“This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters…
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 on 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” (Jeremiah 29)
Not too long ago I met a Christian brother. I reminded him that he owes me a testimony. That he should pay his spiritual debt to me. Last year I gave him a prophetic word that God will help him to build his own house in Warri. He said Amen! One year later, I was expecting some manifestation of that word. At least a stone upon another…Then he said that not much has been done to come back with a testimony. He bought a piece of land but then he stopped. He told me that he got a surprising supernatural increase in finances. Then he got a promotion in his job to work in another bigger city. His family is still in Warri.
He said that all his new colleagues over there in the big city discouraged him to go back and build a house in Warri; that Warri is a village… that Warri is a waste of time… Their voices were so strong that he could not go ahead and build in Warri. He could not confront them and he kept quiet. He could not tell them about the prophetic word. They could have insulted him the more. From time to time his conscience worried him about the past prophetic word. He suddenly got ‘stuck’. He said that is why he could not move right or left. Doubt attacked the word spoken. He became weak and discouraged to do anything at all. He told me that he wanted to start the building in January because this is the year of the Limitless God. But he could not do anything even will all the money in the bank. This is a very intelligent, hard working and creative brother, but his spirit was quenched and his body became weak.
I reminded him of our conversation last year and the prophetic word spoken then. Immediately the light of God shone on his face. I could see his eyes sparkle with a new hope, a new courage and faith to obey. As a doctor I saw life coming back in someone who has fainted. The very color of the lips changes…It is the same spiritually!
This time he said that he is ready. He promised that next time we see he shall not be ashamed at his backsliding lukewarm cowardly attitude but he will have a good report to share with me. I left him encouraged! I too was encouraged!
This is a lesson for all: if God has spoken a word to you, thru the Bible or thru His prophets, do not be slow to obey it. The word may sound foolish, but God knows all the factors and He knows what is best for you. It does not matter how big a city or a country is! It does not matter how beautiful that woman is! It does not matter how big that church is! You walk by faith and not by sight! The only thing that matters is to trust and obey God. He will provide all that you need, guidance, favor with strangers, money and resources, peace and joy in the heart, and the shining testimony that He is your God! What else do you want? Be content with the plan and purpose of God for nothing is better than that!
As for me, I wait for you to come back with many testimonies of God’s grace power and might!
Yes, after reading this letter, you owe me a testimony of encouragement that Jesus is your Lord!
For nothing is impossible to him who believes!
Always inspirational. I know I’ve replied to one of your devotions and shared on how I’ve been standing on my faith for my marriage restoration. Tuesday my husband called me saying it was time to move on and that he was filing this week. My kids and I are hurting so bad but deep inside of me I feel a peace and confidence that is unexplainable. God told me time and time again be still I’m God and I’m working, well one would be discouraged to see that it went from bad to worse but my son reminded me, mom sometimes God has to allow for the house to be torn down to be able to rebuild it and make it stronger. Wow. Let me just saw your prayers would so help right now for sure but even in the midst of this painful situation I feel inside that peace and confidence. I’ve heard everything in the book from God will bless you and provide to you’re young God has someone better in store for you. Well I love my husband and being married 21 years how can you just walk away and not pray for this man who at one time walked with God and loved you so much. I will continue to stand regardless but I will serve my Lord and give Him all the honor and glory! Again thank you for your devotions because they are making an impact in people’s lives. God bless you and your family and this ministry that God has blessed you with. Love your sister in Christ Lori Cooper
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“So the sisters sent to Him, saying, Lord, he whom You love [so well] is sick.
When Jesus received the message, He said, This sickness is not to end in death; but [on the contrary] it is to honor God and to promote His glory, that the Son of God may be glorified through (by) it” (John 11:3, 4; AMP)
Jesus loves your husband, yourself and your children. Jesus knows about your pain. Jesus is not in a hurry to solve it. For Jesus wants a greater testimony that what you imagine. This trouble is not unto total divorce. On the contrary, it will honor God and promote His Glory. Jesus in particular shall be glorified thru it. Be patient in affliction. I was once in a similar situation. My husband wanted to divorce me because I gave my life to Christ. He went to a lawyer to ask how to divorce. he then went to buy the tickets for me to go back to my country. That was in 1994, after 20 years of marriage and three children. I did not fight my way with quarrels or arguments. I quietly trusted Jesus to do something with the broken pieces. He did! My husband heard a voice in the hotel room where he went saying: “Richmond, if you do not give your life to Me, you will die in 24 hours!” Who can argue with that voice like many waters. The voice continued: “You are fighting Me!” My husband answered, I am not fighting you Lord, it is only my wife. But the voice said “No, You are fighting Me!”. My husband said that he fell on his face trembling, asked for forgiveness. God showed him in a second his life story, how many times he could have died, drowned in water etc…But God saved him for His purpose. This is how he became back from his 20 years of backsliding. We then sold our private clinic here in Nigeria and started a church in the same building. We are both pastors now. The God that save my husband and our marriage is your God too. I have no doubt at all that you shall come back to me with a mighty testimony personally signed by Jesus Himself. To Him be all the glory!