Little Foxes Spoil the Vines but You Can Arise and Shine

 This morning started out in such a foul way. Everything was just so off and the enemy took it and ran with it. To the point that I almost skipped church because of everything that took place. I shared on Facebook that it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. And the things that happened this morning were such small things but I acted in such an ungodly way that I was then embarrassed and ashamed. And at that point I didn’t feel worthy to sit in Gods house today. It is so hard to forgive yourself when you have acted in just a childish and ungodly fashion.

….Solomon 2:15 (NIV) Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Feeling unworthy to be in Gods house; I had to remember I am His house as the Holy Spirit lives in me. However, the enemy was screaming at me; it’s then a battlefield of the mind , that I have done it now because a true child of God wouldn’t have lost it thus, yelling at their child over dishes and a shirt! But as I said it’s the little foxes that spoil the vines. Was it all worth loosing my joy??!!  NO!!! These minor details are two things that drive me nuts. Did I handle it correctly; NO! Did I learn a lesson; YES! 

A very smart man said this week that when we miss up, write it down and the lesson  learned  and use it to help us grow. So this is exactly what I am doing but glorifying God in all of it. Just after asking Samantha for forgiveness; apologizing to Khloe for being rude in front of  her and after asking forgiveness from God, I wrote a post. In the Proverbs 27 Women Sharpening Women group{God asked me to create for Him 2 weeks ago}I shared the following message:

“When the enemy comes at you and you lose it. Then you get in your prayer closet where you ask God to forgive you and to give you a Word this morning!”

“Ladies, I’m just being real this morning. Sometimes it’s just the little things in life that throws us out of sorts. God is working on me to handle those small things in a different way, in a Godly way. I even said I wasn’t going to church this morning because of little things that had happened. But I know it was a trick of the enemy to try to keep me away today. So I prayed, ask God to forgive me and I’m getting ready for church!”  ……. The picture with this blog is the message I received when I opened my Bible…Arise, shine;  For  your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1

I didn’t feel worthy enough to be with God’s people today but that is exactly what the enemy wanted. He was trying his best to keep me separated, in condemnation, depressed and at a loss of joy. You see if the enemy can keep us apart from others and make us feel unworthy; then its hard to praise God, pray or even read the Word. Thus destroying us and keeping us from infecting others with the glorious gospel.

 However, our God is greater and in the end I went to church and was suppose to be there. Was it hard it praise God? YES it was but I remembered what I have learned over the years… when you don’t feel like doing it, do it anyway. For when you are able to praise God when don’t feel like it, it makes satan mad and God is rejoicing because we are going against our flesh. Because trust me although God had forgiven me the enemy was still there trying to remind me of how I had acted this morning; thus making it difficult to raise my hands to God and praise Him! But the message was right on time! And the lessons I learned this morning at home and in church is one I will not forget! Lesson Learned… it’s time I arise and shine!

The message was about being commissioned  for God. I have a mission, a mandate, a message and have been sealed with a promise. I am more than what I have become! It’s so easy to get discouraged and to give up! We have a job to do for God and our ministry starts in us and then in our home. We are to live the Word in front of our children and spouse if we are blessed to have them!

Some of us have believed the lies of the enemy that we are of no effect and do not have a purpose. But I have learned that we each have a purpose on this earth for the Kingdom of God. We must first surrender. He sees us, His children righteous, holy and blameless; as satan is trying to deceive us. God has formed, fashioned and equipped me for such a time as this! No matter how much I have blown it, this does not stop my commission! I am to take the gospel to the world. Pastor Jim said “Everybody can touch somebody and the first one is at home!  We are teaching one to reach many!”

Oh just so you know how God works!…… the enemy may have thought that my post this morning would shown people that I am weak; but I had two sisters write me on the post. The first one said “As Pastor Arnold use to say, FIDO.. Forget it Drive On! “ I so needed to hear this and will remember this from now on because as a Child of God; I am not perfect and will miss the mark again. But I will remember the lessons learned today! The second Sister really needed my post today as she said the following: “Thank you, Donna! I needed that this morning. I’m tired after a busy few day of  travel and wedding celebration! I’m fighting the seasonal crud! I’m coming up with excuses to stay comfy in my sweats on the couch. Thank you – I’m heading to church to worship our wonderful God. “

Being so transparent and sharing my morning with my Proverbs 27 Sisters; God took something bad and used it for His Glory! My second sister went to church to hear the word of God and to be with her brother and sisters in Christ. If she had stayed home; she would have missed out on what God had for her. And I too; if I had stayed home I would have missed out on what God had for me today!

 I told Samantha that “The little foxes that spoil the vines” means that I have to learn to deal with those little things in a Godly way so that I am ready to receive the gift God has for me. God has a husband chosen for me; this I know! But, what good will it be if he and I get together and I am still not handling things as I should. With three divorces behind me; I do not want another divorce! I want a marriage that honors the Father and it be used to minister to the world and  to our children that marriage is good!

My first place of ministry is in my home; if I can’t minister to my husband and children; then I most defiantly can’t minister to the world. God has just given me revelation as I am sitting here writing! Praise God!!  …….The valuable vineyard can be destroyed by the little foxes (my attitude, actions, reactions, how I handle things). I must catch the foxes that spoil the vines; in other words I must take preventative measures to prevent any harm to come to our love and our marriage. By this, I must press in to God and seek Him and learn to trust Him and not act in the flesh! I must overcome my fleshly desires to act or react in an ungodly way! God wants to bless me with my forever earthly husband and best friend; however I must be ready to receive this beautiful gift He has for me!

…Judges 15:4(NIV) So he went out and caught three hundred foxes and tied them tail to tail in pairs. He then fastened a torch to every pair of tails.

…Psalm 63:10 (AMP)They shall be given over to the power of  the sword: They shall be a portion for foxes.

…Ezekiel 13:4(KJV) O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.

Solomon 2:14 – 15(NIV) My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.

Lessons learned …. I love it when God gives me revelation knowledge. He is waiting on me!

So whatever you are going through today, trust God! As I am asking Him to deliver me from such actions and attitudes that are unpleasing to Him; think for a moment. Is there anything that needs improvement in your life? What is holding back the promises? What foxes are spoiling your vineyard? It’s our time to arise and shine…. Catch those foxes before they catch you! Let’s stop allowing satan to steal our promises of God!

 

To God Be All the Glory & Honor!

Much Love,

Donna

Miracles in the Midst of Trials

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes and as I sit and write tonight my mind is racing with thoughts. I have seen the move of God in mighty ways within the past couple of months. Bad things happen and we don’t know why. But one thing for sure is that God will always make something good out of every bad situation. It may not feel like it at that particular moment; but in the end we see what God can do. I say everyday now; “Father show me your glory”!

***Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Many of you know that my precious momma was diagnosed with cancer last September. But what you don’t know is that her only living brother was diagnosed with cancer approximately one month after her surgery. By the time we found out about him; Momma and I had gone through many conversations about why she possibly had to go through this. I was constantly reminding her that God has her in the palm of His hand and that she is possibly going to have to help someone else who was going to have to go through cancer. Upon finding out about my Uncle Robert she told me “I now know why I am  having to go through all of this surgery and chemo…I have to help him”.

In the beginning, when she found out about her cancer; she wanted no part of surgery, chemo or nothing! It was one of the most difficult times we have had to experience as a family. Feeling absolutely helpless but yet wanting to help. The only thing I could do was pray with and for her and for our family. Many emotions came rushing in like a flood for all of us. And for me, I felt at times as if I was the pillar; the strong one to hold it all together in front of my momma but I fell completely apart on the way home every time. Many nights I laid in bed and cried out to God!  I knew that He had her and that there had to be a reason for everything that was happening; but for a few months it was hard to swallow.

As difficult as the journey has been both emotionally and physically for a while; I have realized that God is in control. And He took a bad situation and created good from it. My momma and I are now close again and we talk every day; sometimes twice a day. Our family has become closer and momma has found a new strength within herself. She is a true champion and warrior and I admire her strength and courage. But this story doesn’t end with this.

As momma’s chemo started back in December; I learned that a dear brother at church had cancer. Then my pastors son, then a church sisters mom, etc… the list kept growing. I had been going to intercessory prayer because I know the importance of praying and interceding for others. Lives and situations can change with just one prayer but every week we added to our list. God is faithful and He hears and answers our prayers!

You see in praying for others; I asked God to use me. I said “send me I will go” well in doing so one Sunday morning God told me to go pray for my brother who had cancer. Pastor Joyce was praying with him and God told me to go pray too. I didn’t want to go up because I hate being seen and I knew too that the service was Facebook Live. Being hesitant, God reminded me of what I had told him. So I went and prayed and another brother came up behind me and the three of us prayed for our brother. Something happened that morning at the alter. There was a peace that fell and all four of us felt it! Our Brother received his healing at that alter that morning! When he went in for surgery; the mass was gone. Praise God! He was healed!!

Fast forward a sister in the church was healed from thyroid cancer and her 5 year old daughter healed from five auto immune diseases. Pastors son healed from cancer. Someone very special to me was given a bad report of cancerous cells but she came to church and we had a healing evangelist pray with her and he told her not to worry; she would get a good report. Praise God, she did! The biopsy showed no sign of cancer, they said it wasn’t like what the previous test had shown. Then a brother at church was told by his sister one weekend that she had cancer and was given nine months to live. The next Wednesday night he shared with the church what he had been told and he stood in for his sister as the elders prayed for her. That Friday he received a telephone call from his sister and the final report from the test showed no signs of cancer! Healed in Jesus Name!

God is no respecter of persons as two of the healed had not been attending church. He loves us all and He uses these miracles to show himself real to unbelievers to allow them to believe. I have read several Facebook post about several other healings from cancer within the family of friends. He is just a way maker!!!

I know we all ask, why do bad things have to happen! And I have heard many say why does God do this to us but what I will tell you is God doesn’t cause these things to happen. But just as Job in the Bible went through so much trial… satan put it on him and yes God allowed it with conditions. Remember satan only wants to kill, steal and destroy us. He wants us to give up and die. However warriors don’t quit!

The testing of faith refines us, proves to satan and to the world who we are, to bless us, and to help us grow.  Just within the past few days, God has given me revelation on the fact that we must have storms in our life to help us grow. In growing we learn to persevere and are able to help others who are going through.

***1 Peter 4:12-13(NIV) Dear friends do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

***Isaiah 41:10 –So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

***Philippians 4:19(NIV) And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

Just remember when the storms come don’t panic, seek the Lord for guidance in prayer and in His Word, keep praising and worshipping, be around prayer warriors, keep an attitude of gratitude, encourage yourself, don’t give up on life, take care of yourself, and trust God, no matter what!.  The storms come to bring the rain so that we may grow! It’s how we decide to handle the storm that determines the harvest!

God is still in the miracle making business. Bad things may happen but He is always with us and something good will come from it. In the movie “I Can Only Imagine” Bart found his calling from much pain and suffering. Will you dare to trust Him? Our choices determine our outcome! Keep praying and Trusting!

***Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

To God Be All the Glory, Honor & Praise!

Much Love To You All,

Donna