As I was eating my breakfast yesterday morning, I read a devotional from a book titled, “Lifting Your Spirit Through Truth,” by Yancey Snavely. This devotional encouraged me for many reasons, but mainly with this confirmation:
Jesus holds my future in His hands.
In the past, I used to worry a lot. In the past, I used to fret. Even though David states in Psalm 37:1, “Do not fret,” I had a tendency to fret about little things such as how I’m going to pay my bills, for instance. I stand in the confidence that Jesus holds my future in His hands for many reasons:
- Jesus cares deeply for me.
- Jesus has compassion for my sorrows.
- Jesus loves me: truly, madly, and deeply.
Jesus cares deeply for me. I know this to be true because I just got out of a state of homelessness and can live to talk about it. Even though I know what it is like to go hungry or not bathe for a couple of days, I trusted and clung to the Truth that is in and of God’s Word and what it stands for as it relates to my mental, physical, and emotional well-being. Even though I read A LOT of Scripture when I was homeless, one Scripture stood out to me the most:
~”No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.”~Isaiah 54:17, NIV~
Isaiah 54:17 stood out to me, for many reasons. The devil did not win even though he toiled and tried to pity me against Jesus, my Lord and Savior. Satan is a liar and this I know very well. Satan attempted to deceive me many times that Jesus did not care for me because if He did care about me, then He would not allow for me to walk through this valley.
This was a lie because I reached the mountaintop, the ultimate victory, at the end of this trial. I made it out of homelessness. I may be a victim, in the sight of the world, but, I am accepted as a victor in the eyes of the Lord because His Word ALWAYS STANDS and is for me. God’s Word wins every time.
Jesus has compassion for my many sorrows. I had my nights when I was in a hotel room and I cried. And cried. And I cried until I could not cry anymore. The world looks at crying as a sign of weakness, BUT Jesus sees it as a strength. This is because Jesus wept.
~”Jesus wept.”~John 11:35, KJV~
Jesus wept for me. Not just for this corrupt and vile world and the age of which we live in. He wept for me in my broken state of mind and heart. Therefore, I have compassion for the multitudes. I have compassion for those who go through abuse, manipulated, go hungry at night, or have no where to go. I even have compassion for those who don’t have a roof over their heads because I know what that is like. Jesus suffered for me and I reached the mountaintop as a victor with many battle scars that tell the story of a broken women with a heart for Jesus. This world may be corrupt and shaken. But I AM NOT A VICTIM, as they say, BUT A VICTOR, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
~”Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”~Isaiah 54:10, NIV~
Jesus loves me: truly, madly, and deeply. I know this to be so not just because His Word tells me so. I know this from my own practical experiences. His love drew me closer and closer to my Heavenly Father all while drowning out hate. His love made me strong and courageous. His love made me into a woman of great faith that will not be shaken.
Jesus died for me. Therefore, I have a reason to fear God because Jesus proved His death for me as Truth that He is God on the cross. It is because of this love that Jesus had for me that I praise God. In the good, the bad, and the ugly, I praise God for it. And it is for this reason that I have no fear of the future because I can literally look at it and laugh at the days to come. My future is bright in the brilliance of God, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
~”Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”~Proverbs 31:30, NIV~
I now want to take the time to pray for you, dear reader. Let us pray!:
Thank You that Your Word is love. Thank You that Your Word is true, even for readers who needed to read my testimony today. Thank You that Your Hands are making and fashioning each of these readers to be of an encouragement to someone, who is going through a hard time or who needs a Sound Word to lift him or her up. Your Word is power. Your Word is love. And is gives a sound mind to each of these readers today. Lift up each reader and let him or her know that his or her future is bright and filled with brilliance that only Your Son can provide. Heal the hearts of any reader, who may be discouraged today, so that he or she can turn their hearts and minds to heaven, in Your precious Name. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.
In Jesus’ Name,
God bless you, dear reader. You are loved!! ❤
~”He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”~Psalm 147:3, ESV~