Some things we may go through may appear insignificant at the time, but the LORD can use anything to change your mind that is set on something negative to something life changing.
I just want to share an experience that I had recently. My family went to spend some time at the beach. We brought these chairs that sit close to the sand and we set them up near the shoreline ready to relax and get a splash from the water to cool off.
We look down and see a multitude of what appeared to be jellyfish; yes, the kind that sting! So we were keeping our eyes on them that the water didn’t sweep them up upon us. And we watched people treading upon them as they walked the beach.
We saw many families with small children enjoying the water with the children picking up seashells. Then I saw little ones picking up these jellyfish! I said what is going on? We are not having much fun keeping our eyes on this potential danger with everyone else having a good time.
Even a little boy came up to us and said that they wouldn’t sting us. It is like the LORD sent a child to free us up to have a good time. Still we wouldn’t believe the little boy and kept thinking that these things are dangerous!
I said something just isn’t right here. Then I got up and walked towards one of the families and they said these weren’t regular jellyfish that they are the skeletal remains of them and they won’t sting you.
I watched the children hold them in their hands. So I walked up to what looked like a potential danger and going against what I felt and what they appeared to be picked it up and laid it in my hand and felt no sting!
After this happening I had so many thoughts about what we allow to restrict our lives giving into fears of what could be dangerous allowing fear to dictate and restrict our life.
Then I thought about in the church where people give into what they hear and see and judge that things of the Spirit are dangerous because some have gotten deceived or whatever.
Just like many before they receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit give into the fears of religion and not get involved in anything staying in bondage and restricting the flow of God in their life.
Many were afraid of speaking in tongues so they wouldn’t receive prayer for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
There are many other areas where we stay along the shoreline of the Spirit and not enter into the water. And there are many levels of how much we want to enter into the things of God.
You can go ankle deep or you can dive into the deep. It is all about trusting God and using discernment to what is of Him and what are dangerous waters of the enemy.
Yes, God can teach us lessons by just using everyday circumstances to get our attention to set us free. God has given us the abundant life but we must trust Him to partake of it.
He came to set the captives free to enjoy life in Him. Little by little God is setting His people free even to breathe Him in and to receive His love deeply. Yes, He is faithful for He began a good work and He is faithful to complete it.
I guess we can ask ourselves whether we are going to stay close to the shoreline or are we going to dive into the deep things of God and swim freely trusting Him.
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you,”Luke 10:19.
“We walk by faith and not by sight,”2 Corinthians 5:7.
“And when the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ankles.
Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; the waters were to the loins.
Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over,”Ezekiel 47:3-5.
~ Yolanda Ballard
Yolanda Ballard of At The Father’s Feet website, shares with you, the body of Christ, the words she’s received quietly sitting at the Father’s feet. I believe Jesus set the example for us to follow. Whenever He could He would come apart from the busyness of the world so that He could quiet Himself before the Father, for that is where He received direction and strength to carry out His will.