Category: God’s preparation

That Season of Life & Our Response

If your life is totally surrendered to God and if you are living in that intimate place with Him to the best of your ability, know that if people don’t appear to see or consider you or they ignore you then it is not the work of man but of God.

Consider David in the bible, he was left to tend to sheep and was not even considered as worthy to be called when Samuel asked his father Jesse to assemble his sons, one of whom was chosen by God to be the future king of Israel. God intervened and Samuel was called and anointed as king.

God has planned different seasons for us in our lives. Every season comes with God’s divine reasons for orchestrating events the way He does. As with the weather, “climatic” conditions in relation to each season in our lives differ. We need to be sensitive and take every season as they come.

When we are not the centre of attention, nor included among the good and the great our perception and understanding of such times will determine our emotional state, attitude and therefore our reaction.

May God help us to adequately discern the different seasons of our lives so that we do not fret or act on our own accord to our detriment but rather remain in His peace. Before people can see us as God does the timing must be perfect so that what they expect from us and how we respond is in line with God’s plan for us.

In order to respond to people and circumstances as God requires is only possible if we have a close relationship with God and we allow Him to take us through the different seasons of our spiritual development.

Let us rest assured that as in David’s case when God’s time for us to be taken out of obscurity, chosen from among many for a purpose, God will strategies to bring it to pass. After all He who trains us knows when we are ready to display His splendour. There is no need for us to help him do so.

All the seasons of hiddenness in God are good for us; David was tending to sheep, but what only David and God knew was that God was also tending to David’s character.

David had a good time in God’s presence; worshipping and fellowshipping with God in the stillness of the fields as a shepherd.

He was alone but not lonely. He had much time to sing and pray to a God he became confident was his “refuge and fortress” (Psa.91:2) a God he could trust.

Indeed, David had been in danger on more than one occasion as the lion and bear came to attack his sheep. God gave him not only supernatural joy which was his strength but also physical strength to fight and overcome the lion and bear. In the valley of the shadow of death, David said “I will fear no evil for you are with me your rod and staff, they comfort me”. (Psa.23:4).

Onlookers including David’s oldest brother (1 Sam 17:28) saw him as this “good for nothing except for sheep” young boy. Other people’s perception of David did not stop him from fighting Goliath and killing him. If you know your worth in God and trust Him wholeheartedly as indeed David did, it should not stop you from pursuing and fulfilling your destiny.

In the fields as a shepherd boy, David became a profoundly God trusting, confident and fearless young man who was totally surrendered and reliant on God. He was therefore prepared for the next seasons of his life which included confronting and killing the giant Philistine, Goliath when no one could. He was also prepared for the many years of warfare with and affliction from enemies far and near. This was until he become King of Judah then Israel.

Even during those times of hardship fleeing from Saul and his son Absalom, David remained close to God. The solid foundations in God, built in the season when he was an inconspicuous shepherd boy were what kept David’s life from crumbling.

God longs to spend time with us daily to either revive us spiritually, impart his will or plans to us or both. But there are also prolonged times or seasons when there is more of a stillness in our lives than is usual and a pull towards focusing on our relationship with God.

It is important not to ignore these seasons which require more time meditating on scriptures as well as praying and fasting for renewal and growth necessary for the next stage of our lives.

Be blessed and highly favoured in every season of 2019

Deborah Esther x

©️31-Dec2018 DENyamekye

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A Cycle of Preparation for Victory in Greater Battles

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The difficulties you are going through on a daily basis in which God teaches you to be patient and gives you the natural and spiritual courage or strength, skills or gifts, know-how or strategies, I sum up as “Tools” which are necessary for you to overcome are extremely vital. This is because they manifest either within your nature (courage/strength) or as skills, know-how or strategies when greater afflictions or tribulations come your way.

These “Tools” may not necessarily be for use in your circumstances alone but to help others. We are always equipped by God not just for ourselves but others in mind, such is our God of deliverance and relationship who loves His people and works through them for each other’s sake.

David comes to mind in relation to the above. He had been trained by God to defend the lambs he kept from attack by the lions and bears and he was also able to kill them when they turned on him. Such skill and courage was acquired by David the youngest son, when he was ‘a nobody’ and inconspicuous. When God’s appointed time came for him to publicly display his skills and courage he was ready!

With courage David said to King Saul “32 Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” (1 Sam. 17:32 NLT).
Saul told David not to be ridiculous and that he was only a boy, while Goliath had been a man of war since his youth.

Goliath terrified the army of Israel because he was a giant and taunted them so that no one attempted to fight him individually, but David was ready for him. If as a boy he was able by God given strength and courage to fight off and kill lions and bears, he knew he would be able to kill Goliath. His age and lack of military training was not an obstacle for God in his great power who is Himself a man of war or Jehovah Gibbor, the LORD of the armies of heaven or Jehovah Sabaoth was the one at work through him. David had complete trust in God.

David said to Goliath before he killed him,”45 …You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!” (1Sam. 17:45-47 NLT).

Are you unknown to many or in a lowly state or looked upon as such? Whether yes or no, God is outworking great things in and through you (a change of heart, giving you the “Tools”) as in the case of David in preparation for greater confrontations with the enemy for your sake to fulfill your destiny and also for the sake of multitudes.

David understood this of God and so should we in whatever task we undertake even if it seems insurmountable “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Phil. 2:13 NLT).

When God’s appointed time comes, and He needs someone to be a “General” for a greater battle or to lead a specific high profile situation with the skills, strength and courage, you will always qualify. In fact God has predestined you for such tasks which is why He prepared you in the small things and also in hiddenness. Perhaps God has used you already mightily before men after preparing you in hiddenness or in small ways. I have a message for you which is that this is a cycle, as long as you see yourself in a position of preparedness consistently and obediently comply to God’s will, you will always be equipped with the “Tools” and so qualify to be used for greater and high profile God given tasks. What God will use you for will, as in the case of David, not only benefit multitudes and even preserve life but result in God given rewards.

“I pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead…” (Eph.1:19-20 NLT).

I also pray that you will always remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:18). You are guaranteed victory in all you do and marked for greatness because you are a child of God.

You are blessed, determine to stay blessed!

Deborah
©Deborah E.Nyamekye 16/05/2016