11For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12Then shall you call upon me, and you shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. 14And I will be found of you, says the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place from which I caused you to be carried away captive. Jeremiah 29: 11-14
Today, has been an especially special day for me and I have to give God the Glory for it.
A couple of years ago God kept giving me a scripture and it was Jeremiah 29:11. I use to think that it only applied to my own salvation but lately God has been showing me that it's not just for that part of my life.
My brother and I have always been really close. Throughout our child-hood he was always protective of me. We always came to each other when we needed someone to talk to and I was always there to have his back if he needed me to. I loved him regardless of his faults.
When I was on drugs He had been on them for some time. He is the person that introduced me to the drug Meth. I never had any clue that He was on anything like that. I knew about marijuana and I knew about drinking but, I never knew about Meth until I tried it for the very first time.
When God delivered me from Meth I learned to "HATE" the drug because it destroys everything in it's path. It takes away your joy, your desire to live, and it ultimately destroys everything in your life.
When I stopped using, the relationship with my brother changed. We weren't as close. It didn't mean that I didn't pray for him because, I prayed for him daily and still do. I had trouble with looking back and I didn't understand why he would have offered his baby sister a drug that would have killed me if I had went further into it.
Something I had to realize is the person you "were" before the drug is not the person that you "become" while on the drug. He would have never given that to me if he had been sober. Like I said, it takes away your love for anything because it ultimately consumes you.
So, I have been clean now for two years and I went to visit a church and share my testimony. I had one week to prepare and pray. I always ask the Holy Spirit to help me. To quicken me. To strengthen me for whatever is to come. I stayed in the word a lot that week.
My husband, myself, and my kids arrive at the church on Sunday and the meeting goes better then any of us could have expected! My husband is filled with the Holy Spirit and The Lord allowed me to lay hands on several people.
This was the first time that the Lord had ever beckoned me to do this but, right before I stepped out into the isle to obey the Lord He gave me a picture of my brother. Not a picture of him in his current state but a picture of him as a Godly man and He was laying hands on people.
Immediately, this humbles me! I want you to know that my brother was the furthest thing from my mind that night. My mind was on God but God knew my heart and I believe with that image He promised me that He would deliver my brother.
I want to tell you that GOD remembers His promises! My brother was arrested not long after that. I was almost discouraged by this. I kept praying Lord have mercy! Lord, I know that the way he is living is so sinful but, Father please have mercy on him.
While he was in jail the Lord gave me a message for him. I had it mailed to him and my husband and I prayed over the letter and sent it.
Before he could get the message he bailed out of jail and he happened to call me! He said "Hey sis, What are you doing?" The next words that came out of my mouth I absolutely had no control over. The power of the Lord fell on me right there and I responded "Praying for you and I have a message for you."
God had told me to tell him that He was calling him out. God told me to tell him that He had never left him. That my brother had left Him when he chose to believe the lies of others and walk in sin.He was still there waiting on my brother to come back and pick Him up. God told me that He loved him. That He didn't see my brother the way he was now. He seen him for what he could be in Christ.
God told me that He could restore my brother's household. That when my brother had took his life into his own hand and had left God out that He had lost everything. God didn't do that to my brother. My brother did that to himself by submitting to satan and the flesh. He told me to tell him that He loves him and He was pretty much letting my brother know that it was time to quit being the cursed fig tree!
The Lord allowed me to minister to him and I know God works in mysterious ways! I was also able to give my brother a prayer cloth that I had gotten from my church. I want to tell you GOD remembers His promises!
My brother went out to eat with my husband and I today. You couldn't get him to do that a couple of months ago. He has been clean from Meth for a few months and He has the first job he has had in 4 years. His first response when I asked him to go to church a couple weeks ago was "No". Then, it changed to "One step at a time sis." Today, it was "I think we may come next Sunday." I just want to Praise MY God for that. I don't care if it is only for an instant. If this is the only time that I see my brother like this! GOD GETS THE GLORY for this moment in time.
The devil may eventually try to trip him up but, GREATER is He that is in ME then he that is in this world. IF that time ever comes I am going to declare the devil a liar because MY GOD made me a promise and He keeps His promises!
If anyone out there is discouraged and you don't think God remembers what He promised you. I'm here to tell youBE OF GOOD CHEER THY FAITHFUL SERVANT! YOUR GOD IS ON THE WAY!
The last Sunday I was at church we had a joint service with another church. We arrived a little late but, you could feel the anointing when we got there. I went to the alter to pray to the Lord. I felt so broken and humble and I just wanted to cry out to my Father. A couple of girls came and prayed with me and when I got up. One of the girls told me that she wasn't going to come that night but, she knew why she had now. She looked at me and told me that God had promised me something. She said
I don't know what the promise was but, I do know that He promised you something and He is telling you that He is going to fulfill that promise!
I want to tell you that God is telling you that today. There is someone out there that God has made a promise to you and I want you to know God remembers all of His promises. It might not come to pass when we want them to or when we think they should. I want you to know that God's plan is perfect and when He answers that promise! OH HOW wonderful it will feel and HOW grateful we will be! God knows all and He knows when that perfect time is.
Just HOLD ON! God is fixing to show up and deliver that promise in a mighty way!
I love you guys so much! I want you to know that you are special to God and He has a special place for you in His Kingdom! Thank you so much for your time today! You have truly blessed me by taking the time to read this. If you have any prayer request or if this has helped you in some way please get in touch with me.
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Scripture references from bible.cc