Today I leave for Illinois to help minister at the first Deeper Still Retreat in Illinois.
This trip is important to me for many reasons. I hope to share more on why later.
In the Deeper Still Prayer Devotion this week, I shared about how Samuel set up a stone in 1 Samuel 7 to remind the Israelites of God's faithfulness. He called the stone Ebenezer, which means, "the rock of help". Samuel then declared, "Til now the Lord has helped us." (verse 12).
I believe every single word I type (or I wouldn't type it) and this week, I had to live it out for myself. Sometimes we believe the Word of God, but it isn't until we are faced with having to put it into practice that we realize how strong we believe it or not. I had to decide if the words I wrote were just letters on a page or if I believed them for me as I fought a health battle. In the devotional I wrote:
"The Lord subdued Israel’s enemies and delivered His people. We can be assured that the Lord will subdue the enemy and deliver His sons and daughters. He has been faithful in the past and He will continue to be faithful in the future. He will do what He has said He will do. He will fulfill the call and do it, we just need to trust."
Would I believe the Lord would fight for me?
Would I believe the Lord would subdue the enemy and deliver me?
Would I believe the Lord would be faithful as He has been in the past?
I also had to decide if I would believe God over the lies of the enemy. God had told me I was going to Illinois for this "mission trip" months ago and I know it was His voice and it had been confirmed over and over again.
Would I believe God or my body?
Would I believe the Word of God that says by Jesus stripes I am healed or my symptoms?
I decided to believe God. I believe He is faithful. He is my Healer. He is my Redeemer. He is my Strength. He is my Everything. He has overcome every sickness, every disease, and every bondage. Every force of the enemy is under His feet.
As I am typing this, it is 15 minutes before we leave. Until this morning, I had been in bed for 4 days straight with a high fever and bronchitis. Nothing in the natural made any sense that I should be going on a trip. As of now, my temperature is normal and my breathing is normal. God is My Healer. His will will be accomplished! He will be glorified! Praise to our God, our Help, our Defender, our Deliverer!!!
He is our "rock of help"!
I hope you go check out the Deeper Still Devotional I write and pray for us this weekend!!!