foggy to be happy alone with Jesus in following His way. If we don’t, we can begin to look for other things to partake of and get into big trouble!
Do not let the devil bait you! The enemy knows your weakness and he will use bait that is especially something you are weak to and he will hook you!
The enemy is an assassin and he is out to suddenly aim at your character to discredit you and ruin your name and life.
Have you noticed major change? And it appears many of your friends are gone and you are all alone? That is when the enemy tries and attacks us!
As I was praying, I heard the song from the 1970s by Johnny Nash called “I can see clearly.”
Lyrics ©Johnny Nash,
“I can see clearly now the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way, gone are the dark clouds that had me blind, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day, I think I can make it now the pain is gone all of the bad feelings have disappeared, here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for, it’s gonna be a bright, bright sunshiny day. Look all around, there’s nothing but blue skies, look straight ahead, there’s nothing but blue skies.”
The LORD wants you to know you came through, you broke through the test and you overcame the trial of your character and he is proud of you! You said it is written! Glory to God!
You are emerging from the dark clouds and you are stronger, you are wiser. You are emerging and you are being shown that you are real. I can see many emerging from the dark clouds and moving straight ahead towards the bright sunshine.
This is where things are changing as you have passed from death to life and you are growing through these experiences and choose life!
I see you are carrying a torch-lit up for others who are weak to follow the light of God’s anointing who also emerge but are tattered and torn, but these too will see the torch of God’s anointing and be healed and restored from the trial they suffered through.
This has been cycles and seasons of trial, tests, and the things you lost will come around again in time.
You walk in what you have attained! There have been cycles and patterns for you not to pattern after anymore, “for when a man’s way pleases The LORD he will make even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
You use to pray and you struggled to ask God why can’t I pray, why do I struggle to pray?
God wants you to know at the very thought of prayer and attempts to pray in the darkness, every word was heard.
Though you felt alone and that God did not hear, you were being tested to not trust in your surroundings, but you pray anyway and The LORD your God was testing you for prayer isn’t a feeling, it’s a fact that is spoken or thought towards God.
For thus says The LORD, “I look for one who doesn’t take My presence for granted. Your personal responsibility is to have clean hands and a pure heart.
I see the wounds of war with scars all over my body, these things are not hidden but in full view.
These are battle wounds and they speak of history for others to follow behind you too that will learn from your victories and defeats.
The deep places you desired have a heavy price. These things you have wanted to see are happening.
You have been jealous of other’s relationships when everything I have is yours. Why do you seek after another’s gift or destiny?
Faithful brother, do not get angry at your prodigal brother who returned with great happiness to My House.
Everything I have is available to you but these who return were lost but they found their way by the torch that opens the way.”
“And he said, A certain man had two sons: and the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: but as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.
And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found,” Luke 15:11-22.
In HIS Grace and Mercy,
~ Sherry Edwards Mackey