As I ran yesterday, I saw my wings unfold upon my back again, but this time I saw something else. Right down my spine there was a strand of gold wrapped around me and that same gold was wrapped around my wings. God spoke to me about His strength in my weakness, and that I walk in strength because He is wrapped around my spine. He sturdies my backbone, so to speak. In life recently, I have had to stand firm in ways I never have before. I have had to stand up in the face of injustice. This is not something I’m usually able to do for myself. It’s much easier for me to champion someone else.
God told me He was ready to strengthen a new part of me. So, I will let Him.
I was hesitant to share this message because if it’s misconstrued by someone who is forceful by nature it could be an unhealthy weapon, but if it’s taken in humility, it will strengthen the one who acts in gentleness. It could breathe wind into the wings of the one who is by nature soft spoken and restrained. My prayer is, God would so cover this message that it would speak to each in exactly the way it’s needed.
God is the strength inside of me and I hear Him calling me to begin to stand firm in ways that are new and uncomfortable, but as with all His instructions for my boldness, I am to be cloaked in gentleness every step of the way. Only in God’s kingdom could gentleness make me a force to be reckoned with.
Forever, the idea of standing firm felt like a forwardly aggressive posture, but what I’m realizing is, those with the greatest measure of strength are the ones who stand with an inward resolve. Not stubbornness, but an inward steadiness of knowing Who God is and who He says they are. I strive to be that person. Step by step, I am taking ground in this area. Step by step, my fierceness in worship comes through, wrapped in a gentleness that I feel taking me over while I sing and press forward in the spirit. Many times in worship, I have felt gentleness thrust itself out of me like a sword. I have felt it cut through resistance in the room and soften hearts that might not otherwise have been softened. I have heard the tone of my voice change and my words become drenched in the love of the Father, not from anything I’ve done, but because of His anointing on me and my willingness to surrender.
I stand firm. Not because I have decided that I have anything worthwhile to offer, but because I know that He has so much worthwhile to speak through me. I am a surrendered vessel. I know I keep stating that point, but it’s too important not to repeat. I am surrendered. Every day I make a new decision to surrender. It’s not a once in a lifetime thing to do, no, it’s a conscious decision day to day.
Have you surrendered today? Have you given Him tomorrow? Have you awakened to the gentleness of the Father inside of you? Are you discovering the beauty of gentle kindness? Have you seen the power of love?
O Lord, open our eyes to see how Your kingdom advances on the earth. Give us the keys and wisdom to release Your Presence into our day to day lives, for the glory of God. Lord, here I am once again. I surrender. My arms remain raised toward Heaven. I wait for You alone. Oh, Lover of my soul, You are just and true and I adore You. Give each person reading this devotional a glimpse of Your face today. Let them begin to feel the power of Your gentleness. Encourage our hearts. Release Your kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven today. I love You. In Jesus name, Amen.
Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord. Philippians 4:1
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love. 1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11