Over the past couple of months while being in my wilderness season, I sought out God but it was as if nothing was speaking to me, perhaps the spirit of discouragement had set in. My heart hardened towards God’s words and promises and I lived out of head knowledge knowing God is good but also doubting His goodness at the same time. Have you ever been there? I mean it really felt like every sermon, song, and scripture was bouncing right off the walls of my heart. I realized I had to awaken the spirit of expectation and anticipation inside of me, and instead of doing it on my own, I asked for God’s help. “Lord, I come before you asking for your forgiveness and mercy for doubting your promises and faithfulness. I have allowed disappointment to set in and it has become a stumbling block, please remove it. I cannot do this without you, I repent and want to walk in a steadfast Faith no matter what may come my way, soften my heart towards you Jesus”. How many people know that the Lord loves a broken vessel? How many people know that the Lord loves when we ask for His help? I can tell you that when my requests went up to Heaven His grace and mercy came down, Glory! It was instantaneous that my demeanor and stature changed at His throne, and my heart was able to beat again and hope.
As I dove into the Word moments later, all the revelation of God started pouring out on me and I was able to hear His voice again. Once you experience the presence and spirit of God it is difficult to go without it. I know that during the wilderness our circumstances only make life harder but trying to go throughout without hope makes everything seem impossible. The Lord brought me to Deuteronomy and as I started reading bits and pieces of it, I came across chapter 28 and the words on the page rocked my world. (Read the whole scripture, I promise you’ll love it):
Blessings at Gerizim
28 “Now it shall be, if you diligently obey the Lord your God, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey the Lord your God:
3 “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.
4 “Blessed shall be the offspring of your body and the produce of your ground and the offspring of your beasts, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock.
5 “Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl.
6 “Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 “The Lord shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and will flee before you seven ways. 8 The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you. 9 The Lord will establish you as a holy people to Himself, as He swore to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways. 10 So all the peoples of the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will be afraid of you. 11 The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the offspring of your body and in the offspring of your beast and in the produce of your ground, in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. 12 The Lord will open for you His good storehouse, the heavens, to give rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hand; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 13 The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you only will be above, and you will not be underneath, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today, to observe them carefully, 14 and do not turn aside from any of the words which I command you today, to the right or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.
Did you notice all the promises and blessings the Lord has spoken in this text? My goodness, talking about abundance!!! When I read this passage I told myself, “that’s it Courtney, this is God’s promises to you, REJOICE”! I grabbed a hold of this scripture and declared it over myself twice, and made sure that I believed it in my heart and mind. Of course the devil is going to try to make me doubt and try to uproot the promise but I just told him to go back to hell! Wouldn’t you know that the next morning when I woke up and turned on a sermon, the pastor was talking about favor and miraculously used Deuteronomy 28 as the basis for his message! Haha Devil!! I laughed and thanked the Lord for His confirmation that surely this scripture was for me.
Now that was yesterday, and today I got up and declared the scripture over myself again, “I am above and not underneath, I am blessed coming in and going out”. Can I just tell you that when you start declaring God’s promises aloud, the devil hates it because we are now walking with the authority of Christ. When Jesus was in the wilderness, Satan would manipulate scripture and use it in false context and Jesus would fight back with the true Word of God. (Matthew 4)
I exercise about five days a week, mostly going to the gym which was my intention today but I thought it was nice enough to go to the park and workout. I always wear a hat when out in the South Florida sun because I can’t afford to get any more damage to my skin. I was hoping and praying that I had a hat in the back of my car, I start searching and thankfully found one, a pretty sky blue baseball cap that had hot pink letters and read “BLESSED” on it! LOL! Praise God almighty!! The Lord commanded me and said “put on that hat”! The way in which He said it was like very matter of fact. I am blessed and I am highly favored in the name of Jesus! We are conquerors, survivors, delivered, prosperous, forgiven, and loved! I tell you brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, put on that hat in which God commanded you to wear, walk in it, declare it and show the world that you are confidently fixed in heavenly places. Glory be to God! Be blessed y’all!