For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
All worship, praise, honor and glory be to my Father, Jehovah Sabbath, The True and Living God, in the name of His only begotten Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is The I Am. He is Yahweh. He is The Alpha and The Omega. He is Jah. He is The Truth. He is The Way. He is The Life. He is The God of Israel. He is The Good Shepherd. He is The Prince of Peace. He is the Bright and Morning Star. He is the Messiah. He is The Lamb of God. He is the Lion of The Tribe of Judah. He is The Commander of The Army of The Lord. He is the Word of God. Praise The Glorious Holy Spirit of The Lord, forever and ever.
Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee.
And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
This is a testimony of the recent trials that I have endured and overcome in Jesus Christ. These experiences were intense and occurred consecutively over a short time span. I thank and praise God for giving me the courage and strength to share my testimony with you.
A few months ago, enemies of the Lord Jesus Christ aligned themselves in an attempt to stumble me. Although these are secret enemies, their alliance was seen publicly. I thank God for blessing, protecting, teaching, saving and delivering me during this trial.
For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast annointed
Both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel,
were gathered together,
For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
And now, Lord behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants,
that with all boldness they may speak thy word.
By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done
by the name of thy holy child Jesus.
Acts 4: 27-30, KJV
Immediately following this public display, the devil spiritually attacked me. There I was, watching the physical enemy, when all of a sudden, Satan pulled a bait and switch and moved in on my soul.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
I didn’t see any of this coming because I was too busy looking at the visible enemy. I didn’t suspect the unseen, spiritual attack that came for me.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.
The Divine Wisdom of The Most High Teacher and Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, explained why this happened to me. This happened because I was dwelling in self. This caused me to erroneously focus my attention on the physical. Those public displays were distractions, schemes and smoke screens designed to take my focus and attention out of The Word of God.
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.
When I remembered my identity in Jesus Christ, things began to turn around for me. When I began to verbally confess my identity in Christ, I was strengthened. I began to come out of the tunnel of defeat that I unexpectedly found myself in. I was able to truly and completely commit this battle to The Word of God for the victory. I praise and thank The Lord for giving me an escape from the dire state that I found myself in as a result of this situation.
I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome the power of the enemy;
nothing will harm you.
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:57
Today, I am grateful for this experience because through it, God taught me the importance of putting on my full armor at all times by staying firmly planted in the Word of God and not getting caught up in this world. This situation also taught me that as long as I keep my faith, trust and focus in the Word Of God, I don’t have to fear anything.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Behold, all who are incensed against you shall be put to shame and confounded;
those who strive against you shall be as nothing and shall perish.
You shall seek those who contend with you, but you shall not find them;
those who war against you shall be as nothing at all.
For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Sometimes we get caught up in the fast paced, deception of this world. Sometimes we get lost in ourselves. One of the great, awesome and amazing things about God is that we can always take Him at His word. If Jesus Christ said it, it already happened.
Shortly after this, I was faced with another trial. Out of His everlasting mercy and Almighty Love, Christ saved and delivered me by warning me ahead of time of danger that awaited me. This experience was mentally, emotionally and psychologically painful. One of the valuable truths that were reinforced from this experience is to always remember and trust what The Lord has already shown and taught me because, unlike man, God does not change.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Sometimes, we are deceived by our worldly desires to fulfill our ambitions. Sometimes, we fall for the pressures of doing what society expects us to do but the The Word of God overrides all things, always and forever. Praise God. In Jesus Christ, we cannot earn our eternal living however, we can receive it by accepting it as a Free Gift of Grace or Charity.
Yet he too is wise and can bring disaster; he does not take back his words.
He will rise up against that wicked nation, against those who help evildoers.
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.
The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind:
“You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
During these experiences, I was also blessed to endure many other previously existing challenges. God is teaching me that this is an ongoing spiritual battle that I am engaged in. Just the other day, I found myself grieving the Holy Spirit within me after I delved into old feelings, music and language as a result of thinking about my adversaries. Just that quickly, while I thought I was harmlessly playing around enjoying music, I wound up disrupting the Fruit of The Spirit within in me. Before I knew it, I was behaving rebelliously. Sometimes we deceive ourselves and convince ourselves that we are not angry or resentful just because we may have a smile on our faces or laughter in our voices but the spirit from which we act and speak reveals the truth. When the Holy Spirit condemned me, I was snatched out of my feelings and all the playing stopped. I felt bad because I knew my behavior was wrong and then guilt and frustration set in. I repented and eventually Jesus Christ renewed my spirit. A few hours later, I heard a preacher say, “Tell yourself, I’m going to make it! I will stay in The Rock for the victory!” This was just what I needed to hear at the time. Jesus is always inspiring us and helping us endure.
but the one who endures to the end will be saved.
God did not say that we would not be tested, lied on, spied on, hated, disrespected, targeted, stalked, chased, mocked, betrayed, provoked and plotted against. These are some of the things that we must endure. Through it all, God promised to protect us, fight our battles, deliver us and renew our spirits.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
Those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles.
They shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.
Every time Jesus Christ saves me, I witness His Almighty Power in a greater light. Every time He saves me, my trust in Him grows stronger. Every time I’m faced with new challenges, I remember the old ones that Jesus delivered me from and I pull strength from Him. It’s like when young David was a shepherd and he fought with bears and lions protecting his sheep and God delivered him. Those personal experiences increased his trust in God. When it was time for him to sling the Stone, he already knew he had the victory over Goliath. All of these personal experiences of victory in God create a greater trust and faith in God. In this way, Jesus allows our troubles to help us grow in Him and His Word.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.
1 John 5:4
My recent experiences are also teaching me very important and necessary lessons on how to let go of my cares of this world and what the people in and of the world think about me. This process began for me several weeks ago when I prayed and asked God to show me my roadblocks. I asked The Lord to search my heart, soul and spirit and reveal what I needed to change in order to grow in The Word of God.
The Lord answered my prayers immediately and showed me that I harbored cares of this world that had to be removed from me. They were exposed to me through my enemies acts of hatred towards me. I learned that I cannot serve The Lord Jesus Christ and care about what those who serve Satan, this world and money think about me. These worldly cares must be purged from me in order to fulfill God’s will. This process is very painful but it’s worth it because there is no greater purpose or gift given to man than to be called and chosen by God to fulfill His glorious, righteous plan.
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God?
Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.
Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD.
The Accuser, Satan, was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua.
And the LORD said to Satan, “I, the LORD, reject your accusations, Satan.
Yes, the LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you.
This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.”
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection!
But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be.
No dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking toward to what lies ahead.
I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God through Christ Jesus, is calling up to heaven.
Even during the process of me writing this testimony, Jesus Christ revealed to me that His Almighty Power very recently saved me from yet another plot of the enemy. My Father showed me this one after the storm. It came and went and I didn’t even understand what was going on.
What A Mighty God We Serve!
“An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it,
but the sign of the prophet Jonas.
My Father will provide my every need. He will destroy the plans of all of my enemies. He will defend me and rescue me from water and on land. He created me for His most glorious, eternal will and plan. He will guide me faithfully with His Righteous Right Hand. I belong to the Lord Jesus Christ and I will dwell in the House of The Lord forever!
I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
Arise, O LORD!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!
Victory comes from you, O LORD.
May you bless your people.
Seal Of Jesus Approved: The Mysteries Of The Kingdom Of God
Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therin.
Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit,
and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
We love him, because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
1 John 4:10
I am continually amazed and filled with joy as I witness the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God unfold. As I reflect on my life, I see evidence of the promises of God. The closer The Holy Spirit draws me into the Word of God, I see the Divine Work of God’s Hand manifested. Jesus Christ is blessing me to see the bigger, greater, divine picture that I’d previously only seen and experienced in fragments, at different points in my life. Just because we cannot see God that doesn’t mean that He is not there. Jesus Christ is gloriously hidden in plain view. Watching, Waiting, Saving, Blessing and doing what He do. My Father’s Mysterious, Amazing, Beautiful, Bold, Wonderful, Awesome Eternal Plan is coming together for me to see and it is True Glory!
Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.
I worship, praise, honor, glorify and thank my Father, Jehovah for calling and choosing me, through His Glorious Holy Spirit, to know, love and serve Him in the name of His only begotten Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Hidden in plain view, The Holy Spirit has been with me all of my life. He is The Breath of my pen. He gives me poetry that strengthens me from within. He makes me strong when I am weak. He is The Truth that calls me. He is the reason why I speak. Greater is He that is in me, than He that is in the world.
Jesus Christ is all I need!
What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us, who can be against us?
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.
I recently turned 40 years old. I have Love (Charity), Blessed Hope, Faith and Joy because of God’s Glory, which He has revealed to me through His word.
I am faced with many challenges but to Christ, I commit my life.
He has brought me out of darkness into His marvelous light.
I have been given a purpose that is greater than anything in this world.
It all came from The Word Of God.
Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of The Kingdom of God:
but to others in parables, that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this:
The Seed Is The Word Of God.
-King Jesus Christ