THANK YOU, GOD, FOR EVERY BEAT OF MY HEART
THANK YOU, JESUS, FOR DELIVERING ME AND FOR EVERY CLEAR BREATH I INHALE AND EXHALE
THANK YOU, HOLY SPIRIT, FOR GUIDING MY STEPS ON THE PATH I TAKE TOWARDS MY ETERNAL DESTINY
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness”
(II Corinthians 12:9)
Recently, I had to make a very important decision that would change my life but based on how I decide it can change it in either a positive or negative way. Our decisions make a big difference in our lives, it can break us or strengthen us. As I always do, whenever I am in doubt or do not know the best path to take, instead of taking matters in my hands, I always engage God in my quiet prayer times about the matter. I have read this Psalm many times and I thought that it was an appropriate reminder to ask God; my creator for His wisdom before I make this important decision. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13-16).
Also, the word of Lord came to Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:4-5)
A letter from Jeremiah which was sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders we read what the Lord declares, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:11-14).
As I spent time meditating on these Scripture passages, I deeply felt the love of God. Because He is a God that does not lie, He does not change, He keeps every one of His promises and most important He is my creator, therefore He knows every single strand of hair on my head to every blood vessel under my feet, and because He knows me so well, even before a thought came in my mind, He knows it.
While I was in my quiet place talking with Him, my thoughts were not stable I had a mixture of fear and daring of the unknown. In 2001, I was making a much harder decision as I lay helplessly in a hospital bed, not knowing if I will survive a tragic illness but God pulled me out of it. If He did that for me then, I believe He can do it again this time.
This new and important decision has a lot to do with repurposing my life. Because God has a purpose for me when He was creating my life, I went to Him to present my decisions and to get His perspectives. It is a new challenge that I wanted Him to help me with because it will involve my total being. Since my illness in 2001, I have been working hard to live a healthy life because that is what it takes to do the things that I am able to do such as putting my testimony on a piece of paper for readers to read.
Devastation sometimes, sickness, emotional, physical, death, loss of finance, business, material possessions or relationships (friends, family or divorce) are frightening. We see our loved ones or others come to the end of life as we know it. But as I experienced, the loss of some things that were old, the Holy Spirit unveils the word and gave me insight and the discernment that something new is rising.
God may use our setbacks, hardship, sickness, the death of people closes to us, or financial struggles) to get us to give up a routine habit, or learn something new. He used a thorn in Paul’s flesh to teach him about grace (II Corinthians 12:7-9).
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