…I heard the Lord say. I had a vision of some big furry boots but while I knew that they were furry for comfort, I knew that they were heavy on the bottom, much like the boots astronauts wear while up on the moon, or those deep see divers in the 40’s wore. You get the picture?
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4
I have been going through tremendous adversity, on all sides and from many directions, and the one thing I certainly have not been is patient…or faithful. The attacks and invasions came all at once and did not let up night or day for many months. The Lord kept giving me strategy in prayer and my prayer partners were praying for wisdom and encouragement but that wisdom kept flying out the window as I kept OPENING MY MOUTH, making things worse most of the time…ok, ALL of the time!
I soon came to a point where I realized I had started to build up bitterness and this constant state in my head (and my) of complaining as I desperately tried to struggle to find a way to NOT be in the situation I was in. It had started affecting me physically and down I went.
On my knees I found grace and the Lord’s power and was delivered from much anxiety, fear, bitterness and “Got My Praise On”. While I felt much lighter and some rays of light shined on these adversities, there was still a need to keep intercession over a few more “desperate concerns” but I could see the Lord working, and I could see answered prayer SOMEWHERE…
But my MOUTH! OMG! Could I ever stop it. I had been directed to say few words…and to make sure they were gentle, and to NOT WORRY (do you know that God’s word says this 365 times?). I was still trying to protect myself, so while I went into repentance and tried to take back ground from self preservation, worry and a spirit of rejection, I found the Lord’s grace again in a NEW strategy.
From STRENGTH to CONSTRAINT
The strategy to walk in strength and peace was not working so the Lord gave me a word picture for a NEW STRATEGY: heavy boots that I described above. He revealed to me that if I pictured myself in these heavy boots, then I could picture myself in a sort of CONSTRAINT.
So be careful to do what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. Deuteronomy 5:32
THE BOOTS TO ANCHOR ME DOWN.
The benefit was that I could anchor or weigh myself down to God’s word, that in these boots I would not be able to MOVE FAST or abruptly, rushing in where I shouldn’t but be more hesitant and watchful, not stumbling into one trap after another (the trap of my mouth!). He told me once again to watch for the slightest shift of His head, to watch for where He was moving and to not look to the left or the right.
Ask for “STRATEGY”
I could find a ton of scriptures that could give you encouragement in times of trials but the plain truth is that we are all different and what motivates one may not motivate another but the LORD knows what will work. The Lord has been faithful every time when I ask for STRATEGY, and the verses He has been giving me have been running through my head constantly and with HIS revelation and power, ministering directly to me with a one-on-one relationship.
I fail Him all the time and I don’t follow through on some of what He’s directed but He’s been faithful when I am not, given grace out I do not deserve and blessed me beyond measure, willing to keep pouring out as He has more faith in me than I do in Him.
Ask for strategy. Wait upon Him. Surrender in quietness daily and listen for the next move on the chess board of life that He wants to make. If you fail, He will be right there to move you again. Remember that PRAISE is the doorway to the kingdom and His presence and it’s warfare against the enemy and that we enter His gates with thanksgiving. Do these and watch what He will do!
And put your boots on.
In His grace,
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