God’s Word Today – “NEVER GIVE UP!”

God’s been knocking at my heart today – everything – I mean EVERYTHING that I have been told today has been God knocking at my heart shouting “DON’T GIVE UP!”

I saw a friend today that I haven’t seen in MONTHS – and she gave me these two Scriptures that she is standing on – but they definitely hit home for me too:

Isaiah 50:7 (New International Version)

7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me,
I will not be disgraced.
Therefore have I set my face like flint,
and I know I will not be put to shame.

Jeremiah 30:16 (New International Version)

16 ” ‘But all who devour you will be devoured;
all your enemies will go into exile.
Those who plunder you will be plundered;
all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

She’s said things like this, “yeah man, just know no matter what u are going through don’t give up”; “God is good and he loves us and he is for you! [And] all your enemies shall be destroyed in the name of Jesus!”

She told me her son was taking the Common Entrance Exam this year.  For those outside the Caribbean, it’s an entrance examination for primary school students (typically at age 11 – hence its ‘other name’ … it’s colloquially called the ’11 Plus Examination’.)  I gave her some encouragement – that he’ll do fine… and she replies, “Yes, prophet.”

I said, “Man I have been beaten down so much over the past months… thank God that his word doesn’t deal with how I feel… haven’t felt like a prophet in a long time”

To which she replies, “It ain’t about feeling… it’s time for you to get on the offensive and start beating …. put on the armour! Stand strong IN THE LORD!”

She also said, “God loves you Robert and he has not given up on you don’t give up, you shall overcome.”

So it’s time to start BEATING!

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I also read this in my email today too, from another friend, who said:

i still see you in the pasture—i know you are hurting, and feeling alone like no one cares, and probably even HE doesn’t care—but you know what—i see many trying to be there for you, trying to support you, shining lights down on you, and you just don’t want to see them—HIM maybe yes—but the others, no—you are NOT alone–you have so much support here via internet, and i even think in your own life that you don’t realize–(well don’t want to realize)—but the only way you can get out of this “valley” is to look towards the light—and grab hold of those that want to help, support, and be there for you—they will help lead you out–let them—-and once you grab hold—reach for the light—i know, believe you will get out and once you do—regardless of your life—you will continue to shine a breathe of light onto others to help  lead them out of the valley—even if you have to literally pull them out.

That hit me straight between the eyes.  People who are for me that I don’t WANT to realize…. sounds familiar….

I’m trying to change my attitude towards those I don’t want to acknowledge because they hurt me.

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I even had a prophetic word told to me where the Lord practically shouted that the things I say are over are not over.  He never said they were over… hmmm

Basically, God hasn’t given up, so neither should I.

I’ll be linking to a beautiful parable that has spoken to another friend of mine – she was led on a journey in a park that God used to speak volumes to her – and to me.  I’ll update this post with a link when she puts up hers.

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Recently – while listening to the daily audio reading of the Bible on www.dailyaudiobible.com, Brian Hardin – the community’s leader and the narrator of the podcast, read 1 Samuel 17 – the fight between David and Goliath… and this quote stuck out at me…

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”

I know that God has been trying to get my attention for a while… but I think he succeeded with this.  I was at the point of giving up – of throwing in the towel, of saying, “To hell with all of this!”, but I think the Lord has finally started to help me to see that there is a way out…

Please pray for me, and for anyone else who is tempted to give up.  Thank you for those who have stood by me – even those who I was pushing away because of pain.  I pray that God will continue to strengthen me in the inner man so that I can fight off the darkness that threatens to envelop me.  This prayer is not just for myself, but for all those who also are in a battle.  As I heard in the Word recently – “The battle is not ours, but is the LORD’s!”  AMEN

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you Bajan.

    • Mandy … I ♥ u….

      Wanted to hug u really hard when I read your post… but wasn’t sure how u’d take it … and I don’t want Drew beating me up either lol….

      BUT know that I love u… REALLY… and I hope that your words – though painful – will help all who read them.

      And I’m glad that what I wrote here helped you today.

  2. Robert,
    Prophet and Man of God, I know you have been going through a valley but you are going to be okay. It is always darkest just before the dawn. The battle is indeed the Lord’s and He has invested too much in you to see you go under the waves. Like He did with Peter, He is reaching out a hand to pull you back up, because you are one of those bold ones who have dared to step out in faith in these stormy times and walk on troubled waters towards Him. Listen to Him whisper: “Wherefore are you doubting, o ye of little faith?” Just take hold of His outstretched hand, powerful even before it was nail-scarred, and now omnipotent in its reach, richness, and royalty, and let Him pull you up to His side and bring you into a closer walk with Him.

    • Thank you so much, Phillip!

      Trying to reach for his hand……

  3. Just wanted to say thank u for your postings…I too am coming out of a long stretching experience. But I understand the purpose of God in my life…These Scriptures were a blessing, I needed to hear them and read them. Thank u again. Peace be unto you!

    • Thank you righteouschoices! Your encouragement was so spot on! I’m glad that what has been spoken and written here has blessed you! Please come again!

  4. Dear Robert,
    My past four weeks or five weeks have been full, so I kind of lost contact with my blog friends, including you.

    But somehow this morning I was reading Julie’s post, and I saw a comment from you… which quickly reminded me that it was time to pay your blog place a visit!

    Hebrews 11:1 has been very much on my mind this whole morning, and I realized, like never before that FAITH is the SUBSTANCE, the SHAPE, THE WEIGHT, THE CONTENT of what it is that we are HOPING for! So today I pray that God will pour buckets of faith into your heart, so that what you are hoping for will become tangible to you through FAITH.

    Loving your heart, admiring your honesty, believing in you, and in the work God has ordained you to do…but get up and move on, man!

    Lidj

    • “…but get up and move on, man!”

      Message received loud and clear…

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