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Praising God for Closed Doors…

There was a time I felt that closed doors left me accursed.

I must be doing something wrong. Nothing is going right for me. These were the words that poured out of my heart almost daily. Weeks passed, then months, then years, still nothing. Being obedient and doing what was right had also not brought me the outcome I expected. I sought Godly counsel, pleaded the blood of Jesus, fasted and prayed, verbally denounced generational curses, and did all I could do and still nothing. I experienced hardship after hardship and felt the pains of injustice. However, my complaints seem to drift further apart and eventually they nearly completed faded. Sure, I would have moments of tears or express disappointment, but something inside of me had transformed. I had developed a trust that changed me.

As I moved up and down the hallway filled with closed doors, there was always ONE door that remained. You guessed it, my sweet and faithful Jesus! However, I didn’t want Jesus you see? I wanted answers. Answers I felt were through all those closed doors. My thought to myself was, I have Jesus?! so he can’t possibly be what I need, I want more. Yet God could see what my heart could not. Without words he knew, “my daughter does not believe that Jesus is enough for her” and so he had to show me. SHUT THOSE DOORS he commanded. And no matter how much help I sought nor who tried to help me, those doors were not going to open, not until I knew that Jesus is ENOUGH! Revelations 3:7 “What he opens noone  can shut, and what he shuts noonecan open.”

Now I look back and understand all those years of closed doors. Behind all those “no’s” or “not yet” had been a strategic plan of our Father to transform me. I can honestly say my heart is now joyful inside. My mourning has reconstructed into songs of praise unto the Lord. The best part of this new experience is that my joy does not depend on my ever changing circumstances. Think about it, if just one of those doors had come open at the wrong time, I would have placed my trust in the answer behind that door. If just one had opened up to me prematurely, sure I might have thanked the Lord for it, but I would have never truly understood that Jesus is EVERYTHING. That’s God’s perfect Order. John 20:26 “… Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

My faith walk with God had to get to a place where my heart knows that Jesus is ALL I need, PERIOD. If you find yourself in a hallway of closed doors, REJOICE! JESUS IS ALL YOU NEED. Jeremiah 31:13 “…I will turn their mourning into joy; I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow.”


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Believing IS Seeing – a tribute to Geneva

Category : Testimony

Meet my Mother, Geneva. Today my momma would have turned 66! but instead, she’s at her perfect age, weight & health waiting in heaven with our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. She never shy’d away from preaching his name even through all of her struggles in life. To this day, many will testify that she was a living witness to all of the lost and saved souls that we brought home. She never gave up on praying over me even though I was a rebellious & troubled child (for so many reasons!). She never wavered from believing God was who he said he was and he had a plan to get us to himself on the other side! However, momma didn’t receive the answers to many of her prayers, at least not while she was alive.

Instead, she passed from this earth before she would attend weddings, comfort some through the tears of divorces or meet any of her now 11 grandchildren. She certainly passed before she saw this wild child fully devoted to Christ! The book of Hebrews talks of God’s children in exactly the same way, its titled Faith in Action;  “All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.”

Hebrews 11:13

Momma stood firm as she would pray over me (and sometimes against me!), “Satan, you will  not have my child!” She would pace while she yelled at the devil and talked to God and I would listened to her prayers as they took on the hum of a momma bear in war tone. All these years later, I look back in gratefulness. I can see how she never gave up on me, she walked by Faith, the kind of faith recorded of God’s children. Faith in Action = Here I am now momma, fully surrendered. The thought still brings me to tears. She didn’t receive the answers to her prayers, at least not while she was alive but she certainly pleased God!

If you are struggling wanting to know does God even hear your prayers? Well, let me encourage you, yes, yes he does! FAITH IN ACTION is the only way God’s people truly please God. Believing IS Seeing, not the other way around. Just look at me, an answer to my momma’s prayers. God is faithful!

Read Hebrews 11 for this encouraging chapter on Faith in Action! Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, David and Samuel and the prophets were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. If you live by faith, go ahead and add your name to this list too! I know I’m on it, how about you? 

 

 

 

 

 


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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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The 10 Commandments

The 10 Commandments

 


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