Affirmation given to me By the Lord:
And I saw Him walking across the shore...sweeping the sand with the sleeve of His robe. Jesus….I whispered...I asked him to pluck me from the sand, a storm was coming, and I was afraid. He leaned down and whispered back...“Fear not”...You will remain on these shores, for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. He told me to trust him with all my heart, and not to lean to my own understanding. When thou passeth through the waters I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee.
He shod my feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace, and then he told me my steps were ordered by him… he lit my path and girded my loins with the Gospel of truth. He placed upon my chest a breastplate of righteousness. He placed upon my head a helmet of salvation. He gave me a sword of the spirit and he placed it in my mouth; he said it is the word of God, and he told me to pray always with supplication in the spirit.
He told me to watch with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the Gospel.
He gave me a shield, He said it was the shield of faith...and then...He gave me a measure of faith, he said it was Now Faith, he said it was the substance of things I hoped for , and the evidence of those things I did not see. He told me I would be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked with it.
The storm arose, and he said...I will not leave you or forsake you.
His Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path; He has delivered my soul from death. He will deliver my feet from falling, and I will walk before God in the light of the living.
I sought out Wisdom, and embraced her, I grabbed hold of understanding. He said Wisdom was more precious than rubies; and all the things I could desire could not be compared to her. He said length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand are riches and honor. He said that all her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. He said by wisdom he founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens, and by His knowledge the depths are broken up...he told me to keep both of them in my sight, to keep sound wisdom and discretion. He said they shall be life unto my soul, and grace to my neck. He said then shall I walk in my way safely, and my foot shall not stumble. When I lie down, I shall not be afraid. He said that my sleep shall be sweet.
He told me not to be afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked when it comes. For the Lord shall be my confidence, and shall keep my foot from being taken. He told me to Line up with the Word of God...He said...Follow me, and Goodness and Mercy shall follow you.
Fear Not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back. Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth. He said to let them give Glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise. He told me to be strong in the Lord , and in the power of His might, He gave me an armor, He said that he has clothed me with a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. He told me that he has anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor.
He was sending me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, and to set at liberty them that are bruised, TO PREACH THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.
There are times when fear grips our hearts, and the enemy would have us to believe that we are alone, and hopeless. It is during those times that we believe that we may have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
Yes...we may be living our lives according to the precepts that the Lord has laid out for us, but somehow we feel lost, and afraid.
It was during a time such as this that the Lord spoke to my heart.
Calming my spirit, and encouraging me to move forward. He reminded me of who I am in him.
Isaiah 35: 3-4
Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; he will come and save you.
Michelle Carter 2000