Recently as I have been packing things up, I have gone through many teachings and writings The LORD has given me over time.
As I have spoken many times, we definitely have needed a heart change for a great awakening in these latter day times.
Truly, we have reached a tipping point of real changes and in some areas we have already crossed over into many new challenges as we learn first hand the reality of obtaining everlasting consolation from God alone.
He is bringing new challenges almost daily to believe the unthinkable and imagine what we see as impossible.
He is force feeding us to grow into our true identity as we no longer see things as they are but we see them as WE are.
The LORD is saying, “Come, now, hear My Word to you. I AM pulling out all the stops from the last season and I AM removing all the delays.
I AM purifying your purpose. I AM connecting you to the unfamiliar and new relationships shall arise as you move forward to your appointed times by My Power and the sovereignty of My Hand.
The enemy came to disappoint you from your appointed destiny and sever you from walking in faith.
But know that your vision was given and though it has not yet been fulfilled, hold tight to my word that it will come to pass at the appointed time,” says The LORD.
In spite of the escalating turmoil in our world today, I keep hearing The LORD speak this, ‘Daughter, My predetermined ‘appointed times’ are on the horizon and my mercy shall continue to be woven together with My Compassion for My People and their failed hopes.
It shall come to pass even as I have spoken that in the last days I will reveal startling signs and wonders and miracles on the earth as I pour out My Spirit on everyone, young and old alike.
Then, you shall see it all come to pass as my appointed time is drawing near,” says The LORD God.
Whatever your Vision, whatever your Dream or Hope for the future, Beloved, there will be an appointed time when that which God spoke will come to pass. For when He said write the Vision, He also appointed a time.
I have always loved this by William F Lloyd. It has brought peace and comfort as I have learned to trust in His appointed times.
As we grow in grace and trust in HIM, it is good to realize His hand is leading and guiding us as His character is being formed in us.
My times are in Your hand;
why should I doubt or fear?
My Father’s hand will never cause
His child a needless tear.
“For I hear many whispering, “Terror on every side!” They conspire against me and plot to take my life. But I trust in you, Lord; I say, “You are my God.” My times are in your hands; deliver me from the hands of my enemies, from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Let me not be put to shame, Lord, for I have cried out to you; but let the wicked be put to shame and be silent in the realm of the dead.” Psalm 31:13-17 NIV
“And The LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” Habakkuk 2:2-3 KJV
As I have sought The LORD regarding some yet unanswered prayers, He led me back to a teaching I had long ago that came from a poem based on 1 Kings 12:24. It seems so appropriate for the season we are now in.
“This Thing is From Me” by Laura A. Barter Snow
“The disappointments of life are in reality only the decrees of love. I have a message for you today, my child. I will whisper it softly in your ear, in order that the storm clouds which appear may be gilt with glory, and that the thorns on which you may have to walk be blunted. The message is but short – a tiny sentence – but allow it to sink into the depths of your heart; and be to you as a cushion on which to rest your weary head: “This thing is from Me”.
Have you never thought that all which concerns you, concerns Me also? “He that touches you touches the centre of My eye” (Zecharian 2.8). You have been precious in My eyes; that is why I take a special interest in your upbringing. When temptation assails you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood”, I would wish you to know that “This thing is from Me”. I am the God of circumstances. You have not been placed where you are by chance, but because it is the place I have chosen for you. Did you not ask to become humble? See, I have placed you in the very place where this lesson is to be learned. It is by your surroundings and your companions that the workings of My will is to come about.
Have you money difficulties? Is it hard to keep within your income? “This thing is from Me.” For I am He who possesses all things. I wish you to draw everything from Me, and that you depend entirely upon Me. My riches are limitless (Philippians 4.19). Put My promise to the test, so that it may not be said of you, “In this thing you did not believe The LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 1.32).
Are you passing through a night of affliction? “This thing is from Me.” I am the Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief (Isaiah 53.3). I have left you without human support that in turning to Me you might obtain eternal consolation (2 Thessalonians 2.16-17).
Has some friend disappointed you? One to whom you had opened your heart? “This thing is from Me.” I have allowed this disappointment to come, that you may learn that the best friend is Jesus. He preserves us from falling, fights for us in our combats; yes, the best Friend is Jesus. I long to be your confidant.
Has someone said false things of you? Leave that, and come closer to Me, under My wings, away from the place of wordy dispute, for I will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgment as the noonday (Psalm 37.6). Have your plans been all upset? Are you crushed and weary? “This thing is from Me.” Have you made plans and then came [and] asked Me to bless them? I wish to make your plans for you. I will take the responsibility, for it is too heavy for you, you could not perform it alone (Exodus 18.18). You are but an instrument and not an agent.
Have you desired fervently to do some great work for Me? Instead of that you have been laid aside, on a bed of sickness and suffering. “This thing is from Me.” I was unable to attract your attention while you were so active. I wish to teach you some of My deep lessons. It is only those who have learned to wait patiently who can serve Me. My greatest workers are sometimes those who are laid aside from active service in order that they may learn to wield the weapon of prayer.
Are you suddenly called to occupy a difficult position full of responsibilities? Go forward, counting on Me. I am giving you the position full of difficulties for the reason that Jehovah, your God, will bless you in all your works, and in all the business of your hands (Deuteronomy 15.18).
This day I place in your hand a pot of holy oil. Draw from it freely, My child, that all the circumstances arising along the pathway, each word that gives you pain, each interruption trying to your patience, each manifestation of your feebleness, may be anointed with this oil. Remember that interruptions are divine instructions. The sting will go [away] in the measure in which you see Me in all things. Therefore set your heart to all the works that I testify among you this day. For it is your life (Deuteronomy 32.46-47).”
May we all rise to the challenges set before us as appointed servants of The LORD knowing we were chosen for such a time as this.
He said, “You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain,” (John 15:16 KJV).
~ Sandi Holman
Sandi Holman was called to the nations as an End-Time Handmaiden in 1984 with Gwen Shaw and served with YWAM Singapore and YWAM Charlotte in missions. Sword of The LORD Ministries came from a divine encounter with The LORD when He came into her prayer room and said, “I have come to put a sword in your hand and was given special instructions on how and when to use it.” She is an author, Prophetic Intercessor and Seer, Chaplain, Teacher, Speaker and Equipper, and Blogger who has also served as a Pastor Online with Beyond the Veil Ministries.