NUGGETS FROM MY FIERY TRIAL – PART FIVE (5)
On March 3rd, 2009 I contracted a flu which took me from a place of being a healthy, active, person to a more than 2-year journey to recovery along a dark path fraught with physical, mental, and emotional suffering and up close and personal spiritual warfare (see earlier posts for more details).
IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE GRACE OF GOD, I WOULD NOT BE HERE.
I truly thank and praise God firstly for who He is to me and secondly for what He has done for me.
I also thank Him for each person He worked through to help get me to where I am today and I thank those persons too.
The following are nuggets 21-25 that I gleaned from my fiery trial.
I Thessalonians 5:17 states:-
“Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];” (Amplified Bible)
Pray and as directed by the Holy Spirit, ask others to pray for and with you.
“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” (Amplified Bible)
Stay in His presence.
Hold on to your joy because according to Nehemiah 8:10, the joy of the Lord is your strength, i.e., your fortified place, your defence, and your fortress.
During your trial it is important to hold fast to prayer, God’s presence and joy.
22) Do not reveal your test to any and every one.
Only share what you are going through with the persons that God directs you to share it with.
Not everyone can handle detailed knowledge of your trial in a spiritually mature manner.
According to Proverbs 18:21, death and life are in the power of the tongue so in as much as possible, be careful not to share your situation with people who will release death, e.g., gossip over your situation, but instead share it with those who will release life, e.g., intercessory prayer and the declaration of the Word over your situation.
23) Do not get weary in well-doing.
Like Jesus’ mother Mary told the servants at the wedding in Canaan, “whatever He tells you, do it” (John 2)
Whatever God tells you to do, do it and keep doing it until He says stop.
If He tells you to declare certain scriptures or scripture-based declarations several times a day, keep doing it and don’t stop just because you see a glimmer of breakthrough.
Sometimes once we see a glimmer of breakthrough we back off from what God is telling us to do because we get at ease in the temporary place of a little comfort/peace.
We get like Terah, Abrams father who was supposed to go to Canaan, the Promised Land but settled in Haran.
Terah lived and died in Haran, in the place he settled in. He never got to Canaan, the Promised Land. (Genesis 11:31, 32)
When in a test, be careful not to get weary in well-doing but to keep pressing and doing whatever God tells you to do until you enter your promised land, your place of deliverance and change.
“And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.” (Amplified Bible)
24) Take care of your physical body as best you can.
Do whatever is necessary to keep or build your body to a place of good health.
Seek the Lord re: what to eat, drink, how to relax and relieve stress etc.
If on medication or using supplements, pray over them and ask the Lord to let them help and not harm your body.
If your test involves sickness, taking care of your body is an automatic goal, but even if it does not involve sickness, still take care of your body as best you can. Do not give the enemy room to attack you in your body because of the weightiness/stress of the matter you are dealing with.
When buffeted in your body, it is even more difficult to deal with other matters so do your undivided best to remain in good health.
25) Release all pride and have a humble spirit so you can get any help that you need.
If you need help and God instructs you or guides you where to get it or who to ask for it, be careful not to let pride stop you.
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” (NIV 1984)
Pride is a playground of the enemy.
Remember, the Kingdom of God is an exchange system so allow others to help/bless you in your time of need and it will open the door for God to help/bless them in their time of need.
Let the Lord order your steps in this regard.
Be on the alert for nuggets 26-30.
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