Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Psalm 100:4 KJV
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It’s 6:30 am on Wednesday morning and I’m wondering what to share with you this week… but I’m on the verge of tears, because I’m in my feeling AGAIN! I’ve been in a real “interesting” place for the last few weeks, but I don’t want to get to far ahead of myself. So I decided to get up and get a cup of coffee. As I was standing in the kitchen, I heard the scripture, “The race is not given to the swift... ” So I went to by Bible App and found Ecclesiastes 9:11, which says this in the New Living Translation:
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.
Then the Holy Spirit said, “When you are being prepared for what you need, not necessarily for what you want, the battle between your faith and your feelings will begin!” and I started to chuckle, because the Holy Spirit is always listening!?
So let’s talk a little about where I’ve been for the last few weeks. I’m self-employed and business has been rather slow recently. It’s not unusual for my business to fluctuate, but it’s during these times that I tend to get a little restless (can any of you relate?). Unfortunately, when I get restless, I have a lot of time to get in my feelings. I go into that “what if” headspace and although I’m always bombarded by the Word of God… in time, my feelings will take me back into the hole of uncertainty and doubt. Why does the Lord have to constantly remind of His Faithfulness? Every time I’ve been in this place, He’s brought me out. We have been blessed beyond measure during this season. So why am I still fighting my feelings… so that I can strengthen my faith. OMG! I actually heard that as I was writing it.
King David said it this way…
Why am I discouraged?Psalms 42:5
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and 6 my God!
You may want to take a moment to read all of Psalms 42 and 43. David uses this verse in both, but in somewhat different perspectives. But just know that…with each battle we face, our faith gets stronger and stronger!
So I guess I’ m just going to have to stop crying and keep working…
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.Phiippians 1:6 NLT
Before you continue to scroll because you believe that I’ve gone a little TOO deep, please give me a moment to explain. I truly believe that our spiritual, emotional and mental health has been taking a beating for almost two years. For some, it’s been a Lot longer… We have been bombarded by the state of the country and the world, in addition to being overwhelmed by our own personal experiences with COVID, grief and loss. Although, there’s a societal push for our lives to get back to “normal”, by returning to the office and schools reopening, we still have a Long way to go. For the past year, my mantra has been “Moving Forward by Faith”, but now I believe that we are trying to move too fast. My goal for the next few/several blog posts will be to inspire and encourage you with a moment or two of spiritual renewal, refreshing, restoration and revelation. I’ve entitled these moments as “Holy Ghost Downloads” and although I will to use words, “Lord”, “God” and biblical scriptures, because that is my frame of reference, I would ask that how ever you need to frame it, please don’t miss the message.
So let’s begin by giving you my definition of download in this context. The word “download” is a term the describes an act or instance of transferring data or information from a larger computer [The Holy Ghost] to a smaller device [our minds and then ultimately into our spirit]. That’s as deep as it’s going to get, for now. For me, in the early morning, especially when I’m fighting to stay asleep, my mind starts racing. Many times, it’s stuff that I would really rather not dwell on, but then, there are times of spiritual revelation, instruction and direction. You have probably had the same experiences, but you may have been so busy with life that you didn’t have time to notice.
If you are still with me and I hope that you are, my prayer is that as I share with you a few of the Holy Ghost downloads that I’ve experienced, that you will begin to acknowledge your own spiritual downloads and some of the pieces of your life will begin to fall back into place. It is so important that will take a moment to be inspired and encouraged, so that we are able to then share a moment or two with someone else.