Stand Strong. People will be jealous for what God has done in you!
They want what you have!
With everything going on in the world today it is easy for someone to be cast down. However, it is important right now to not allow yourself the luxury of feeling sorry for yourself, or to be scared, or to entertain fear in any kind of way. The enemy would want you to do that. We don’t want to do what he would want, do we!
This truly is an Isaiah 60 moment for you! I was pondering and meditating on all the things that were happening in the world today and I heard the Lord speak to my heart to “Rise up!” That in fact, is what He wants His people to do, is to rise up, and be strong! If not now, then when? If not us, then who?
I remember back to when I first became a born-again believer. I never liked Christians very much because I found them to be pious, to have an attitude of “I am better than you,” and to follow all these rules of goody two shoes kind of people. I always felt they had to correct me to not do this or not do that. Of course, I never saw God in those situations or had the eyes to see God in any these people. I was riddled with skepticism and rebellion.
One day, a very close friend of mine, who I knew very well had become born again. I remember being so disappointed in her. However, I watched very closely as time went on and her life was unfolding in front of me with this new-found relationship with Jesus. I saw her walk in a confidence and faith which I had never seen before. I watched as changes began to happen in her life and the decisions she was making were different. It was like she was growing up in front of me and talking with this new-found wisdom. I knew this was not an act, because I knew her previously very well, and then was watching this strength and love develop in her, and watching her character change. I thought to myself, this is what I want. I actually started to feel jealous for wanting these things in my life also.
This is what the Lord was reminding me of. He said “The world needs to see the strength, the love, the character, the faith, that I formed in you. They need to be jealous for the things of God that you have, and want what you have.
Today, there are overthrows trying to happen in the Spirit realm, and in this world in nations. Overthrows in governments and darkness is surrounding us. Gross darkness is increasing. God said in His Word that this would happen. However, we are and we need, to be that light that God has prepared us for in this season. He has equipped us to live our lives without fear and to stand. That is what we need to do right now. We need to not waiver but to exercise our faith in a brilliant God and in His Word. His Word is true and His promises are forever. I want to comfort you, as God has instructed us to do, to comfort one another at this time.
"Arise, shine, for your light has broken through! The Eternal One’s brilliance has dawned upon you. See truly, look carefully – darkness blankets the earth; people all over are clothed in darkness. BUT, God will rise and shine on you, a light for all to see."
Isaiah 60:1 The Voice
"I say then, have they stumbled that all should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy."
Romans 11:11 KJV
Contributor: Nellie O'Hara