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Facing Lack or Delay? Stay Faithful to the Lord

I was recently encouraged by several gems from Luke 1:5-17 as I meditated on God’s Word. There are great truths to be gleaned from this passage.

In this narrative, we find Zacharias and Elizabeth faithfully following the Lord and His ways. An area of lack remained in their lives despite this. Almost surprisingly, we discover that this lack was God-ordained! God had chosen this couple to bring forth John the Baptist–forerunner of Jesus–at just the right moment of time. Continue reading

When You Don’t Feel God’s Presence

You may be in a time in which God’s presence seems absence and His voice silent. Know that even though things may feel this way, God is working in and around you. You’re never alone, and He will never abandon you.

Father God is loving on you even still, and drawing you closer to Him in faith. Keep going in your pursuit. As you seek Him, you will reap His blessings. God desires to strengthen your heart to press onward even still.

Keep going in your pursuit. Don’t give up!

In the Word, God speaks that we walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t navigate through this journey based on what we see or feel, but by confidence in God and His promises to us:  for we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]” (2 Corinthians 5:7 AMP).

Hebrews 11:6 goes on to define this more deeply:

But without faith it is impossible to [walk with God and] please Him, for whoever comes [near] to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He rewards those who [earnestly and diligently] seek Him.(AMP)

God truly rewards those who seek Him with diligence. This truth does not change even when we are not feeling His presence or experiencing His love in a way we can sense it emotionally. His heart for us never changes, and His love for us always remains.

He will make Himself known to you more, it’s a promise! This may not happen immediately, or even in a week, but He promises that when we seek Him, we will find Him:

Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13 AMP)

When You Don't Feel God's Presence
When you don’t feel God’s presence or hear His voice, speak forth the truths shared here over your soul and emotions.

Do not let your pursuit of Jesus be adversely affected by what you feel or don’t feel, but by God’s faithfulness.

Feed on the testimonies of His faithfulness in your life and those you love, trusting in God that as you delight in Him, He will fulfill your heart’s desires (Psalm 37:3-4). As you continue in your pursuit, even in the waiting, keep declaring out loud your heart’s one great aim just as King David did:

When You said, ‘Seek My face [in prayer, require My presence as your greatest need],’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I will seek [on the authority of Your word].’ (Psalm 27:8 AMP)

As you sow into your pursuit of knowing Jesus more intimately, you are reaping of His Spirit of life, even though you may not yet see it in the natural. It’s a sure promise that you will reap what you have sown (Galatians 6:8); in fact, this is a truth that God Himself will not fail to act upon, for He does not lie.

The harvest within your heart is coming, as is the harvest of souls around you who you have impacted.

Though you do not perceive His presence, much more is happening in the spiritual realm of your life than you know. As you pray, angels are sent on assignment because God’s words do not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

Your hope placed in God will bring His response; He hears your cries and brings answers to your prayers. God’s heart is moved by your steadfast pursuit of His heart even in this “dark night of the soul” and He loves to be with you as you seek Him.

Do not allow despair to drown you in hopelessness, discouragement or depression. Keep pressing into God’s heart without wavering, knowing full well that He is beautifying His most precious garden inside of you!

Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. (Romans 5:5 AMP)

Disappointment to Fulfillment

I want to share something the Lord did today in an encounter I had with Him. I pray that this testimony will bless and inspire you to seek Him for any emotional healing you may have need of. He truly heals the brokenhearted.

This afternoon I spent some time with the Lord, asking Him to reveal things and bring some needed healing to my heart. Mainly I was fighting disappointment, something I have experienced many, many times from childhood until the present. The Lord had been bringing things to the surface for several weeks, pertaining to the friendship aspect of my relationship with Him (versus the Father aspect, etc.) I also had to spend some time forgiving those who had disappointed me, and repenting for my own sin in response that would happen at times.

I found that disappointment was one of two main factors affecting my view of the Lord and others in friendship. Because of many disappointments, I would rarely get my hopes up, because when I would, I’d often be let down again.

So for a few days I’d been riding a wave of disappointment that opened the door to all the thoughts of disappointments from the past. The Lord showed me that the opposite of disappointment is fulfillment. Oddly enough, as I surrendered my disappointment to Him, I was asking Him for an appointment with Him, specifically related to intimate friendship with Jesus.

He filled the broken places with His gold

After giving all my disappointments to the Lord and asking Him to remove every fragment of disappointment from my whole being, I entered into an encounter with the Lord that I saw with the eyes of my spirit man. First I saw my arms, as if opened up, almost the soul part of me, and I saw where the fragments of disappointment once were. The places were empty and many, though not huge.

I then saw two feather quills etching and filling each empty spot with a sort of liquid gold and gold leaf sort of material. I saw that two angels were working meticulously and thoroughly to fill these places with this deposit from the Lord as ordered by Him. Every broken place was mended with His gold and with His love and tenderness.

Suddenly as the vision ended, I felt led to rub each of my arms, one at a time, with my hands. As I did so, words from two parts of a Scripture flooded through my thoughts and I felt it was the Lord Himself speaking it:

“Set Me as a seal upon your HEART, as a seal upon your ARM… Many waters cannot quench this love, nor can the floods drown it.” (Song of Songs 8:6, just as I heard Him express it to me today.)

*HEART symbolizes our love for and devotion to the Lord; ARM symbolizes the works we do (out of love for Him) for His Kingdom.

The Lord showed me that if I set HIM as a seal over my heart and my arm, I will be protected from the disappointments that come in life and the emotions that they can bring. I will also move and do things out of His Spirit’s leading alone. And we know Proverbs 4:23, which reminds us to GUARD our hearts.

Later that evening the Lord also showed me that the gold that has been prophesied to cover my hands as I minister through worship, will come from within me and flow out of me. I suppose He is truly turning my mourning into dancing and my sadness into joy (Isaiah 61:3)! The below verse speaks to exactly how I had been feeling lately, and in this version especially. I pray this blesses you as well.

“Instead of your SHAME you will have a double portion,
And instead of HUMILIATION they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a DOUBLE PORTION in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.” (Isaiah 61:7 NASB)