Does anyone out there ever think and get excited about the sweet promises of God over our lives? I’ve heard that there are thousands of promises in the word for God’s people who seek him. I’ve loved the study of them and I love to share with others who seek . This short story I’m sharing is about a learning experience I had several years ago when I was very young in the Lord.
Years ago God spoke through a prophet a rhema word. A rhema word is one that has life in it. It seems to jump off of the page of the bible or if it’s spoken by a servant of God, it seems to light up the heart. I had a prophetic promise spoken to me that I would experience a “Whole New World” I was so excited! At the time of the promise of new worlds I thought these words meant that I would be leaving the familiar place where I was living and traveling. I felt I would be going far and wide to different and exciting places. I had read about Abraham’s travels and I thought that’s how it would be with me. At this time in my life I was stressed out and I needed and desired change. I had lived a troubled life filled with troubled people. Because I was discontented and dis-satisfied I thought God would pick me up and take me into a better world than I knew here. Early in my journey after this word came I went through several years of making plans in my heart to leave this temporary place I felt so stuck in. I even thought I would leave my husband because he was not saved. I’m here to testify that did not happen. Surprisingly, God did not desire I take off with him and leave a lost family behind in my wake. I learned that after awhile. Yes, he loved me, but he wanted to move in, not for me to move out.
“Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel, which being interpreted is, God WITH US.”
He was with me, but he wanted to teach me how to be with Him. He wanted to change me and use me to see them changed. But there was more. I had to forgive them first. So I set out to learn how to do that, and as I learned more I saw that I had done quite a bit of mistreating too. More and more it was becoming apparent that it was not going to be anything like I had planned it. And now I’m so glad of that part of my story. Because he did change everything in my life for the good.
And, recently, as I was sitting out on my front porch looking around the neighborhood I’ve lived in for 25 years. I began having thoughts about that word and about the world I now live in. It looks like the same old world. But, while my geographical boundaries and view in the natural have not changed , my perspectives and my perception of my world have all been transformed.
A view or vista.A mental view or outlook: Subjective evaluation of relative significance; a point of view: The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance.
I see that I now see a whole new world, even while living in the same one I’ve lived in for many years. The sweet presence of the Lord has changed old mindsets and expectations for the future. God came in and did a complete makeover. A whole new world has truly been created.
It’s been a very deep and thorough work, going all the way to the roots of old generational influences. I’ve had to learn how to submit to the Lord and to resist the devil, how to co-operate with the Lord to bind some powers and to loose some powers in my life and relationships. Miraculous differences in my perspectives have done heavenly wonders. Many old friends faded away and many new ones have entered my life. I’m so glad to share with you that I’m now happy and very content where I am.
Don’t be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.
The world I wanted so badly to run away from has now become a safe haven for me.
Praise the Lord, He really did know what He was talking about! He taught me that His word of life first begins in our own hearts and houses. He taught me that the mindset of the man is what influences his view of the small world we live in. And also the large world out there that others live in. And as hearts are changed actions change and changed actions begins to change lives. Did you know that scripture teaches us that the Father holds the heart of every man in his hands?
My hope is that this might minister some life changing wisdom to others who love the Lord and need his help. To know the Lord and to understand His ways with us is so liberating! It’s worth whatever it costs us and we will find that it’s all gain. Thankfully, I’m now seeing through an eternal perspective. That’s so very praiseworthy to this one who once hated life and even entertained thoughts of suicide at one time. Thank you Jesus for saving my life from destruction and inviting me to share your world!
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
And the really good news! He keeps telling me “You haven’t seen anything yet!” I know that there’s nothing special about me, it’s nothing to do with anything I’ve done. He loves you just as much as he loves me. Just as much as he loved Jesus. He loves to guide us into his kingdom way. He never gets through with us, we are being transformed into a new glory and faith continually as we grow in his graces and new responsibilities. He is the light of every man and through Jesus and his blood we can see his wonders throughout all of our earthly lives. He loves to bring hope and new life to all who are desperate for His help to change their world! I would never tell anyone he would do the same with you as he did with me. But I would encourage you to allow him to do whatever he desires. He alone knows what it takes for every individual.