Have you ever noticed that God seems to be a master at using the most unlikely people for world-changing assignments? Consider Moses, a man with a speech problem used to speak to Pharaoh on multiple occasions to let God's people free. What about Rahab? A prostitute (for lack of a better word) who stepped out to offer a safe place of rest for God's people and who is now named in the Bible forever. Or even David, a small shepherd boy seemingly forgotten who had such a heart after God that he slew literal giants an became King. These "superstars" of the Old Testament didn't have access to some secret-God, they served the same God that we serve today. So, why then do we take our present circumstances at face value? Are we so narrow minded that we forget that the same God who split (literally yall..) the Red Sea, is that same God that is mapping out our future?
I had a vision in church not too long ago. I saw the lord carrying his cross on the way to the crucifixion. He was waking slowly, seemingly dragging one foot in front of the other, hunched over as the cross lay on his back and shoulder. My heart began to break. The Lord then whispered to me "It's not what it looks like". Then my vision changed, rather then seeing the weight of the cross upon my beaten and bloody Jesus' back I saw His "train". In Isaiah 6:1 the word says that He saw Jesus high and lifted up and His "train filled the temple". In order to fully understand this verse and the vision I had you must know that in the Bible days as men won battles and claimed kingdoms they'd take the robe of their opponent and tie it to the back of their robe. A long train would then signify that this king had won many battles. Are you picking up what I'm putting down? Though the cross looked like defeat, brokenness and shame it was actually victory, peace, healing and triumph. Through the visual battle of Jesus he was winning every spiritual battle that we would ever face.
"It's not what it looks like."So then I ask, what seemingly broken situation are you facing today? What mountain seems too high to climb? I dare say that the same six words that the Lord spoke to me the other day are the same words He is wanting you to hear today - It's not what it looks like. Trust me sweet friend, I am talking to you today from the other side of the battle. While I was in this battle the Lord spoke to me and told me that there was purpose in the battle, and warned me that it would be a press. Before this battle a friend spoke to me during a prayer meeting and said that my brokenness would birth a ministry. I took all these words and tucked them away, knowing that whatever the Lord had for me on the other side of the battle must be something worth fighting for. So, I laced up my boots and pressed on. Some days were harder than others friend, and I know the same is true for you. But you know what? We have a promise, and we have the King of Kings fighting for us. So no matter what trial you are facing today I want you to lace up your boots, look at your pretty face in the mirror and repeat after me. "This is not what it looks like. The enemy may think he is painting my defeat, but the Lord is outlining my victory.I am fighting a spiritual battle, and the Lord, who has NEVER lost a battle is on my side. I will win Through Jesus I am victorious." Good Job. Now, go ahead... say it again so it really sinks in... "This is not what it looks like. The enemy may think he is painting my defeat, but the Lord is outlining my victory.I am fighting a spiritual battle, and the Lord, who has NEVER lost a battle is on my side. I will win Through Jesus I am victorious." Go ahead friend, Shout awhile. Until Next Time, Crystal