("God's Unfolding Message" Series 1, Post 9)
*Once again, I took notice that God was incorporating some of His previous messages through me into this blog. Most of them come from Bridegroom in the Clouds: Book Two – Bridge Stories, a season in my life that took place between 2010-2014. So yet again I placed them in bold. Please go back and read and/or watch the videos in "God's Unfolding Message" as God builds upon His message with each post.
I took the biggest step of faith yesterday that I feel I have ever taken, using Facebook Story through my personal page for the first time in order to share my testimony. This may not seem like a big step of faith to you, but for me it was. It was because my testimony is filled with supernatural manifestations of God that I fear will make people think I am crazy. It is one thing to share these stories with strangers through social media, but quite another to share it with family, friends, people who watched me grow up and or who I went to high school with.
I struggled with such fear over this that I kept asking God if I should take the story down, especially after being able to see who had actually seen the story. Ug. But I didn’t take it down after God brought two things to my mind. The first one was a story from long ago that took place after I gave my testimony out for the first time to some family members. This story still makes my jaw drop open. Although I would still say that this family member is one of the one’s that intimidates me the most, after reading a portion of my testimony that I was bold enough to give her back then, she made a rather intricate plaque depicting one of the supernatural stories from my life. Never before, or since, have I seen her make any piece of artwork. It is now one of my favorite possessions that I have in a prominent place.
The next thing God brought to my mind was the story in Luke 4, starting with verse 14 that talks about Jesus being rejected by his own hometown. I kept picturing the people that watched Jesus grow up trying to push him over a cliff. But the point is, Jesus went and spoke to them anyway.
Later that day in the car my daughter once again began to sing a song, repeating over and over, “Time is running out. Time is running out. You better push that button cause time is running out.” If you haven’t, please go back and read or watch the video: “It’s Turbo Time.” For within this, God points to the fact that it’s turbo time, time to put things into high gear because the finish line is fast approaching. Anyway, once again, I asked her where she learned this song, expecting her to finally say “At school” or “Sunday School,” but she said that it was her song. That she made it. I knew God was speaking, speaking through my little Faith.
The next day at church, God spoke. He said:
My love, great things are upon you, truly great adventure. A new day awaits you, a New Spring (A New Spring). Keep planting those seed’s Susan. I know this is scary for you but remember with each seed softened ground awaits. The seeds are still seeds at this point Susan but eventually I promise they will germinate. At this time, eyes will highly be upon you and you will shine Susan. You will glow from the deep seeded faith that is being built within you during this same season. I know you have waited a long time for what is happening now but know that I am the God of all your days, all your seasons. Susan, no seed you have ever planted will be wasted, even those from long ago. Every seed planted in faith has great purpose, even if never seen. I take great delight in your steps of faith. I always have. Continue to step out Susan. Into the unknown step out. You are out nothing to take those steps. Although some will reject you Susan this is between them and Me, not you. They are rejecting Me out of their pride and hardheartedness. Many rejected Christ and many still reject Him. If He was rejected so will this happen to you, but when this happens, tap into that deep seeded glow and be empowered to keep shining. Stars don’t stop shining just because people don’t look up, and My love, this is My will for you, to keep shining no matter what. I have already given you your Amen. Though you don’t carry it with you the way I commanded you to, it doesn’t mean these words are untrue. Carry them with you Susan. No matter what you have to do, keep them with you and look upon them often, for they point to the fact that I am a greatly faithful God. I do not start anything that I won’t see to completion. Your life and calling are already complete while also ongoing. Embrace this very deep truth. I Am God.
Hold nothing back Susan. Hold NOTHING Back. I know you’re scared Susan, that eyes upon you frighten you, but know that I am with you, that your reputation is in My hands, that My Spirit and army are always with you, that you have been equipped with everything you need, and most of all, I go with you. My fragrance follows you wherever you go. If people can’t stand your fragrance, Susan it’s Mine they reject. REMEMBER THIS My love. I speak truth.
Susan, My people are scared of new but I am a God of newness, creation and new beginnings. It is going to take time to bring others to the place of understanding that took you 14 years to reach but My love, it will happen. They will make it to this place and it has already begun. Change is happening. Because of the state of the world and the restlessness of My people, they are ready. They are ready for new, for an awakening, for a mighty paradigm shift and it is happening. Believe. Believe and take possession Susan. Take your Jerusalem. (Believe and Take Possession and It’s Time to Take Our Jerusalem). I will guide you in this, just be ready, ready and armed with your testimony. They will listen Susan. All will listen that I draw to you and your light, My bright shining star. Shine on! SHINE ON! Cry out! Cry out Susan and stop letting fear stunt your crying out. Facebook Story - Face - Book - Story. Even those words speak of what you should do. Susan, you cannot hide your face from your story for it is your story - eyes on you mean eyes on Me. I have only ever called you to invite Susan. You are My Turbo Button Susan.
At this moment, my pastor was inspired during worship to stand up and read starting with Luke 4:14 and I knew God was speaking.
My pastor’s sermon was on having an Eternal Perspective, and of course this is exactly what God had been alluding to. It is Turbo Time. “Time is running out. Time is running out. It’s time to push that button cause time is running out.” We could also say, time is running out therefore it is time to live with an eternal perspective. This means casting aside all fear and taking bold steps of faith in belief into that desert that stands between us and the promised land.
Time for an eternal perspective. You cannot enter Turbo, or the state of Turbo without an eternal perspective, which my pastor pointed out requires boldness, troubles being demagnified, and the spirit of fear neutralized.
I love that my pastor started by saying that “Eternity is the now and not yet,” for that is what God has pointed out to me. Once again having said, “I have already given you your Amen. I am a greatly faithful God. I do not start anything that I won’t see to completion. Your life and calling are already complete while also ongoing. Embrace this very deep truth. I Am God.” God is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, all at once. We can have an eternal perspective because just like He told me that He has given me my Amen, He has given all of us our Amen. We know the end of the story. We know we will win. Yet, all the while still fighting the battle. The words that God gave me and commanded me to carry around that I don’t, are His words to me, telling me that I actually have completed the work He created me to do. He actually gave me His final words to me that will be spoken when I stand before Him someday. What a precious gift. Why don’t I carry them around? Forgive me Lord! But oh, my friends, what symbolism, for don’t we all have God’s final word? Hasn’t He given us all the Amen we need to empower us within the also still on-going battle? Yes!
Why is it so hard to live with an eternal perspective? For as the Apostle Paul pointed out in Philippians 1:21, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Whether we live or die, we win! Because of this, as my pastor pointed out, “People with an eternal perspective are unstoppable.”
My pastor went on to talk about how people with an eternal perspective “demagnify trouble and magnify peace.” In John 16:33 Jesus says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus pointed out that Amen!
In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, Paul says, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” As my pastor pointed out, who talks like that? Paul wasn’t denying the problems for he pointed out that we will be crushed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down. But, as he goes on to say, “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
My pastor then asked the question, “Do you need to take bold steps but haven’t because you haven’t magnified an eternal perspective?”
He then went on to say that the Spirit of Fear needs to be neutralized. Psalms 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Hebrews 2:14-15 says, “Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.”
Could we not all talk pages and pages about this spirit of fear that has come upon people today, making people slaves to the fear of dying?
At this point my pastor read something C. S. Lewis once wrote. It was written in 1948 and entitled, “On Living in an Atomic Age.” It addressed people’s fear back then of an atomic war pointing out, “In one way we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb.” He goes on to talk about previous horrific events in history, eventually stating, “In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. . . It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.
This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things – praying . . . not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs.”
Oh, my goodness, what words. Words that actually match words from God to me. This all goes back to Revelation 19:7 and how it is the Bride’s job to be getting herself ready for her wedding day. In the same way, God doesn’t want His people huddled together, cowering in fear because of the scary events of the world right now, or because we think that Christ is coming back at any moment because of them. For even if He does, what will our Bridegroom find you doing? Giving into the spirit of fear, to the issues that make us feel crushed, perplexed, persecuted, and struck down, or will we realize like the Apostle Paul that what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Cor. 4:17-18).
My pastor finished by praying, “I want to walk within the reality of my position in You Lord for eternity.”
My friends, we are at a place where theoretical faith needs to become real/active faith. We need to get to a place like God addressed in my last message, where we say with His Saint Job, “My ears had heard of you before, but now my eyes have seen you.” It is time to take that step of faith into the desert that stands between us and the promised land because “Time is running out. Time is running out. You better push that button cause time is running out.”
As I was holding the communion bread and cup in my hand, I began to pray for the same empowerment that the Apostle Paul had, and as I did, I heard God reiterate my calling over and over in my head.
I then began to think about my daughter. “If only my daughter…” Although I am so blessed to have my daughter, things did get harder with a child. I grew up during the Cold War so I know the fear. I feel that I can endure almost anything alone, but when you include children the game changes. I am willing to die for Christ but I am scared for her. But even to this fear in that moment, God spoke. He brought strongly to my mind our car accident. Please go back and read and or watch this very powerful message revolving around this accident entitled “Fear = Fantasy Eating At Reality.” What God brought to my mind was “They were in the car with you. Your whole family was in the car.” What God meant is that I wasn’t in that car accident alone, my husband and daughter were there too and they also walked away. God knows that I am not on this journey alone, that my husband and daughter go with me, and just like He protected them then, He will protect them still. To live is Christ and to die is gain. If we are still alive, we have work to do at any age, but if God takes us, at any age, then what gain. The only thing to fear is fear itself, but even that as God stated is fantasy.
Later at home, I found myself watching the rain pour down and I heard, “Susan, just be the rain, eventually the ground will soften” (Be the Rain). Several years ago, God showed me that truly dry, tough ground, requires a slow steady rain in order to truly soften it, pointing out the need mostly for consistent prayer. God was reminding me, and all of us, that He sees our seeds and like He told me, they may still be seeds right now, but eventually they will germinate. Be encouraged! The ultimate Seed Sower and Grower knows what He is doing!
*After writing this I recorded a video message with it. When I went back to edit the video, I noticed that through most of the video that you can hear a bird singing in the background. God often used birds singing to represent His “New Spring,” (also new life) in my life so I appreciated that on-going symbolism.
I also wanted to mention my diet. I have recently started a diet once again that has worked very well for me in the past, especially during the first week. After a week on it this time however, very little result. It is hard to stick to something when there is very little results to encourage us to keep going. I have already thought about stopping the diet because of this, but even with this, God keeps telling me to stick with it and that the weight will eventually come off. Well, I just weighed myself and there it was: results! We have to press through, spiritually and physically as we are also commanded to take care of our bodies, for we are the Body of Christ and through us, God will move upon this earth for a time such as this. Amen!