The Journey

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The journey may seem long and very difficult. It feels like endless days of wondering when the end will come, how it will unfold and where God is in the process. We feel His gentle hand on our shoulder in the dead of night when morning seems miles away. We know He's working when a friend calls to say, "You've been on my mind. I'm praying for you." We even see little miraculous moments that only God could have orchestrated...and yet we wait, with no conclusion, no wrap up in sight and no evidence of a "suddenly" happening to us. It is the most agonizing trial of our lives to wait on a promise of God and not see with our eyes what God is creating underneath what is visible. It is a time when we must find strength outside of ourselves to simply wait...and trust...and hope...and know that there is a God who laughs at the schemes of the wicked...for He knows their day is coming. There is a God who has no lack of power, ingenuity or resourcefulness to orchestrate your pledged victory. It is on its way. The only thing between you and God's total vindication in your life is time. Align yourself quickly with His will. Wait with courage...wait with anticipation...wait with hope. Your God commands your strength Ps. 68:28 There is no glory in giving up; no acceptable way to view your self-initiated defeat. God is not a man that He would lie...stand and wait with brave resolution for God's destined timing. He is not late. You, need not be early. Habakkuk 2:3 (NKJV) "For the vision is yet for an appointed time; but at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."

Praise Brings Victory

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What we might miss when we are in the raging inferno of our trial is how intimately and intricately God is directing the storm on our behalf. We cannot see how He is moving the pieces. After I recently saw God decimate the enemy on my behalf, I have read Psalm 71 as if it were written with me in mind. Since David did not know me, he was clearly writing of God's eternal truth to all of us....His loyalty to the righteous and His judgment on those who do evil. It may take a while for the walls of your Jericho to come down, but they are comin' down! Psalm 71 begins with a powerful prayer for God to intervene when there is a serious and desperate need for justice and deliverance. It then shows David's position and his refusal to stop praising God when things don't look good and ultimately, how God destroys his enemies... for good! Never to be seen again! Your victory is closer than you know. If the enemy can distract you with fear and anxiety you may miss the joy of watching it all unfold like a perfectly executed strategy of war against your foes. Here is a shortened version of Psalm 71... God's gonna show up with a vengeance!! "... For you have been my hope, Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb... For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire together...Do not be far from me, my God: come quickly, God, to help me. May my accusers perish in shame; may those who want to harm me be covered with scorn and disgrace...Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up. You will increase my honor and comfort me once more... My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered. My tongue will tell of your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion." Selah...pause and reflect on what God is about to do for you...