In my last post, I wrote about how the Lord is doing a new thing. One of these new things that I definitely see is the building of my faith and prayer life. There is this desire, an actual thirst for the things of the Lord that I haven’t had in a long time. During the last quarter of 2017, I really had pulled away. To be honest, I had back-slidden in my heart. I was just going through the motions, not even trying to fake it. You know church folks are good at faking stuff. We know how to talk the talk and parade around like we’re somewhere we really aren’t. I wasn’t even trying to cover it up.
But this new thing! I can not let this word go. On New Year’s eve, my pastor pointed out something about the scripture that stuck with me. Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?” She highlighted verse 19 where it says, “now it shall spring forth“. This means that it is already budding. It’s already happening.
God isn’t bound by time and doesn’t adhere to 365 days/24 hours/7 days the way that we do. The word that He gave for the house on New Year’s eve wasn’t something that He was going to start doing at 12 midnight 1.1.18. He had already begun. In fact, I know for a fact that the Lord began to do this new thing well before Jan 1, 2018. He knows what to do and what to use. He is, after all, God.
I know that I am an intercessor. But knowing and doing are two totally separate things. I honestly believe that the Lord used a situation to unlock that part in me. Now, I’m not saying that the events happened just for me. But God is almighty and can use whatever situation to do what needs to be done in His people.
I came across the story of a little boy who had contracted e.coli which turned into a disease called HUS. When I saw it, my heart immediately broke. It was as if he was my son laying in that hospital bed. There was this urgency, this strong desire, this love that caused me to pray, cry, and worship on behalf of the little boy and his family. It even had me sharing the story and updates on social media to get everyone that I knew to pray for them. I’ve never met the family… didn’t even know they existed. But the love of God was just ignited in me.
This, my friends, is a new thing. As I mentioned before, during the last quarter of 2017, I was so obsessed with myself. My mind was totally distracted by my own issues. I was more focused on my problems than the Kingdom. I was just selfish.
But God is turning that around. He has ignited a fire in me that I don’t want to go out. I want it to grow.
Praying for that family, seeing thousands of people around the world come together and pray, and seeing the fruit of the prayers has increased my faith in God and the power of prayer. It has also given me confidence to open my mouth and pray boldly, without doubt for my own family. I just want more!!!!
Just like a physical fire, if I want it to grow, I have to feed it. This requires me to become disciplined with my prayer life, personal worship, and studying of the Word. I’m not naive. I know that my flesh and the enemy will come against it. But God is greater.
Isaiah 43:13 says, “Indeed before the day was, I am He; And there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” This new thing that the Lord has done in me, this new me, no one can deliver out of His hand. And the Lord, who has begun this good work in my life is faithful to complete it. (Philippians 1:6)