Praise the name of Jesus Christ every one. I just want to remind someone that the Lord is good. He is truly indeed amazing and He is indeed beautiful for situations. Oh magnify the Lord with me and let us exalt His name together. Glory be to God, Hallelujah.
On Sunday, May 20, 2018, when I was at church, my church’s Assistant Pastor was the one who was given the opportunity to preach. The title of her preaching was “BE COMFORTED NONETHELESS.” And the scripture she read was Job 5: 1 – 6. While she was preaching, the Lord Jesus Christ used her to say many things that reminded me of past Bible Journaling entries that I had done and also an encouragement that a particular prayer partner of mine had given to me. This experience is what I would love to share with you all today.
Now, the fact that she focused her preaching on the book of Job and she even said, Job is a good book to study especially when you are battling a severe storm, led me to remember the Bible Journaling entry I did on Job in my first K.J.V. Journaling Bible which is shown below:
The words “What is Your Blessings Come through Raindrops” comes from the song “Blessings” by Laura Story. To me, this song represents the story of Job exceptionally well and it is also a beautiful song of comfort and strength for those going through severe storms in their life as it causes people to realign/refocus their mind on God and all the good He is using the pain to bring forth. Remember God will not cause pain without allowing something new to be birth. Also remember God is intentional as He works all the situations, challenges and joyful moments in our lives for our good while He creates our beautiful masterpieces. This same entry was later redone in my K.J.V My Creative Bible as shown below:
As you can see, I added butterflies. This is because, at this very moment in my life, lessons from the caterpillar to butterfly transformation are an important part of my life as it comforts me and equips me to go through my seasons with joy.
I saw this preaching from my assistant pastor as God reminding me to study the book of Job. She started to expound on the story of Job and especially the words that Job’s friends were saying to him. The fact of the matter is that Job’s friends thought he sinned because they could not find any other possible conclusion in their mind as to why God would allow these things to happen to him. They could not understand why he was being afflicted so much. Job also could not understand why he was chosen to endure so much affliction but he knew he did not sin. Many of the words that Job’s friends said were discouraging, however, that did not stop him from trusting in God.
It is the same with us. There will be times when we will find ourselves in situations in which we will not understand or know the reasons why we are chosen to go through it. People, especially close friends, around us may not understand why we are going through various situations either and so many of the times they may say things that further hurt us and cause us to be discouraged. Therefore this is why my Assistant Pastor’s theme was “Be Comforted Nonetheless.”
In spite of the discouragements and the misunderstandings of Job’s friends, Job never lost faith in God. Job never cursed God. We can be like Job. When people come to discourage us, let us turn the discouragement into encouragement and be comforted nonetheless.
Words that are meant to discourage will come, but it doesn’t have to discourage you if you do not let it. It matters which way you turn it.
Choose to turn Words made to discourage you into positivity today and MOVE FORWARD IN FAITH IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST OF NAZARETH.
My Assistant Pastor went on to say
“When the Words come, Job, which was are you going to turn it? Somebody can say the worst things to you and you take it as an encouragement.”
It was when I came from church and I was doing some personal journaling that I remembered that this specific line that came from my Assistant Pastor actually connected with the Sunday School Lesson that took place on the same Sunday Morning. A specific part of it was dealing with the Syrophenician woman who came to Jesus for her son to be healed. This lesson can be found in St. Matthew 15: 22 – 28. Jesus said to her
“It is not meet to take the children’s bread and give it to the dogs.”
Now, this lady was a gentile and gentiles are normally referred to as dogs. However, this lady did not let this Word stop her from exercising her faith in God in order to get her deliverance. She decided to turn this word, that others may have taken as a negative Word, into a positive Word and as a result of this the Lord saw her faith and granted her, her deliverance.
This is proof that it depends on how you turn it. You can choose whether you are going to see the positive and joy in everything or if you are going to put a negative spin on everything.
My assistant pastor also said:
“if you choose to see everything in a negative light you will die in your valley. You have to find comfort even in the places where people think you will die.”
These words reminded me of an encouragement that one of my prayer partners gave to me the last time I saw him. He said:
“A wise man will be strengthened/encouraged/assisted by discouragement but not even encouragement will help an unwise man.
The Syrophenician woman would have died in her valley, had she not decided to see Jesus’ Words to her in a positive light than a negative light. In order to have great faith, you have to reach the stage where you see everything in a positive light. If someone calls you a dog, choose to stay positive by emulating the persistence of a dog. The Syrophenician woman was persistent and as a result, she got her deliverance.
Remember you cannot stop people from criticizing you and calling you names, but you can choose how you respond to those names. Let those names build you instead of tearing you down in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Stay positive in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Even if, in discouraging times, when words come to try to discourage you, if it comes to the test that you have to spend five minutes and write down the words in a journal and then underneath you write the question, HOW CAN I SEE POSITIVE IN THIS NEGATIVE WORD? And the Lord helps you to answer it then you pray and move forward in strength. Do It. It will be worth it in the end and it will cause you to see God in each situation rather than yourself.
It depends on how you turn it.
My assistant pastor furthermore said:
“There is a time to be silent and a time to speak.”
“When you are going through your season, ask God to cover you until your season pass.”
“If you give up on God, you will never experience the next season. If your mission is to overcome/survive you must go through the season. While going through the season lean upon God.”
While these words were being said, I remembered that on Thursday, May 17, 2018, and on Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Lord Jesus Christ had been speaking deeply to my spirit about Seasons and He was using visible experiences in my environment to allow me to have a deeper understanding of seasons.
On Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Lord allowed me to walk outside my house and witness the wind blowing to the ground, some of the yellow and brown leaves of an ackee tree that is located right in front of my gate. It was a beautiful sight to see leaves falling to the ground like rain and painting the ground under the tree.
I started to meditate on this action and the Lord cause me to write down a meditation from this experience. The bottom line of this experience was that you have to shed your old leaves (Bad habits, bad ways, ineffective tools, friends that have concluded their purpose in your life) in order to grow new leaves (new habits, new and effective ways, effective tools, and new destiny helpers ordained by God) for the new season. You cannot carry the old season’s baggage into the new season. That would be chaotic and strenuous and even an unpleasant sight to behold. The old would poison the new.
What if the tree should keep its old leaves, would there be any space for the new ones? What if a tree had both its old and new leaves growing on it, wouldn’t that cause a lot of deadly problems to the tree?
God designed the tree to shed its old leaves so new leaves can emerge. We also must come out of the old so the new can be effective in our lives. This is just the principle of God. One cannot go contrary to God’s season and expect to have an effective life. That is impossible.
As a result of getting this revelation, I was thinking of the best way to illustrate it in my Bible. The Lord Jesus brought to my memory, a napkin that I had and I went ahead and used it. This is the entry below:
On Saturday, May 19, 2018, I was looking into one of my favourite books that had some Bible journaling entries that focuses on Ecclesiastes 3. There is a specific one that focused on the fact that Ecclesiastes 3 said: “For everything, there is a SEASON.”
The word SEASON inspired me to search my stash of Bible Journaling napkins to find any that depicted the four seasons.: Autumn, Summer, Winter, and Spring. I also thought of the Season of rain versus the season of sunshine. However, I only found napkins to depict the four seasons that were listed first. The entry below was done as a result of that:
While searching for the Autumn napkin especially, the Lord allowed me to ask some questions and that allowed me to gain another revelation which I will share soon as the Lord permits.
I loved the way how God used the preaching on Sunday, May 20, 2018, to confirm all He has been teaching me about seasons. All Glory be to His Name continually for this.
My final words to you are:
“ Even if you do not understand the season you are in, TRUST GOD”
“Whether Encouragement or Discouragement comes: BE COMFORTED NONETHELESS.”
Thank You For Reading. I Pray Your Life is Transformed. Be Blessed in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.