By: Marie, Founder of Calling All Fellowship
It has been a while since we last spoke my beloved; this was because August was our month of rest..:). So we ask that you please continue to pray for the ministry and the team, as we will resume our fellowships next month.
SOOOOO, how have I been? What words of encouragement shall I give? I always try to be as transparent as the spirit allows me to be and since this is a support group and you guys are very much family, I deem it necessary to let you in on my spiritual journey. I say this frequently, every time I facilitate it’s a reflection of what I’m currently going through. So, Here we go…
Transformational thinking… I’m in a period of transition. It’s never a confortable feeling, but Jesus always stretches us by getting us out of our comfort zone. Think of it as an elevation stage to a new level of faith…maybe? Yes?….lol…Anyways, I quit my job, got caught up in some crazy stress and honestly I just wanted to give everything up. God, being so crazy faithful, came right on time to reassure me of His love and of what He’s placed inside of me…Seriously guys, I cried out sooo much there were times I just didn’t have the words to say when I prayed…But I’m so glad we serve a God that interprets our groans and tears. He used people to lift me up. Through cards that I’ve accumulated, through phone conversations, random text messages of encouragement to reassurance of a new job. But the devil he’s still a crafty thing and continues to TRY to steal my joy from Family altercations to car issues, he’s really trying to work my nerves, even after all of the good that I’ve been getting.
You see I’m trying so hard not to go under and I realize more than ever that it’s in these very times that we have to continue to still live a life that’s pleasing unto God. How you ask? With active faith! Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.
You see, throughout all of this, this week, I’m crazy enough to say, but Devil I win. I still have to think on whatsoever things that are true and just and are of good report. (Phil 4:8) What I’m hoping for is that God’s promises still hold true. That when I read, For this is a momentary, light affliction (which) is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, and while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:17-18), I believe it. So I won’t lose heart…knowing that my inner man is being renewed day by day….
These transitions, these struggles, it’s a battle of the mind and if we don’t change our thinking about our situation and our inner man…we’ll go under.
Transformational thinking…As you’re going through how are you transforming your mind so that your faith kicks in to remind you that God is greater? That Jesus is your redeemer and is working on your behalf. The bible says “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he…” (Proverbs 23:7). If you’re thinking defeat then beloved that’s all the enemy will blind you to see. BUT if you see victory then you allow your faith to kick in and what you hope for thus becomes evident and manifests. God is NOT a man that he should lie, he’s started a good to work in you and I and his word shall NOT come back to Him void. Believe that…. no seriously!!!…He’s planted a seed in you and if you allow him to continue to water it and cultivate it, you’ll continue to flourish/grow.
So I leave you with this, God is always faithful and he’s consistent…Period!
“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:1-4).