Acknowledge Where You Are

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!” Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does […]

Deliverance comes through acknowledgement of where we are on our journey with the Lord. It is critical that we reject and release the baggage that we carry that hinders us from seeing ourselves as Christ does. Our release should be to God, the one who can offer us healing and the deliverance that we seek.

Our recognition of our struggles does not reveal or inspire weakness in the sense that we are displaying that this life is getting the best of us; but, alternatively, it is revealing our frailty as a result of our inability to fix things that we were never meant to handle on our own. Instead, we are choosing to look to the God of our strength for a renewed mind and attitude.

Philippians 4:4  (NLT) says,
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

How in the world are we to rejoice when things around us bring chaos?

We begin by acknowledging to God, “I need Your help! I cannot do anything in and of myself to fix my life. These situations are out of control and I need You, God, to infuse life into what is broken.”

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) tells us,
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

It is in releasing everything to God in prayer where we begin to find relief from our worries and can then begin to thank God for all that He has done; even while we are still in the process.

Can we get to that place where we find the peace that God offers to us?

God’s Word says that we can.

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) goes on to say,
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Beyond acknowledgment, we are also told to change the thoughts that we are allowing to take up residence in our minds. Those thoughts of defeat and unbelief must be replaced with the thoughts that God deems as acceptable, for our deliverance to come.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
Philippians 4:8 (NLT)

I have chosen to continue the fight in this battle through prayer, reading God’s Word, and the restart of this blog. I want it to be used to glorify God.

Since the beginning of this year, I have been utilizing this book called, “reFocus – A Manageable Bible Reading Plan” by Tom Goodlet & Heather Gilstrap. I enjoy this method of reading through God’s Word because this book prompts me to journal about what God is teaching me.

I would like to share my excerpt from April 2, 2019.

God is teaching me that even when I don’t feel like doing something, I need to push through and do it for the Glory of God. That includes giving of myself to others through words of encouragement, even when I myself, do not “FEEL” encouraged. It is glorifying God and dying to self. It is trusting in Him and putting Him first. It is knowing that He will strengthen me and encourage me as I follow Him in obedience.

Lord, I thank You for continuing to show me the steps to take. Let Your glory manifest through it all. Let there be permanent change for the better in the lives that I touch each day.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I prayed the prayer, but then forgot about it.

On April 20, 2019, I posted my first devotional since almost 6 years ago entitled Wilderness Experience. When I prayed that prayer, I had no idea that this was the direction that God was leading me. Until today, I didn’t even realize how God took that quick prayer that I had prayed and how this blog was re-birthed out of a place of brokenness.

We do not have to be walking from a place of total deliverance to have purpose and to be used by God. Out of the depths of our pain, ministry and purpose emerges. 

I was talking to my mom on yesterday. I disclosed knowing that God is speaking to me and through me. I know He is using me and planting within me the words that are being used to encourage you, the reader at this present time; but, my current feelings are not aligning with the deliverance that I know that God is bringing forth. My feelings have not caught up yet to the reality of God’s Overwhelming Victory in my own life. 

As I sat at my desk reflecting on this conversation, God unveiled the following to me.

I really am stronger than I think. It’s not about how I feel but about what I believe and what I continue to hope in (the Lord). Even though I deal with disappointment and my heart and body literally aches sometimes from the pressures of life, that is just my state. But my standing is that I know and believe that God is in control. He has a purpose and a plan. And if I keep pushing through the brick wall that so stubbornly stands before me, I will make it through to the other side. It’s like pushing a boulder up a hill, but I’m still pushing.

My outer reflection may not always seem to align with the deliverance taking place on the inside. Nevertheless, that is right where I am supposed to be and right at the place where God can use me.

I accept that this blog may not touch everyone’s life or meet my wholehearted desire that it produces the intended impact of hope and truth; but, whomever God sends my way through these expressions of my faith is definitely who He (not I) intended to view these words. Just perhaps, one of these pages is a possible stop on their journey, that may bring a piece of deliverance for the greater purpose that God has for their life.

In your present circumstances and state of affairs, you, too, have the opportunity to realize that “there” is where God can use you for His glory. Don’t become discouraged! Acknowledge to God where you are and let Him cultivate that into something that will rise from the dirt and sprout into something of beauty.

Philippians 1:12 (NLT)
And I want you to know, my dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 


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“I will sing of the Lord’s unfailing love forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness.”
Psalm 89:1 NLT

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