Happy Holidays, this is the last day that you get to barbeque . . . LOL. I pray that you all have a safe holiday and that you are blessed and the Lord God covers you with His grace and mercy.
(Isaiah 38:1-5), In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Set thine house in order for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the Lord. And said, Remeber now; O Lord, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight, And Hezekiah wept sore. Then came the word of the Lord to Isaiah saying, Go, and say to Hezekiah, Thus saith the Lord, the God of David my father, I have heard thy prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold, I will add unto thy days fifteen years.
I remember when I first joined the church in South Holland I rode the train for thirty minutes and the whole time, I was reading my bible. I prayed everyday and joined two ministries. I showed up for every meeting. I went to Women's Conferences over the weekends. I was on fire for the Lord. I was so excited the the day that I got baptized, then I joined the Body of Christ. I ministered to everyone in my family and on the streets. Because of my dedication to the Lord, my family noticed a change in my attitude and behavior. My mother joined the church, although she was brought up in a Catholic. My sister and her family then joined the church. The entire roll was taken up by my family members and I was happy that they were saved. I went to bible study, Sunday school and any other classes that I could attend after work. I earned my Teachers Certificate. Before my family would start our Thankgiving dinner, we went to the church, made plates for people and ministered to them.
Somewhere down the road, I lost my fire. The flame slowly became a flicker and I did not notice that devil was on the prowl for me. I slowly stopped attending Sunday school, saying in my mind that I didn't have time. I went to Bible Study every once in a while. I know longer took classes after work, saying that I was too tired. My flames went out, I didn't even have a flicker. I needed a recharge. Just like when your battery dies, you need jumper cables to restart your car. Restarting your car is only a temporary solution, you need to take it to a mechanic and find out the reason why your car needs a "jump start". I had lost my connection with the Lord and I needed a "jump start:"
Satan will always give you a reason as to why you don't need to attend church services or church events. He will put anything in your path to stop you from working for the Lord; he wants your flame to go out completely. He wants you to be detoured and distracted with the things of the world.
Woman of God, my question to you is have you lost your flame? Do you have a flicker left in you? If you are experiencing an issue that I experienced, then you need a "jump start." If you have stopped witnesses and having a heart for the Lord, you need a "jump start". That "jump start" will only take care of your problem for a moment. You will need to rekindle your relationship with the Lord. You have lost your vision, your purpose and have stepped out of the will of God. You need to return back to church, bible study, Sunday school and other church events that will rekindle your relationship with the Lord. Hezekiah got sick because he lost his flame. Hezekiah spoke to the Lord, reminding Him of all the things that he used to do. He repented, prayed and cried out to the Lord God. Then God told Hezekiah that He heard his prayers, saw his tears and restored him.
My prayer for you is that you will never let your flame go out. Don't let the enemy cause you to need a "jump start". But if you are in that position, repent and cry out to the Lord, and allow Him to rekindle your relationship with Him. Just like Hezekiah, He has not forgotten all your labor and works for Him. He is waiting for you and He desires to restore your faith in Him. Give God the praise! Amen!
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