Rise and Shine!

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Isolation. Addiction. Abuse. Fear. Anxiety. Depression. Whatever it may look like for you, there is hope.

In January of this year, my husband was preparing for bed. He felt impressed to go down by our furnace which is in the basement. He obeyed. He listened and waited. God’s still small voice said, “You will go through a struggle, but I will be with you.” As my hubby looked into the flames of the furnace . He questioned God, “Lord, how can I say no, but why do I have to go through a struggle?”

God replied, “What do you think I went through?” He was reminded of the cross. The weight he carried, not the weight of the tree. The weight of the sins of the world. My sin. Your sin. His back was whipped for our healing. He was spit on. Humiliated. Slapped. Thank you precious Jesus.

He was also impressed with the thought, air that goes through the fire is purified and expanded”.

God is stretching you during this time. It is not for nothing. He is always good. You will come out of this better. If you want to be better. You will come out of this as gold, tried by fire.

Another story, in February of this year, it was an hour past midnight. God woke me up so strongly with this name plastered on my mind, “Robert Tisdale”.

I began to pray for this minister. I had heard him preach only a time or two in Wisconsin. I would not have remembered his first name off the top of my head.

After I was finished praying, I searched for his messages. In all four messages I came across, he was preaching about the same thing…. Darkness.

It worried me a little. What was God trying to show me? What was He trying to warn me about?

God had shown us that we would be going through a time of darkness. I now believe A PART of it was this time of isolation because of COVID-19.

I believe he warned us firstly, to pray. Secondly, to be ready for unsettling times ahead. I was a little nervous as to what the “darkness” may look like, (okay maybe a lot nervous) but I knew God had it all in control. I just had to trust Him.

Little did I know we would have a world pandemic. This would cause everything except grocery stores to be shut down. I didn’t realize I was about to attend my last church service for 10 plus weeks. I had no clue what was about to happen, all I knew is that it would be “dark”.

Isolation. Addiction. Abuse. Fear. Anxiety. Depression. Whatever it may look like for you, there is hope. Jesus is the light. Call out to Him and He will hear you. Get in touch with YOUR Creator.

Tell Him your hurts. Tell Him your pain. He has already taken up the wooden cross to bear them. He shed His precious blood so you, my friend, can be free. Ask Him to show Himself real to you. He will do it. He breaks yolks. He sets captives free.

Isaiah 58:6 says “Isn’t this the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke?”

We are called to be the light because we have God in us and He is light.

His Word says, “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

God gets all the glory when He shines through us. Be encouraged today. God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love and peace. He is about to break through your darkness.

“Your appointment is greater than your disappointment.”- Robert Tisdale

“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
Isaiah 43:2

What darkness has God helped you get through? What is an area in your life where you have been a light to someone? What light can you see as the dawn breaks?

I look forward to hearing from you in the comments.
Thanks for reading!

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