So far this year God has been showing up in big ways and I am thankful for it. 2017 took an unexpected detour that I am still processing and finally coming to find some joy in my sorrow. When God closes one door it is because He has something even better in store for us and I 100% believe that. I have made my stand, drawn the line in the sand and I am expecting the miraculous, which we have already seen in the birth of over 40 piglets up at the ranch! I stand on the truth AND the promises of God. Too many years have been spent wasting resources, energy and emotions on the lies of the enemy. Thankfully, we have hired a truth seeker, and he has uncovered the many injustices and has already brought it to light. Now we continue to fast and pray that the blind will see and the deaf will hear. They have closed their minds to the truth, they have bought the lie, and now they will have a revelation of God in His full glory.
I believe God is able to save this very day, but even if He doesn’t, it is to His glory that even more will be saved and brought to the saving realization that Jesus is Lord. When God opens a door, no man can shut it. (Revelations 3:8) We believe that God still works miracles and still opens doors. (Also, highly recommend the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson)
I thought for this weeks post I would just share some beautiful scriptures that have been given to me and my husband over the last couple years as we fight this battle of lies and injustice. I hope it helps you to also, pick up the sword of Truth, which is the word of God, and take a stand. As I shared on my personal Instagram feed yesterday, I am standing on the black and red words of truth on the white pages of the word of God and then wrapping myself in all the rainbow of His promises. This is how we have victory, not in fighting, but in surrendering to God’s greater glory. I have even come to rejoice that my children had to deal with this hardship as well, because it is establishing a greater level of faith for them and as they pray, they get to take part in the miracle.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the Lord.”
Isaiah 61 (the whole chapter, but particularly God has placed verses 7-8 on my heart this last couple weeks)
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, the Lord, love justice,
I hate robbery in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their recompense
And make an everlasting covenant with them.
Then I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten,
The creeping locust, the stripping locust and the gnawing locust,
My great army which I sent among you.
You will have plenty to eat and be satisfied
And praise the name of the Lord your God,
Who has dealt wondrously with you;
Then My people will never be put to shame.
Thus you will know that I am in the midst of Israel,
And that I am the Lord your God,
And there is no other;
And My people will never be put to shame.
2 Chronicles 20, this is the story of Jehoshaphat and his response to being surrounded by enemies on all sides. We particularly stand on verse 15, “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” & 17 “You need not fight in this battle; station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem.’ Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”And while Jehoshaphat prayed, fasted and worshiped with praise and thanksgiving all the enemies of Israel turning on one another and were destroyed.
The story of Joseph in Genesis. 50:20 summarizes his life and the many injustices he faced, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Which is also reflected in Pauls letter to the Roman church “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28) And in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Mark 10:9 “What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.”
I could fill pages and pages on the promises of God that we have circled and claimed as our own. But these ones stand out and give me hope to continue to fast and pray for the Kingdom of God to come, to restore, redeem and renew. I will end with my scripture for 2018 “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.” (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)