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Get in Agreement with God!

January 23, 2019

My main new year resolution for 2019 is to be in agreement with God! This was one of the main lessons I learned in 2018, thanks to the advice of two great women in my life. God has given me great visions since I was 11 years old, even though, I didn’t always know that they were from God. I just called them my daydreams and usually ignored them or let them get lost in the day-to-day routines. However, after becoming a Christian and seeing my visions for what they were, I would argue with God or “inform” God that I was not the right person for what He was showing me and calling me to do. But now I have learned that when He calls you, He equips you and big surprise: He is not really asking for your permission or input. He would prefer a, “Yes, Lord!” But at least, I am in great company, like Moses and Gideon, who informed God of who they were in their own eyes and why they couldn’t do what God was calling them to do. Gideon even went so far as to ask God to prove himself, not once but three times. How often, did I ask God to prove himself and God, being as wonderful as He is, He proved himself to Gideon and to me. He didn’t say, “Well, just look around and see what I have already done.” He could’ve said that, but He knows our past, our future, our trials and our pain. God knows that some of His children are so broken at certain times in their lives and therefore they need that proof at that moment to move forward and to believe again.

I was so broken by the end of 2017. I had lost so much since December 2015 and witnessed so much pain and suffering. I was doubting God. I had forgotten that at the beginning of 2017, I had prayed for God to provide a financial miracle for my husband and I to be financially independent and to be able to just focus on what we felt God was calling us to do. By the end of 2017, there was no way that looked possible. My husband and I were in the middle of divorce proceedings and I was alone and a hurricane had caused more financial burdens. In the midst of all the turmoil, I heard God say, “Trust me!” He said don’t increase your hours at work even during tax season, focus on your kids. So, I listened and for the first time in my life, I worked fewer hours than ever and money was pouring in. Money poured in from the insurance company. Friends and family gave me financial support as well. Then finally, the proceeds from the sale of the house allowed me to just focus on what God called me to do. Everything that looked like a negative at the time turned out to be a blessing. God was proving himself. I was not my provider, my husband was not my provider, God is my provider! By mid-2018, God reminded me of that prayer at the beginning of 2017, when I said there is no way I can do what you have called me to do, Lord, unless you provide. And now He was saying, “There, I’ve provided, what is your excuse now?” I know, yes, God speaks like that to me. I looked back and was amazed at how we had made it through and how God had provided. The lawyers had been paid. The hospital and medical bills had been paid. All the contractors and mortgage/rent had been paid. I was amazed and so grateful and so, I let go of all those fears and excuses that were holding me back. I was finally able to see the blessings in my trials. I focused on my passions again and have been writing again. I have been getting so many writing ideas, that I find it difficult to even get them down and just focus on one at a time. I finally switched careers to writing and coaching, which are more of my passions and put my “fall back career” aside. God knew what it would take to move me out of my comfort zone. I am amazed at what He has done, and how He did it. There is no way that I or anyone can deny that it was all Him! He has given me a vision that I will be a published author and motivational speaker. Also, He has given me a vision for a great ministry for women and career center as well and I believe, God will provide it all. There is nothing He can’t do. Unfortunately, I was also reminded again to be careful who I share things with. I shared with someone how I am believing God to provide the funds for that career center since they were speaking about how God had provided a million dollars for someone else’s ministry. And to my surprise, that person laughed and asked, “why would God do that?” I was amazed that in one breath they can praise God for doing that for one ministry but doubt it for mine. So, continue to trust God, don’t listen to your negative thoughts and the negative words of others. I had also been told to “ignore God” (if it was truly Him speaking) and to increase my hours at work, that the home equity money would not be enough and to start small with my “vision”. So yes, do share but filter out the negative and continue to believe and trust God. Remember what He has done and what He has promised.

What would it take for you? Who would be the encouragers in your life that God will send your way? Will you believe God when He speaks to you directly? What is God calling you to do? Has He given you amazing visions in your life and you have told Him, “No way, not me!” Get in agreement with God, ask Him for proof if you must, He will do it, if you need it. But do not argue with God, be in agreement with Him! Answer, with a loud and resounding, “Yes, Lord!” Ask others to be in agreement with you, indicate in the comments below what that is for you, so we can be in agreement with you as well. Also, join us on our weekly encouragement calls at (605) 468-8788 access code: 729952 on Thursday at 7pm EST. May God bless you all and may you fulfill His purpose for your life!

Exodus 6:10-12

“Then the LORD Said to Moses, “Go, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the Israelites go out of his country.” But Moses said to the LORD, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips?”

Judges 6:12-23, 36-40

12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, “The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.”

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the LORD bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the LORD has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The LORD turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”

16 The LORD answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”

17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”

And the LORD said, “I will wait until you return.”

19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.

20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the LORD touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the LORD disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the LORD, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign LORD! I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face!”

23 But the LORD said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”

36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised—37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water.

39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece, but this time make the fleece dry and let the ground be covered with dew.” 40 That night God did so. Only the fleece was dry; all the ground was covered with dew.