Prepare for the best!
Just two weeks earlier, she had been in the hospital.
Two Grand Mal seizures left her in the intensive care unit with doctors feeling uncertain about whether or not she would be okay. To look at her in church that afternoon, however, you wouldn’t have known anything was ever wrong.
The only reason I knew is because the pastor leaned over and told me about it before I got up to deliver the Sunday morning sermon. At the time, I was sitting in the pulpit enjoying the duet she was singing with her sister. They had been selected to minister the sermonic selection—that musical number that comes right before the word of God is taught.
When he explained what occurred in her body and all the complications that resulted, I was amazed. She should not have been standing there.
“We prayed and God healed her,” he said.
Though it looked bad, the pastor and his team of intercessors fully expected things to improve. God honored their faith and there the formerly sick girl stood, lifting her voice in praise to the Lord who preserved her life. I extended my hands and thanked Him for how marvelous He is!
After the two young women finished their song, before delving into the text, I asked the congregation to join me in praising God for what He had done in her life. Folloing service, while I stood in the front of the church greeting congregants, she and her sister came over to me. They took several minutes, each going into even greater detail about the events that took place.
Her testimony was astounding.
I have heard many like it as I come into contact with Believers across the nation. Though the circumstances and conditions may greatly differ, there is one common thread: evidence says one thing and God does another thing entirely.
Over and over again He shows that He is not limited by natural laws or limitations. He is sovereign and almighty. He is more than able to reverse outcomes. No matter what doctors or any others say, it is God who has the final say. He's in control.
I'm reminded of a powerful biblical account found in Numbers 22 where we see God’s helping hand extended toward the Israelites when a man named Balak, who was king of Moab, tried to use sorcery to hurt God’s chosen ones.
It all started with his own fear. King Balak saw how powerful Israel was and grew worried that they would take over his territory and destroy his people. So this paranoid king sent a message to Balaam, a sorcerer, asking him to place an evil curse upon the Hebrews. That way, they would be defeated and driven out of the land.
People do strange things when they get intimidated, don't they?
King Balak, who didn’t realize that you cannot curse what God has blessed, sent the elders of Moab and Midian on their way, carrying along Balaam’s divination fees. The king was willing to pay to have God’s people stopped.
So after the commissioned leaders met up with Balaam, God spoke to the sorcerer that evening and said, “Do not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.”
God forbade Balaam to go and the sorcerer obeyed the Lord, and refused to move forward. After King Balak heard about the refusal, he didn’t stop there. He sent another group of men, more numerous and distinguished than the others. They offered greater payment for Balaam’s services. This time, God instructed Balaam to go ahead, but only to speak what God said.
After sending an angel to further warn the sorcerer not to utter a single word God had not spoken, a remarkable thing happened. According to Numbers 23:8, this sorcerer said to King Balak, “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how can I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?”
This man was contracted by the king to speak against the Israelites. But God, who has power over everything and everyone, got a hold of the sorcerer’s tongue! Balaam couldn’t even complete the assignment that the king hired him to fulfill, because the King of the whole universe fought for Israel. Once God intervened, the curse was never spoken. Rather, Balaam ended up speaking blessings over the Hebrews.
In verse 11, King Balak was so angry, he said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have actually blessed them!”
Friend, when God is on your side, He'll even turn what the enemy intended to be a curse into a blessing. And today, I believe God is doing precisely that in your life. So prepare for the best, even though Satan would have you believe the worst will happen.
No it won’t.
The curse of the enemy over your health, relationships, finances, mind, emotions and everything concerning you, is broken. That stronghold has been torn down, because the Lord has stepped in and done a mighty work.
Watch what happens.
God's going to force your enemies to be good to you. He will make folks who don’t even like you speak well of you. Those who tried to curse you will have to turn around and bless you. That disease will leave your body. Lack will be overtaken by increase. Good things are on the way. Prepare for the best.
At this very moment, some things are working in your favor. The enemy's covert schemes are being sabotaged by God's divine hand.
To help you believe and receive this word, I feel led to stir a portion of Genesis 50:20 ESV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good…”
As you drink down the contents of your cup, know that the blessings of the Lord are upon your life. The evil plan Satan attempted to work against you is going to work for you. The attack will fail miserably. What was done to keep you down will only lift you up. What your enemy hoped would be a stumbling block will be a stepping stone, because God is for you.
You have no need to worry about the storms, hardships and hindrances you see. You are blessed of the Lord and there’s nothing the devil can do about it. Right now, things may look their worst, but really, the best is yet to come.
Wait for it. Prepare for it. Expect it!
Now let's pray.
God, I know my situation looks bad, but I sense in my spirit and deep in my heart that You are up to something good. So I choose faith over fear and confidence in Your word over worry about my circumstances. I trust You in all things and declare by faith that my best days are right in front of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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