While on vacation, I was privileged to hear an astronaut share his experiences living on a space station and walking in outer space. He shared that all the training he went through for the launching of the spacecraft was nothing like the real thing when the launch pad button was pushed. He said, "The shaking was far more than what I had trained for." As the spacecraft climbed higher, there were stages when parts of it were discharged, accompanied by an explosion that would thrust them higher. Finally, they landed on the space station where they would live for several months. From his new home, he would often "space walk" to work on the outside of the station. The only thing that connected him to the space station was a long rope called a tether. While looking down upon the earth, he said there were moments when he wondered, "Did I attach that tether right to my waist? Did I really connect that thing right? If I didn't and it would come loose, I would drift off into oblivion."
For those who grew up in the Church, are there specific visuals from scripture that sank in the deepest? One of the most vivid for me is when Jesus talked about the small gate and narrow road. It wasn't until the last few years that I started to understand it differently. "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13-14) Then: Most people will go to Hell. Very few people will go to Heaven. The majority of all humans to ever live will be separated from God for eternity.
Several years ago I was driving in my car with an elderly lady named Florence. She was a born again believer but she wasn't Holy Spirit filled. I had worship music playing as I always do, and the presence of God began to fill the atmosphere. Florence was in awe at what she was experiencing and I'll never forget her words. She said "I don't know what is happening to me but it feels like the music is electric and it is going right through my body." As the anointing continued to ascend I explained to her that she was feeling the presence of God. The Holy Spirit wants to visit every one of us in our everyday lives.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.  Blessed is the man who trusts in Him and makes His abode in Him. Rest in the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus Christ.  He is always there with you leading you and guiding you into all truth.  He is the fullness of all grace and truth.  He enables you to walk in His perfect will as you lean upon Him and depend on Him. There is never a thing He would ever ask you to do He would not give you the enabling, the grace, to do it.
After surrendering sugar and learning how to go forward, I began losing weight and keeping it off. I was finally headed in the right direction and had processed and dealt with many things that had held me back on my journey. Then, I hit what felt like a brick wall. I was at the 200 mark and I so wanted to go into "onederland." I had been steadily losing weight, but when I would see 199, I would panic. I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.I was exercising. I was eating all the right things and none of the wrong things, but I just couldn't stay at 199. The next day I'd be back to 200 and I would feel myself internally breathe a sigh of relief. It felt a lot like the Romans 7:19 conundrum. "The good I desire to do, I do not do, but the evil I do not want is what I do."
Sometimes, it seems like things just aren't going our way. We pray and have others pray alongside us. We read scriptures and declare what we seek. We go to our respective services, religious or otherwise, and sometimes utilize fasting as an approach. All these things sound and are great on the surface. I am sure many of us have tried some combination of these things and, if we are honest, have all been frustrated when we are not seeing results. Perhaps you have had thoughts like, "Maybe it's just God's will for this situation to never change," or "It was selfish for me to believe for a new car (or money or whatever) anyway."
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13–14 God's blessings are part of our inheritance in the new covenant of grace, which Jesus died to give us. God's Word tells us that, "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us...that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
This is the start of the Jewish New Year and a new season spiritually. This year, the Lord is releasing favor for those who have suffered. Even though it has seemed that things have been delayed, the Lord is going to fulfill His promises to you. I continue to hear the Lord say to not be discouraged with the delays because they have been needed to help prepare us for the great things coming. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay. Habakkuk 2:3 NIV
Let's walk into the New Year and the new season, prophesying to our dry, dead bones and calling them to live in the victory He designed for us. I was in worship and prayer when I heard the Lord say, "I am reviving dry bones." I saw the valley of bones. The bones were scattered around. The Lord continued to say that in the valley, shackles and chains have been broken off; deliverance has been received. You've been in the valley, but the valley has been a time of purification.
Faith is of God. God is a faith God. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Faith is a law. God's laws work. They were designed to workâ€"not fail. Whether others believe or don't believe will not stop God's laws from working. Faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17). The Word of God is incorruptible seed. A natural seed will sometimes fail: God's Word never fails. Many times people fail to apply the Word of God. We can cause faith to fail to produce. Let's say it this way: True faith is a supernatural seed; it won't fail, but we can cause a failure in spite of the seed. Our action or reaction can stop the productivity of the seed.