Today I say to you, “be not discouraged but only believe”. Many are the tribulations you will face in this world. This past season of your lives, many of you, your lives have been paved with pain. That is not to say you are not My children or that you are not on the pathway I have chosen. The way has been painful at times. In this past season there have been troubles on every side, but you have still extended your faith to Me. Now you are coming to a time of greater maturity and growing in the grace and knowledge of My Son, Jesus Christ, who dwells in you. What the enemy has meant for evil, I will turn around for good.
When you are weak, then are you strong. As confusion and times of trial have come your way, you have not been moved from your faith in Me. I like that about you. You have reached out to Me in the dry seasons and in dark times. Your faith has been tried as by fire. You are My children. Will you draw near?
The things that have come into your life to become a hindrance to you are the things that have kept you strong in Me. Every weapon that has been formed against you to destroy and discourage you from having faith, even to the point at times of feeling hopelessness, I have used within you to impart perseverance and strength to overcome. Every tongue that has risen against you, you shall condemn. This is your season to overcome. This is your season to flourish in Me. As I take you to a higher level of faith, you are going from glory to glory. Rejoice! Your faith pleases Me.
All that has come against you in discouragement and confusion has become a time of bringing strengthening and refreshing. There is no growth without pain (planting, watering, pruning and fertilizing). There is no growth in your faith without a stretching of your faith. Do not retreat. Do not look back! Trust in Me! Keep moving forward! Though it seems as though there are walls on every side, do not look at the walls but look to Me! I have called you to walk by faith. I have even imparted to you those attributes that are needful in your life. During this time of dryness, I AM refreshing you. I AM your strength. Reach out! There is a river, the very river of God. Step out of the boat and onto the water by faith! Keep your eyes steadfastly on Me or you will begin to sink.
I am bringing you out of hopelessness. Speak to yourself and say, “For I shall yet praise Him. He is My hope. My hope is in Him alone. He is the hope of my countenance”. At that moment, watch! Your faith will arise. Your season will begin to change as you look to Me. This is your season.
~ Gail Manizak
Gail Manizak of The Power and Presence Ministry, is all about encouraging the Body of Christ as a Ministry of Intercession and contending for our communities, as a House of Prayer.