I faced my terror by night, it was afraid of me. And the arrow that flies by day, it missed me. You may wonder what my terror and arrow were. Just terror and an arrow, that's all it was (see Psalm 91:5).
Jesus' birth takes place at night (Silent Night, Holy Night). Then came a dark night in history filled with terror when King Herod ordered every two-year-old boy and under to be killed (see Matthew 2). Satan dreads Heaven coming to earth. But the Father whispers, "Can't touch Him!" As Believers, satan targets us also. If it's the darkest time in your life, be encouraged. Jesus is about to show up. I find Him in my darkest moments. That's when I've gotten to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings. Fear not, He will come and save you.
In a recent movie, the lead actor battled untold suffering and terror. The end was a bloody finish. Her youthful, battered body laid lifeless, turning the theatre into a morgue. After what seemed an eternity, her eyes popped open and she lived. I found out later that the movie character was favored to live through her ordeals so she could star in the next movie series. Looking back over my life, I can relate to this. Yes, I have survived everything so far and am an overcomer. God has favored me to live through the hardest times. You too. He has another series of our life to be lived. Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31:15).
Walking on Giants
In Charleston, South Carolina, a little boy about four years old walked over, looked up at me, and said, "You are little!" I said to the pastor standing beside me, "What did he say?" The pastor said, "It sounds like he said, "You are little!" It made the boy feel good since he was so short, but it humbled me and made me think...
We should look at our biggest giant or mountain and say, "You are little! You are little compared to the God inside of me!" It will humble any mountain or giant to fall. What mountain or giant will the Lord raise you up to stand on top of this new year? What stormy seas will He cause you to walk on?
On the sea of Galilee, famous for storms, I asked the Lord a question. "Lord, are we near the place where Peter got out of the boat and walked on the raging sea before he fell?" The Lord answered me. "What do you mean Peter fell? This is the sea where Peter walked!" As though He didn't remember Peter falling. Peter sank but he walked on water. The eleven sat in the boat living in regret. The terror of that storm paralyzed them. They missed that once in a lifetime opportunity. Sinking is better than sitting. When life is over we won't regret taking a risk for God and sinking. We will regret sitting. And God won't remember us sinking.
The Stage is Being Set
When it looks like it's impossible for me to win, God is setting the stage for something greater. For many, the stage is being set as God moves behind the scenes. The curtain of heaven is about to open as the conductor announces, "It's Showtime!"
The stories of Biblical heroes seem to boast in knowing the agony of defeat, silent nights of terror, with trouble being their friend. No hope of ever fulfilling their purpose. Be encouraged, God is still writing your story, perhaps a best seller.
Whispers From Back Stage...
* God is working! What we think is so terrible, God is saying, "I can use that and I will."
* Losing big time with no way to win is a powerful ingredient for a Miracle Comeback.
* 2021 - A Year of Miracles because we will need them.
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Reflections On 2020
Have you wondered what the Lord would say to us on how we handled this past year? If He gave out report cards what would they say? I believe they would be better than we thought because of what we've been through. For some of us He gave an A for crawling out of bed when we didn't want to. Because He understands us His mercies are new every morning. I sense Him saying, "Because of this past year I'm giving you an A+ for you are stronger, way stronger. Besides, I am for you, not against you."
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