“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
This day, October 31st, was created by God long before the enemy tried to make it his day. I understand that there is so much horrible evil that happens on this day but as Believers we are to celebrate the day the Lord made. The more Believers celebrate, sing praises, worship our Lord, Savior and Creator on this day the greater impact we have on the evil. The enemy cannot not stand the praises of His people. It stops the evil. We can’t hide out in fear of what is happening this day. We need to take authority over the evil one, call the wickedness stopped dead in its tracks and praise and celebrate Him with all that is within us! This was just a side note but so important for us to realize. “Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world!”
The last few months or even year (Summer got injured a year ago today) I have been very transparent in the trials of our life but also showing you how the Lord was leading me through these discouraging times. For us it’s been a year like nothing we have ever experienced but we knew the Lord was with us all the way. For myself, since the March 2020, I have grown more in courage and boldness than at any other time of my life. The situations I used to think were important and needed my attention I now see as distractions that slowed me down. The trials of this past summer were so hard but my experience with my Lord and Savior during those hard times was so precious and real. He met me right where I was and every day He held me close and told me I was loved, healed and more than a conqueror. Most days I would stumble and fall before the day was through but He never stopped reaching down to pull me up and hug me. He never condemned me, scolded me, rejected me.
I look back and see the distractions and the shame and condemnation I carried for not dealing with it all like I wanted to. There were MANY things that I didn’t get done, especially in ministry. There were people I let down, bases I missed, frustrated words I spoke to others, and actually I was just functioning in a daze so many days. Ed and I prayed together so much because we were both going through so much pain and heartbreak that we didn’t even know how to help the other one. But in the Lord’s mercy we each dealt with it all a bit different and one was strong where the other was weak and together we encouraged one another through. We both did all we knew to do and what the Lord guided us in to help Mom through her rejection and abandonment. If the walls could talk, they would have so many stories to tell of how the 3 of us persevered through tough times the last few months.
Even though I know there will still be times of heartache and pain the Lord has also told me that it’s time to pick myself up and get moving! I looked up the definition of time and the best definition I found for what the Lord is telling me is “kairos time, meaning ―season, opportune time, or time of accomplishment. Kairos is a time that requires a conversion from people. Kairos time is here. It calls for action, conversion and transformation—a change of life. Kairos is not just crisis but opportunity and favour. God assists us in discerning the kairos—a moment of grace. For me that means no more excuses, no more wallowing in grief, no more pity parties, no more victim mentality, no more procrastinating. These are the many things that distract me from the Kairos moments in my life. This world is falling apart like never before. There is no time to waste in selfishness and strife. It’s time for to laugh. It’s time to love. It’s time to have joy unspeakable and full of glory! It’s definitely time for healing. There is no greater distraction to His Kairos moments than sickness! Sickness and health issues are an attack from the enemy! Even though we all can get attacked with physical stuff and there is no condemnation (this is also an attack and distraction to feel condemned when physical stuff hits your body) we must rise above the evil attack, send it away and let the Lord reign in every area of your body. The world is sick – health is part of our salvation when we accept Him as our Savior. I’m sharing some verses He showed me this week about “it’s time”. Meditate on them and let Him show you what your Kairos time is right now. Knowing His timing in your life will be transforming!
“How could I be silent when it’s time to praise you? Now my heart sings out, bursting with joy— a bliss inside that keeps me singing, “I can never thank you enough!”” Psalm 30:12
“It’s time to sing and shout for joy! Go ahead, all you redeemed ones, do it! Praise him with all you have, for praise looks lovely on the lips of God’s devoted lovers.”
“Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! It’s time to sing to God a brand-new song so that all his holy people will hear how wonderful he is!” Psalm 149:1
“The one I love calls to me: Arise, my dearest. Hurry, my darling. Come away with me! I have come as you have asked to draw you to my heart and lead you out. For now is the time, my beautiful one.” Song of Songs 2:10
“Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you? The early signs of my purposes and plans are bursting forth. The budding vines of new life are now blooming everywhere. The fragrance of their flowers whispers, “There is change in the air.” Arise, my love, my beautiful companion, and run with me to the higher place. For now is the time to arise and come away with me.” Song of songs 2:13
“Yahweh says: “When the time of showing you favor has come, I will answer your heart’s cry. I will help you in the day of salvation, for I have fixed my eyes on you. I have made you a covenant people to restore the land and to resettle families on forgotten inheritances.” Isaiah 49:8
“His message was this: “At last the fulfillment of the age has come! It is time for God’s kingdom to be experienced in its fullness! Turn your lives back to God and put your trust in the hope-filled gospel!” Mark 1:15
“To live like this is all the more urgent, for time is running out and you know it is a strategic hour in human history. It is time for us to wake up! For our full salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11
“Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you.” Ephesians 4:23
“This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together even more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.”
“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:4-6
“Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people), Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.” Ephesians 5:15-17