12 Legions of Angels

This one is dedicated to everyone going through. I have actually been overwhelmed by the number of those I know who seem to be facing very tough times. Not that experiencing challenging times is a new thing however I guess it hurts more when you know those in it.  You wish you could just wave a magic wand and all would be made well. I have friends who have been job hunting for months and are still at it, some battling health problems, problems in the family, tough relationships with friends and foe, betrayals from loved ones… and the list goes on. Apart from being amazed by how much people have been and are still going through, Some folks I cannot help but salute their courage and strength as they endure and persevere through so many storms in their one life. I hear some stories and I want to cry because I know they are doing the same within.  Often times, we think we are in a bad situation until we hear another person’s story. This is the point when we ought to stop to give thanks because irrespective of it all, we are all still standing, still hoping, still longing! I know tough time happens to us all however I like and I hope for the fairy tale endings for everyone. You know the ones where the bad guy dies eventually and the hero is celebrated. The best part of this is that at this point, he cares not for the wounds received during the fight. This puts a smile on my face :-).

I would like to encourage everyone fighting a battle today. I know One who has you in His hands. He’ll come through for you. I know what you are going through because I am fighting some battles myself. One thing I am certain of – With God, all things are possible, and in two simple words spoken to me too by my Brother and Best Friend Jesus “only believe.”

You know God knows what it means to go through the wilderness and to endure seasons of behemoth challenges. Whilst Jesus was here on earth, He made a statement on one of the toughest days of His life. He was in the garden called Gethsemane with a few friends when a band of soldiers appeared bearing swords and clubs. They did not hesitate to ask for the one they came to arrest – Him. One of His friends who tried to defend him pulled out a sword to fight but Jesus said, “Put your sword back in its place…Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” God is able to rescue us out of every situation and in a grand style too! However, He lets us go through it sometimes. When I think of angels, I imagine strong celestial beings with massive wings. When it gets tough, I can imagine their wings wrapped around me providing comfort, as a shield to protect me, or strength to elevate me. I also feel these can face any foe standing before me because they are most definitely strong. What’s best is that they are described as agents sent by God to work on behalf of His children. I cannot provide you an angel but I know they respond quite positively to God’s word. I cannot question God, but I can encourage you so here are a few thoughts to keep that smile on your face and a skip in your stride:

“He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous Matthew 5:45. It is actually normal. Good and evil happens to all irrespective of our moral standing. The challenges we face are absolutely normal in this present age. We are all in it lol.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” John 16:33 (amp). You are already a winner! He’s done the work already so that you can smile. This means that even before you knew of the battle ahead, Jesus fought and won the battle on your behalf. Which means, you have already won.

“Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you” 1Peter 5:7. Give it all to the Burden Bearer. Simply because He knows you cannot carry the problems you face successfully, He asks that we leave it all to Him. This should free you to be happy and at peace.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Surely He will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence”. Psalm 91:1-3. You are covered. He’s got you all covered so relax and do no fret. You are safe.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” Psalm 46:1. You have constant help. He wants you to know that you are not alone. He is there with you and will be with you through it all.

“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it” 1 Corinthians 10:13. This problem will not kill you lol. If He’s permitted it, He must know you can handle it. Moreover, there is a solution which He will provide as well.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” James1:2-4. You will come out stronger. So the test is for a purpose: to strengthen you and make you better. In other words, there are boyish ways in you and these trials have a way of bringing out the man in you.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9. Especially in your weakness, you are strong! It is normal to think we always need to be strong but there is actually more power released during our season of weakness. So when you feel weak and cannot bear to deal with one more issue or moment of pain, be rest assured that He is being strong on your behalf.

“The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert” Deuteronomy 1:29-30. God is fighting for you. The battle is not yours and the One fighting for you has never lost a battle. So rest, you do not exactly have to do the fighting by yourself.

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” Hebrews 12:2. This too shall pass. There is ‘light’ at the end of every tunnel. This season will not last forever, there is an end ahead of you so just keep moving.

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven…” Matthew 5:11-12. Great is your reward. For those enduring persecution, you have a reward in heaven, so rejoice because you are actually truly blessed :-).

“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” Hebrews 13:3. You are in my prayers. I know what it means to need to pray but have no strength or faith in you to do this. During times like these, friends and family helped me through. God knows your pain and He will come through for you however, especially to those I know, I have you in my heart and prayers. Together we stand in agreement, He will come through for us.

Avec Amour xx

He makes all things beautiful

A man asked God for a flower and a butterfly because he wanted to be surrounded by beautiful things. Imagine his disappointment when God gave him a cactus and a caterpillar. He was sad. He didn’t understand how or why God had misunderstood his request. “Oh well,” he thought to himself, “God has too many people to care for so I won’t question Him”. So he accepted the items, put the cactus in a pot and placed the caterpillar where it could feed and forgot about them. After some time, the man went to check up on the cactus and caterpillar. He was stunned to find that from the ugly, thorny cactus, a beautiful flower had emerged, and the unsightly, disgusting caterpillar had transformed into the most beautiful butterfly…

I do not remember where I read the above story however it spoke a lot to me then and I kept it. I have had to revisit it and what follows is a little ‘finding’ about how God works and also a reminder not to belittle the little things.

Have you ever had a “Lord, I think You misunderstood me. I asked for a beautiful flower, but You have given me a cactus” moment?  I have. I am beginning to appreciate something about God: He rarely hands over things in its mature state. You ask for a child, He places a foetus in a woman’s womb. You ask for food, He gives you seed. You ask for a home, He gives you a spouse. You ask for wealth, He gives you a skill or more. Even our Salvation needs to be worked out to its maturity…if you are faithful to the end.

Naturally it is easier to prefer the finished good to raw materials. The latter takes longer to get us to our destination although its usually the better option. I feel our inability to see the flower in a cactus or the butterfly in the caterpillar often causes us to ‘lose’ what we have asked for. We lose when we fail to achieve or reach our goal in a particular area. The man in the above story was lucky. He was able to go back where he kept his items and ultimately discover that his needs had been met.  Some are not always so lucky however thank goodness God knows how best to work our mistakes for good. That being said, I feel its more profitable to understand His way and pattern to minimise our loses,  heartaches and even time over ‘unanswered prayers’.  Remember the Israelites, one act of doubt resulted in 40 years of roaming in the wilderness!

The life He has planned out for us is greater than we can imagine, and we have those little things that He has placed in our hands to help us reach our full potential – people, talents, desires, locations, finance, etc. We only need to open our eyes to see the prospects. Abraham’s children as many as the stars in the sky began with one-Isaac. God planned  a beautiful green earth full of people, He began with 2 people and a garden. He asked them to multiply and to tend the garden so man can learn to work with what he has to bring about an increase. We have to learn the same.

This is just a quick note to remind us not to be too quick to throw away or be disgruntled about the little things. Rather, we ought to be thankful and to thankfully work out the big things out of our little. If the man in the little story above had not put the cactus in a pot to grow, the beautiful flower that he longed for never would have come out. I guess the key thing here is to remember that He makes all things beautiful in time, however, before then He needs us to do a little bit of work as well, after-all, we are co-workers and partners with Him.

Every forest began with a seed. If you throw the seed away, you will lose the forest. Your destiny is already in your hands, but you have got to work it out.

Work it xx