My family is torn in two. One half of the family is against the other, gossiping, backbiting, slander, lies, immorality, hate, envy and not speaking to the other half. Didn’t it say somewhere in the Bible that in the last days it would be father against son and son against father? Well, at least my family is fulfilling prophecy.
A few years ago I had a burden to pray for my family. And so I did. I thought that because I had prayed things would start to get better but instead they grew worse. Much worse.
So here I am, praying, quoting Scripture, rebuking the devil in Jesus name, anointing the house with oil and my banners of victory (from another family issue years before), were now on display again in my home. What more could one do? How long will it take to see victory? Lord Jesus, where are you? Everyday it seemed was a new problem to add to the already long list of problems.
And then it happened. I had had enough. I was weary. Weary even from praying. My family members that were still speaking to me were saying that they had given up, there’s no way we will ever be a whole family again.
I told the Lord, “Jesus, I can’t do this anymore. It’s too much. I am so unhappy. There’s a new problem at every turn. I feel heavy and burdened. I have nothing to look forward to. My life as I know it, is over. Nothing is working. My prayers go unanswered. Lord, what am I supposed to do?”
And the Lord answered me, “Dance in the fire.” And there it was. My answer. I cried. I knew exactly what He meant. Instead of falling apart, as I was prone to do, I would praise Him and thank Him – all the way through the fire! It’s not a time to sink in despair, but a time to rejoice, a time to be grateful for what I did have, and let God take care of all the stuff I cannot change anyway. Yes, all of this horrible stuff is going on over there but here, where I am, I am free! Free to live, rejoice, praise, and give thanks because everything will be alright, in Jesus name!
Sometimes the dancing comes easy. At other times, not so much. Old thoughts and habits tend to come back quickly. Doubts creep in. That’s when I stop and redirect my thoughts, giving praise and thanks to God for everything I can possibly think of. My family situation hasn’t changed yet, but I have. And I will continue to dance till I have the victory I know is coming. My dear reader, are you looking for victory over your adversity? Then start right here, right now. Praise Him. Thank Him. And put on your dancing shoes!
Psalm 100:4 The Message (MSG)
4 Enter with the password: “Thank you!”
Make yourselves at home, talking praise.
Thank him. Worship him.
Psalm 100:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.