There comes a time when you must step forward and walk past your past. You’ve received counsel, you received prayer, and you have forgiven all those you needed to. You asked forgiveness from others and made amends. Yes, you finally let go of the guilt. You have read books, you’ve attended conferences, you’ve journaled, you’ve studied. You’ve soaked, you’ve cried, you’ve laughed, you’ve exalted, you’ve crawled, you’ve stormed, you’ve vented, you’ve rehashed it all. But now comes the time to cross the Jordan, out of the wilderness, into the promised land. Sure, you heard there might be giants there. You might not be entirely sure of your new identity yet. But you are no longer a slave to your emotions, your flesh, your past, or the enemy. You are now a bondslave to Jesus Christ. Say, “Lead on.” Then square your shoulders, lift your head, and follow.
Hold on, do not stop praying. Angels are already on assignment to see the fulfilment of your prayer. But you must hold on! Continue to contend for yourself and your family. Contend for freedom over cities and nations. Trust God that the help you need is in transit and is on the way even as you read this. God has already started the process.
Do not stop believing that the same God to whom Daniel cried out is the same God to whom you cry out to today.
In fact, He started that process the very first time you prayed. Find comfort and inspiration by studying Daniel, the prophet of old, who prayed day and night for weeks, waiting for God’s deliverance.
Daniel 10:10-14 (NLT) -A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling. Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
For twenty-one days, Daniel chose to hold on. He took action through prayer and fasting and remained steadfast in his faith.
Hold on with faith, even as you cry out to God for the strength to hold on. Cling to this promise given to you by our faithful God.
Isaiah 41:9b-10 (NLT) – “I have chosen you and will not throw you away. Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”
Victory awaits those who hold on until the finish line is crossed.
Until next week,
©2023 Katherine Walden