Happy March! We’re more than half way through the end of our first quarter in 2017, and it has been one demanding journey thus far!!
How’s your first quarter looking? Does anyone remember that one picture they posted on IG to commemorate Day 1 of the New Year? You know, that post that every social media curator knows to be the declaration or announcement of the plans and expectations for the year ahead. I remember mine like it was yesterday; my declaration was this post
In my confident stance, both physically and mentally, little did I know that 2017 was telling me the same thing!!😳.
2017 has been one heck of a ride thus far; a ride filled with battles, breakthroughs, wars, and wins! The past few months, even, weeks have taught and matured me in faith. I’ve seen what it means to “decree a thing and it shall be established” Job 22:28(KJV) and to “call things that are not as though they are.” Romans 4:17
You may recall reading about one of the challenging experiences here, and I am sooooo delighted to tell you WE OVERCAME! The joy and thanksgiving are endless; you can’t tell my family nothing! God is tooooo great.
In the midst of that, I got my own scare. As if one hurdle wasn’t enough, the esteemed Doctors and Nurses of our community thought it wise to diagnose God’s chosen with a “disease” (as they called it). I remember how it all began, that fateful day when they were all too excited to schedule surgery and deep down in my spirit I didn’t accept it. Can I be real for a second?
I remember walking into the hospital alone believing God for a miracle. I remained resolute in the truth that My God is a healer; it didn’t matter to me where my appointment was. It could’ve been in the best of the best health facilities in the world for all I cared, but one thing I was certain of was that my God was and is bigger than ANY one of my problems. While in the waiting room I saw so many different people with different ailments, and I was afraid. I thought “This will not be my case in Jesus name.” After 2 hours of waiting, in comes the doctor who proceeds to conduct tests. My heart was beating so fast, head pounding, hands slightly shaking.
While he was talking and assessing would you believe that Rob Kenoly’s whose report will you believe? popped up in my mind. “I love you Holy Spirit.” I sang along in my mind, with faith in my heart and trust in the Lord. “Ohh that was easy! I see it, I found it, there it is,” said the doctor. “There’s the problem.” Doubt crept in, but I continued singing in the spirit. Silence ensues. “Hmm, could you move a little? That’s weird, I thought I saw something earlier.” Y’all!!!!! The smile that crept up on my face was so sheepish!!! I won’t even try to front for y’all, I wasn’t playing it cool at all. He continued “you know what, I think I’ll refer you for a CT. It’ll be clearer. In the meantime, we’ll schedule you for surgery so we don’t get booked.” Waiiiiiiit, say what now? 🤔 I was perplexed, on one hand I knew that my God and His host of angels stepped into the exam room, and on the other I was setting a date for a procedure. HOW?! I felt defeated; another challenge and expense creeping up. Friends were encouraging me and researching natural remedies, I felt so weak in my spirit. With tears rolling down my face, and frustration in my heart I literally cried out “I’m tired God. I’m really tired!!”
Fast forward to CT scan day, after several prayers with myself and other amazing people who are God’s blessings to me, I was walking in authority again. I declared “I’m not gonna have surgery. They’re gonna cancel it.” Supportive Faith in full force, I was ready. I strutted into the facility, greeted the receptionists and attendants, signed my name, and had a seat. I remember I told some friends and family, “they won’t find anything.” The receptionists asked “What are you here for?” And I will never forget what rolled off my tongue “I’m here for a CT scan of nothing because I’m not claiming or putting my name on any of that stuff.” She responded “I know that’s right! Don’t claim it honey.” Boy was faith forcing itself out of me! 2 weeks later, I met my PCP for a pre-op (yes they were still oh so convinced that something was there). With confidence, I said to her “I never got a call about the results of the CT scan.” Thissss was the defining moment. “Hmmm, well let’s take a look. That’s interesting because they reported that they found no masses.” *insert Baptist praise break*💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 Listennnn, I called the specialist back and cancelled the surgery with a quickness! BLOCKEEEDDTTTT
The same day the enemy was writing his own story of sickness was the same day God rewrote that story for perfect healing.
For an added bonus, I was led to check out my portfolio online a few days ago. I was never aware that previous test results were available for patients to view as well. Would you believe that over a 6 month period, my results were at their best ever on the same exact day I went in for a test that resulted in a surgery being scheduled?? The God I serve works wonders in miraculous ways. The same day the enemy was writing his own story of sickness was the same day God rewrote that story for perfect healing. WOOOOO Shataaaa!! Seeing those results was the cherry on top of the faith sundae, it was almost like God was telling me “wasn’t it worth it to trust in Me?”
Guess what? As if that was not enough, I got attacked in another area of my health. The devil is so Jobless right? This time I was barely able to function without meds. Another mention of possible surgery, and I just lost it. Side Note: Is surgery the new Tylenol?? In weakness I fell into the strongest arms. I literally needed to be still and know the God is God and that He’d heal me just like He’d just done (Exodus 14:14). We all know how that attack ended too…you guessed it: VICTORIOUSLY💪🏾. Haha!
God: 103676338844 🙌🏿 devil: not even a 0. ✋🏿
Real quick let me tell y’all something. When Ephesians 3:20 says God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US, that power is our faith y’all! I talked about it more here. But honestly, faith is the power we have; it’s our weapon. While He was on earth, Jesus told many people He healed “your faith has made you whole;” it wasn’t just for fun or a cool slogan, IT WAS REAL! You see, I needed to challenge God on His word and promises, I needed to challenge myself to come up a little higher in faith. I was in a moment where I had to prove the radical faith I claimed I had. Was I scared? Yup! Did I think that at some point the surgery would end up happening? mmhmmm! Did I think I was crazy? Heck ya! But I also needed to see what was on the other side of faith, I just had to trust God! How could I give up after announcing that this would be my year of Trusting God and being triumphant? I thank God for the grace to truly believe even though it meant accepting whatever He willed.
I feel extraordinarily blessed to be here today, standing victorious. At some point I began to ponder what victory truly entails. The more I wondered about the victories I claimed for this year, the more I was reminded that no victory comes without a battle or a fight. Victories don’t fall into our laps, no! They come after a vicious fight. The bright side is we are promised victory despite what the battle may look like because we have God in it with us. This experience enlightened and reminded me that God will always be with us even when we may feel alone and afraid. My bible tells me that “For we are overcomers and more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.”
So, as I openly testify about God’s amazing miracles in my life, I also challenge you in your faith! Don’t give up! Press on! Speak what you’d like to see! All it takes is faith; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen.” Even if you feel afraid, even if you have to experience what you’d rather not, even if you feel all hope is lost, place your hands in God’s and with ALL your might Hang on!
Don’t fear the fight, Faith the Fight!
I’d like to provide an opportunity to those who are yet to meet with Jesus. If you have a deep desire to know Jesus and enter into the kingdom of God you are in great company. I did at some point in my life, and it was the greatest desire that God ever met!
I invite you to pray the sinner’s prayer: Dear Jesus, I accept that I am a sinner and I confess my sins before you. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again to give me new life. I ask that you forgive me of my sins; cleanse me with your precious blood which you shed on the cross of Calvary. I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Fill me up with your Holy Spirit and strengthen me. I profess that I am a new creature; old things have passed away and I have become new in You. Thank You Lord! In Jesus name, AMEN!
If you prayed the prayer, WELCOME TO THE KINGDOM FAMILY!! You are a new creature, the old has passed and the new is here! Be sure to find a bible believing, Spirit led church in your city and purchase a bible in a version that you understand. I use the New Living Translation, Message, or the New International Version. Enjoy the journey!