Look Back, Moving Forward
by: Erin Warren | November 3, 2017
“God loves me too much to answer my prayer at ANY OTHER TIME than the RIGHT TIME and in ANY OTHER WAY than the RIGHT WAY.” – Lysa TerKeurst
I am still working through the many truths we dug into this past weekend at The Word Alive. It was a wonderful weekend that brought women to the feet of Jesus, opened our eyes to see the difference between the lies of Satan and the Truths of God, and brought light to the process of living life between two gardens.
What I loved most about this event is that we usually gather, sing songs TO God and listen to words ABOUT God. There’s nothing wrong with that, but this weekend, I experienced a ministering to the heart of women. It wasn’t just a time to praise God, but a time for us to let the Truths of God wash over us, change us, and take root in us. Elie Holcomb’s songs spoke freeing truths. Lysa TerKeurst’s testimony, authenticity, transparency, and knowledge not only brought us to The Holy Land, but also to feet of the Savior – who loves us so deeply and completely. We didn’t just learn about God; we experienced God.
Here are some truths that spoke to my heart:
God never leaves you or forsakes you.
You may find yourself pressed like an olive, but that’s how you get the most valuable part: the oil. Pressing, pain brings forth something of value.
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. – Psalm 52:8 (NIV)
You may feel your life is nothing but dust – pieces that used to be something beautiful, but now there’s nothing left. But dust is God’s favorite ingredient. Dust + God = Life. Dust + Jesus = Healing.
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. – Genesis 2:7
Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mud and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing. – John 9:6-7
Your life may be changing as clay in the hands of a potter, but being moldable keeps you from breaking. But in order to keep new clay strong, a potter add ground pieces of broken pottery into it. The old broken pieces are what bring strength to the new.
But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. – Isaiah 64:8
Tell your story. Satan wants you to believe you aren’t equipped. He wants you to be in fear of what others says. He wants you to keep your mouth shut. It is a bold-faced lie. Satan knows there’s power in your testimony – enough power to defeat him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. – Revelation 12:10-11
We may be living in an imperfect world, but our perfect Savior is here – praying for you, walking with you, guiding you.
Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.Now there have been many of those priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to Godthrough him, because he always lives to intercede for them. – Hebrews 7:23-25
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. – Dueteronomy 31:8
Amen. Let it be.