Did 2017 leave you feeling despondent? Sometimes it’s good to feel a little indignant, somewhat cross. Someone who has had ‘enough’ of what is wrong and unjust becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with. This is because a person who has had enough is willing to do what it takes to see positive change.
Christians who have had enough of what they see the enemy doing in their life and in the lives of others are the ones who rise at dawn to intercede for God’s intervention. They are the ones who make appeals to heaven with prayers and petitions; who cry out to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with sincere and impassioned hearts; and who see the Lord move powerfully as their prayers push through ceilings and hindrances which the enemy has set up in their lives, the lives of loved ones and in the community.
What have you had enough of today?
That stirring in you as you consider what is ‘wrong’ or lacking in your life, is the very fuel the Lord will use to empower your prayers and commitment to working with Him to see this thing turned around.
This year, one of my goals has been to look after my health and to eat fresh, healthy food. I have had enough of having countless cups of coffee throughout the day, two spoons of sugar a time, and maybe it’s a Holy Spirit conviction, I don’t know, but I have decided to put my cup (and sugar) down. This year, I am going to honour my body as the Temple of the Living God.
What do you cling to which is keeping you from being the best you that you can be? Maybe it’s a pattern of behaviour or ‘secret sin’ that makes you angry just to think about it. You’ve tried and haven’t been able to change.
Might I suggest that you cannot do it without Him but to give Him the cup, whatever it is, and ask Him to walk with you in doing things differently this year.
The enemy is a dream thief. He might have given you a cup that you drink from every day, not realising what this thing is costing you in terms of the destiny Jesus Christ paid by His blood for you to have.
Once you have identified your ‘cup’, put it on the altar and surrender it to the Lord. Commit this year to waking up an hour earlier each day to spend time with the Lord in His Word and prayer, and each morning surrender this thing to Him and ask Him for His strength and His wisdom in doing things differently for just that day. The year might seem a long time to commit to something that makes you uncomfortable, but instead of trying to conquer the year, put every effort into conquering the day.
Surrender your ‘cup’ to Him each day and He won’t just take it away, I believe He will turn it for His glory. You do know that Goliath’s head was cut off by his own sword. That same thing that was against you, that mountain you saw from the valley, He can turn into your podium from which you declare His redemptive power and glory.
Living Out Loud is about walking with Him, because when He gets hold of you, He wants you to live abundantly.
I’m going to keep you updated on my journey towards wholeness and health, hoping something in my story can help you as you determine to live out loud for the Lord.
“This is what your Sovereign Lord says,
your God, who defends his people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
the cup that made you stagger;
from that cup, the goblet of my wrath,
you will never drink again.
I will put it into the hands of your tormentors,
who said to you,
‘Fall prostrate that we may walk on you.’
And you made your back like the ground,
like a street to be walked on.” (Isa 51:21-23).
©Copyright Heather Djunga 2018