Not Forsaken

When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up. – Psalm 27:10

It seems like a lot of people walk in and out of our lives, sometimes it’s even our parents, siblings, etc. At times that can make life a little lonely, but you are not alone. When you are walking with the Lord, He will never leave you. A really good friendship may have ended, but God is with you, and He is a friend that is closer than a brother. Sometimes the environment with some of your family can be toxic and will hinder you from your future. It’s a scary thing to walk out of a situation like that, but once you have shaken off the shame, guilt, and fear from doing that, you can live a life of freedom.

The devil wants you to think that if someone walks out of your life, or if you choose to step away from somebody else, that you will be alone. The truth is that once you give up that toxic relationship, God restores to you a lot more than was lost. I can testify that, when I have lost a friend, God would but 10 more Godly friends in their place. I lost family members, but God reconnected me with a whole new part of my family. So don’t worry when people are walking out of your life, just thank God for the new people He is bringing in your life.

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Isaiah 38: 1-6

1In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. 2Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, 3And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.

4Then came the word of the LORD to Isaiah, saying, 5Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the LORD, the God of David thy father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years. 6And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of Assyria: and I will defend this city.

Isaiah had just delivered some of the worst news that somebody could possibly receive. Instead of becoming offended and just throwing a fit, and becoming angry with God, Hezekiah cried out to God. He prayed. After He prayed, God turned things around. Not only did The Lord add fifteen years to his life, but He spared the city from Assyria, and promised to defend the city.

The Bible says that our Father is able to exceedingly above all we can ask or think. When we pray, He hears us. He sees our tears. Do not think your prayers are in vain. God will hear you and deliver you. Not only will He answer your prayers, He will give you favor in areas of your life that you didn’t even ask for. In everything you do, seek Him first, and all the things in your life will fall into place. The key is to seek Him first in prayer.

The Lazarus Encounter

John 11:38-44 King James Version (KJV)

38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.

42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.

43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

I send you this word to let you know that if you haven’t had a Lazarus encounter with God, you will at one point. One day you will be facing the darkest point of your life. Don’t lose hope! For a moment you will see darkness, but Jesus will roll back the stone and He will call out YOUR name. He will perform the biggest miracle that you have yet to see in your life.

I think it’s safe to say that Lazarus’ family and friends were disappointed when Jesus didn’t show up to heal him from his sickness. They even questioned Jesus as to why He didn’t show up on time. Imagine Jesus’ disappointment though, when Lazarus friends and family lacked the faith that He could still do the miracle. When it looks like that thing God promised you, that you have been waiting for has just died, and there is no hope that this world could possibly offer, hold on. This is not where the story ends.

God’s timing is not our timing. Lazarus had been dead four days. When Jesus showed up, everyone else thought He was late. Jesus didn’t arrive at the scene late, He arrived on time. It was necessary for Jesus to come when He did, because a greater glory needed to come out of this situation. Jesus’ disciples had witnessed the Him heal plenty of sick people, but their faith needed to grow. We all come to a point in our lives where we have seen God work situations out for us plenty of times, but there comes a point where our faith must rise to a new level. We must witness a new level of glory.

So, going back to the story of Jesus and Lazarus, the people had lost all earthly hope for Lazarus. This is a position that God needs us to be in, because our hopes don’t lie in this world. Our hope needs to be from above. We must come to the end of ourselves and look to the One who created us. For example, if you lost your job, don’t sweat it, because that company you worked for was just the tool God used to supply your needs. If He removes you from one position, He has another lined up for you.

Lastly, I want you to focus on the miracle itself. Jesus had the stone rolled back on Lazarus’ tomb, and He called for him to rise up from the grave. You may think your visions, dreams, promises, from God are dead, but one day, Jesus is going to call out your name, and what you are believing him for is going to be brought forth. You will witness a glory so great you have not experienced before, so keep pressing forward!

The Making of a King

Psalm 40:2King James Version (KJV)

2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

These words have so much meaning when they come from somebody who lived them. David was and is probably one of the most revered kings of Israel, God placed him in the lineage of Christ, He did some great and mighty things for the earthly kingdom of Israel, and the heavenly one. Before David became king, though, he had to go through a preperation period. When Samuel annointed him, he was just a shepherd boy. Then he served in the courts of Saul. He had to face a giant and have the faith that God would deliver him into his hands with a stone. When Saul raged with jealousy, David had to flee into the wilderness and hide in a cave until Saul’s death. David had to cope with the loss of a friend that was like a brother to him. All these trials that he went through, it was all preparation to make him the man he was when he ascended to the throne.

We all go through cave stages in our lives. We have to learn what God wants us to learn, to become the people that God wants us to be to fulfill His purpose in us. What God has in store for each one of you is far better than any time you spent in the “caves” of your life. God has a way of restoring lost time, when it seems like we have wasted it. The beauty of David’s story is that he didn’t stay in the cave forever. You won’t stay in the cave forever either, because God has good plans for you. Embrace them, let God take control of the situation, and he will deliver you out of that horrible pit.

My Story

After typing and deleting this several times, I finally have words that best tell my story. What can I say? God has stepped into my life and has done only what He can do. He freed me from a miserable, depressed, anxiety ridden state, and put my feet on the solid rock. He is truly my refuge and fortress. He saved my soul. He saved me. What He did for me, He will do for you. All you have to do is ask. Ask Jesus to come in your heart and life, and He will give you a rebirth, a fresh start. Just ask Him to do it, and He will!