As I sit here at my job, sipping on my French Vanilla Bustello coffee (mmmm) I cant help but to think of the process I have gone through to get to where I am. If you take a look at where you have been and where you are today you will understand that the journey you took was the road that led you to where you are.
I have been put down, spiritually abused, demeaned, lied on, envied, attacked, rejected, dismissed but today I can say that all those things have taught me lessons that I could not have learned unless I traveled the road of suffering and pain. The tears I cried have only led to a strength I could not have otherwise acquired. The moments of having my face on the ground while I cried out to the Almighty only taught me endurance and increased my faith when he came through at the right moment.
Why do we go through these things? Because we have been chosen and therefore has to qualify us for the position we are about to interview for. Interview? Yes, Interview. When we are about to undertake a great work for the Lord he needs to ensure that we will be able to handle that job and that we wont quit in the middle and that we will do it because we have been through and have come through.
A Pastor once told me GOD DOESN'T CALL THE QUALIFIED, HE QUALIFIES THE CALLED. At the age of 15 I could not understand those words. Today, I Can.
Be encouraged, if you are going through something right now, you are in the middle of the qualification process because YOU HAVE BEEN CHOSEN!!!
With my love
Pastor Maggie Lebron
Last night I had my final for my Bible Institute class and I had to prepare a preaching and preach in front of the class. I was given a verse to speak on which is
Isaiah 55:8 For your thoughts are not my thoughts nor your ways my ways Says the Lord.
I sweated over this because there is so much to be said on this. So many times we make plans, make decisions, make determinations based on our own understanding when the Lord is telling us His thoughts are not ours. I have come to learn and understand that my surroundings do not determine my destination. I have come to learn and understand that what others think of me does not determine who I am. I have come to learn and understand that my ways are not the Lords ways and that I need to first seek his insight, seek his way before I take one step forward.
Growing up, I was told things like "You were adopted", "You dont belong in this family", "You were an OOPs baby", "Your ugly", etc. See the thoughts of others towards me were thoughts of destruction, thoughts to bring me down, thoughts to make me feel inferior, thoughts that would eventually be proven WRONG. You see, today I am a Servant of the Most High God. See today, I serve the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul. Today I am nothing like what I was told. Today I can say I belong to the family of the Heavenly Kingdom. Today I can stand up and say I was a thought in the mind of God.
Well, as I was speaking in front of the class, I couldn't help but realize that so many people are looking to please the Lord but inside feel as if they are not good enough.
One of my all time favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11 which says For I know the plans I have for you, delcares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope for a future...
and Jeremiah 5:1 "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew YOU, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations"
This is the Word of the Lord for you, for me, for your family. The Word of God makes no exception of person nor does it discriminate on your past. Praise the Lord for that right?.
Here is the Word for you today....The Lord has thoughts regarding you and His thoughts for you are for you to flourish, for you to be strengthened for you to stand upon the Rock, for you to be healed, for you to be delivered, for you to succeed in all you do, for you to obtain Salvation, for you to understand that his plan and purpose for you may be a process and that he sustains you through the storm and the rain.
His ways are not our ways.... so many times we want to detour and go in our own direction but usually that gets us into trouble, into situations we then cant get out of. Put yourself in his hands, put your plans in his hands, put your desires in his hands, put it all in his hands and let him direct your steps.
The Word says that we have power of life and death in our tongues. Well today I want you to declare the above 7 statements. Regardless of how you feel a relationship with God isn't always based on feeling its based on will. For example, the Word of God says the flesh is weak but the Spirit is willing and that we have domain over our Spirit. So therefore, regardless of how you feel, you may feel far from God, you may feel he is Far from you, you may feel like you have failed him in so many ways or that he has failed you in some ways, you may feel like you can take on the World today but don't know your tomorrow so its important that we get our Spirit used to declaring positive things.
See I have had my share of declaring negativity and destruction with my tongue. Oh yes!! and I am ashamed to say that what I was declaring was not of God. But in a conversation with a Man of God, a Doctor, a visionary I realized that right now God is doing a mighty work in and around me and that his purpose is unfolding and I need to get myself right (well he didn't say those exact words but that's what I heard) What we declare is usually what we receive. So I am determined, decided, absolutely sold out to the idea of positive proclamation over my life and my circumstances.
It's time we understand that the Lord has plans to prosper us not destroy or harm us. And we need to believe His word because He said it.
Sick - declare healing, declare a cure, declare His promises
Depressed- declare a sound mind
Discouraged - declare his strength and purpose, his wonderful plan for you
Whatever it is...its BETWEEN YOU AND HIM. Speak to your spirit this morning
Lord, I know I am seeing the negative around me, and I am declaring it so however, right now I speak to my spirit and tell my spirit that you have made me whole, that you have created me for greatness, that you have a great plan for me and that although my flesh may be weak and may not want to move in your purpose My Spirit says Yes. I WILL be healed, I will be delivered, I will speak positive and truthfulness to myself and my circumstances. I WILL SEE YOUR GLORY IN MY LIFE, IN MY FAMILY, IN MY FINANCE, IN MY CHILDREN, IN MY MINISTRY, IN MY BODY, IN MY SURROUNDING, IN MY NATION, IN MY JOB. In Jesus Name....Amen.
RED LIGHT GREEN LIGHT ONE TWO THREE
I don't know if you remember that game but I remember playing with my sister and cousins all those childhood games, Simon Says, Racing, Red light green light one two three. And I am thinking about whats going on in our lives today. So many believers, with a Word spoken over their lives are just in Freeze Tag. Waiting for someone to come and tag them so that they can achieve their calling and their purpose. I don't know about you but when I played freeze tag it was always amusing to the person tagging to see how long you can stay frozen in the same position.
There are people in our lives that love to see us frozen in our present position. People that won't tag you so that you can run and end up being the tagger.
In applying this to myself this morning, I can say that it is the Lord that has tagged you a long time ago His word says that from your mother's womb he knew you, he called you and he chose YOU. Yes, YOU. I didn;t call you, the person your waiting to tag you didn't call you....YOUR CREATOR CALLED AND CHOSE YOU.
A Pastor once told me, "Maggie God doesn't call the qualified he qualifies the called". (Honestly I am writing this to myself) Sometimes we need to encourage ourself because too many are beating down on us. So...ENCOURAGE YOURSELF this morning, Your Abba father, your creator, your giver of life, lover of your soul, sustainer, Rock, Fortress, Almighty, All knowing, tagged you a long time ago. Get up, Get up, Get up and walk in your annointing, walk in your calling. Begin doing little things, equip yourself, read articles, read the Word, read what others with your calling are saying, Don't wait for someone to tag you. Simon says run run run, Get Up, Get going, Let the Lord use you. This generation needs the Lord desperately and they need YOU.
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET,.......GGGGGGOOOOOOOO!
I woke up this morning feeling a little frazzled...
I have a friend who I pray with Monday, Wednesday and Friday night with and last night I felt frazzled and asked her to pray for both of us since I felt emotionally drained and exhausted.
See I am going through a challenging Spiritual situation right now which I know is going to propel me to the next level but the process is not easy. (Dont let anyone fool you and tell you that Christians don't go through these processes) In the word we read about hills, mountains, valleys. Those are all spiritual seasons we go through.
Well I am going through one right now, I am on a journey in a valley which will propel me to the mountain but Its a process. Anyway, I asked my friend to do the praying and I did the agreeing. While I was thrown on the floor, crying out to the Lord she was on the phone crying out to the Lord. Where there are two or more in agreement there He will be. And we felt his presence, his encouragement, his uplifting.
But....this morning I woke up feeling like I had been in a street fight and was so sore, didn't want to get out of bed. I dragged myself out and got my three little ladies ready for school and I for work. My girls and I pray every morning on our way to school, my 4 year old is a little tough one and didn't want to thank God for anything because didn't have time to eat cereal but when she arrived at day care they had muffins and fruit waiting for her so I told her "Symphony you see how God provided for you this morning, although you woke up late and didnt have time to eat cereal look at those muffins." She right away became lighthearted and I could see that she was grateful just by the change in her attitude.
How many times do we go about our day missing the great things God does for us because they seem so small?
Well, I arrived to work (still feeling like I was in a street fight) had a cup of French vanilla Coffee (yummy) and put on my worship music. Knowing that the reason I felt like this was because I am in a Spiritual Battle I began to focus on God and His Greatness.
I encourage you today, you will have tough days, you will have days when you feel you can't go on and are overwhelmed or exhausted, but the Word says the Lord is close to the brokenhearted and promises that those that come to Him he will give them rest. So put it all in His hands and allow him to propel you to the mountain he has prepared for you.
Till tomorrow, Maggie