March 31, 2014

"Count on it: Everyone who had it in for you will end up out in the cold- real losers. Those who worked against you will end up empty-handed-nothing to show for their lives. When you go out looking for your old adversaries you won't find them-Not a trace of your old enemies, not even a memory. That's right. Because I, your God, have a firm grip on you and I'm not letting go I'm telling you, 'Don't panic. I'm right here to help you.'"-Isaiah 41:11-13

WHOA! What a great word we share today! I have been counseling a new follower of Christ who is a single mom raising her child alone since his birth. She is in the middle of a fight on her life because of enemy warfare on her life and this scripture just spoke so many things into her situation. Then I have another dear friend that I have loved as a sister who is in the middle of a legal crisis with her business and fighting her integrity, and these scriptures spoke right into her situation! I felt led to share these thoughts that were revealed with all of you-- for those of you who are fighting the enemy head on right now and for those of you who will be in a fight one day. I pray you find comfort in what I share today.

First, just know this right now-- YOUR enemies will not stand against you! Your enemies will fall! No matter what the devil may be throwing at your lives today, God will not let a trace of what is happening exist after your victory. You can count on God to make you the victor and your enemy will end up with nothing!

Second, God has a firm grip on you. As I shared with both of the ladies I am counseling, a grip from God is a big deal. Grip your coffee cup, grip a stair rail, grip anything, watch how your hands envelope the object. YOU are the object in God's hand as He grips you tighter than ever. Just know in the darkest hours of your lives, in your brokenness, in your despair, and in the middle of warfare with the enemy, God has you in the grip of His hands! God will NOT let go of you ever!

Finally, God's word tells us right here-- Don't panic! That's right-- NO MATTER what YOU face today-- DON'T PANIC! This has been the hardest thing for me to learn especially when the enemy blindsides us out of nowhere. The first thing I used to do is panic and become emotionally upset. But now-- I just take a deep breath in, claiming God's sovereignty over my life, and then I push a breath out breathing out praises to God for loving me as His own daughter. I have learned to trust God in the darkest hour, in the tragic phone calls, and in all of life's trials we face. I've learned how not to panic! Remember God is never surprised at what we are facing in our lives. He is always right there with us and knows everything. Don't panic!

In conclusion, if you are hurt, in despair, facing injustice, or in any type of warfare with the enemy meditate on these scriptures. God will give you victory over the devil, God has a grip on YOUR life, and God will never let go of you or leave you. When the enemy blindsides you or tragedies come, just stop immediately take one huge breath in-- breathe in God's sovereignty - and breathe out the praises of trust you have in Him. He will surely bring you victory and comfort that only He can give you. Don't panic!

I love each of you and I pray for you often. Please email me your thoughts and share with me what you may be faced with and let me know if you need anything today!

In God's abundant love,

Laine